If there’s one thing that’s for sure, it’s that every hero needs a side kick, and every ruler needs a group of people he can trust. And this week, we start seeing the formation of what’s likely going to be that group of people for Naruto. That’s of course provided he actually ends up being Hokage (which is still up in the air considering there’s a possibility he might end up sacrificing himself), but yeah, we’re starting to get a glimpse of a possible future here, and it’s something that’s been in the making ever since the First Hokage took charge. Suffice to say, you can count me in as someone who has been pretty impressed with how Kishimoto’s been able to pick things up a bit in the past few chapters (while linking things together from hundreds of chapters back too)—even if it feels like this is probably the longest “15 minute countdown” you’ve ever seen.
But yeah, I mean the latter was pretty much expected considering the nature of the series, and at the very least we’re covering quite a bit within this time span. Kakashi back in action for one, Shikamaru is as well, and the five Kages are back in the party leading the Shinobi Army too. Interestingly enough though, it looks like it’s going to end up being a Naruto and Sasuke vs. Obito thing while the rest of the Shinobi army tries to take down the Infinite Tsukuyomi, and there’s admittedly quite a few paths the fight could take from this point forward, with Madara being once again the X-Factor messing around in the shadows with the First Hokage.
And really, that’s about it for the most part. The emotions we’re getting from people seeing Naruto’s past and the First Hokage’s… the reunion between Tsunade and the First… there’s just a lot we’re getting that some of us have undoubtedly looked forward to for a while, and it’s just a nice chapter overall. Here’s to the next chapter.