As the battle keeps on rolling in Naruto, what we get this week is pretty much a continuation of concepts from chapters gone by. Essentially, what this chapter ends up being is a literal demonstration of the generational baton pass—and of how far the new generation has come—and it’s something that gives the battle an interesting touch. Granted, the battle is going on (and looks like it will go on) longer than expected as a result, but there’s nothing like having some chapters near the end of a series that just make you go “oh wow, it’s already been that long since ______ and ______ happened?” and “gosh darn, they’ve really come a long way, haven’t they?”
Indeed, seeing the Hokage hold the doors open for the new generation to take down the Ten-Tails is nice to see from a symbolic standpoint… even if I do admit to having wanted to see some more whoop ass from the former. I guess though, there’s still plenty of time for that however—there’s still the inevitable First Hokage vs. Madara fight after all—so… yeah. Either way, there’s admittedly not much else to say here. This was just one of those chapters that will undoubtedly resonate with viewers different depending on how they feel about each particular character, and in many ways, it’s something that can’t really be put into words. Suffice to say though, I can’t help but find myself reminiscing about the good old days, and it’s this nostalgia—to some degree, deja vu—that really makes this chapter feel better than it is. Well, that and Sai’s rather… comical return—you know, the part where he says “I’m part of Team 7 too! I’ll strike from the air!” and gets shot down a second later?
Either way, the march goes right on forward as the chapter title aptly indicates, and it looks like there’ll be quite the extravaganza next week due to the epic summoning fest at the end of this chapter. Fun times are definitely in store, and well, until next week!