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Naruto Chapter 551 – Itachi vs. Pein

naruto-retro1Post Author: Bob

Hey narutards and narutardettes. My sincere apologies this week for get this ‘review’ out so late. A bit of an emergency came up on Thursday and didn’t even get a chance to read the new chappy until this morning. But excuses aside, I am here now and here is what I have to say. So after reading chapter 551, I’m split between two sides: One side tells me that this was a super sweet fight since we got badass undead Itachi here fighting alongside the good guys for a change; but the other side tells me this fight was waaaaay too short for the epicness held within – Nagato shouldn’t be this easy to take down. But Kishi obviously want us to refocus somewhere else next chapter, this war’s not about to end anytime soon. Part of me wanted Nagato to somehow switch over to the good side too, but I think that’d be too much of an imbalance on the battlefield.

I guess I should’ve foreseen that this would be a fairly brief battle. From the very beginning there was really no serious tension between the characters. It was like a reunion of old friends and they just happen to be forced to fight to the death. Even while Naruto was on the brink of having his soul pulled out of him, he was still acting like Nagato was his buddy and joking around. But don’t get the wrong impression, I love humor in battle and welcome it here because it’s been a rarity since this war started. My only suggestion would have been for Kishi to make this fight stretch out a tad longer. I know this is a pretty common complaint of mine, but I just hate seeing great shinobi characters like Nagato and his Paths powers being suddenly resurrected for a few chapters and then shelved back into the manga graveyard almost as quickly.

Next item: Naruto, you’ve fought Nagato once before, you’ve seen most of his powers first hand and probably got a pretty good debrief of what his other ones were in the aftermath, why are you surprised by the moves he’s throwing out? As much as Naruto will grow in strength and power, his lack of brains will always be his weakness. But that’s why we love him, if Naruto did have the brains to match his abilities, he’d just be another Sasuke and that’d suck. KB isn’t much brighter than Naruto is, so it’s up to Itachi to save the day this chapter. I don’t know how much he knew about Nagato’s powers prior to this battle but he somehow managed to exploit all of the weaknesses in the Six Path techniques and cornered him in just a few moves. Makes you think whether Itachi could actually win against Nagato if it was just one-on-way, hmmmm? But then you have to ask yourself why the heck did Jiraiya, who Itachi had claimed to be stronger than himself, have so much trouble with Pein when he fought him? Was the key to countering the Rinnegan just throwing kunai into the eyes?

Regardless, Itachi was a total beast in this chapter. He’s wearing the pants in this group. But we’re seeing a super-Itachi if you want to call it that. The Edo Tensei that’s making him invulnerable has perhaps also eliminated the limiting factors Itachi had in the past with using Susanoo and his other MS powers. Though, you have to wonder how long this will last; ultimately Kabuto is the one keeping the Edo Tensei technique up, if he were to release it Itachi will. I’m guessing Kabuto hasn’t done so because he can’t unsummon a single individual without ending the whole technique and losing all of his summons. But in the end, he is still wielding the key to end Itachi’s come back. Let’s just hope Itachi gets a chance to help take down Sauske before he pulls the plug.

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18 Responses

  1. Bob’s protected lounge is gay. Why we can’t see it Bob. I thought we we’re your shannaro family. It’s freaking Sunday and you post this late? Let me take over Shannaro, I’ll make it a hundred times better, believe it!

    R.I.P Nagato, Kishi never cared about you. Itachi FTW

  2. FIRST

  3. aww man, just missed it, but yea, great chapter

    note on itachi saying jiraiya stronger than him, itachi was aware of the strengths of the rinnegan, so he knew how to work around it, jiraiya went into the fight with zero knowledge, thats a huge reason he was defeated the way he was, although he did put up a good fight

  4. pain is my fav character n all but once u kno his secret, its really easy to beat him, he even admitted had jiraiya known his secret, the battle cud have gone the other way.

  5. One thing I notice though is when Nagato get a hold on KB and got wrap onto some kind of mechanical arms, well KB got that sword behind him why it didn’t absorb nagatos chakra , I don’t care what you say how strong your enemys are if you can drain there strength then its over ,. I’m just pissed cuz this chapter has to many plot holes making me mad…

  6. Great chapter, can’t way to see this fight in the anime…. 5 yrs from now.

  7. Quite frankly I didn’t mind much that the fight couldn’t be a longer badass epic fight because it wasn’t set up to be that way. Fact is, we’ve already seen all nagato can do as a fighter, and having him “complete” as a edo zombie and having itachi out as well was simply to satisfy some of the what-if’s. Even then he was limited by his own abilities. We’ve only seen one rinnigan user fought so far; who’s to say that he wasn’t still in the amaturist stage of his ocular powers? Maybe madara will show off techinques about the rinnegan that hasn’t been seen or explained yet, he is overall a better ninja than nagato and he has experience and genes on his side.

