Naruto Chapter 572. Man, you miss a weekly chapter because of having to travel for work and all the good stuff happens. Okay, this week I’m just starting to absorb what happened in 571, but it’s probably all old news for everyone else so I’ll skip my usual diatribe because I bet all the best theories have already been touched on in the 100 or so comments last week 😀
Still, what an amazing transformation we’re observing in Naruto in such a short period of time. Even though we all knew some kind of Naruto-Kyuubi fusion was coming, I never thought he’d gain this much power on their first merge. I was expecting something similar to KB where Kyuubi manifests in his physical form like all the other Bijuu have and start brawling with them ala Godzilla-style. But I guess I never took Naruto’s sage mode/nature chakra into account for such a merger, and it obviously has a profound effect on Kyuubi’s “physical” manifestation.
Naruto has retained all his sage mode power but now has the protection of Kyuubi’s form to shelter himself and his friend within as well as a huge reservoir of chakra he couldn’t directly tap into before. By giving this new form to Naruto – one that is very similar in function to Sasuke’s Susanoo technique – I think Kishi has set down another step to the ultimate powerhouse showdown between the former teammates. I’m glad Kishi has given Naruto limitations on the duration he can maintain his new form – as much as I’d like to see Naruto just mow everything down and win the war by himself, it just wouldn’t be much fun or memorable if the hero didn’t have to work for his victory.
So I guess Son Goku did give Naruto some of his powers during their brief encounter, and that is how Naruto is able to find and interact with the other Bijuu along with their Jinchuuriki in this way now. I was a bit surprised to find the spirits of the Jinchuuriki with their Bijuus, as I always thought Kishi just created them as filler characters so the anime version of Naruto Shippuuden will have some more material to work with in their filler episodes. But now that we know their spirits are somehow bound to the their respective Bijuus, they should have more influence on the course of events from now on. It would be interesting to see more of the backstory of these Jinchuuriki, especially the 4th Mizukage, but with the story progressing the way it is, I doubt there’d be time for an exposition amidst all this action.
I kind of chuckled when I saw the baby versions of the Tailed Beasts…. Baby Kyuubi.. dddawwwwwwwwww…. But I digress, what I got from that scene near the end with the sage of the six paths was that all the Bijuu have been waiting for someone to come along and bring them together as one again – possibly reforming the Ten-Tails. And I think everyone has reached the consensus that Naruto is the person the sage was referring to. By the end of the chapter, all the tailed beasts Naruto has met have now given him a bit of their power much like Son Goku had. And by Naruto’s confident demeanor at the end, it seems like Tobi’s control over the Bijuu’s bodies isn’t such an obstacle anymore. I’m still not sure how knowing the beasts’ true names can give Naruto an advantage, but I guess we’ll see next week.
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