I should be squealing like some Naruto fanboy right now for what is finally going to happen. Yes, we’ve seen this coming for several chapters now, but I’m still excited to see how Kishi will execute this new combined Naruto/Karuma combo that will be taking names and kicking arse next chapter. Actual fighting was still light in this chapter, but the events moved pretty fast, I had to re-read some parts just to make sure I understood what was happening.
Here’s my take on some of the important moments in the chapter that might have been missed by some:
- after Naruto removed the chakra stake, his sage clone inside Son Goku is released. Tobi, realizing he’s about to lose control over the Four-Tails, immediately summons the demonic statue from underground to rein back the beast. The chakra stake only allows Tobi to bind a beast to it’s ex-Jinchuuriki’s body to use it in combat, but the statue still has ultimate control on the beast’s freedom.
- Naruto uses a dual-Rasengan to smash to chakra stake to smithereens right after he pulls it out.
- Son Goku was about to use his fist bump with Naruto (apparently this is a way to meld chakra between a Jinchuuriki and a tailed-beast) when he is re-sealed by the demonic statue. Whether Son Goku gave anything to Naruto during that short period is unknown.
One of my favourite moments in this chapter is when Son Goku realized Naruto was really interested in freeing him completely from Tobi, not just to learn how to defeat him. I guess all the Jinchuuriki excluding Killer Bee and Eight-Tails (and now Naruto and Kyuubi) shared very little trust between host and beast. It was natural for someone like Son Goku to assume that all humans are selfish and thought Naruto was only saying he wanted to help him because he had something to gain from it. Even though Naruto did not end up succeeding in freeing the Four-Tails, I think their interaction will be very important later on in instilling trust amongst to other beasts towards humans. Even if the tailed beasts were all freed, without trust they will never again subject themselves to working with a human. To defeat the real Madara, Naruto might just need the cooperation of the other tailed beasts. It just proves that his talk-no-jutsu is the most powerful technique ever.
I think Kishi really captured the underdog Naruto we’ve come to love in this chapter. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing an exhausted Naruto on the brink of collapse still willing to face the enemy against overwhelming odds. The epic “come-back” is a key component of some the greatest battles in Naruto history, from Naruto vs. Gaara to Naruto vs. Pein… make it happen again Kishi. Next chapter, let’s see what a full-power Naruto-Kurama combo can really do!
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