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They’re bringing out the big guns now, and the spotlight’s all but ceded to the members of Team 7 now. This week on Naruto, we have epic summonings galore… and the opening of a can of whoop ass on the Ten-Tails. At the end of the day, there just ain’t nothing like a chapter devoted to over the top demolition—like say, the combination of a Rasen-Shruiken and Susanoo Katon—and it was a pretty darn fun chapter to read, even though some bits did end up slightly hard to follow.
Admittedly, I even got a bit of the chills at some point as well, because when you consider how the previous Hokage are able to witness all of this, it’s some powerful stuff. For them to be here—at this moment where their descendants take the reigns from them and the friends they grew up with… one can only imagine the sense of pride, joy, and exhilaration they’re feeling—especially considering how theoretically, none of them should be here to witness it at all. Combine that with the fact that virtually all of the people Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura know from the current generation are also here looking on, and it’s like:
“Wow, this is it. This is the moment that’s been brewing for over 600 chapters now. They’re no longer the powerless kids they once were before. It’s been a long time coming, but they’re finally the pinnacle of their generation.”
And really, to say this is an emotional thrill—as one of the many viewers that followed this series since its debut—is an understatement. Sure, the path to this point hasn’t been the most ideal and the manga’s been through its share of ups and downs, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is a series that many of us have followed through many years now—and one whose end is gradually nearing with each coming chapter.
Indeed, as the end of this chapter seems to allude to, it looks like we’ll likely be shifting on to the next chapter of this battle soon enough. And on the docket seems to be quite a few million dollar questions: What’s Sasuke’s true aim? What will happen assuming they do dispatch of the Ten-Tails? How will the general populace respond to Sasuke’s supposed return? In addition, it seems like Tsunade’s alive as well (barely), and it looks like we’ll get a glimpse back at how the current generation of Kage are doing as well. Granted, it remains to be seen if the Ten-Tails is truly eliminated at the moment, but it sure looks like that’s pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point, and the Madara x Hashirama fight’ll be the thing that carries us into the next part of the story. There are some interesting times ahead to say the least.