  8. Love the above point…. Im gonna be stubborn and say Nagato wins but thats argumenative…. I however am dying to kno if anyone can beat Madara. I mean it’s the user of the Rinnegan thats the most important, so even tho out of sheer loyalty to the Rinnegan I go with the Nagato against anyone, besides Madara… He’s Nagato on steroids, hgh, and crack… So he beats Madara? obviously Naruto, but at this pace he doesnt alone…

  9. I think Kabuto can’t recall Itachi since he was effected by the genjutsu to release him and must “Protect Kohona”. Itachi will probably go back himself emotionally, more than likely involving Sasuke.

  10. 1. Itachi’s sussano looked remarkably like Sasuke’s.
    2. How did the jinjuuriki survive that explosion completely unscathed?
    3. Naruto said that Nagato was using the sage’s techniques, this was never mentioned and furthermore, it is not even a commonly accepted truth in the naruverse that the sage existed.
    4. It was good to see all the techniques used in one body.How did the jinjuuriki survive that explosion completely unscathed?
    3. Naruto said that Nagato was using the sage’s techniques, this was never mentioned and furthermore, it is not even a commonly accepted truth in the naruverse that the sage existed.
    4. It was good to see all the techniques used in one body.

  11. @mad
    The skelton of itachi’s susanno looked like sasukes without the horns but once it flesh grew it looked like its normal predator self lol
    @Darth
    When Madara does fight he better abuse all those powers- im taking sharingan an rinnegan overload!! He’s only thought konan seriously that we’ve seen an blue paper chic gave him a hell of a hard time!

  12. 1. Awesome Breakdown Bob though seems you slipping, chapter 511 was a couple of years ago… that is just he 411

    2. Nagato/Pain is godly powerful, Itachi is awesome and smart but the Pure power its undeniable that Nagato wins hands Down, Itachi lack of raw power was kinda substitued with the 2 most singly powerful shinobi in naruto at the moment 🙂

    3. Susannoo looks the same even when it shot the arrow things, it was the same, but why is this relevant besides the fact that Sasuke’s is purple and itachi red we knew their ability with MS would be the same not <_< 😛

    4. Kishi is rushing too much, he needs to slow down, focus more on filling in the plot holes if you ask me O_O

    5. As all Bleach Fans Know Plot holes come from Wars O_O

  13. How do we get access to Bob’s lounge, lol.

  14. @pein0avenue: the sussano point us relevant bcoz (1) it was previously mentioned that their sussano were different and (2) itachi’s didnt shoot an arrow

  15. @ mad – though we have seen that in the final time Sasuke used Susanoo that it looked like Itachi’s so we knew there where levels developed in this jutsu, hahah, yeah he shot some weird boomerang thing I know just lazy 😛

    Oh I didn’t know they said they where different in the manga? was it maybe just not in color?

  16. ohh, kabuto would be rubbing his hands together after seeing itachi’s sword. the one that sealed oro away. im afraid itachi wont be around for too much longer now that kabuto has his renewed agenda.

  17. Ok, about the next chapter, Naruto looses the crow, but finally stops being a d**k, he learns that he has do be the same, not a arrogant prick. At the end, Naroto is the one that comes (rasengan and flames comming out of he’s hands)

    http://www.mangastream.info/2011/08/naruto-552-page-1.html

  18. Jiraiya is not nearly as strong as Itachi, that should be obvious by now, and Itachi never made that statement either. check the official VIZ release, it has itachi saying “if I fight him now, we would both die” or something like that, either way Kisame is never taken into account. and when you consider Itachi had already used a lot of chakra when he said that, you could take that statement into context and come to the conclusion that itachi was basically saying he was stronger than Jiraiya.

    and further, iItachi was most likely just trying to BS his way out of there since he had no reason to even be there any longer. Madara confirmed that Itachi went to konoha for the sole purpose of making danzo and the elders aware of his presence, meaning there probably wasn’t even any order from akatsuki; it was just Itachi doing his stuff.

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