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Naruto Chapter 522 – Attack of the Dead

naruto-retro1Post Author: Bob

Dangnabbit, here I was certain Shonen Jump would take the Xmas off and then they have to come along and release a chapter on Sunday. Well, seeing as this chapter was particularly awesome in terms of kekkei genkei pwnage, I will forgive them for messing up my usual Thursday blogging schedule. First and foremost, I hope everyone had a great Christmas, Hanukkah or holiday. We here at Shannaro!!! wish everyone happy seasons greetings and we’ll do our best to bring more Naruto and other manga-related goodness in the coming year.

Kakashi’s battle with Zabuza’s group will prove to be the first major engagement of one of the alliance’s army divisions against Madara/Kabuto’s forces. That’s not saying the ambush squad battle was insignificant, but the current battle will be the first time alliance forces will be tested as a cohesive army unit – sensors, medics, frontline fighters and support all have to work together seamlessly. As well, they will be engaging their opponent in direct open combat where the victor is decided not only be strength of their ninjutsu, but also by their ability to coordinate and follow orders from a foreign commander. This is also the first time in Naruto where we see an entire division of shinobi engage in battle rather than the traditional squad-vs-squad fighting. Of course, the attention is still focussed on the primary protagonists such as Kakashi and Guy as everyone else seem to be complete newbs to the concept of war. In one respect, this is a little disappointing because the alliance is a prefect place for talented shinobi from different countries to showcase their battle prowess and utilize their jutsus together against a common foe. Instead, most of the alliance shinobi in the battle so far serve only as fodder for the bad guys to work their bloodline abilities on. But then again, maybe they’re just outclassed by Konoha’s shinobi. And hey, seeing Kakashi giving battle orders like a general in this chapter is the closest we’ve come to seeing him in a kage-like role in the manag. Kakashi for Hokage in 2011! Naruto can wait another year for his turn :p

The funniest part in the chapter was definitely when Zabuza threatened Kakashi to shut his trap after the latter began telling Haku what Zabuza said after he was killed. It’s these moments that make me wish Haku and Zabuza would have survived longer into the series; even though they were the first major villains in the manga, they were very well developed characters that were the first antiheroes of the series. Many of the villains introduced later on fit the bad guy role to a T, which made me really miss guys like Zabuza. If Kishi was accepting suggestions for short spin-off chapters (ie. kakashi gaiden), I definitely think a Zabuza & Haku story arc would be interesting to read.

Now onto some analysis of the battle in this chapter:
– Kabuto appears to have switched tactics to suppressing each summon’s personality in order to prevent further souls from being freed. But doing so forces him to channel additional chakra and require more focus. Originally, I thought suppression of the personalities would reduce the summons’ combat prowess, but that doesn’t appear to be true as Kabuto has proven he can command four individual bodies in battle while still utilizing all their special abilities. Which brings me to the point of how he is doing this without something like the Rinnegan… Remember that even with the Rinnegan, Pein was only able to control six bodies simultaneously and had to be located relatively closely. Yet Kabuto has summoned an additional six bodies this chapter and is probably several miles from the site of the battles.
– With Kabuto now suppressing the souls of any summon he sends into battle, the prospects for Kakashi’s army to defeat these indestructible zombies aren’t looking great. They’ll have to fall back on the old methods of either sealing the summons or completely incapacitate their bodies somehow. The only countermeasure I can think of right now is Kakashi’s mangekyou sharingan ability as it can warp the body away. But seeing as how he can only use it a limited number of times before collapsing, they’ll have to come up with some new ideas to deal with these regenerating undead, and fast.
– Gari, the former member of the Blast Corps from the Hidden Stone has a unique Blast element kekkei genkai. The technique uses the same high power explosive forces used by Deidara, but is delivered through physical contact.
– Paku, the girl from the Hidden Sand uses something called Scorch element as her kekkei genkei. From what I can tell, she scorch element essentially boils off all the water in a person’s body leaving them as dried up mummies. Mostly likely it’s fusion of fire and wind chakra.
– Combined with Haku and Zabuza, these four definitely make a threatening team, but I had my doubts about how long they can preoccupy an entire army division with Kakashi in the lead. But it looks like Kabuto isn’t about to give Kakashi time to plan a counterattack as he brings out another trump card summons: the previous of generation of the Seven Swordsman of the Hidden Mist.
– After hearing about the notoriety of the Seven Swordsmen in the Naruto series, it’s about time we finally get to see the complete group in action. One worrisome fact is that they would be missing their trusty blades but the sudden appearance of Zabuza’s beheader sword in this chapter raises some hope. Zabuza’s sword is in the same condition we last saw it when Suigetsu damaged it fighting at the kage summit, so we know it’s not a copy Kabuto prepared. So the mystery is how it appeared here all of a sudden when even Suigetsu believes it was confiscated by the Land of Iron samurai? Could each sword be bound to the soul of its original owner somehow and be summoned at will? If so, Killer Bee might have to say goodbye to his friend Samehada real soon.

Its Out! Naruto Chapter 522!


Now everyone repeat after me “ZABUZA IS F*CKING EPIC! AND SO ARE THE F*CKING SWORDSMEN OF THE MIST!” That is all.

