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All you need is a dollar and a dream.
Going through this chapter, that was the phrase that kept repeating itself over and over in my head, and it’s just because the biggest things can come from the smallest steps—the first of which was made many generations ago in the Naruto universe. Sure, it would’ve been better if they didn’t wait until the entire world is nearly destroyed to band together—and it could potentially fall apart afterwards even if they do succeed in defeating Obito—but hey, they’re united at the moment, and that’s all that counts.
Indeed, what this chapter ends up doing is emphasizing just once more how everything here is effectively coming full circle. Naruto following in the footsteps of the first Hokage in possessing the same characteristics and playing a big part in getting these guys together… Sasuke following somewhat in the footsteps of Madara in regards to his abilities and personality… the five current Kage reappearing at this key moment… all of it. And when you combine all of that with the things we’ve witnessed already—such as the whole fact that Obito’s here in the first place, the whole father and son thing with Naruto and Minato—I’m actually quite impressed at how Kishimoto’s wrapping things up together here at this point.
Yes, I won’t deny that it was a bit rocky getting here, or the fact that a few developments and revelations could’ve been handled better along the way, but things are arguably coming together for a great “conclusion” (at least to this battle), and I just find myself really getting back into Naruto after a little bit of hit/miss through the initial parts of this arc. And ultimately, that’s really all I want here now that we’re nearly 650 chapters in and the end is finally in sight: a satisfying overall conclusion to the main story plot line. After all, there are few worse things than following something for years to see a terrible ending, and for me, this chapter at least demonstrates that we won’t be getting such an ending. Maybe it’ll end up being a bit cheesy, maybe it won’t be exactly what we want, maybe we won’t get answers to all the other subplots and questions that’ve been bought up… but yeah, I get the feeling the major things will end up just fine—so here’s to looking forward to the next chapter.