Well, would you look at that. Suddenly it’s the original Sage of Six Paths, and he comes bearing gifts in terms of original creation myth. In ways, it ends up being a nice touch considering that Naruto is essentially in limbo at the moment, but the thing that made this chapter fun for me wasn’t so much the myth as it was their interactions. Because while it’s nice to get a bit more of the overall story (we’ve only gotten bits and pieces so far), there’s something to be said about how hilarious it was to seeing the Sage’s lines go right over Naruto’s head. The fact he tries to compensate for this and overdoes it just adds to the hilarity of this exchange, and it just goes to show the kind of person Naruto has been and continues to be.
To say the least, Naruto isn’t the smartest apple on the tree, and one of the big things in this series has been how effort (and willpower) can compensate for shortcomings in this regard. Furthermore, it’s been noted that the types of people that have involved themselves in key moments throughout history have all followed a repetitive pattern. Notably, this cycle has since been revealed to have gone back even farther back than we ever imagined, and it’s a very interesting concept to ponder when it’s all said and done. I mean, who’s not to say that we’re not “reincarnations” of someone in the past or something of the sort? Then again though, who’s to say we are? You can’t know either way, and it’s interesting how the series decides to interpret this in one particular way.
Ultimately, that’s about it really for this chapter. We get some nice full shots of the Sage, but aside from that and the aforementioned, there’s not much else here. Here’s to next week and the rest of the myth.