Invisible 4



Sakumo, moving from treetop to treetop, silently looked back and forth, making sure the missing-nin was still in the area.  As he scanned the immediate area, he heard a sharp noise.  With the keen senses he possessed, Sakumo rushed towards the source of what sounded like metal clashing with metal.  Was someone else looking for this man?  Who was this man?

After making his way to a small clearing, he spotted the man he had previously fought with.  He quickly grabbed his Sabre, causing the man to look his way.

“So, you just don’t give up, do you?  Well, it’s your funeral.” the mysterious adversary spoke.  In seconds, the man was behind Sakumo, kunai in hand.  “Give up now, and you might get out of here alive.”

Breathing a large sigh, Sakumo swiftly swung his blade back, hoping to stab his attacker.

Prepared, the missing-nin quickly jumped back, as well as sending a flurry of shuriken Sakumo’s way.  As Sakumo evaded the dozens of throwing stars, he noticed that they had been covered in explosive tags.  Damn! he thought as the man detonated the strips of paper.  With too many to evade, Sakumo was sent flying into a nearby tree.  Without any hint of pain, Sakumo leaped towards his enemy, causing the missing-nin to flinch.  Without any thought, Sakumo made several hand seals and yelled “Earth Release: Boulder Blizzard,” sending a large boulder into the air.  Sakumo jumped up, sending a punch through the giant rock.  The force of the rock caused the boulder to break into thousands of pieces; all of which aimed towards the mystery shinobi.  On instinct, the missing-nin drew in a large breath and sent a wave of flames towards the shower of stones.  The missing-nin then rushed Sakumo, coming in for the killer.

“I’m not in the mood for games, Uchiha.” Sakumo said with a sinister tone; stabbing his Sabre into the missing-nin’s chest.  “You can’t fool me with the same technique twice.” he continued, just as the Uchiha was enveloped in a puff of smoke.  From a nearby tree, the man looks upon Sakumo, a Sharingan forming in his right eye.

The Uchiha quietly jumped down from the tree limb he’d been standing on.  “Hmph, so you finally figured it out?  I guess I must give you some credit, no one in thirty years has caused me to activate my Sharingan.”

“Thirty years?” Sakumo asked.  This man looked no older than twenty.

“Yes, thirty years.” the Uchiha whispered into Sakumo’s ear; having appeared next to him.  “Now, let’s really fight.” he said, just as he punched Sakumo in the gut, sending him into the air.

With a sharp pain, Sakumo attempts to kick his adversary, but for his leg to… phase through him?!  How was this possible?! But there was no time to think.  Before he could even begin to come up with an explanation, the Uchiha clansman had made three hand seals and sent multiple flaming missiles towards him.  Thinking on his feet, he ran towards the thicker region of the forest.  Because of how thick the trees and brush were, he narrowly dodged the flames.  As he ran, the missing-nin appeared in front of him, smiling a crooked smile.  Sakumo continued to ran towards the enemy, weaving several hand seals as he ran.  After the seals had been completed, Sakumo grabbed his Sabre and slashed at the unnamed Uchiha.  Just as Sakumo had suspected, the blade had phased through him, much like his foot.  Okay, now for part two of my plan… he thought as his hand became covered in electricity.  He quickly thrust his palm into the man’s shoulder, causing the man to scream out in pain.  It had worked!

Both men jumped back, hoping to get as much distance as possible.  They stood there, silent.  After several moment, which, to Sakumo, had felt like several hours, the Uchiha was the first to speak.  “So, it appears you’ve found out my weakness.  However, I still have a few tricks up my sleeve!” he said as a large gunbai appeared in front of him.  He then made a hand seal and yelled, “Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique!”  Immediately after the flame had reached the air, he swung his gunbai, causing the fireball to drastically increase in size.  As the great flame made it’s way towards Sakumo, it overtook the trees, causing them to burn to a crisp.  With nothing else coming to mind, Sakumo weaved a seal and created an equally large fireball to combat his adversary’s.

The two balls of flames clashed, causing them to reach a stalemate.  This is not good.  If I run out of chakra, I’ll be dead for sure… Sakumo thought as he continued to feed chakra into his jutsu.  As he did so, his fireball slowly began to overwhelm his opponent’s.  However, the Uchiha activated his Mangekyou Sharingan and yelled, “Amaterasu!”  Immediately, the godly flames overcame Sakumo’s own flames, causing Sakumo to dash to the side.

What are you?” Sakumo asked, a mix of curiosity and terror beginning to set in his mind.

“I am Madara… Madara Uchiha.” Madara said, his Mangekyou Sharingan beginning to deactivate.  “Now that I’ve told you, you must be eliminated.”

Sakumo began to glare at his opponent.  “You believe that you can defeat me that easily?” he asked, a hint of cockiness in his voice.

“If I hadn’t, I would never had told you my identity.”  Without another word, Madara’s left eye began to change.  As Sakumo continued to glare, his glare quickly became an expression of pure horror.  Madara’s left eye had morphed into the Rinnegan, the “Samsara Eye”…

Sakumo, knowing he’d never be able to take on the Rinnegan in this condition, fled for Konoha.

