Well, a much better chapter than last week or the week before. Finally a chapter that is not focused on just one person, rather it is focused on the surrounding of the war. Even the no named characters got a spot light, and Sai finally shows up, but still no word from Lee, Guy or any of the other Junin or upper classed ninja from the Villages. Nonetheless, it is a chapter that I can honestly say that I enjoyed, while not as revealing as the last two chapters, it has its moments that make it an A graded chapter for me.
Before I get to Naruto and Sasuke, there’s still Sakura to talk about: I, for one was expecting this chapter to be all about Sakura, since it is her time to shine, and I really want her to be successful as a character. So far she has been over shadowed by more successful secondary female characters, Hinata for instances stood out as possibly one of the best female characters for what she feels and does towards Naruto. Even in this chapter she stood out better than Sakura (until the end) even though she did not have a whole chapter dedicated to her. Nonetheless, this chapter should of been Sakura’s, but there is still more opportunities for her to shine, I just hope she does not disappoint like last week. I think that her character is almost forced and forgotten by us. Sakura in the beginning of Naruto Shippuuden was such a successful character. She was able to go head on with an Akatsuki member and showed such improvement, but ever since then she had no time to shine or be liked by the fans. Her confession of love to Naruto did most of the damage, that even Naruto basically called her stupid for that. But in my opinion I think that Sakura still has time to redeem herself and become such an epic character, and it is the small things that count now, stuff like her summoning that Slug just made her character jump the rank ladder. It is funny because last week there was a discussion on about how Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura did not inherit their mentors techniques specifically the summoning jutsu. But now I think that discussion is over, since they all can summon their respective Mentor’s summoning. Now unto Naruto and Sasuke’s weight-in each other.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, welcome to this weighing of Naruto and Sasuke. In the red corner, we have the most bizarre, obnoxious, loud, inherent of being the “Choosen One” we have Uzimaka Naruto, in the blue corner, we have the most smooth, ladies magnet, emo-I-wanna-kill-everyone, inherent of the “Uchiha Curse” Uchiha Sasuke. I really enjoyed this interaction between Naruto and Sasuke, it brings back memories when they were kids and compete on who is the better one. This is a very good question because it seems that they are evenly match with Naruto slightly taking the lead, for the simple fact that he is the main character. For instance, they both measured their techniques and power, Naruto’s Rasanga is a one hit K.O but has to hit dead on the target. Sasuke’s Amaterasu is the same as the Rasanga, meaning that it has to hit the target. The Rasanga Shurkin on the other hand has a bigger field to cover, while Amaterasu can never be block or avoided once it is on the target. So yes, this discussion can go on forever on who is the superior of the two. For the fans it is all about who you prefer Naruto or Sasuke. Either way sometime in the near future we will see their final showdown commence and when it does it is going to be epic.
This chapter was all about team work and the evolution of Team 8 and 10. I still feel that Lee and Tenten should of been in this line up. It would of been exciting to see Neji fight as well and I am still hurt for the fact that he was killed off for practically no reason at all and felt that he could still be alive. Well I will stop there before I go on a tantrum on why Neji could still be alive. But the teamwork we saw this week was well coordinated by team 8 and 10 and I think that Kishi did a marvelous job this week to show that they are no push overs, they are in some what in league with team 7, but still behind. The teamwork between ino-shika-cho was superbly done. Choji is the muscles, Shikamaru is the brains of operation and Ino is the eyes and ears of the formation. Had they been faced against another Village Junin or higher up Ninja, the ino-shika-cho formation would of given them a run for their money. Unfortunately they are facing the most powerful being, so their power is not as effective.
Team 8 on the other hand had individual performances, and I really liked Shino out of all of the group. It is just that he is so quiet yet so deadly, did you see what he did with a single bug to mini-Juubi, the bug ate it from the inside out. If that don’t scare the noodles out of you than I do not know what will. There is a lot of spin off that can be done for individual characters ike the Hokages, Orochi, Jiraiya (when alive), and etc and I think that there could be a story done just for Shino because as a character he is so interesting and has that dark aroma around him, not Sasuke dark, but more like creepy yet cool dark. Kiba was and still is one of my favorite characters for the simple fact that he has a dog that rips enemy apart with his fangs and a three head dog was epically done. Hinata, you all know what I think about her and believe that she did a splendid job this chapter than Sakura did in the last and she only had a page. Overall, the chapters pacing, dialog and action was well done that this chapter deserves to be called one of the Top Three Manga.
