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When it comes to chapters that are just page after page of non-stop action, they tend to read too quickly for me to even formulate any thoughts on what’s going on. In this case, the only thing that lingers is the final page with Naruto queuing up a Tailed-Beast Ball, which left me wondering if he finally got the chakra ratios figured out from all the training way back in chapter 520. Odds are that he has, since this isn’t exactly the type of build-up for Naruto to fail now. There’s always the possibility that B will show up in the nick of time, even though he’s probably still tied up with the Second Mizukage. From a progression standpoint, it makes sense to have Naruto handle Raikage on his own and then show B’s fight with Mizukage, but from a sentimental and respectful standpoint, it would be more meaningful to have B come in. That was the first thing that came to mind when it was hinted that the only thing that’s ever scratched the Third Raikage is a Tailed-Beast. B’s already been in control of the Eight-Tails for some time now and has already mastered the “Bijuudama”, so it seemed like the perfect setup for him.
In hindsight, it’s probably better that Naruto continue to show his growth, rather than having B come in and steal his thunder after his Rasenshuriken failed to do the job. Quite honestly, I don’t understand everyone’s level of surprise though, seeing as all the resurrected ninjas have shown to be immortal under the effects of Edo Tensei. Just take Nagato for example, who rose up from the ashes of Itachi’s Amaterasu to fight again. I realize the point they were trying to stress about how seemingly invincible the Third Raikage was, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that they conveniently overlooked the benefits of Orochimaru’s forbidden technique. Anyway, that was just a minor observation, much like how Naruto’s chakra arms sure are “handy”. For one, they’ve finally helped him overcome the need to create a clone just to use the Rasengan — something that I had hoped he’d figure out someday. Granted, it’s still not as cool as the intended one-hand method, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. He’s using the same idea for the Bijuudama too, so there’s even more reason to believe that he has it figured out by doing things his own way.