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Naruto Chapter 573 – The Paths We Walk

naruto-retro1Post Author: Bob

Nice chapter this week, I think we’ve reached another pitstop in the fight against Tobi/Madara. Naruto has proven he can stand toe-to-toe with the multiple Bijuu and has literally stated to Tobi’s face that he knows more about the Bijuu under his control that he does, essentially throwing a monkey wrench into Tobi’s plans on using the beasts as his goon squad in the future.

This is an important turning point in the battle because of the new element of the unknown that Naruto has brought to the battlefield. Tobi’s confidence comes from the fact that he’s been around for so long that he knows almost everything about everyone and every village – down to the sage of the six paths and history of all the tailed beasts. However, the transformation that Naruto has taken in just one chapter is something he has no knowledge of – because there hasn’t been an instance before where the Kyuubi willing fused his own chakra with his human host. For a man that empowers himself through the process of controlling everyone else (by mind control if necessary), Naruto’s unpredictability leaves him without a clue on how to deal with it. Tobi’s only option is to lurk back into his zone of safety by reassuring himself that everything that has happened with Naruto is irrelevant and that he still maintains the upperhand over everything. But as we’ve seen again and again in this manga, underestimating the underdog is the pitfall every villain makes that leads to their ultimate demise.

With the current course of events, Tobi will be defeated. However, this is a man with countless tricks under his belt that, and if backed into a corner Tobi will get desperate and do anything to get the upperhand again. He’s a man of no mercy and has little value for life, I don’t doubt that if he can’t gain control the world he’d be willing to destroy it. But let’s not forget the other players still remaining on the field: Kabuto, the real Madara and Sasuke. Kabuto and true Madara seem to have forged a team of their own, but I bet having Tobi defeated here will not benefit them in the long run. They might come to Tobi’s aid if only to take his powers for themselves, but first they have to elude the five kages out for blood. Sasuke may be Tobi’s only real back-up if things start going sour, but the current Sasuke feels like he’d kill somebody for just staring at him. He may be too emo at the moment to deliberately help Tobi, but may indirectly help his war effort if all he wants to do is to spill Konoha blood.

This chapter spent a lot of time on featuring the individuals of the Konoha 11 and others while they charge to reinforce the war effort, which was quite a nice touch by Kishi to remind us that this isn’t a one-man war despite the amount of attention Naruto’s battles have been getting. Notice how they are all coming in as one, their collective footsteps leaving behind prints in the mud as they rush to help their friends in battle. Now contrast this to the last two pages on this chapter… a sole Sasuke walking through the rain… destination unknown… future unknown. We all can’t control the circumstances of our lives when we’re born and we can’t change the past, but we can affect our own futures. Sasuke was left an orphan as an early age, with no family or clan to belong to. But he gained a new family with Team 7 with Sakura, Naruto and Kakashi. Yet, he abandoned all that to pursue the path of vengeance, to murder his own brother. To that end he formed a new team to aid him towards that goal, yet even abandoned them to be captured through his rash actions. And now, after learning the truth about his brother, Sasuke has nothing left but to pursue vengeance for the sake of vengeance – all the while being manipulated by the man who is probably the real cause for the slaughter of his family and clan. Unlike Tobi, Sasuke has no desire to control the world, but like Tobi he has no qualms about destroying the world if it stands in his way.


40 Responses

  1. well, preety interesting chapter this week,
    we have:
    naruto vs tobi,

    shinobi HQ(good job inoichi,with nagato style nosebleed),

    konoha 11 point of view(i have no idea what hinata mean, but hopefully naruto won’t abandoning her just like after pain invasion-arc)

    and sasuke finally show up, i’ll wait what’s the price(side effect) for the jutsu he will use, cause every high jutsu have side effect it seem(e.g. mangekyo power)

    thank you for the review, bob, and keep up the good work

  2. why not having review about hinata point of view

  3. Best review you have given, very good ending to a chapter in terms of hiden lessons…….Sasuke’s a person that everyone loved and naruto was the person that everyone hated, yet still the different paths they took lead to a compleat different contrast of there lifes…..it’s a shame cause if you think about it sasuke was probly the first ever person to accpt naruto.

  4. Thanks for the post bob. I like this week’s chapter and can’t wait for the next.

  5. So that’s what are those things on the mud are, collective foot prints at first I thought they were prints of saskue no wonder there so many, good stuff bob nice

  6. and know.. sasuke going to the battlefield..

    nice chapter..

  7. u know, I actually miss seeing Sasuke in action. hope he just goes an destroys a defenseless konoha.
    as an aside, the anime is the bizniz right now. my question to minato is why not use FTG to redirect the bijuu dama onto kurama…. once again he fails to deliver… this time in HD

  8. now i really want susuke to win… im not being sorry for him… i just understand how he feels…

    or it’ll be like naruto said… they’ll die together.

