The final fight continues, and it’s all about the ideological clash between the two most powerful ninja left in existence. On one side we have Naruto, leading everyone with the optimistic view that the peace obtained from the defeat of a common enemy will last, and that it is worth the gamble of pursuing. And on the other side, we have Sasuke, who’s of the belief that the only lasting peace can come from the constant presence of a neutral threat that equally enforces all parties. Needless to say, both sides have their merits, and it’s an interesting equation to look at when you consider that Sasuke seems to have the ability to reincarnate himself at will.
Indeed, if there was a major flaw in his plan, it would’ve been the fact that there’s nothing to ensure his ideology carries over after he dies. But, if he is immortal as he claims to be… well, then that ceases to become an issue. In that sense, one could see his method actually working out with a higher degree of success than Naruto’s ideology, which begs the question: is that kind of world worth it? Essentially it’s a world ruled by fear, and one wonders whether or not such enforcement makes living worth it in the first place. In addition, it’s questionable what Sasuke would even consider enforceable in his new world order, and it’s also not a given that his presence will prevent every act of atrocity anytime and anywhere.
It’s questions/decisions abound, and while I still don’t agree with Sasuke’s methods, I must say it’s a very interesting debate considering the lead up to this point. It only helps that the fight’s generally been pretty entertaining to watch as both Sasuke and Naruto are breaking out some ridiculous moves, and here’s looking forward to the next and now, third to last chapter. How time flies!