Okay, wow. I had already anticipated the scenario where Naruto befriends Kurama and frees him from his cage two chapters ago, but seeing it actually happen so soon after is another matter altogether. I’m filled with a sense of satisfaction and a lot of excitement on where the series goes from here, the latter of which I could barely contain as I got goosebumps from the scene with the seal slowly being undone and then the gate blowing wide open with Kurama in full support behind Naruto. The recent chapters did a fantastic job of building up to this moment, starting with Kurama lending Naruto some chakra when he was faced with the real Madara, and it culminated to something really monumental here. The fact that things were fairly predictable didn’t take away from the day that Naruto and Kurama finally see eye-to-eye either, as that ended up hyping it more than anything else. I could even feel my inner shounen fanaticism tingling.
While Kurama was already aware of the kind of person that Naruto is, the turning point was undoubtedly the genuine compassion that Naruto showed Son. It was almost as if Kurama was waiting for Naruto to reaffirm his image of him one more time before deciding to lend him his power, so it was pretty cool how it all played out with Naruto not hopping on his initial offer to do so. If he had, it may have come off as another case of humans using Tailed-Beasts as weapons of war and ignoring their feelings, and from what we’ve seen, Kurama’s quite “emotional” about this kind of stuff. My favorite part was their unspoken understanding after the fist bump though — something that Son likely had with Naruto as well when he left his Jinchuuriki Roushi behind. I don’t know if the latter implies we’ll see more of
Master Roushi in the upcoming chapters, but I’m willing to bet we’ll see Naruto hand over control of his body to Kurama so that he can transform into his full form. Tobi’s reaction will be priceless, as will Kakashi and Guy’s.