It’s really starting to feel like Naruto’s reached the functional equivalent of the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Z. I figured we were still floating about the Cell arc with Super Saiyajin 2 power levels, but it’s probably more accurate to assume we’ve hit Super Saiyajin 3 after learning that the Naruto who defeated Raikage is just a clone. That seems awfully powerful even by Naruto-universe standards, considering the number of clones that Naruto created and sent off in all directions. In all likelihood, the clone that fought Raikage probably had less than a third of his full power/chakra, so between Naruto and Muu, our hero appears to have an edge with his newly acquired Kyuubi form.
At this point, I really don’t know what to make of Muu’s summon, other than feelings of bewilderment over how the Kage fight still isn’t over. It sure looked like it was a done deal with Naruto picking out the White Zetsu clones as originally planned, but evidently Kishimoto won’t let this Kage-level battle end just yet. I guess this is good for the anime though, because when a sub arc feels long in the manga, it’s almost guaranteed to feel excruciatingly long in the anime and will require a ridiculous amount of episodes to cover. The broadcasters can happily milk these chapters for all they’re worth.
Anyway, it’s nice to see Naruto making a personal impact on the battlefield by saving his friends. This includes both Sakura and Hinata, scoring him some more brownie points in their good books (not that he really needs any for the latter). It’s always more meaningful when we know (and care) about the ninjas he saves. Overall, this felt like a tide-over chapter for another confrontation with Muu. What that will entail is anyone’s guess. I’m not even going to try and guess what Kabuto’s trump card is when I have nothing to go on.