“Heh, I think I’ll play with him while I still have business in Konoha.” Madara snickered as he phased into the unknown.


Bleach Chapter 432 – The Soul Pantheism

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What better Christmas present than an early Bleach chapter? Thanks Tite. Now, chapter 432 – The Soul Pantheism. For those of you who were wondering, Pantheism is the view that God is one with the universe, and that there is not one being/creator, but rather an omniscient presence. Whether that has something to do with the “Soul King,” or Xcution, I don’t know.

This chapter was a little more insightful than previous chapters…



Zangetsu ain't got shit on me..

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Revenge of the YellowFlash XIII!

Since we can’t really exchange gifts, my Shannaro friends, I decided to give you the next chapter of my fan fic, I hope you like it!

In Konoha everyone stands in the Hokages office quietly all reflecting on the events that just occurred.

Tsunade: Everything is a complete disaster! We’ve lost Naruto and the Kyuubi all in one day. This is an enormous lost for Konoha.

Shikaku: If the other nations were to find out we lost the Kyuubi then things would get even more troublesome. The good news is the Fourth is still alive, thanks to Kakashi that is. Explain to me how that happened, again.

Tsunade: In a ninja’s body they have two types of circulatory systems, one is the veins that carry blood throughout the body and the other is the veins that carry chakra. These veins are lined around all internal organs and can affect them drastically if something were to go wrong. Minato was completely out of chakra which puts a huge strain on his heart and stopped it immediately. This means certain death to any shinobi who pushes their chakra reserves to this level of exhaustion. When Minato’s heart stopped, Kakashi generated a great amount of electrical current through his body to jump start his heart while I inserted a small amount of my chakra inside his body temporarily until his chakra recovered enough to sustain is life.

Shikaku: This process is very dangerous, and the success rate is very small. On top of that their is only a small window in which you can do this.

Tsunade: Yes, if we had waited any longer Minato would be dead right now and also it takes a great toll on the user, forcing your chakra into someones body for a long period of time isn’t an easy feat. Good thing we got back to the village when we did.

Shikaku: That’s the down side of battling the Rinnegan and the Kyuubi.

Tsunade: He’s really something, isn’t he?

Shikaku: Yondaime Hokage.

Inside Konoha’s hopital Minato lay wrapped from head to toe in bandages as he lies unconscious. He starts dreaming of the death of Kushina. While holding Naruto tightly as an infant and saying his goodbye to Kushina as she sealed away the Kyuubi. He then switches to the Uchiha Massacre when he fought against Madara and Itachi. He remembers how he begged Itachi to reconsider his betrayal and the look on Sasuke’s face when he realized his entire clan had been wiped out all while Madara stands laughing with a sinister voice. He remembers the death’s of Obito and Rin and the look on Naruto’s face when he told him Sasuke had fled the village. The last memory is of Naruto calling him a liar, telling him he plans on kill him and destroying the Leaf and leaving with Madara, then a picture of an angry half Naruto and half Kyuubi monster appears in his head scaring him. He wakes up in a sweat panting heavily staring around wondering where he is.

Minato: Naruto.

Far away in a dark place, Madara stands in front of a serious looking Naruto.

Madara: You must get rid of foolish emotion towards others, the only thing that matters is your goal. No more playing ninja, it’s time you learn a true shinobi’s path. My teaching are regarded in the shinobi world as pure torture and being compared to war itself. I believe a ninja is not a true ninja unless he or she has lived through war. A ninja doesn’t know who they are until they are pushed to their absolute limit.

Naruto: I don’t care about what the shinobi world regards about anything because the world is broken and it’s up to me as the destined child to bring true peace . I’m going to destroy their way of the ninja and my way will shape and form a new era, an era of peace.

Madara: Yes, come Naruto, let me beat all my knowledge into you.

Suddenly Itachi appears!

Itachi: Still up to your treacherous ways I see.

Naruto: Itachi?

Madara: Itachi, What a surprise, how did you find me?

Itachi: The same way I found you before when we conspired to destroy Uchiha.

Madara: Thanks to you we succeeded.

Itachi: (Activating his Sharingan) Enough games, I told you what would happed if you when after Konoha.

Madara: If you are so loyal to Konoha, why not go back? Oh, I know, because you betrayed them and now you come whining to me everytime you get homesick.

Itachi: If you know me so well, then you would know I don’t take kindly to disrespect.

Madara: I do know you, in fact I know Sasuke as well.

Itachi: If you are planning on going after Sasuke then you better think twice.

Madara: I wouldn’t dare hurt Sasuke the same way you hurt him when you murdered the Uchiha.

Itachi uses his bodyflicker technique to appear behind him with a katana  sword to his throat.

Itachi: (Activating his Mangekyou) You know very well what I’m capable of. I however, know exactly what you are capable of, so your little fazing won’t work on me.

Madara: The teacher versus the student, how anti-climactic.

Itachi: You and I both knew it would come to this, seeing that we disagree when it comes to the path a ninja should walk.

Madara: So, you are just going to betray your brothers?

Itachi: Consider this my resignation.

