“Earth! Fire! Wind! Water! He– Fox!” I’m willing to bet that I’m not only one who finished reading this chapter in about 30 seconds, as Naruto’s new Tailed Beast form was all kinds of awesome. His cloak is a particularly nice touch in memory of his father Minato, whom Kakashi mistook Naruto for in a “Yellow Flash” of light, as are the three 9’s on either side of his collar to signify that this is the Nine-Tails’ power. From head to toe, I’m really digging the new look, which pretty much replaces the need for Naruto’s tide-over form where he only had a fraction of Kurama’s power. He probably has more speed and definitely has more power, plus still has the luxury of creating a Sennin Mode clone for rod-pulling purposes. Overpowered much? I think so, but he is up against seemingly insurmountable odds even with B and the Eight-Tails’ help, and what we’re seeing here is intended to showcase exactly what Naruto and Kurama combined power, making “overpowered” but a mere afterthought.
This is a pivotal moment in the overall story, which I can confidently say has been built up over the entire 571 chapters that the manga has been serialized for, so it’s deserving of the utmost suspension of disbelief as far as I’m concerned. In fact, when I can barely contain my excitement, I say the more overboard they go the better. After all, it’s not like Kishimoto’s unaware of how absolutely insane and un-ninja-like he’s taking the battles in this series, given the bit of dialogue between Guy and Kakashi that he threw in, so if anything, I see it as a tribute of sorts to Dragon Ball creator Toriyama Akira whom he draws influences from. Naruto has excited my inner shounen fanaticism several times before, but seeing Naruto and Kurama working together has finally taken it to the level that some of my favorite moments in Dragon Ball Z did. It’s right up there with the very first time Goku turned Super Saiyajin against Freezer and the very first time Gohan turned Super Saiyajin 2 against Cell, when they took the fight back to the tyrant who was trying to destroy the world.
I don’t know if the Bijuu Dama clash will be drawn out like a Kamehameha one, but it does feel like Naruto is only a step away from taking its battles to galactic levels. I’m very curious to know if the cliffhanger will just end in a flash or if it’ll be a back and forth struggle, because the inner child in me would absolutely revel in a scenario where someone disrupts Tobi or the other Tailed Beasts long enough to give Naruto and Kurama an opening. See below for what I mean. Naruto is becoming too epic for words.