As cool as it was to see Oonoki tell Naruto that it’s the Kages’ turn to fight, part of me couldn’t help but be amused by the other interpretation: “You ain’t stealing our thunder boy!” The most satisfying development was Madara’s arrogance though, as it gave clear indication that he doesn’t intend to turn tail against the best the current ninja world has to offer. I do however want to see Muu quickly removed from the fight so that he doesn’t come in as any sort of a wild card. Hopefully A and Oonoki’s combined attack will lead to that before long, as switching from the Light-Weight Rock Technique (Keijuugan no Jutsu) to the Added-Weight counterpart (Kajuugan no Jutsu) at the very last second was not only an effective fake-out, but should spell certain death for just about anyone when they’re paired with A’s speed and power. It was enough to sending Madara’s Susanoo reeling, so I’ll be a little disappointed if Muu isn’t quickly sealed right after. Ultimately, what I want to see is an uninterrupted fight between the Five Kages and Madara to confirm if the legendary Uchiha is as “hot” as he’s renowned to be.

I’ll admit that I “geeked it out” a bit at the thought of the five Kages as the ultimate MMORPG party, where Gaara is the main tank, Oonoki is the off-tank/buffer, A and Mei are DPS, and Tsunade is the healer. The chapter kind of set itself up to be interpreted as such, thanks to Madara’s observations of his opponents’ abilities. The best part of it was that the Kages are team players, putting themselves in the roles they were best suited for. As a natural extension to that, it’s nice to see that the story didn’t overlook some of the obvious developments, such as Tsunade tending to Gaara and Oonoki’s wounds, and explaining to Naruto (and us) that she didn’t have to use all the chakra stored in her Yin Seal. (I guess her Souzou Saisei isn’t an all-or-nothing technique after all.) I always like it when all the story bits are succinctly addressed so that the battle at hand can grab my undivided attention. It’s a lot more enjoyable to see Mei’s Lava Release Bloodline Limit — which appears to be what Tsunade had in mind to counter Madara’s fire ones (more so than her Water Release) — when I’m not thinking about why Tsunade didn’t take the time to try and heal first.

Amazingly enough, just as this battle’s picking up, the real Naruto (presumably) is literally bumping heads with “Madara” and the resurrected Jinchuuriki. It’s going to be pretty insane to see the upcoming chapters divided between these two fights, as I can already picture cliffhangers switching over to the other fight for added suspense. I’d imagine Naruto will get some much-needed help — B if he doesn’t have to take a leak again and probably some other high-tier Jounin — so I’ll be expecting big things from the next chapter with the extra week off.

69 Comments

  1. Well B is right behind Naruto so Im sure he will join in.
    ALso I find hilarious that with all the cool Eye Powers going on, nobody saw Naruto coming full speed in front of them! THe headbutt was epic but iwas wondering, “wow Tobi, is it that easy to cathc u off gaurd?” lol

    omeganx
  2. Conceit is a trait of the uchiha elite. (it skipped a generation wih itachi but he still managed to act like a tool when he felt he had to)

    @Bass.EXE how awesome would it be if it were the Rikudo senin himself…wait….. ohwell you heard it here first people (in your minds cos you is readind right now)

    WigZeroZXT
    1. What if it’s Tobirama (2nd Hokage / Nidaime Hokage)? I mean, this is the person that created the “Impure World Resurrection” (Edo Tensei) Technique right? He’s gotta be a bit… evil. We already know from Kakashi that a Sharingan can be implanted.

      Jared Drake
  3. Now THAT was satisfying chapter. Can’t wait on how things will turn out. Now I’m wondering where Sasuke’s place be in all of this. Hopefully we get to see who Tobi is though, and I hope that Kishimoto doesn’t disappoint.

    ronri
  4. This is getting very exciting. B was shown to be right behind Naruto so he’ll definitely be joining the fray ;D
    I was totally geeking it out with the perfect FF team too. We have A as the warrior, Gaara as the monk/hunter, Oonoki as the bard/knight, Mei as the Black mage, Tsunade as the white mage/summoner.

    Seishun Otoko
  5. “which appears to be what Tsunade had in mine to counter Madara’s fire ones”

    mind perhaps?

    ….snootiness aside I fully agree with you divine……all I see are cliffhangers for what? The ten billion years? Oh yea…hopefully he won’t pull a kubo…..haha ok that wasn’t even funny at all….