Itachi casts his Tsukuyomi on Madara paralyzing his entire body. Madara, on bended knee gasps for air as Itachi kicks him in the face through a wall. Itachi then activates his Amaterasu and blows the entire place to pieces. When the smoke clears Naruto stands outside from the rubble with his red Kyuubi eyes glaring at Itachi. Madara breaks from under some rock and stands next to Naruto with his Akatsuki robe torn to sheds and his mask cracked, almost falling apart.

Itachi: You pray on others and use them to get what you want. You are full of nothing but greed and ambition, nothing else.  I am through being your pawn, I’ll fight for myself from now on.

Itachi turns around and starts to walk away but stops suddenly.

Itachi: Naruto, one piece of advice. If you are going to walk this path you must accept all the consequences that comes with it. Soon you will come to terms with your betrayal. Every shinobi must choose his path but you must make sure it’s the right one. (Staring into the sky) Sometimes you can’t go back no matter how much you may regret it.

Naruto: You made your decision and I have made mine.

Itachi: I hope more than anything you decide to change that. As for you Madara, our paths will cross again and when it happens one of us will die.

Madara: I’m counting on it.

Itachi disperses!

Inside Orochimaru’s hideout Sasuke and Orochimaru trains intensely. Sasuke’s Chidori ignites the entire dojo as he powers it up. He dashes at Orochimaru at full speed and impales him through the chest.

Orochimaru: You think that can hurt a body like mine.

Orochimaru head butts him sending him flying into the ground. When Sasuke looks up Orochimaru is standing over him smiling with his Kusunagi Sword in his face.

Orochimaru: You lack speed and brute strength. You have strong chakra, so use it, take off the kid gloves.

Angered by his remarks, Sasuke jumps and kicks him into the wall and throws kunai to pin him down. He forms hand signs, Fire Style: Pheonix Flower Jutsu! He blasts Orochimaru with fire balls at an astonishing speed. When the smoke clears, it was an Earth Clone and the real Orochimaru appears behind him and punches him in the face knocking him on the ground.

Orochimaru: You are a clever brat but you are not using your Sharingan to its full potential. From the moment you saw me you should have realized I was a clone. How do you expect to beat Itachi if you can’t even defeat me?

Sasuke: Like this.

Sasuke apprears behind him with a Snake from his sleeves at Orochimaru’s throat ready to strike.

Orochimaru: Nice work. Now, if you are serious about my training you, then you are going to have to put your full trust in me. The only way for you to gain power quickly is to not just enhance you jutsu, speed and strength but your body as well.

Sasuke: I told you, I will do anything to defeat Itachi.

Orochimaru: Then let’s begin.

Back in Konoha at the hospital Kakashi walks into Minato’s room and the bed is empty with bandages lying on the floor and the window open.

Kakashi: Minato-senei?

Shizune busts through Tsunades door screaming.

Shizune: Minato-sensei has vanished from the hospital!

Tsunade: What! Alert the Anbu and Medical squads, in his condition he should be in bed!

Far away in a cave, the Akatsuki organization comes to order.

Dark Zetsu: I’ve recieved word from some of Akatsuki’s sources that all Kage of all the Five nations has completely vansihed.

Konan: What! Do we have any information on their whereabouts?

White Zetsu: I’m afraid not, we may be dealing with a new power.

Pein: Our objective is to consolidate power, if their is a new power on the rise we should be ready.

Kisame: We should split our squads into two teams. One team should continue the hunt for Bijuu and the other should search for the Kage.

Pein: Then it is agree, we shall go underground to gather intel and resume our attack on the Shinobi World in three years. We’ve also got some bad news, Kisame, it seems Itachi has fled Akatsuki to work on his own, I think it’s only fair that you be the one who takes care of him.

Kisame: So, it’s come to that. Looks like our prediction was right, Itachi.

Back in Konoha Tsunade is just informed that all Kages are missing.

Tsunade: How can this be!? What’s going on? Are the Akatsuki making their move already?

Kakashi: I don’t know but how can they enter the village undetected and capture the Fourth Hokage right from under our nose.

The Counsel enters.

Council Woman: We’ve just gotten word, things aren’t looking good.

Council Man: We propose a full lock down of our village and an upgrade on our security. We want all Jonin, Chuunin, and Genin on guard!

Tsunade: Isn’t that a little to much.

Council Man: A little too much!? The Kyuubi and the Fourth Hokage has been captured, do you honestly believe things aren’t bad enough!?

Tsunade: (Slamming her foot to the ground causing the entire building to tremble) I am the Hokage so that means I’m in control, I no longer need your guidance. When I need your opinion, I’ll ask for it!

Shizune: But Lady Tsunade, what are we going to do!?

Tsunade: We’ll upgrade security to level two and I want to send ninja to protect Konoha’s borders and scout throughout the Fire Country. We don’t want any surprises. I want you to call on all prominant families in the village including Hyuuga, Aburami, Inuzuna for their tracking abilities. Also, bring the list of shinobi to me now, it’s time we form a special forces squad. On top of that I think it’s time for a Summit with all the Five Nations.

Shizune: Yes, Lady Tsunade!

Tsunade: As for you two, it will be in your best interest to leave.

On top of a mountain far away Itachi stands with dozens of crows flying around him.

Itachi: Alright, it’s time for a family reunion, little brother.

