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Naruto Chapter 555 – Fighting Smart

naruto-retro1Post Author: Bob Naruto chapter 555! Such a cool number for such a cool chapter. Before I get started, I wanna thanks Sothe for covering for the 554 review, you rock man! I apologize for missing out on chapter reviews recently, but after doing Naruto reviews for the last three years, work and life commitments have finally caught up to my free roaming life style, hahaha. I don’t know if I can always keep a regular schedule of blogs like I have in the previous years, but I love Shannaro!!! and will try my best. But at the same time, I might increasingly depend on other writers help fill the gaps where I can’t be around in the future.

Okay, back to the chapter at hand, I was pretty impressed by how Kishi handled Naruto’s battle against the Raikage. Contrary to Naruto’s last couple of fights where he just tended to use his newly gained powers to brute force victories over his opponents, Naruto actually used his brains and exploited a calculated weakness in his seemingly invincible opponent. Too often in recent battles has Naruto only relied on brute power and his own relentlessness to win. And although the Rasengan-to-the-face strategy is entertaining, I often wished Naruto to adopt a more tactical approach to fighting opponents. I know this kind of goes against the energetic knucklehead ninja mentality Kishi has adopted for Naruto, but it’s not like Naruto hasn’t used his head before (and I don’t mean headbutting an opponent). One of my favorite battles was Naruto’s fight against Neji in the Chuunin exams because it was a good example of how Naruto kept thinking throughout the battle on how to win even against overwhelming odds.

I’m glad Kishi brought that analytical Naruto back in the fight versus the undead Raikage. When Naruto started forming the tailed beast bomb last chapter, I was somewhat disappointed because it was just going to be the same old stuff – Naruto defeats powerful opponent with even more powerful technique, *yawn*. It was so refreshing to see Naruto to think on his feet and come up with a risky but well-planned strategy to defeat the Raikage using the information he got from Hachibi. On top of that, he realized that his new uber Kyuubi mode was actually a hindrance facing against the speed and power of the Raikage, and smartly switched to sage mode in order to better sense Raikage’s attacks and allow him to dodge them while counterattacking. Using the Raikage’s own lightning technique against him by diverting his arm into himself was a brilliant idea and perfectly executed.

I couldn’t be prouder of Naruto for coming this far because tactics and analysis has always been his weak point. I think up to now we’ve always overlooked Naruto’s lack of strategy in how he fights because this brashness and headstrongness has always been a part of his character. As well, because Naruto’s always had his incredible stamina and huge chakra reserves, there was no need to conserve energy and adopt more precise fighting techniques. But I think we’re finally seeing Naruto start to fight more intelligently – which I think is key if Naruto is expected to face the new Sasuke on an even battlefield; as well, Naruto will need to be smart and wise to follow in his father’s footsteps and become Konoha’s next great protector and leader.

Well, I spent most of this post talking about just one moment in this whole chapter, lol, but I do feel it’s an important evolution in Naruto’s character. Also. I didn’t have too much to comment on the other things in this chapter other than:

– Dodai reminds me so much of Ao, one of Mizukage’s bodyguards, wise and a lifesaver in a pinch… I wonder if his Lava technique is similar to composition as the Mizukages? Or is Lava technique just a catch-all term for this type of multi-elemental fusion techniques? Regardless, the rubber jutsu is a pretty cool concept.
– Dang, how long was KB taking a piss for in order to get separated from Naruto for such a long distance? I LOL’d when he just told Naruto to not to bother him while he finishes up.
– I can’t wait to see Gaara go up against Clam dude. Nobody better interfere, this is going to be good!


One Piece Chapter 639- “Protect Everything”

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Very interesting chapter we got this week. Finally we get an idea of who is facing who, well at least for the ‘Monster Trio’. In one corner we got Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, and Jinbe facing against Hody, Hyozo, and Wadatsumi. It is obvious who Luffy and Zoro were face against, but what was surprising was Sanji and Jinbe working together against the giant.

The LineUp

Like I was saying that it was obvious whom Luffy and Zoro were going against but it was Sanji that I had no clue who he was going to face against. For one there is no one in the NFP that has the same fighting style as Sanji, there is always a pattern who the ‘monster trio’ will face. Luffy would always face against the strongest enemy or most of the time it is the leader in the group. Zoro would always face against the second in command, the second strongest and most of the time it is the swordsman of the enemy. Sanji on the other hand would face against the third strongest or the one who is the specialist of hand-to-hand combat in the enemy’s group.  However, in this arc he is facing against Wadatsumi and he is teaming up with Jinbe.

Jinbe and Sanji vs Wadatsumi

This should be an interesting battle because the last time Sanji went against a giant was back in Thriller Bark when the SH faced of Oars. But now he is facing the largest Fishman. Wadatsumi  is considered powerful but has a childish personality, but has loyalty and obedience to Decken is strong. He seems to have high tolerance to pain as to he was able to take damage from Jinbe and Sanji, one after the other and he was just simply crying about it. The way I see it is that Wadatsumi will take a bunch of the Energy steroids and turn out like Hody and Hyozo, which will make this face of even more interesting.



Zoro vs Hyozo

The most interesting face of is Zoro vs Hyzo because if it is one thing you need to know about Zoro is that his fights always end up in a bloody way. Don’t get me wrong I want to see the rest of the SH and their battles but this one interests me the most. Zoro is the baddest of the bad, his techniques and sense of honer in swordsmanship makes him one of the most interesting characters in One Piece. So far we have only seen him slash a Pacifist, Hody and his new tornado technique, but now we will get an overall look at him in a One on One fight against Hyozo. Hyozo in my opinion is the most interesting out of the NFP and I considered him the strongest because even Luffy was interested in Hyozo because Hyozo was the one to block his attack and poison Luffy at the same time. I just hope that Hyozo is not a weakling like Hody, but than again he is going against Zoro who was training with the strongest swordsman in the world, Dracule Mihawk “Hawkeye”.

Luffy vs Hody

The match up that we all wanted to see and has been anticpated ever since Luffy came back from his two year training is the face of Luffy vs Hody. I don’t see this match up lasting long, but it would be interesting too see how Luffy can handle himself underwater where he is most vulnerable. And in some ways he is not a push over. He was able to hurt Hody underwater with his new move; which by the way is pretty creative, I just wonder if he is able to pierce someone like the CP9 technique “Shigan”  . Over all these match up should give us a clue as to how much really did the SH improved, because till now we really have not seen them in  a long one on one match, but now we will get to see that. Like they say patience pays off and that’s something we will have to do to see what happens next to our favorite Pirates.

Side Notes:

  • It was just to convent for Zoro to be there to protect Robin.
  • Hody has no honor. I don’t think his mom ever taught him to not hurt a defenseless woman, let alone pull her by the hair.
  • It is a scary team of Sanji and Jinbe, it sucks for Wadatsumi.
  • That was a harsh way for Decken to go out like that by his own weapon.
  • Another Match up that we know about is Chopper vs Daruma.
  • The only that are left is Nami, Robin, Brook, Ussop, and Franky, I wounder who they will face against.
  • Hyozo seems to be wielding 8 swords. I first thought he would be wielding 3 swords like Zoro, I was wrong.
  • Zoro was badazz about Hyozo being a ‘warm up’.

Basil Hawkins