*Before starting things here, I’d just like to apologize for missing last week’s chapter without any notice. For whatever reason I thought I already posted the chapter prior to leaving for PAX East, but it turns out it was not the case, so apologies for that.
That said, perhaps the key thing in these last two chapters is the notion that Guy not only had a special technique no one else knew about, he also ends up not dying after all. After multiple weeks of rather obvious death flags, it’s kind of nice to see that things didn’t take the worst case scenario route here, and I think I can say on behalf of much of the fans here that it’s just great to still have Gai around. He probably won’t be participating in the fight any longer, but there’s a big difference between that being because he’s dead versus being incapacitated.
In any case, what this highlights is the fact that both Sasuke and Naruto have officially obtained probably what will be their last power-up of the series as well, and it’s quite something to say the least. The ability to stop what should be guaranteed death. The ability to launch epic Rasen-Shurikens. The ability to block Madara’s black balls of death and to touch his poles without any issues. Now that’s what I’m talking about! Of course, Madara’s not one to be overshadowed though, and it looks like he ends up receiving one last power boost too. What that leaves us with is Madara and the combined team of Sasuke and Naruto possessing essentially the same Six Paths Senjutsu x Rinnegan combination entering the final battle, and really, I think some of the best techniques have yet to be shown. Either way, it finally looks like our main characters have exactly what they need to beat Madara right now—it makes quite a lot of sense that two individuals combining to use the same powers can overpower one—and I guess it’s time to just sit back and enjoy the ride.