Back to Madara and Zetsu.

Madara: So, have you found out why all the Kage are missing?

White Zetsu: No, it’s kinda crazy.

Black Zetsu: They all just vanished, could this be a trick?

Madara: Honestly I have no idea, a Kage would never abandon their village.

Black Zetsu: Could they be baiting us to attack?

Madara: It’s possible but I won’t fall for it. I have to gain more power before I go on the offensive. From now on we move cautiously.

Danzo is seen in the shadows.

Danzo: Is it time yet?

Madara: Not yet but soon it will be. Be patient, we have three years to prepare.

In Konoha, Tsunade and Kakashi talk in private.

Tsunade: Right now, I don’t know what’s going on. There could be spies throughout our entire government. The council can’t be trusted, you are the only one who can protect this village if something goes wrong.

Kakashi: What are you going to do?

Tsunade: I’m not sure yet, but if something should happen to me, you are the only ninja left in this village who can protect it.

Kakashi: I’m not cut out for something like that.

Tsunade: You really don’t understand the power you possess, Kakashi?


Tsunade: You have copied over a thousand techniques, with all the knowledge you possess on ninjutsu, you have the potential to even rival the power of the Sandaime Hokage, who was known to be the God of Shinobi and the Professor based on his vast knowledge of jutsu!

Kakashi: I can never live up to the name of the Third Hokage.

Tsunade: If you don’t even believe in yourself, then it’s useless.

Kakashi: But, I have within me the same “Will of Fire” he possessed, an in which he instilled inside me. I will train hard to achieve greatness and make him and the entire village proud.

Tsunade: I believe in you, Kakashi.

This is where the Time Skip begins!! So next chapter, three years have passed.

Naruto 2010 Year End Review

naruto-retro1Post Author: Bob

Hi folks, we’re coming to the end of 2010 and with the absence of a Naruto chapter this week and probably next week as well, I thought I’d do something to wrap everything up and keep the manga fresh in everyone’s mind when the new chapter arrives next year. This year has certainly seen some exciting things happen in the Naruverse. So much of the secrets that Kishi had been guarding since the beginning of the series have been slowly revealed to us this year. For the first time, we are beginning to understand the events of the past which became the catalyst for the world-changing events that are unfolding in the present day Naruverse. But at the same time, we’ve also been left with a bunch of loose ends and open-ended explanations in the wake of all the new revelations that I feel we need to take a moment to look back and make sure nothing is missed.

Nagato’s Rinnegans
So apparently Nagato was a descendant of the Uzumaki clan. This was said by Madara as he retrieved the Rinnegans from his body after defeating Konan. Nagato grew up in and was raised by his parents in the Rain village, so either his parents were refugees from when Whirlpool country was destroyed or Nagato was left in their care as an infant perhaps to conceal him from those who were hunting down Uzumakis after Whirlpool’s demise. Now we don’t know much about the Uzumaki clan other than what Kushina told Naruto inside his consciousness, but she certainly wouldn’t have neglected to mention that they possessed a Rinnegan kekkei genkai. According to Madara, he gave Nagato his Rinnegans – since Nagato activated his Rinnegans at quite a young age, Madara must have done the transfer during his infancy. Whatever the case, we now know that those of the Uzumaki bloodline are potentially compatible with the Rinnegan. But where did Madara obtain those Rinnegans in the first place?

The Fate of the Uzumaki clan
Kushina mentioned some history regarding the Uzumaki clan to Naruto. It was brief, but we do now know the clan specialized in sealing jutsu and many possessed incredible longevity. At some time in the distant past, possibly during on of the previous Great Ninja Wars, the entire Whirlpool country wherein the Uzumakis resided was destroyed by enemies who feared their power. The survivors scattered, many integrating to other nations. My question is why were the Uzumakis feared so much to warrant being wiped off the map? There were certainly many other villages/clans that also possessed powerful abilities… were they just an easy target? If so, why didn’t Konoha come to their aid as an ally? An entire clan just doesn’t disappear overnight. Also, why wasn’t Naruto told about the significance of his last name? And you’d think somebody along his travels would have recognized Naruto’s last name and shed some light on the matter for him. It’s almost as if information about the Uzumakis was repressed the world over. And if so, why?

Naruto’s “That Jutsu”
Okay, I’ve been confused by this ever since it first came up. I think it was Jiraiya who first started it when he warned Naruto not to use “that jutsu” after they came back from their 3 year training. Then Naruto underwent his first four-tails Kyuubi transformation, and it was assumed that it must have been “that jutsu” since it was so powerful. Yet the topic surfaced again when Naruto was given the key to his Kyuubi seal and was told that he’s getting closer to perfecting “that jutsu.” It became clear at this point that “that jutsu” was something Naruto had been training with Jiraiya to achieve, and that it had something to do with the Kyuubi’s power. Recently in chapter 519, Naruto has begun to learn the tailed beast bomb technique from Killerbee. This potentially could be “that jutsu” as it could be said that Minato passed down the Rasengan and Kyuubi to Naruto for just this purpose. But two things bother me: 1. it’s been implied so far that Naruto has been training towards perfecting “that jutsu”, but during his training with Killer Bee it’s clear it’s the first time he’s ever attempted at it. 2. Minato must have made sure to leave Naruto behind something that can counter Madara’s powers, but is a slow-charging single shot chakra blast any good against someone who can phase and teleport near instantly?