  9. @mad he couldn’t because there was no seal near kurama… he could only redirect It to Where there Was a seal. Also even if he did kurama was so close to he village that a bijuu dama would damage not Only kurama but more of konoha than was already destroyed. In seconds he figured out a way to defend konoha and by the looks of naruto now doesn’t look like He made such a bad decision.

  10. @lilmoe sorry but I don’t feel for sasuke. Unlike naruto sasuke had friends and people willing to help him from the start. Naruto earned it and maybe That’s y naruto is how he is. Sasuke has been given alot while naruto had to earn it. Sasuke was classified as a genius and exceptional while naruto was the weak link… and yet in the genin exam It was naruto charging at oro while sasuke was struck with fear. When u have erything handed to u or close to It like sasuke u feel entitled and honestly that’s y o hate sasuke cause he feels entitled to everything. Naruto had loss too from his parents to jiryia and yet he dealt with it and didn’t mope or even hate the nine tailed who btw did kill his parents.

  11. Great review. Now is Sasuke turn to shine in this war.

  12. Finally we get to see just what the EMS can do. The same power that rose the status of Madara to rival the likes of Hashirama.

    Do you have a personal grudge against Sasuke or somthing?

  13. @wong jowo
    I belive the whole point of obtaining the EMS was to have no side effects to using it.(other than the normal ‘use up chakra to make’)

    @token I agree with not really feel anything for sasuke, but if you really think about it both naruto and sasuke didn’t grow up with friends. Everyone hated naruto because of what he was, but everyone admired and worshipped sasuke because of what he was. You can’t really call anyone like that sasukes friends. In my opinion they were each others first true friends.

  14. @madzikage, I understand what you mean about Minato. Using FTG abilities to redirect the bijuu bomb onto Kurama sounds like a good idea, however one problem is all the inoccent people that would get killed…too much collateral damage.

  15. @chef lol yea I do have something against sasuke….. idk I just think how kishi portrays sasuke is badly done.Sasuke seems a little entitled and as a character I don’t care for him. He is bratty and unlike villains like oro or tobi he has no real goal outside revenge which imo doesn’t bode Well. At least tobi in a twisted way claims to strive for peace even if by force and rule the world…. sasuke wants to kill the elders in konoha lol. Come on once he does that than what? He will Just be a emo kid bored with nothing to do or just walk off into the sunset. Sides its funny how he is doing all this for itachi, who wanted sasuke to be a hero and instead sasuke is ruining any good itachi was going for and staining his name and the clans. I’ve never been a fan of characters with a stupid goal or a feeling of entitlement to things he doesn’t deserve

  16. Sasuke wants to completely destroy Konoha and rebuild the the Uchia. However, it seems someone forgot to tell him that in order to reproduce, one must have sex with a GIRL. something he has no interest in.


    Mangastream To Stop Scanlating NARUTO

    By Itachi Nguyen on February 12, 2012 in News · 2 Comments

    Not only NARUTO but also One Piece, Bleach, and other series that are licensed by VIZ Media.

    The famous manga scanlation website MangaStream has announced on their website that they will no longer be hosting/translating any Shounen Jump Series:

    – Naruto
    – Bleach
    – One Piece
    – Hunter x Hunter
    – Katekyo Hitman Reborn
    – Claymore
    – D.Gray-man

    I’m not surprised, but I am kinda disappointed as well. There are other scanlation groups available but MangaStream always had the best scans and translations for any manga series they worked on. Anyone want to form a scanlation group? I’m in 😀

  18. VIZ Media Licensed Series Dropped
    February 11th, 2012

    Dear MangaStream supporter,

    It’s with a heavy heart that I make the following announcement. MangaStream will no longer be releasing the following series:

    – Naruto
    – Bleach
    – One Piece
    – Hunter x Hunter
    – Katekyo Hitman Reborn
    – Claymore
    – D.Gray-man

    VIZ Media has demanded that we end our scanlation work for all of the above. This comes despite our best efforts to pursuade fans into supporting official distributors by being the only group to actively prevent an archive from forming on their website through the removal of chapters that are older than a couple weeks. They’ve succeeded in little more than invoking inconvenience to the community as their digital magazine missed the mark; it runs several issues behind and only features 3 of the above series. So long as their product continues to be slow, awkward and inferior to something a ragtag group of nobodies can churn out in a few hours – fans will continue to look to scanlation groups and aggregators for their weekly fix.

