Now Naruto Chapter 505 was a darn interesting chapter in terms of how fast we popped back into the present time storyline and the surprise Kishi had in store for us. After Naruto conquered the Kyuubi, it was clear he would obtain use of the beast’s latent powers, what I didn’t expect was just how quickly we would get to see Super Saiyan Naruto in action. It appears that a lot of fans were also eagerly anticipating this week’s chapter for some reason, and more than usual because Mangastream’s site got swamped with too many connections from people trying to access the new chapter. I guess people were expecting something great to be revealed in this chapter, and I think most were pleasantly pleased by Naruto new power uprade.
The other surprise for me came in the title page for this chapter – after seeing the youthful Minato and beautiful Kushina adorn title pages and full colored spreads for the last month, it was a bit of a rude surprise to suddenly have Gai’s ugly mug shoved in your face LOL. But whenever Gai’s featured in a chapter, we can expect to see some pretty hilarious panels to come. It’s pretty obvious that Gai was placed as a guard for Naruto mostly to set him up for another showdown versus Kisame because so far he hasn’t done a great deal of “body guarding” or anything else besides suffering from seasickness. And at the rate the current encounter is going, it’s likely to be Kisame’s last battle with Gai. Poor Kisame, he must have thought himself to be pretty clever after deceiving Killer Bee and the others for so long – but he pushed his luck a little too hard and stayed his welcome a bit too long. My feelings, especially with this chapter, is that we’ll be seeing Kisame’s real death scene pretty soon. We know this Kisame is the real deal, but he’s landed himself in a world of trouble surrounded by two of the top Jinchuuriki’s, a Wood element user and Gai’s crazy taijutsu skillz. Even he himself admits that he’s not going to stick around to test his strength against this group of heavy hitters. I expect Kisame’s death to be within the next one or two chapters, keep an eye for the proverbial flash back sequence for confirmation. Well, if shark boy is going down, I at least want him to put up a decent fight seeing as he’s one of the strongest Naruto villains ever introduced. Killer Bee and Gai wil both get their punches in, but it’s likely to be Naruto who deals the fatal blow in part to demonstrate his new powers.
Speaking of Naruto’s new powers, like most fans I can’t be more pleased than what I’ve seen Naruto just do in this chapter in his new Jinchuuriki form. Seriously, was that just a Flying Thunder God technique we just saw Naruto pull off on Kisame? This may be just be Mangastream’s translator’s choice of words, but Killer Bee does say Naruto used a ‘teleport technique’ and that he only saw a ‘yellow flash.’ Naruto’s technique was cruder and had less finesse than Minato’s version, but Naruto made up for it with the sheer power he put into his attack. Yeah, getting his foot stuck in the wall was not so cool, but it’s classic Naruto antics and we all know he’ll quickly adapt to this new ability. After all, Naruto appeared to have pulled off this ‘teleport’ ability innately, he seems to have a natural grasp of his new powers. Note that Naruto did not use any symbols to mark his teleportation point, so if it is indeed a teleportation jutsu, it could be even more powerful than Minato’s. This new jutsu alone could finally become a direct counter to Madara’s phasing ability because it gives Naruto to instantly close in and attack and not give Madara a chance to phase out of harm’s way. Of course, it won’t be that easy, but at least Naruto now gives the good guys a fighting chance, and maybe fulfill what Minato couldn’t do 15 years ago by giving Madara a beating he’ll never forget.
With the new speed afforded to Naruto, I’m also curious how it’ll hold up against Sasuke’s Sharingans, especially some of his Mangekyou abilities. Being an instantaneous ability, I think Naruto’s Flying Thunder God will give even Sasuke’s eyes a run for their money — you can’t track something if there’s virtually no transition time between moving from one point to the next. I think Naruto’s new speed will also give him an edge facing off against Sasuke’s Amatersau and Susanoo summons if Naruto can keep up his reaction time. We also can’t forget about the upgrade to Naruto’s sensing abilities which seem to surpass the powers of any sensor shinobi we’ve witnessed so far by allowing Naruto to not only trace chakra with astonishing accuracy but also detect others through their very emotions. Against a hatred-driven person like Sasuke, this could be a huge advantage for Naruto because it will be virtually impossible for Sasuke to hide his presence anymore — he can train to suppress his chakra, but suppressing his hate is not so easy for someone like Sasuke. So far Naruto’s new form hasn’t revealed any resistances to genjutsu, so Tsukoyomi will likely be the hardest for Naruto to overcome. One thing that might help though is that now that Naruto has rid himself of the Fox’s evil presence within himself, it might very well be possible for him to merge with Ma and Pa toad like Jiraiya did. Not only will does up his ninjutsu repertoire, but it will give Naruto a counter against genjutsu. The question comes down to how strong of a genjutsu manipulator Sasuke has become.
Okay, that’s enough from me this week. I’m glad to see a lot of new names popping up in the discussions in the comment section, it‘s gratifying to see more and more new and old readers mixing it up in our debates. For a lot of us, school’s starting again soon, so I hope everyone’s enjoying the last of the summer holidays before heading back to the rat race.
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