    Shii
  6. Naruto is finally wrapping up… I want a good long epilogue, some branch off stories, a HUGE last episode party in both the show(Madara telling jokes with Jiraya, Naruto playing karuta with Zabusa, Kakashi reading in the back, Hinata and Pain having a conversation for examples) AND in real life. I want to go on YouTube and watch a huge get together of everyone involved with the project! I want then a re-start of the series with a “what if?” twist. MAYBE even have Naruto fail, re-release the manga from ch.1 to where it takes 13 years to finish and then when we catch up to where we were 13 years prior, maybe Naruto will succeed. I’m thinking “endless eight” on a scale the likes of which no mortal man*cough* or woman*cough* has ever seen! Or something along those lines. Either way, 5 kage on one man… I don’t care who you are in the Naruto universe(aside from the sage of six paths) your gett’n f*cked up.

    Relic
      1. The fact that Orochimaru hasn’t revealed his plans yet troubles me…I’d like this arc to end the manga…After all, how can you top a world war? A galactic battle? I don’t see Naruto going to space any time soon (Your Rasengan is the Rasengan that will pierce through heavens!).

        Still, it’s a definite fact these current fights will not be the last ones. I’d personally prefer Naruto to lose against Tobi, whatever the outcome of that may be. He’d then have another fight to settle the score…Plus there’s Sasuke still missing from this all.

        Maybe Orochimaru will possess Sasuke just like he planned from the beginning of the manga, lol 🙂

        Justinnnnnn
      2. The only thing that would top the fourth ninja war is the story within the story between Naruto and Sasuke. Until they square off once more and later reunite against a bigger threat, I don’t see the manga as even close to ending. The war seems to be detracting a lot of readers’ attention away from the underlying story that has yet to be resolved.

      3. Divine, I do agree that Naruto and Sasuke’s unsolved business is the main story, with all the frienship and hatred themes involved in it…That’s totally true. After all, the clash between the two is being reserved till the very last possible moment this manga allows I guess. It’s been so long since their last fight!

        Still, I’d like that to happen in this very arc. Not inmediately of course, but sometime. Both Sasuke and Naruto (specially the latter) could hopefully have some time to rest and be ready to go on an all-out fight. Fans wouldn’t later complain saying “But keep mind Naruto lost because he had [insert random excuse that caused the character to exhaust himself before entering the real battle].”
        Maybe Kishimoto could settle it so that the whole world is being affected by that fight, so that more is at stake. Its result would mean bad guys’ definite victory over world control/usual shounen climax. I dunno, it’s just that I think I’d find it very dissapointing if Kishimoto allowed this story to continue more than it should. It’s been having an awesome pace in my opinion; let’s just hope it keeps like this till the very end (unless it gets even better, of course).
        This war was, I think, the perfect excuse to show fans’ favorite characters in battle one last time. Perfect fanservice, while creating a better, more serious atmosphere that only a world war can cause.

        Oh well…Once again Divine: thanks a LOT for your time posting these chapter comments, I usually leave everything I’m doing at the moment to read your opinions…They’re that fun to read! Your comment on the Kages’ perfect party MMORPG was hilarious. I always delight in reading your more geecky-kiddy side of things…These comments are really refreshing amidst all the thick theories and formal opinions.

        Bass: I dunno…It’s just that I’d hate if Madara/Tobi was removed from the story just like that…I still think he deserves more than that! His character has been built up since so long ago…It’d be a shame if Naruto just defeated him (while so many others failed) and happy ending on that side. It’d be very filler-ish :s

        Justinnnnnn
      4. Well, Naruto wouldn’t have to defeat Tobi just like that. It could still be an emotional, brutal, drawn-out battle. I just don’t think there has to be a lot of downtime between that fight and the Sasuke fight, you know? I mean, with the defeat of Tobi/Madara, I guess the World War would be complete and technically a new arc would start, but you catch my drift. Like you said, Kishimoto’s pacing right now is great, and I think slowing down the action and creating a whole new arc for the Naruto/Sasuke fight could actually detract from the level of engagement. Like in One Piece, for instance, how they go straight from Impel Down to the battle at Marineford with little to no downtime in between. It was just action, action, action! It was perfect!

  7. That head head but is so ungodly stupid, hilarious,and awesome it is probably the best panel in the manga I have seen in a long time.