    The aggressive and escalating nature of their threats have forced our hand into removing the content. MangaStream will no longer be posting full scanlations for any of the aforementioned series, we will instead focus our efforts onto the series we do that are not licensed by VIZ Media (you can assume everything currently on our directory will be continued).

    Our final message to our loyal JUMP audience will be this:
    Thank you for supporting us over the past two years and making Mangastream your home away from home. It was a pleasure sharing our time with fans who were just as passionate and dedicated as we were.

    Although MangaStream will no longer be hosting any of the Jump series, if it’s something our fanbase is interested in, we’re considering leveraging our connections to bring you accurate spoiler summaries for the Jump chapters as early as possible. We know this isn’t much, but hope it can whet your appetite until the dozens of aggregators release the official Jump chapters on Wednesday.

  19. that does suck; however if ppl need another site to find naruto on here is one; http://www.mangareader.net/. just as good (although sometimes the translations appear to be a tad off)

  20. Thanks token!

  21. Mangafox.com is another alternative. They’re translations are a bit different than mangastreams versions.

  22. No more Naruto on mangastream! Aggh!

  23. first onemanga and now mangastream. I hope Kishi wraps this up before the scanaltion sites all get shut down.

    I have a feeling during climax of Bleach or Naruto they’ll pull the plug… It’s good business because then they insure you have to buy their box set since we’re all hooked and would have no other means of reading the endings. And that’s TObi’s true identity. The publishers and investors of Jump!

    HEY has anyone seen the live action Naruto on youtube? I thought it was going to be awful but it was actually pretty good.

  24. Found some more sites:

    Happy hunting…

  25. i feel like i lost apart of me now that mangastream has stopped doing shounen manga. but i have a feeling that i might go there on Wednesday mornings either because i forgot or just to reminisce on the old days 😦 they made the best naruto manga translations and their mangas were always clear and vivid.


  27. @Siskin,
    U got a link for that Naruto live stuff?? I saw one a while back of Naruto vs Rock lee part 1 on youtube which was really good!

    I like my Mangastream, they were always clear an well done, this sucks!!!!!!!!!!!

    As for Sasuke rebuilding his clan – he’s gonna have to sleep with Sakura or Ino or Mizukage! He needs to find out the truth about his clan tho coz Tobi is hiding something big about the Uchiha. Watching the anime of Minato vs Tobi that’s not 1 uchiha to be seen when the fox attacks

  28. Does anyone know how fast mangareader gets their chapters out? Is it the same speed as mangastream?

  29. This was a great breakdown of the author wants us to take the final pages of this chapter. I’m glad you went into depths on this, great job Bob-o-sama

  30. Is anyone else excited about madara/tobi w.e finally using his war fan? I have been very curious how he uses it since the page with madara n the 1st hokage fighting.

  31. @firefist87 mangareader has been known to get their stuff out pretty quickly. No opinion on the translations though

  32. From likenaruto.com:

    Naruto Chapter 574 Spoilers

    43 mins ago by Itachi Nguyen 0 Comments

    Here are spoilers for Naruto chapter 574. The chapter probably will be late than usual as MangaStream no longer scanlates Naruto.

    Naruto is amusing.

    Begins with Karin the interrogation room. She seems infatuated while looking at Sasuke’s photograph, but since she was almost killed, she tears it up.

    Suigetsu and Juugo go to Orochimaru’s secret base.
    Suigetsu finds Orochimaru’s secret chamber.
    He finds a scroll and gets really excited.

    A large group of white Zetsu appear before Sasuke.
    Sasuke uses a combination of Susano’o and Amaterasu.
    Tobi has white Zetsu under a genjutsu .
    He communicates with Sasuke through his sharingan.
    White Zetsu: “It’s war. Defeat Killer Bee and Uzumaki Naruto. Our forces are rapidly diminishing.
    Sasuke is flooded with memories of Naruto.

    Sasuke: “I’m going to your location to cut you down!”
    Sasuke finishes all the white Zetsu off.

    Sasuke and a poem to Itachi.

    Itachi is on his way somewhere.

    Sasuke returns his katana to its scabbard.
    Next week.

  33. it’s out on narutoget.com

  34. I wanna see the rematch between sasuke and itachi…both 100%:D

  35. mangastream has “J-preview” now…which has summaries of all the WSJ series and Spoilers of the next chapter. Its on Mangabit.com.

  36. There all out on mangareader guys, someone make a banner!

  37. http://www.mangareader.net/naruto/574

    It’s out. The focus is on Hawk now…interesting. I also want to know what Suigetsu discovered and why he still thinks its necessary to be Sasuke’s b*tch haha.

  38. I wonder if all the junjuriki gave naruto their bloodline limits and some more elemental powers..That would be Hot..Its sad that its ending though.

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