There comes a time when words can only do so much, and this was one of those cases. Given the scenario, it can be said that Naruto and Sasuke did ultimately understand each other better than anyone else. But, the fact remains that understanding does not beget acceptance, and there are times where actually fighting does a lot more good. In this sense, it’s only fitting that this fight ended up with a lot less talk-no-jitsu than almost any previous fight, and it only helps that the fight itself mirrors their previous fight from many years prior. Say what you will about how it got to this point, but this was a great way to end the battle we’ve all been waiting for, and words cannot express how satisfying it was to see both of them essentially punch each other to death. It was as if every punch resonated with added significance—as if they were venting out not only their feelings but those of the viewers—and there’s much to be said about how much their bromance has grown and how the loss of both their dominant hands may play a key role in future developments.
The thing is, everything’s still up in the air in terms of those developments, and it’ll be interesting to see how next week’s final (I can’t believe I’m typing that word right now) chapter culminates everything. Because regardless of Naruto’s acceptance of Sasuke and the latter’s reciprocation of such an offer, it doesn’t mean that everyone else would be as welcoming. It’s going to take a lot more than pretty words to persuade some members of the other villages—even if Sasuke ends up having played a role in freeing them from the Infinite Tsukuyomi—and one has to wonder how much skill/strength either of them have given the loss of their dominant hands and the fact that Naruto exhausted the Nine-Tails chakra for what should be a significant amount of time. That said, I can see this ending with a happily ever after situation where Sasuke does gain acceptance, but even then, it’s a toss up who ends up being the next Hokage. Is it going to be a dual Hokage-broship between Sasuke and Naruto? Or is Kakashi going to keep the seat warm until they get a little older?
Needless to say, there’s a lot of questions left, and unless the finale chapter has extra pages, they don’t exactly have that much time to culminate things without leaving too much to the imagination. I do suppose that Kishimoto’s shown himself to be more than capable of turning various situations around however—this last battle was pretty nice considering its brevity compared to other fights—and honestly, I can’t believe it’s almost over. Time just comes and goes before you know it, and you know you’re starting to get older when you look and realize that quite a few long-running series have either recent ended or will end their run soon. The fact is, it’s going to be hard getting used to a part of your routine no longer being present, and it’s even more significant for me because it marks the first time since I joined RC that I won’t be doing any weekly post.
And so, here we go. One more chapter to go and one extra image before we do. This, my fellow viewers, is a scene that speaks volumes.
P.S. Apologies for not posting last week, I found myself quite busier than expected, and ultimately felt it should be paired with this one.