Sometimes I like to believe that manga authors are reading my posts just to prove me wrong, but I’m not so conceited to think that my influence in the anime blogsphere actually extends that far. Still, this is one of those times. After I gave Naruto the benefit of the doubt last time and said he’ll succeed in getting the Tailed-Beast Ball’s ratios down because B’s preoccupied elsewhere, Naruto not only fails miserably, but B is freaken taking a leak! A leak damnit! Talk about taking his sweet ass time to help out with the resurrected Kages. Good on Naruto for not even bothering to tell B to get his ass on the scene right away and whip out a Tailed-Beast Ball on his behalf though. That probably would’ve just been another failed attempt.
Instead, it’s interesting to see that Naruto’s Sennin (Sage) Mode still has its use even after obtaining his godly Nine-Tails form. It reminds me of how Goku would still use his non-Super Saiyajin form to attune with nature and create his Genki Dama, a.k.a. Spirit Bomb. In Naruto’s case, I would’ve thought the sheer speed in his new form would offset a slower reaction time but apparently not. A subtle implication this chapter is that Naruto is lacking power too, seeing as he doesn’t have a technique that could scratch the Third Raikage, yet the Raikage’s own ability could. There’s always the possibility that the Raikage wasn’t anticipating he’d have to endure his own attack, but it’s easier to assume that the Rasenshuriken won’t cut it and Naruto will probably need to enhance his bread and butter technique again, master the Bijuudama, or learn a new technique altogether.