Post Author: Bob
That was a decent chapter, but I kinda wished that Kisame and Killerbee’s battle would have lasted longer, had more intense combat, and didn’t have to end in such a anti-climactic way. Kisame was such a badass character and one the last surviving Akatsuki members, I had hoped that if he had to go down, it would be in a big bang and with him doing as much damage as possible. However, the way he died in this chapter was, in a word, lame; It was not a bang, but a whimper. I can’t help but feel that Kishi rushed things to a conclusion here in order to push the plot along.
Personally, I felt that the Raikage’s arrival was too convenient and unnecessary. Killerbee may be very weak at the moment, but so is Kisame as he no longer has access to Samehada’s chakra. And it’s not like Killerbee has no fight left in him anymore, the lightning infused pencil he threw at Kisame (I can’t believe he missed at that range) and the tag team lariat he did at the end proved he still had a lot of chakra and stamina left. Even if it ended up like a bloody brawl between the two, I would have preferred to see Kisame and Killerbee resolve this fight on their own. Having Raikage and his team bud in just feels like a cheap victory.
I’m also wondering what the hell Madara is thinking letting himself lose another Akatsuki member here, it’s like he doesn’t care anymore. If you’ve been reading Bleach, it’s the same situation with Aizen’s Espada: they’re presented as some uber-powerful bad guys but then are killed off so easily like flies on the wall. Kisame’s death could definitely have been prevented. Madara would have been aware through Zetsu that Kisame was fighting the Hachibi while he was at the kage summit, so he could have easily stalled for some time for Kisame to finish up. So why didn’t he? Nabbing another Bijuu is a pretty important priority for his plans isn’t it? Also, if Madara didn’t reveal that Killerbee was actually still at large, Raikage would have still believed his brother was already dead and wouldn’t have been out here at all.
There’s some serious bad planning going on here on Madara’s part. Now it’s just down to Zetsu and himself, along with his new boy toy Sasuke, so my guess is he’s pinning all his hopes on the Uchiha in the upcoming war. He’ll probably hook Sasuke up to Gedo Mezo, pump him full of Bijuu chakra and set him loose on the five shinobi villages. Of course, all that would take some time to get Sasuke ready, so I’m suspecting we might see a time skip soon. I wonder if Sasuke is going to end up like Nagato: emaciated, hooked up to a machine and feeding off his own emo rage :p
Some people might be arguing that Kisame may not be really dead, that he may have used a water clone at the last second. The problem is that water clones should return back to their liquid form when hit, but Kisame’s head did not after it was decapitated. My gut feeling is Kisame really is dead. I know it feels cheap but think about how a top-tier villain like Orochimaru was also killed so easily and it might not be so hard to believe that a second-tier villain like Kisame can be killed off the same way. Also, even though some of us may really like shark guy, he isn’t one of the most popular characters in the Naruto character polls. That’s why characters like Hinata will never be killed off soe easily, but Kisame is very much expendable.
Now the question is what happens to Kisame’s sword Samehada. I’d think it’d be awesome if Killerbee actually gets to keep it. I wonder if it’s regeneration powers can be used on others besides the one who is wielding it. By that I mean if Samehada can be used to regenerate Raikage’s left arm. I guess if that’s possible, then attaching and regenerating Kisame’s head would also be a possibility, but that’s pushing it. Unlike Hidan, Kisame isn’t immortal; regenerating an arm is one thing, but a head?
As for the other plot lines in this chapter, there isn’t much to say. Mizukage comes and saves Ao’s ass, Fuu retreats back to his body but not before calling her an old hag, haha. That scene where Mizukage punches the real Ao was pretty funny. Suigetsu and Jugo get caught while trying to sneak out disguised as samurai. Meanwhile, Sai’s clone goes to tell Naruto “truth” Sakura couldn’t tell him, probably about her intention to go after Sasuke. I know Sai’s just trying to be helpful trying to heal the bonds between team 7, but I’m guessing things wouldn’t have gotten this complicated if he kept his mouth shut ;p
That’s it for this week. RIP Kisame.
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