All of a sudden, there’s 15 minutes left, and we’re really counting things down this week on Naruto. Gotta say I didn’t quite expect that kind of timeline, but as it’s forcing quite a bit of progression, and I can’t say I’m displeased at how things ended up. It does ends up a tad bit comedic (and ironic) with Obito essentially saying “Stop fighting and you’ll be saved!” and Orochimaru greeting Sarutobi like they’re good ol’ buddies again, but the chapter does end up serving nicely in terms of a foundation for a couple of things at least.
For one, we get Madara’s revelation that he’ll wait until the 15 minutes are up before replacing Obito as the user of the Tsukuyomi technique. Whether he ends up succeeding in his plan is another question entirely though… and it’d be quite ironic indeed if he ends up miscalculating and that’s what ends up doing him in. If anything, the other Kage are finally almost there, and they might have something to do with it.
Either way, it’s quite interesting to note that Shikamaru may be down for the count in regards to the rest of this fight, and what we end up getting is essentially Sasuke (All hail the return of the Hokage Candidate!) taking charge and once again spurring Naruto on. In that sense, it’s fitting in its own way—considering how theoretically Sasuke was always one step ahead in their younger days—and it set up for a pretty nice flashback sequence that ends up being sent through to the rest of the alliance via Ino’s Mind-Body Transfer Technique.
Ultimately, it was a fairly decent chapter if I do say so myself. Nothing quite like a sudden quarter hour countdown to destruction to emphasize the stakes (and speed up story progression too).