Story & Art by Masashi Kishimoto
Summary: Naruto is a young ninja-in-training, having grown up in the Village Hidden in the Leaves, who is shunned and isolated from those around him because of the mysterious beast lurking inside of him. This causes Naruto great pain, but he decides to work past it in order to become the greatest ninja that ever lived. Along the way he makes many friends and enemies. Can Naruto do it?
[MAJOR Spoilers from this point on…]
Review: The wheels of Naruto begin to turn one final time… to a place of old where history was made twice and where history will once again see two figures duke it out for the world’s very fate. Naruto & Sasuke once again find themselves at the waterfall at the end of the Country of Fire, where The first Hokage & Madara once fought to the death, and where these two once fought for their future as friends.
When I was reading this chapter, I was kind of hoping this wasn’t where they’d go to fight. Call me a party killer, but it just seemed… redundant at this point instead of a symbol for everything coming full circle. It seems though that the fight probably won’t start until the end of next chapter, as it’s shaping up to be another talking chapter next week. With the reveal of Sasuke’s “true intention” which I can’t count how many times we’ve gotten Sasuke’s “true intentions” revealed.
I do like that Sasuke has been acting irredeemable lately though, that feeling of no hope for his soul is somewhat of an interesting thing considering Itachi seemed to be redeemed by his end. Out of the two, I never had imagined Sasuke would be the irredeemable one of the two, but here were are, and I’m digging it. Sasuke doesn’t need to be redeemed, pretty much every. Single. Naruto. Villain has been redeemed by the time they meet their end (or at least every major villain), so it’s only fitting that Sasuke be the one exception to this rule.
I want to see Naruto fail in bringing him back to the good side for once.
On the topic of villains though, Orochimaru is still out there and I am wondering if they’ll deal with him by the end of this or whether he can be considered under the “turned” villains of the series. Just something to think about.
Naruto & Sasuke are also battling for the title of Hokage, and I can’t help but wonder if either of them remember that Tsunade is still alive, technically. After being irreparably severed in half she was still put back together and is alive & kicking, because Naruto logic.
But over all I did like this chapter, I thought Sasuke putting Sakura in a genjutsu spell was interesting because he had every chance to kill her without a fight and instead he chose to spare her. I did like that he did this though, as it just continues to build on my belief that Sasuke & Sakura need to not end up together. And if Kishimoto goes that route, I’ll be more than happy.
The coming fight should be interesting, and Sasuke’s “true intentions” should be interesting as well, I just hope they’re satisfying. So far Naruto villains have had incredibly weak reasons for doing what they do most of the time. At least the “big bads.” Except Orochimaru, I ALWAYS love Orochimaru. Best Naruto villain by far.
Final Score: 2 Fated Battles out of 5
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