Who was inside Kabuto’s last coffin? Who is Madara?
It’s becoming more and more evident through Kabuto’s interactions with Madara that Madara is not who he say he is, or at least he’s not telling the full story. Kabuto has never really called Madara by his name and only said “you go by Madara these days” when they first met. And every time Madara Uchiha comes up in their conversations, it’s as if Kabuto is referring to him as a third person and not the ‘Madara’ standing next to him. And then there’s the body in the last coffin Kabuto summons in chapter 590 – its revelation was the first time I think Madara has been truly stumped by something and had no counters for. Although it’s not stated implicitly, most fans tend to believe that the body in that coffin is that of the real Madara Uchiha and that Kabuto means to use that information to blackmail ‘Madara’ into cooperation when he said “I haven’t told anyone yet.” That leaves the million-dollar question of who is this man who calls himself Madara?

So what did you think of the Naruto manga as a whole in 2010? Did I miss something important? Any other major mysterious worth mentioning?

Revenge of the YellowFlash XII!

After Peins devastating attack obliterated the Valley of the End, Minato is still standing ready for round two.

Minato: You can’t defeat me that easy.

Madara: So, you survived.

Pein: Not may people can survive my Omega Shinra Tensei, but you did.

Minato: I can’t die, I have too much to live for.

Pein: Still trying to stand in the way of peace, huh? You are what’s wrong with this world and part of the reason why I’m trying to change it.

Minato: I feel sorry for you. You are so full of hatred you don’t even see that you are hurting the path to peace instead of building it. You’re no God, just a powerful ninja who’s using his power for evil. That doesn’t make you great, leading by example does. You think killing people and causing chaos is going to convince people to change? All you’re doing is showing them how to be just like you, a murdering scumbag.

God Realm Pein:………….

Minato throws a kunai with an explosive note tag attached causing a huge blast. The blast blows  them all and Kushina and the unconscious Naruto off the statue. Minato catches them both in mid-air and lands on the ground in front of Madara and the three paths of Pein.

Minato: How careless of you, Madara. Don’t declare victory unless you are sure your opponent is dead, otherwise you look like a fool.

Madara: You will be dead pretty soon and I’ll once again have the pleasure of watching you die. Pein, finish him.

Pein: You should have escaped when you had the chance.

Minato: Hmph! (Thinking) Alright, there are three of them now but how can all of them possess the Rinnegan? Before, when the first Pein was crushed in my vortex his insides looked decayed, like he’d been dead for some time now. Also, there are these medal rods all threw out his body, the same medal that’s on his face. In fact, they all seem to have the medal piercings on their bodies. I am able to sense chakra fuming from those rods, could it be that these things are nothing more than dead corpses being manipulated?

Asura Path stands in front of God Realm Pein and Naraka Path stands behind him getting in formation. Asura path takes off his Akatsuki robe revealing his true form. He then dashes at Minato at full speed.

Minato: (Smiling and thinking at the same time) If they are just puppets then the real Pein must be hiding in the shadows?

Miles away inside the forest, Kakashi awakens from being unconscious and sees Shikaku lying beside him.

Kakashi: What happened? Am I dead?

He checks to see if the unconscious Shikaku is still alive.

Kakashi: No, we both are still alive, I can’t believe Minato-sensei was able to use his Flying Thunder God technique to telelport us out of harms way  in such a small amount of time. Where is… Don’t tell me he went back ( Looking around).

Back on the battlefield, Asura Path shoots his missiles toward Minato, Minato flips into the air to dodge them and the explosion. Asura Path jumps into the air to impale him with his sharp spear but Minato with his foot kicks off of the spear flipping into the air and teleports behind him spinning and drives him into the ground. Flipping background out of the smoke and debris from the crash he forming hand signs, Fire Style: Toad Flame Bomb! The fire thrusts towards Asura Path but out of nowhere Preta Path ( Hungry Realm Path) Appears devouring all the flames.

God Realm Pein: (With Animal and Human Realm Pein kneeling in front of him) Your death is inevitable.

Animal Path summons two giant Rams and they run toward Minato at full speed ready to crush him with their horns. Minato with little time to spare forms hands signs, Secret Ninja Art: Seal of Imprisonment! Sealing notes form a circle around the rams stopping their movements and trapping them inside the circle. Minato forms a single hand sign and out from the sealing notes on the ground, kunai emerge and starts to glow detonating a huge explosion blowing them to pieces.

Minato: That attack took up a lot of chakra, I’m going to have to end this soon!

Madara: It’s true, he’s mastered lots of the Uzumaki sealing techniques. He must have learned them from Kushina.

From underneath Minato a giant earth worm bursts from the ground but he jumps into the air and summons Gamabunta dropping him on top of the worm crushing it. Appearing in the sky above, Animal Path summons a giant elephant and drops it on top of Gamabunta and Minato.

Far Away Kakashi is soaring through the trees going to help his sensei when Tsunade arrives with back up. Guy, Asuma, and Kurenai along with Anbu Black Ops follow Tsunade to the Valley of the End.