    “Quick, heal my shadow clones.”
    @#$% off you stupidly ass pulled power scale.

    derp...
  8. It’s really say that they always put a break on the manga when they put such an awesome scene. Now we are closing in folks, so WHO IS THE FAKE MADARA. It seems to be someone the real Madara knows. Could we be right and it is Obito. Or is it someone like Kakashi and just has the Sharingan implanted on him. Tobi would likely reveal his true identity.

    But that’s not all. We still have a lot of things that are in question. Will Itachi do his job before Madara kill the Hokages? Will Sasuke enter this war, or will he wait until the war is over and then attack Naruto? Will Sasuke, now having the eternal Sharingan, also gain the Rinnegan?

    L002
  9. We got Itachi(hopefully taking care of Kabuto/Orochimaru), Madara and the kage, naruto and “Madara”, Bee is God knows where, probably taking another leak, then you have Sauske coming to the battle himself I imagine(maybe a Sauske and Bee one on one?). Alot could happen. An Itachi and Sauske meet up maybe? Naruto still has to use the new great beast ball Rasengan thing. I just feel after all these years Naruto is DEFINITELY wrapp’n up. Maybe one more arc with a Sauske and Naruto showdown BUT, the end is near… Very near. And some closure to the shows romantic implications, albeit few and far between, BUT implications none the less, would be appreciated.

    Relic
  10. Awesome chapter. It was so hype watching the Kage’s teamwork. And A just cracked Susano with Oonoki’s help. Glad to see this fight wont be that 1 sided.

    But then again Madara is now immortal thanks to Edo Tensei so he can probably just rebuild Susanoo on a whim if he wanted to since has has infinite chakra…

    YanDaMan263
  11. This is Dragon Ball Z all over.

    Vegeta was once evil and then turned good.
    Sasuke was once good, but then turned evil.

    Goku and the gang must fight Frieza but end up losing big time.
    Vegeta aids them.

    Goku and Vegeta finally fight each other again in the Buu Saga, after Vegeta became horribly pissed at him again.

    Vegeta becomes good again.

    Sasuke will end up aiding Naruto in killing Tobi and the new 6 paths of pain.
    Sasuke will then turn to fight Naruto, to finish the endless rivalry they’ve had for years. Much like Goku and Vegeta in the Buu Saga.

    The End.

    Ryudo
  12. I see the plan of Madara finally working out, since he has the gold and silver brothers with the Kyubi Chakra.. So it’s kinda inevitable to see the 10 Tailed Beast.
    Probably that’s the final stand up from Madara and Co.
    Can’t wait to see Sasuke in pure action vs the entire ninja alliance.

    DeleteJX
  13. So..I thought of a possible end for the series, and I just wanted to share. Just picture each of the lines below:

    The fives Kages fight with all their strength against Madara. This will be a Grand Battle with lots of ultimate jutsus making their appearance, taking place alongside the battle between Muu and Minato’s personal squad.

    At the same time the “Naruto and Bee vs Tobi and Jinchurikies” fight progresses and we get to learn some part of the story between Tobi and Madara every now and then.

    In the meantime, Itachi finally founds Kabuto in the forest (or wherever the hell Kabuto is hiding) and a third awesome battle begins there!

    We see groundbreaking, astonishing parts of every battle for many many chapters, ending whith Itachi who will make the start and use Susanoo to deafeat/weaken Kabuto, thus weakening his control of Edo Tensei. This angers him much and destroys Itachi’s ressurected body, but…makes a last hand-seal before he does so (key moment for the end). The other resurrected ninjas are all weakened from now on.

    On the other battlefields, Naruto and Bee make super-duper combos and naruto finally succeeds in creating the Kyuubi Rasengan, which helps the both to deafeat the Jinchurikies, but not Tobi yet…until a “free beacause Sasuke killed the Jetsus back to Tobi’s base” Yamato shows up. All together they share a little more about Tobi’s secret…

    The five Kages manage to seal Madara and Muu (after all, the Edo Tensei has lost much of its power), but are all very exhausted to the point of death. And thats when Sasuke finally shows up! But fortunately all our old-time favorite Chunins and Jonins arrive (teams 8,10, Guy’s and Kakashi’s), after having defeated the remaining (if any) bad ninjas on their posts Sasuke reveals his new objective: to take over the whole world! Madara style. But our friends have no intention of letting him do so, willing to stop sasuke and protect the 5 Kages…and so the 4th main battle begins.
    Some serious attacks take place. Rock lee and Guy both open the Eight Gates and all hell breaks loose (maybe even Rock lee manages to use ninjutsu?), Neji and Hinata form another great duo that attacks Sasuke fiercely..and of course we get to taste the mighty Sasuke vs Kakashi’s Sharingans.

