Hi all, Cesc and Jdogg here to bring you a review of yet another solid chapter from Kishi. The past couple of chapters have been filled with awesomeness, mainly because of Hashirama and his total badassry. I wondered how long Kishi can keep bringing the goodness, and so far there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. That is great. Some might not have liked this chapter, but I hope by the end of this review, Jdogg and I would have convinced you otherwise. The past couple of chapters have been executed marvelously by Kishimoto. The transition from epic battle to tear jerking history could not have been done any better. I loved this chapter, so much so I had to read it three times. A couple of those readings were out of necessity; I often prefer the translations on Mangastream but for this chapter Mangapanda delivered the goods. I felt that their translation was more believable and fit better with the scene. So I read both to get a better understanding of what they were saying, Mangapanda was on point with the jokes though lol.
Some may not be happy with the transition from the awesome battle to the current events. I can’t argue on that account as some people just want action and no talking. However, the manner in which Kishi moved from the battle to the first meeting is flawless. Kishi teases us with scenes from the epic final battle, potraying Madara as a crazed villain whom seeks nothing but destruction and power. I too fell victim to this ploy from Kishi; I thought I knew all there is to know about Madara, that he is just a selfish Uchiha that only wants power and war. Just as this image of Madara is etched into our heads…flashback! Now we get to see a whole new Madara. A boy that is yet to be tainted by overwhelming hatred. I called this a tear jerking chapter because of how it got to me. It expresses the cruelty of war in a way that we have never witnessed in Naruto. There have been complaints that the current war hasn’t brought enough casualties, and I can’t say I disagree; this current war cannot even be considered a war when compared to the one these two young bahemoths grew up through. It was just heart wrenching trying to imaging what these two characters must have felt seeing their siblings killed off one after another fighting their parents’ war. What is worst however is realizing that we have very similar tragedies happening in the real world today. Governments and Tyrants waging war and putting the lives of innocents in harms way. Both Hashirama and Madara show wisdom and compasion way beyond their years. Or perhaps at these times, only the young an innocent can conjure up such thoughts. Needless to say, Hashirama and Madara are certainly wiser than their fathers.
I am glad to see his awesome personality is present even in these terrible times. I am almost certain that Kawarama was another one of Hashirama’s brothers; that makes at least 4 of them. To see that only two survive into adulthood shows what a savage life they live. Being able to maintain your composure and seeking peace with those that have been killing your brothers is a near impossible feat. A feat that thousands if not millions have failed to accomplish before. Hashirama however is a different child. Even at such a young age he is able to see things better than any adult can. He sees from very early on that the only way to true peace is through the breaking of the cycle of hatred. His father and other adults fail to see this, and due to his young age he has no influence. It is important to note that this view towards peace is the same one that Naruto caries today. So yeah, he will absolutely love Naruto when he meets him, and I hope they get a chance to chat. Hashirama is a special ninja, the likes of whom the world has never seen before and probably will never see again. His praise for Itachi being a better shinobi than him seems even more surprising now that we see how great of a shinobi Hashirama is. He too like Itachi possessed the wisdom of a Kage at a very young age. I suppose great ninjas truly do think alike.
I was beginning to fear that Madara is just a one-dimensional character, that doesn’t have much dept. For this reason, among with others, I am happy to get this flashback chapters. Madara grows up in the exact same environment as Hashirama, so I am curious to find out what led him astray. Similar to Hashirama, Madara had sibblings whose lives are taken by the war. He states that he had four brothers, meaning that he lost all but one to the war (as did Hashirama). Taken that into account, I am surprised at how sane Madara is at this point. He shares Hashirama’s view of stopping the cycle of hatred. They both might know what clan the other is from but choose to ignore it. This flashback is truly showing Madara in a new light, he is no longer a one-dimensional character that lacks dept; he is nothing but the results of the world he grows up in. That being said, it appears that Madara really does try to fight against it, he seeks peace with the enemy that kills 3 out of his 4 brothers. I am very much liking his character more as I am getting to understand him better.
What went wrong?
Despite the fact that some of his brothers had already been killed, Madara still appeared sane. He was still thinking of a way to get true peace. I believe these little meetings and chats he had with Hashirama by the lake are what led to them agreeing on the shinobi alliance. Before, I pictured the fights between Hashirama and Madara (ones before alliance) as being between two mortal enemies; now I am seeing that this was not the case. They were fights between two friends forced into circumstances beyond their control. I am very much looking forward to their first meeting in the battlefield, perhaps even more so than the conclusion to their final battle. Many things could have gone wrong after the two friends finally found the peace they so long sort after. I could be here all day speculating as to what went wrong with Madara, why he turned all his hatred on his friend Hashirama, but I have class and homework, so I will let you all speculate about that in the comments. As for me (Jdogg), I think that what went wrong with Madara is…nothing. The actions of the Madara at the present time is somewhat acceptable. He (Madara) thinks in all of his heart that people will not come to terms with each other, take the Uchiha and Senju clan for instance. They never came to terms even during peace. He feels that no matter what happens people will be at each others throats which is logical because everyone have their own free will. The bad thing about free will is that some people tend to react badly in disagreements that is why we get wars, killers, rapist, thieves, and etc. So in some ways Madara’s actions can be justifiable but that does not mean that they are right. Like I said Madara sees that the only way to save the world of Humanity is by saving Humanity from itself, by taking free will, but what is a life without free will. Enjoy the rest of your week, and may Wednesday arrive soon.
- Hashirama, Madara, Tobirama, the father are the freshest characters we have seen in along time.
- You can see that at that time, kids had to adapt to the world at a very early stage. They had to think and get stronger even at the age of below ten. Can you think of any kid that you have met that had the same knowledge, philosophy, strength as Madara and Hashirama? I know that this is a fictional story but if you look our history (the real world) kids learned everything and knew their role at an early stage.
- Hashirama and Tobirama mother might have had white hair because Hashirama has dark hair like his father, Tobirama has silver/white hair due to his mothers trait and Itama had white and black hair.
- Seeing the interaction between young Hashirama and Madara brings back all the memories of how Naruto used to be when it all started. Cool characters that have a rich personality. Loving it
Filed under: naruto manga |