Tsunade: Kakashi, you’re okay! What happened!?, Where’s Minato!?

Kakashi: A while ago Pein delivered a devastating attack almost killing us all. Minato-sensei protected us by uses his Flying Thunder God technique to teleport us to safety. While we were unconscious he went back for Kushina and Naruto.

Guy: All alone!? That’s crazy!

Tsunade: We have to go and provide back up.

Kakashi: Right, there’s no way he can fight Madara Uchiha and the Rinnegan all by himself.

Tsunade: The Rinnegan!? Are you serious!?

Kakashi: Yes, this Pein guy possess the Kekkai Genkai of the Sage of the Six Paths.

Kakashi summons Pakkun!

Kakashi: We need to send a medical nin to take care of Shikaku, he’s badly injured and won’t last much longer without some help.

Anbu nin: I’ll go, Tsunade -sama should go with you guys to help the Fourth Hokage. Since you are up against the Rinnegan, you are going to need all the help you can get.

Tsunade: Take good care of Shikaku.

Anbu nin: I will, Lady Tsunade.

Asuma: (Thinking) Shikaku!

Back to the fight, Animal Paths elephant has crashed on top Minato and Gamabunta. From behind Minato slams his Giant Rasengan into the Elephant sending him flying off of Gamabunta destroying it.

A flashback shows Gamabunta throwing Minato off of him right before the elephant makes contact.

God Realm Pein:  You managed to avoid that last surprise,  impressive.

Minato: (Using FTG appearing behind Outer Path) I know.

Naraka Path: !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Minato slams his Rasengan into Naraka Path blowing him to bits surprising Pein!

Minato: This Pein stayed the farthest away to avoid getting damaged. Judging by his ability to regenerate your bodies, I knew you would want him in top shape.

God Realm Pein: So, You think……

In an instant Minato appears in Preta Realm Peins face!

Minato: Think, I know.

Minato Kick him into the air and throws a kunai after him, and in an instant Minato disappears and appears again a second later. Soon after God Realm Pein falls to the ground heavily with dozens of kunai stabbed into his body.

Minato: Flying Thunder God technique, level 3!

God Realm Pein: He moves too fast, my Rinnegan allows us to have a shared field of vision but it doesn’t work on him. We can’t keep up with him at this level of speed.

Minato: Two down.

Madara: He’s improved his speed since the last time we fought, not even my Sharingan could keep up with him.

Minato: I see now, they all have different abilities and it looks as though I have gotten rid of the most troublesome puppets. Now they won’t have the luxury of being revived and they won’t be able to absorb my ninjutsu . I shouldn’t have a problem getting rid of the rest if I’m careful but I have to remember if the real one isn’t among them than he probably will attack now that I’m almost out of chakra.

Madara: Enough, I’m through playing these games!

Madara activates his Sharingan and stares down into Kushina’s conscience right into the Kyuubi’s cage.

Madara: Come Forth, Kyuubi!

God Realm Pein: What are you doing? He’s mine.

Madara: You are forgetting one minor factor. He is the Fourth Hokage, so soon there will be reinforcements arriving which will make it harder for us to gain the power of the Kyuubi. Stand aside, I’ll put an end to this.

Breaking the Seal, Madara unleashes the Kyuubi from his prison. Kushina’s body starts to overflow with red chakra causing her body to shake heavily and lifts her into the air.

Minato: No, not now!

The ground starts to crack and the entire valley starts trembling including the statues. Kushina mouth starts to open as chakra spew from it and her eyes opes and starts to glow red.  Minato looks on as Kushina’s body starts to crack from the power of the Kyuubi breaking free. Her body turns to ash as she is blown away into the wind and the Kyuubi’s chakra is unleashed stretching throughout the forest forming into his monstrous body.

Minato: Kushina! ( Falling to the ground spitting out blood from the lost of chakra!)

As Kakashi and the others are coming to Minato’s rescue they are blown away by the sudden shockwaves and change in the land.

Tsunade: What’s going on!?

Guy: It can’t be!

Asuma: The Kyuubi!

Kakashi: Minato-sensei!

Moments later the Kyuubi is fully formed and reborn looking down furiously at Madara, Pein and Minato! Minato with Naruto stands after being protected by Gamabunta and then lays him down and walks out in front.

Minato: What power, he hasn’t changed at all.

Gamabunta: (Thinking) How is Minato suppose to fight something like that in his current state? He’s almost completely out of chakra!

Madara: Witness the power of the Kyuubi! You have…no chance.

Minato: You and your little minion couldn’t defeat me on your own so you use the Kyuubi, how pathetic.

Madara: Trying to insult me so I wouldn’t use the Kyuubi, nice try.

Minato: Hmph, had to give it a try.

Madara: Hand over the boy! You will die here and now but if you hand him over I will spare his live. Father for the son.

Minato: I won’t die here today and neither will Naruto.

Madara: Still as stubborn as ever, even before overwhelming power.

Gamabunta: Minato, I’ll give you my chakra so you can battle the Kyuubi, it won’t be much but you should be able to last more than five minutes if you use it correctly. Of course that would also mean I would have to leave you.

