What do you do when you’ve used your secret technique and failed to come up with a good distraction? Well, if you’re Naruto—or anyone else for that matter—a good fall back is to rethink things and start again with the basics, and that’s exactly what he does. With this chapter, the Shadow Clone technique makes a triumphant return, and it’s all about Naruto bringing together everything he’s learned so far. Tactically, he’s no longer the same person as he was before, and it shows in just how easily he’s able to dupe Kaguya into believing that a clone was actually his real self. Arguably, it’s a bit too easy in hindsight, but there’s no denying the fact that if he’s got all the tailed beasts working together and lending their particular specialties to him, he’s a force to be reckoned with.
Interestingly enough, it’s Kaguya that’s on the back foot here despite her overwhelming strength, and in many ways it’s a bit surprising to see. Looking back, it’s kind of feeling like both Madara and Obito felt like more worthy adversaries than Kaguya is, but I guess it is what it is considering the nature of the genre and the power boost our main characters have received. Either way, it’s suddenly Sakura who’s put in the limelight as the person to rescue Sasuke—fittingly so—and the tables are slowly but surely turning on Kaguya, who demonstrates that she too has a limit to the chakra reserves she has at her disposal. And that’s not even counting on the Sage of Six Paths or the other Hokage, who seem primed to join the fight sooner rather than later.
With that, it’s another week, and here’s waiting to see what the coming week holds.