The focus stays on the battle between Tobi and the three ninja of Konoha this week and I have to say, I’m liking Kishimoto’s decision to put multiple chapters in a row on one fight, rather than trying to change perspective every few chapters. Sure, this increases the likelihood that this battle is just a preview, rather than the actual final battle, and it’s likely that he can just shift back next chapter… but for now, it’s just nice having a coherent focus instead of splitting multiple routes.
And speaking of a coherent focus, there’s just no nonsense this chapter. I mean, in all of my history of reading manga, I don’t think I’ve quite had an issue with as little dialogue as this one. And well, it just emphasizes how serious this battle is, how powerful each of the ninja are fighting, and just how much is on the line… so much that none of them can really afford to mess around and even talk, other than to communicate plans of attack. Still, as expected, Tobi’s not going down without a fight and it sure looks like it’ll take something special to even hurt him in anyway. At the very least though, it seems like we’ll see the unveiling of the man behind the mask before the battle ends/the perspectives change again… because the crack in the mask’s just a tell tale sign of the good ol’ route many others mangaka/anime when getting ready to reveal their identities. At this point,
it’s all been confirmed (EDIT: Apologies, mis-phrased it a bit.) it’s been floating around for a while that it may be Obito from way back when… but I do wonder. Just seems a bit too easily deducted, as it’s something I’ve heard floating around well over a hundred chapters ago.
Anyway, it’s nice to see Naruto’s showcasing his maturation as a ninja as well this chapter. Nothing like seeing him continuing to use his clones strategically compared to the days of old, and teaming up with Kakashi and Guy-Sensei to form such an amazing combination.
And speaking of maturation, if you haven’t heard already, it’s been said that Naruto will continue for around another year to year and a half… so well… seems like we’ll be seeing a lot more development before it’s all said and done. Hopefully, by then things’ sort out regarding what I’m gonna do in life! Haha. Anyway, guess that’s about it for this chapter. I’ll catch ya guys back next week!
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