「つながる想い」 (Tsunagaru Omoi)
Sasuke’s reaction to the situation was a laughable, hot-pile of garbage. Your wife got kidnapped, your daughter is worried out of her mind, and all you can muster is irate disinterest? Allegedly he also had an affair with Karin, and while the evidence might seem pretty damning, Suigetsu is the one being an utter mongrel. Frankly put, it amazed me how he managed to make the situation DEFCON 2. I couldn’t help but laugh at how he screwed up so badly, then tried to abort on the situation – ‘I’m leaving this to you, Lord Hokage!‘. What an incompetent scumbag, and poor Sarada. Her subsequent breakdown is completely understandable.
But seriously, give Naruto a medal. Without any hesitation, he goes straight to delivering reassurances alongside some clutch ass Talk no Jutsu. What made the moment special to me was how he didn’t put down Sarada when she dismissed him. Naruto gave her space to sort out her own feelings, and figure things out herself. Little does she know that Naruto truly had it worse than anybody else, and props to him for demonstrating such patience and empathy. Myself included, perhaps people have been too harsh on Naruto. He’d probably have made a good father, were it not for his responsibilities as Hokage. I actually teared up a bit when we got some of those still flashbacks to Naruto’s childhood. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the magic that made me love this series in the first place. For me, it also represented a greater thing meaning more than genetics, like Sakura spoke of. I could see the Will of Fire passing through generations, from the Third Hokage comforting Iruka after losing his parents, from Iruka telling Naruto he was not alone, before finally coming to Sarada.
Doesn’t seem like the past decade has been productive for Yamato. While all his students have already married and gotten around to starting families, this guy is stuck monitoring the very creep who carried out genetic experiments on him. On top of vanishing for 200 odd chapters, I’d say he got the short end of the stick.
I’m with Shin on the opinion that Itachi is the best Uchiha, but this man takes his zealotry too far. His neo-Uchihan ideology dangerously verges on eugenics, and the way he treats his progeny is downright inhumane. It’s high time for someone to slap this monster down. With the return of Sasuke’s Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan and Rinnegan, you can expect that moment to come quite soon. I think next episode should wrap up Sarada Gaiden, since there are just two chapters left to go. While the adaptation has generally been faithful, I felt there were problems with pacing and tone that I’ll go into much more detail about once the arc ends.