Hello narutards, Cesc and Jdogg are (Jdogg’s opinions and theories will be in Italics) back for a second chapter, and what a chapter it is. I don’t know what has gotten into Kishi lately, but I am loving it. I can’t remember the last time I was so excited for a Naruto chapter. To be honest, I was getting really bored with the fight between Madara and the Alliance. Everything was getting too predictable; yes Neji’s death was a big shocker, but that was a one-time occurrence. Right after that things went back to being boring, Naruto dishing out his chakra to everyone and unleashing an assault on Madara and co. I’m not one to complain about Naruto so I just took it and didn’t whine like a lot of folks do. I kept faith in Kishi and hoped that he will find a way to bring back the excitement and anticipation. Naruto who? This manga should have been called Hashirama Senju. No…? Well… I’ll take this chapter being named after him.
What an awesome chapter we got this week. It was sort of split in two halves, both of which were incredible. I have noticed my dislike of Sasuke decrease rapidly the past couple of weeks. Not too long ago, Sasuke was an incredibly naïve young Uchiha that believed the first thing anyone told him. His encounter with Itachi did him a whole lot of good. He has now gone from wanting to blindly destroy everything without any regard for anyone else to actually wanting to find out the truth and making a sensible decision. It is important to keep in mind however that Sasuke is not necessarily becoming good, but instead, he is looking for absolute proof that crushing the leaf is the right thing. So Sasuke will get his answer from the first, and the likely outcome will be that he changes his mind about the leaf. However, if the answer he gets does not deter him and he chooses to be the villain, I would accept him as such. Unlike Obito, Sasuke is actually looking for the truth first before making up his mind. He is really thinking hard about this, so we should all give him some credit for that. Will I agree with Cesc on Sasuke, I differ in that I believe that Sasuke is better if he becomes an anti-hero. The sort that would help out in this war, and after the war he would isolate himself and create his idea of a village and how it should. Sort of how Orochimaru made his own village with the exception that Sasuke would actually do good for his village instead of abuse the people and their power such in the case of Orochimaru. Either way I think Cesc and I would agree that Sasuke is being set up to either become a permanent antagonist or protagonist and is becoming a far more likable character than the infamous split between Sasuke hates and lovers.
The God, and his lil bro!
The first half of this chapter was dominated by the two Senju brothers Hashirama and Tobirama. Both of these guys seem to scare the hell out of the third. Now, for all you who were complaining about how weak Hashi and Tobirama were when they were first released, Kishi finally has an answer for you. As I thought all along, the two Kages were not at their full strength. You may argue that Kishi pulled this out of his arse but I’m going to back him on this. The reason why I was fine with him bringing them back then is that he was able to introduce Edo. If he had waited until the present, then we would all be complaining about how he pulled edo out of his arse. That was very early in the Manga, so we were not fit to handle the epicness of the first, thus Kishi made them weak, very weak. Now that we are prepped for it, we get to see them in all their glory. The only complaint I have though is Big Magnum having wood style. Knowing that he would bring back the first, I wish Kishi would’ve waited for him (Hashi) to unveil the true power of Mokuton, i.e the dragon summon and forest of poison. Judging from how Tobirama scared the shit out of everyone by simply lifting a finger, he definitely is no slouch; which deepens the mystery of how he was killed by a squad of cloud ninja. But just when you thought Tobirama was about to get things started, up steps big bro who not only stops him in his tracks, but nearly brings down that the entire cave they’re standing in (yup, he cracked the floor and walls with his chakra). With each chapter, Hashirama’s awesomeness grows tenfold. Hashi’s incredible chakra reminds me a lot of how riatsus work in bleach. Or like how Ki works in DBZ, i.e. Vageta losing all hope from sensing Freeza’s true power. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this is the first time this has occurred in Naruto. Usually they just sense the nature of a chakra and the strength of it, but never has it struck fear in opponents as such. And these are not fodder ninjas either, they are among the elite; to get them to nearly soil themselves (Suigetsu actually does soil himself hehe) just from him spiking his chakra says a lot about the man. I would also argue that it wasn’t just the amount of chakra (because it would be ridiculous to think anyone has more chakra than Naruto right now and he does not exude this type of presence) but the type of chakra it is. His lil bro who was acting all tough, Oro who is supposed to be controlling him, the third, tough boy Sasuke, Minato, nor the walls or ground could withstand his chakra.
Safe to say Oro and Sasuke will be in tons of trouble if the first decides to end them. This guy’s overwhelming strength has already broken him out of Oro’s control. I am not going to bash Tobirama or the fourth for not being able to break out of Oro’s control. As some of you stated earlier, the first is on a whole other level. He is the closest thing to the sage, comparing the other Kages to him in just unfair. I did not expect any of the Kages to break free easily, and just because Tobirama created the jutsu does not mean he must break out. I would love for him to do so, but at the same time I won’t complain if he doesn’t. Oro uses the first’s cells to give him greater power, thus he is able to have better control over the edo. He is not controlling the cells, and the first cannot control his cells either. He is able to overcome Oro’s control from sheer strength. Just look at the flashback of the fight with him and Madara who whips out a susano’o and 9 tails, most ninjas would be soiling themselves at that sight yet the first has a big ole smile on his face. But I will leave that part to Jdogg as he wants to get in on this sweetness as well.
There is no doubt in my mind that Kishi planned planned and planned this chapter flawlessly, you could see in the art and dialogue skill Kishi pulls of here that he puts his heart and soul into this chapter. I am one that will admit I am wrong but I am also one that will point out that I have never lost my faith in Kishi. Yes, I did whine about some chapters, but hey whats a fan without some whining. Either way as Cesc been saying this chapter has Senju Hashirama Senju written all over it. If you thought Madara was a beast well hold your horses because Hashirama has far exceeding traits, powers, and scarier than Madara. Now as to how he will convince Sasuke that his ways are wrong, is like he said by telling the history of the Senju and Uchiha. Not the biased history that we were exposed to by Obito or Madara, but by Hashirama himself, the man that was responsible for the Ninja system as it is today. The reason that I think his side of the story will be the best is because he is not trying to persuade Sasuke into following him like Obito did. Also, he does not seem to be the person that would take advantage of a confused Sasuke like Obito or Orochimaru did, so in a sense, Hashirama story will be the most unbiased narrative of the history of the Village and Shinobi we have been introduced to. As for the battle of Valley of the End, well I could see two things Kishi doing, he could just move on to Hashirama telling the history or actually focus on the battle, and to be frank I would love to see this battle in its complete form, even if it takes two to three chapters. Strap onto your chairs my friends because the Naruto series is hotter than ever and back with a cold cutting vengeance for glory.
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