I’m always a sucker for dramatic speeches and Oonoki’s one almost got me a bit choked up. It’s a testament to the series when I’m that invested in the characters, and rightfully so when I’ve following them for 562 chapters. I’m never opposed to having a flair for the dramatic either, much like we saw here with both A and Tsunade recklessly getting teleported to the battleground. The logical side of me naturally thought about how stupid it would be if the world ended up losing two of five Kages, but the urgency of the situation and the suspense the story was going for made it pretty easy to overlook that. Once the five Kages assembled in front of Madara (and Muu), there was little doubt in my mind that this would translate to an awesome episode in the anime. There have been a few occasions where I’ve strongly felt that way (e.g. Jiraiya’s death), and with the right music to bring out the scenes here, the adaptation of this chapter has the potential to be truly epic. I dare say, “Narutastic”.
It looks like I wasn’t too far off the mark about someone stepping in to take over the spotlight this time around. Granted, I only suspected it was going to be Tsunade and not all five Kages (not that I’m complaining of course). Interestingly enough, Minato’s Hiraishin no Jutsu, a.k.a. Flying Thunder God Technique, is alive and well with Genma and co., albeit in a much more tactical form than before. Also interesting was Tsunade using her Yin Seal to perform her Souzou Saisei, a.k.a. Creation Rebirth, just to get to the battlefield. The seal still remained on her forehead in the cliffhanger shot, so I’m not sure if that was an oversight on Kishimoto’s part or if she really has some chakra left in it. I always figured it’s an all-or-nothing deal and assuming that it is, this means Tsunade’s lacking her trump card, i.e. “get out of death free card”, in this upcoming fight.
Last chapter, I was pretty convinced that Madara wouldn’t be defeated here and sealed away, but now I’m honestly not sure. With the five Kages assembled now, a tactical retreat doesn’t seem like an option unless Kishimoto wants to risk leaving readers disappointed. We’ll find out soon enough.