Surprisingly, there wasn’t a whole lot to take away from this first clash between Naruto, B, and the new “Jinchuuriki” Six Paths of Pain, other than the fact that “Tobi” — whom I’m going to refer to as from now on — wasn’t aware that Kabuto spilled the beans on the fact he isn’t really Madara. I gave Tobi the benefit of the doubt five chapters ago, but it turns out it was Kabuto whom I didn’t give enough credit. Outside of that revelation, this chapter is somewhat disappointing given the break last week, plus the Five Kages vs. Madara battle that’s just started to pick up. The resurrected Jinchuuriki didn’t really provide anything different than all the other Bloodline Limit ninjas we’ve seen already or anything remotely close to the complementary abilities seen in the original Six Paths of Pain. However, more so than the action, I wanted to see them divulge more about Tobi and instead, was simply “teased” about his true identity.

If there’s one detail that’s somewhat “concerning”, it would be how Tobi has all the Jinchuuriki chakra gathered in one place. He hasn’t harnessed the power of the beasts within Naruto and B per se, but all the pieces he needs for his Moon’s Eye plan is literally within his grasp. It’ll be interesting to see if that’s the direction the next chapter takes, seeing as Naruto’s acceptance of the Nine-Tails raised a bit of a flag there about how their bond would be tested. The Nine-Tails has already explicated stated that he’d much rather be imprisoned in Naruto than be controlled by Madara, so this comes off as another step where the two of them nudge ever-so-closer to the kind of relationship that B and the Eight-Tails have. I don’t think the Nine-Tails will ever joke around with Naruto like those two do, but it would be progress nonetheless if he’s not constantly trying to escape and allows Naruto to use his demonic chakra more freely. Whatever the case, some mask-ripping is definitely in order next time. I don’t know what Tobi’s mask is made of, but I had money on Naruto’s head being harder last time.


  1. those jinchurikis are not even a match against akatsuki members that was dismantled by the heroes, naruto with hax powerups + B should be able to own this guys. that is if tobi will let it happen.

    1. Well, this time will be quite a bit different.

      1.) They’re being controlled by “Tobi”/Kabuto with the Edo Tensei, thus unlike their living selves, they CAN’T die or be destroyed (they’ll simply regenerate) and I doubt Naruto nor Bee know anything about sealing themselves, thus unless something can be done, it’ll become a battle of attrition that they can’t win, even with their big chakra reserves.

      2.) They each have a Sharingan and Rinnegan. So chances are that this will enable them to take advantage of both of their strengths; the Sharingan with perceiving things in slow-motion, thus allowing them to defend/dodge attacks easier. Couple that with the Rinnegan’s connected field of vision between them all and that will make them much tougher to hit, even with great speed. Then you got the possibility of each of them still being able to use one of the Rinnegan’s abilities ala Nagato’s Paths.

      3.) They each seem to have their respective Biju’s chakra implanted in them (from what we see of their tails beginning to form at the end of the chapter + Roshi using the Lava/Magma style) as well as the abilities they had when they were still alive.

      So they’re basically FAR, FAR stronger than they ever were when they were alive and make Nagato’s Paths look like crap in comparison, but we’ll have to wait and see.

      I do agree that some sort of hax crap will be done like usual though…

  2. Am curious to see what kind of sharingnan / rinnegan powers the jinchurikis actually have… I hope they can actually use some doujutsus… else why bother implanting those eyes in them? If so, then they would actually make very strong foes…

  3. we got trolled by Tobi… yet again… but I agree with you, this week’s chapter was very disappointing considering the 1 week break (although you can’t exactly factor that in… can you?)

    Rise~N Seraphim
  4. After what Tobi was saying this week, I’m no longer entirely sure that he has to be someone previously mentioned in the series. He could be just some random guy out to take over the world. “I’m no one. I don’t want to be anyone.” Perhaps I’m reading too much into this quote, but that’s what started changing my mind.

    1. My money’s on “Tobi” being the real Madara’s brother. The one whom he took the sharingan eyes from when he beat him to get his mangekyou sharingan. That’s my logical explanation considering that the real Madara actually knows him personally AND about his plot.

      1. Yeah, tbh that’s who I was thinking Tobi was, too. But…I don’t know, just the way he was talking this chapter made it seem otherwise. I suppose it could still be Izuna and I wouldn’t be surprised. I still like the theory that they had this entire plan set up beforehand where Madara would die and get resurrected.

  5. Such slow pacing. How do you guys follow manga like this–or worse, like Bleach–on a week-by-week basis? There’s typically too little exposition per chapter for me to bother with unless I’ve got a 10 or more to go through.

    I tried following it closely for a while, but the story is a LOT more powerful when you have the whole arc to read at once. Well, except for the Sasuke retrieval arc and Gaara rescue arc–which, oddly enough, is where I tried the hardest to keep with it. Burned me out so bad I gave up on the manga altogether (along with Bleach at the time). Thankfully Naruto got a lot, LOT better after that.

    Shame Bleach never did.

    Hojo Joe
    1. Bleach is getting moderately interesting again (if only it were for the shouting of ‘bankai’ at the end of last chapter :P). Thank god they didn’t do another training arc to get ichigo’s mojo back.

    2. I actually got back into Naruto because I decided to reread it from the very beginning, and I have to agree that having the whole arcs to read at once was pretty awesome. You can actually see Kishimoto laying out the groundwork for many current arcs, and the whole Sasuke-emo phase just seems like a small part of Naruto’s development.

    3. Whats wrong with following mangas on a weekly basis? It takes a few seconds/minutes of your time per chapter, get the new info/reveals, and continue with your life.

      Thats how ongoing manga are meant to be read. If you read whole arcs at once all the attempted at cliffhangers will have no impact or effects they were intended, which ruins the fun experience of guessing as next week rolls by.

  6. expected a bit more out of this tho.
    disappoint me when i saw naruto’s headbutt fail..
    WAs really hoping to see “Tobi’s” real identity, but as we know Naruto.. it doens’t come that easily.

  7. Interesting that the Tobi’s 6 paths all have one tail of their former beasts. Gaara fail to exhibit any of that, must be that one Rinnegan. It’s interesting that, although Tobi does not trust Kabuto, he willingly uses Kabuto’s Edo Tessei like that.

    Too all non-anime watchers, just in case you didn’t know. Naruto actually met the host for the 6 tail in the anime. In the manga, he doesn’t show, he will likely in the anime.

  8. Don’t want to be that guy, but I think you mean “explicitly” when you say “The Nine-Tails has already explicated stated that…” And happy Thanksgiving to any who are celebrating.

  9. I’m curious how the battle will end. I’m assuming Naruto’s battle with Sasuke ends the manga! So this battle will probably end with the Jinchuuriki bodies destroyed and Tobi getting away until Sasuke’s appearance.

  10. This makes me wonder. All of the Jinchuriki have their tails, meaning that the tailed-beasts were probably stored back into them for safe keeping. If that’s true, then where’s the Shukaku stored? Either way, I’d love to see an all-out brawl between the tailed beasts in their true form.


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