Well, there we go. There weren’t many ways left for the story to go, and as expected, the Naruto manga will indeed end (so we think) with a climactic fight between Naruto and Sasuke. Admittedly I forgot all about Sasuke’s whole commentary about revolutions, killing the Kages, and establishing a new village (world?) under his rule, but I guess it works. At the very least, it’s not something pulled out of nowhere (always a plus), and it sets the foundations for the fight many of us have been wanting for a while.
With that said, I think it’s pretty much a definite that there’s no way Sasuke’s going to end up winning this fight, and I must say it would be quite the final twist if he does. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’ll just get tossed to the curb even if he loses (we all know how this story’s going to go with the reconciliation and friendship themes), and really the thing to watch for here isn’t so much the result as it is the fight itself. Both of them have come a long way since the very beginning in terms of individual strengths and in regards to how they’re essentially the symbolic trend breakers in a universe that’s repeated them since the time of the Sage of Six Paths, and there’s no question this fight’s going to be a symbolic representation of that. I’m still iffy about Sasuke’s decision in the first place (I mean, what kind of rule/leadership would he implement if he won?), but I guess it’s not too big of a deal considering the events that came before this in the first place.
All in all? Expect some ridiculous moves in the future, and a fight (you know there’s going to be a few chapters of just discussion too) that’ll probably last most (if not all) of the remainder of the year. The catch? You’re going to have to wait until the week after next for it to start, because it’s going on a one week break.