Minato: Alright fine, with our combined chakra I should be able to use “that” technique.

Gamabunta: Don’t do anything stupid and get yourself killed.

Minato: Don’t worry big guy, I wont, besides I have to protect Naruto and Konoha. I was entrusted to protect the next generation until they are ready to take over. (Staring into the eyes of the Kyuubi seeing Kushina and then looking down at Narut0)………………….. Only then can I join her.

Gamabunta disperses and Minato suddenly feel chakra surge through his body.

Minato: I’m not even half-way replenished but I’m going to have to make this work.

Madara: Stand aside Pein, I’ll take it from here.

Animal Path: Fine, I’ll let you finish him off.

Animal Path forms a hands signs and they all disperse.

Madara: Fine then, you leave me no choice. As long as I possess the power of the Kyuubi, I no longer need Naruto. I’ll kill you both.

Minato: If I let you succeed then the sacrifice Kushina made would have been all for nothing……. Like I said, I won’t fail.

Madara activates his Sharingan which also activates into the Kyuubi’s eyes signifying his control.

Madara: Let’s skip everything and get straight to the dying.

The Kyuubi opens his mouth and activates the Bijuu Ball, ready to obliterate Minato and Naruto.

The Kyuubi blasts the Bijuu Ball, Minto forms hand signs and sends it away through a vortex and makes it reappear right in front of Madara. A huge explosion erupts creating a huge crater in the ground. When the smoke clears Minato appears back on the scene after teleporting away to avoid the blast. Madara also appears with his arm shoulder and one of his legs blown off as the Kyuubi emerges from the smoke un fazed.

Madara: (Thinking) He caught me off guard, I couldn’t fully escape into my vortex before the blast. (To Minato) You’re going to pay for that.

Minato: Look at you, you won’t be doing anything to anyone.

Madara: Oh you mean this, this is nothing!

Madara’s body parts suddenly regenerate.

Minato: How!?

Madara: You still don’t get it.

Minato: No matter, he is not the problem.

Minato forms Hands signs, Sacred Uzumaki Art: Chakra Bind!  Minato presses his hands on Naruto’s chest and chakra chains erupt from Naruto’s body and wraps around the Kyuubi, binding him and his power.

Minato: Now you are no longer in control of the Kyuubi, you’ve lost.

With Minato using his chakra to control Naruto’s chakra he starts to pull the Kyuubi inside Naruto.

Minato: I’m sorry, Naruto. This is the only way I can assure your survival and the survival of the  Shinobi World.

Madara: What’s he planning!?

Minato smiles cleverly.

Madara:……….. He’s trying to seal away the Kyuubi inside the boy!!!

Madara quickly teleports next to the Kyuubi and opens his vortex to pull the Kyuubi through. They both struggle as they play tug of way with the Kyuubi. Naruto starts to scream from the pain of having the Kyuubi sealed away.

Minato: Give up, even you can jump something with this much concentration of power and size through your vortex.

Madara: I won’t let you win! The Kyuubi belongs to me! I won’t let you do this!

Minato:  You can’t defeat the power of the Senju. UUHHHHAAAAAAAAAAA! (Thinking) Hang on Naruto, just a little while longer!

Minato forces out the rest of his chakra which forces out more of Naruto’s chakra putting an enormous strain on his body. Minato starts to cough up a pool of blood on the ground as he tries desperately to hang on. Madara is also struggling to conquer the Kyuubi as blood spews from his eyes dripping down his mask. Minato and Naruto’s power overtakes the Kyuubi and successfully seals it away inside Naruto.

Minato: We……did…….it……..Naruto. ( Minato falls over panting and coughing heavily convulsing)

Naruto: (Awakening) What’s going on?

Madara closes up the vortex with his Sharingan glaring at Minato.

Minato: Haha….hahahaha, you’ve lost, it’s over.

Madara kicks him in the faces sending him sliding across the ground.

Madara: I should kill you for what you’ve done!

Naruto: What happened!?

Madara: He’s sacrificed the entire shinobi world, that’s what. Worst than that he’s sacrificed is you… his own son.

Naruto: !!!!!

Madara: He’s sealed away the Kyuubi inside you, cursing you just like he did your mother, he betrayed you Naruto just like I told you he would.

Minato: Don’t listen to him Naruto.

Madara: I’ll allow you to live and cling to your life once more but the next time we meet the only thing you’ll be clinging to is death! Come Naruto, let’s go and together we will make things right.

Minato: (Trying desperately to stand) Naruto….. Son….don’t……

Naruto: I’m no longer your son! I am going to kill you and destroy the Leaf village!

Minato: Don’t…. follow him down a path of darkness!

Naruto: I follow my own path, just like you said, I’m the Destined Child!

Naruto stares angrily at his father as he and Madara disappear through the vortex, Kakashi and the others arrive just in time to see it all happen. Now on his hands and knees Minato punches the ground in anger.

Tsunade: (Thinking) I’m sorry, Yondaime!

Minato falls over again unconscious and everyone runs to his aid. Tsunade starts to perform medical ninjutsu but soon realizes it’s useless.

Tsunade: No, it can’t be!

Kakashi: What’s happening!?

Tsunade:………. He’s dead.