- The less Sakura talks and the more she does, the more likable she gets.
- Funny, how Minato called Naruto a ‘bastard’ when referring to making the Rasanga better.
- So far it has been a one sided match the Juubi has not shown any comeback. Leaving me to believe that in the next few chapters it is going to go bananas and leave bodies everywhere, it has been doing a good job of that so far.
- Hinata is still the best.
- According to the Databook, Sasuke has Naruto beat in stats.
Well hello their boys and girls, Jdogg is here with another review on Naruto’s recent chapter. Unfortunately Cesc cannot make it this week and will most likely won’t be returning to us soon. So once again Jdogg will be doing the Naruto and One Piece reviews. I won’t lie to you and tell you that doing these reviews is a walk in the park, it takes lots of work to do these reviews and unlike Bray Wyatt, time is not on my side. So I will do my best to make time to these reviews and if any one can help me out, is more than welcome to email me at: email@example.com
On with the Chapter
I think that most of you already know now that I am not too happy or excited about the chapter, in fact, it put me in a mood that I am rarely and I mean RARELY, ‘pissy mood.’ But I will not rant on about this chapter and will do mainly my opinion and analysis of the chapter. One thing I noticed this chapter is that each of the Rookies in the first Chunin exam, never changed, literally none of them change whether physically or characteristically. For example, Naruto is still that loud ninja, Sasuke still has that cool I don’t give a @##$ attitude, Sakura is always just there, Kiba thinks its a drag, Ino is still a second version of Sakura, Hinata still is that cute shy girl, Kiba is still a second Naruto with dog teeth, Shino is Shino and oh that Fat guy that I cannot seem to remember his name. What I am getting at is that all of our heroes and secondary heroes are still the same as we were introduced to. Now this could hurt the realism and the character development but can have its benifits. For instance, I would be lying if I didn’t say it was some what exciting seeing the team all back together. Though, there is still an inconsistent in characters, for example, Naruto and Sasuke are way out of the others league that the others being there might actually hurt them more than help them. But we still do not know what the Rookies we all feel in love have to do in the up coming chapters, I am for one am optimistic about them doing cools stuff, but I am also a realistic.
Sakura = Useless
Believe it or not I am a Sakura fan and always cheer for her to be successful but unfortunitly for her Kishi is horrible when it comes to his female characters. Every Naruto fan knows this and it is one of those things that we just have to live with and get over it. For instance, I will compare Naruto female characters to One Piece and Bleach female characters. Bleach and One Piece are notorious for having huge chested female characters. I.E Robin, Nami, Inoue Matsumoto, and etc are perfect example of a character that starts out as a fan service character (with the exception of Nami) and turns into this epic character. I am not saying that Naruto does not have strong Female characters, its just that One Piece and Bleach females are relevant to the plot and can hold their ground without the help of the lead character. Sakura unfortunitly is not a strong character and is constantly put into a position where she is supposed to shine but turns out to show that she just puts herself in a bad position forcing Naruto and Sasuke to save her. Also, her sudden importance into the story makes no sense to the plot, she has not had a lead role in the plot in over a 100 chapters and is all of a sudden put into the spot light not only makes her seem useless and ignorant to think that she is equal to Naruto and Sasuke, but shows the bad writing on Kishi’s part. Like how Sasuke was missed for awhile but than slowly he was showing to us and than his plot is shown, but Sakura had no previous hints to her role or anything of that sort. In my opinion Sakura could of been a very strong and important character in the story, instead just about every one hates on her and even I get irritated with her sometimes.
- When Sakura thanked Sasuke and totally over looked Naruto, PISSED me off so much. The guy tried to KILL YOU, you stupid woman, he T R I E D to K I L L you. I am come on you guys didn’t find that hard to believe?
- Each time I see the Hokages, I fall in love all over again. Hashirama is so cool and has humor as well. The way he almost let the “All the useless people get out” was so funny. Maybe Sakura should of listened to him.
- Madara still the badazz as always. Just chilling and watching the fight, seriously this guy gives nothing at all what happens to the world.
- “IT AINT OVER TILL THE FAT LADY SINGS”