    Parallel to this, Naruto/Bee/Yamato finally win against Tobi (maybe Naruto will have to rely on Kyuubi again in order to do so), but they’ ve all lost too much of their chackra, and so have Sasuke and our friends in the other battlefield.
    Having all reached the point of death, Sasuke retreats and heads for Konoha. Naruto arrives the scene and learns what happened, so he chases after Sasuke.

    Both of them arrive Konoha at the same time, and the 5th and Final Battle starts! Naruto wins and only then,
    at the very end Sasuke regrets for all he’s done and dies in piece. All the other Ninjas show up to find a Champion Naruto,
    standing at the very top of his father’s head statue, holding Sasuke’s dead body.

    The war ends! The 5 Nations unite! They all celebrate! And Naruto becomes Hokage!!! (or World-Kage)
    (perhaps will have to pass all exams and fight with Konohamaru before that for some extra final, funny moments).

    But just a moment before the series ends, a old shadow appears behind the trees. It is Orochimaru-the real one!
    And so the series ends…or not.

    And for all of you that are wondering how the hell he’s even coming back,
    I would like to remind you that Orochimaru was last time trapped inside Itachi’s Susanoo, and it IS he who decided to go and find Kabuto…So…
    Coincidence? I think not!

    Ceasarock
    1. That is a stretch. Anyways, Orochimaru is like some damn liquid, a part of him was in Sasuke and another is in Kabuto. Still, Itachi sealed his sorry ass before for all eternity with Susanoo, like he did with Nagato, so there is no way that Itachi will bring him back. Also, when this series ends, it will not be with a “shadow” of anyone, and certainly not with that queer, that is why it is called “the end.”

      About the following chapters, I am worried if they are going to focus on more than one fight, especially considering their short length. Oh, well, that is what I get for skipping a whole bunch of volumes just like that. I want to read the fight between Itachi and Sasuke before the former died (I watched the anime version). It was epic, and Itachi had some wise words to say. I liked him evil; the series has lost its spark ever since he died. No important ally has been killed after Jiraiya, which made the “war” with the dead Kage dull, like, “Whoa, how are we going to defeat these next enemies?” “No problem, they may have been the strongest ninja in their villages in their time, but at the moment, they are just some weak trolls which we will sack in a minute.” Now the story is mainly about Naruto being gay for Sasuke, and the former even said that it is not to keep his promise to Sakura. What a fag . . .

      Seijurou
  14. I think Kishimoto’s argument against Christianity (specifically, the cult of the sharingan moon) is interesting and original. I think we’ll be seeing more of these new arguments from Japan in the years to come.

    Anonymous
  15. Is it just me or was that head butt scene complete and utter nonsense? At the kage summit, tobi was able to make himself intangible in an instant when the raikage lauched a quick surprise attack on him in an from a relatively close distance, and now he can’t make himself intangible to avoid a naruto whom he should have seen coming a long way to get to him? And putting in the factor that he now has 2 eyes instead of the one he had when he dodged A? No no no this is bull, naruto is about the same speed as the yellow flash and the raikage, and tobi has shown the ability to avoid both those super quick kages, so WTF?

    Sure naruto was quick enough to dodge A’s attack, but that does not neccessarily mean he is faster, minato dodged A’s attacks during their battle, but A also dodged some of his attacks too, which means that dodging an attack does not make you faster than the other guy, and even if naruto is faster than A, it is only by a very insignificant margin, bottom line, naruto should never have been able to land that head butt attack, we’re just being played for fools now, and this war is rediculous, way too one sided, no one is dying from the shinobi alliance even against so many strong opponents, this far is some fake shit.

    dark naruto
  16. I just want Sasuke to show up already. I mean, he is just chillin in a cave somewhere while Naruto does his headbutt techniques! I want to see some awesome battles! I think that Naruto will lose to Tobi, if he doesn’t then this will probably be the end of the arc or story. I mean, once Itachi owns face with Kabuto and end the endo technique everything will be fine. Then Naruto and Sasuke will team up to own face Tobi, GG Naruto! Now let’s all save time by reading/watching series that end in our lifetime!

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