And there we have it folks, the obligatory father + son godly Rasengan + Sage Mode combination of epicness. Suffice to say, it’s been a long wait for this moment, and I have to say that I got a little bit of a chill down my back seeing them (and the two halves of the Nine Tails) fighting together. There’s just nothing quite like seeing something come to fruition after expecting it for a long time, even if it wasn’t exactly as great as it could’ve been. Because ultimately, this chapter suffers from the same ups and downs of past chapters (although there were definitely more ups than downs this time around).
Point in fact, the whole banter between the Nine Tails and Naruto, as well as of the Second Hokage and the rest were superb. A great mixture of comedy and seriousness, they were undoubtedly the secondary highlight of this week’s chapter, and really gave us quite a show into the respective personalities of the people involved (and how they’ve changed over time as they’ve gotten to known each other). At this point, it gives that kind of conclusive show of just how far Naruto’s come as a person (and ninja), and just how important his growth and personality have been to the fight (and the world) so far. Really, even Sasuke’s impressed at the show… which is where things go a little bit downhill (again).
Indeed, as with last chapter, one of the big things that prodded me this week was once again the significant alteration in regards to Sasuke and his character. Considering his own overpowered nature up until recently, it’s suddenly as if he isn’t particularly relevant anymore, and it’s definitely showing in the past few chapters. And to say the least, it’s somewhat irritating to see. Thankfully, this is mostly covered up by the aforementioned positives and the fact that Obito’s actually trying to activate the Infinite Tsukuyomi though, and it looks like this development will force some story progression in the near future. It’s still admittedly odd that this is happening without the reappearance of any of the now “missing ninja” (such as Kakashi and the other Kage) though—who have now disappeared for quite a number of chapters—but one figures that this means they’ll be back sooner rather than later.
As such, it makes you wonder if we’re not finally reaching the climax of this fight. Either way, there’s gonna be some good, action filled times ahead, and if we’re really getting “close to the end” (I say this loosely)… I gotta say, there are few things that would’ve been better than the father + son route they’re going for.