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Top Failings of the War Arc 3: The Sequel Nobody Asked For

Yes, yes, I know the title is woefully inaccurate. Yes, I know this is a highly anticipated post, and one you’ve all been waiting for with bated breath for over a year: the third part to my “Top Failings of the War Arc” series (second is here). Indeed, this post will be the beacon in the darkness of the void I have left in your hearts. Sit back, rejoice, and bask in my glorious wisdom. Kisu back, yo.

Now, initially I had planned to do this when the series ended. Rumor on the net was that Kishimoto said it would end in 2014, so it was my intention to do one post that chronicled all of the War Arc’s atrocities since the last one, but that was just a mistranslation. Now you get this post. Yay shoddy translators? Regardless, I had intended to include everything that made me cringe in this post, but I have decided just one topic is comprehensive enough to talk about, and is the root of all the problems of this arc. Yes, this post is about the villains.

But before we get to them, let’s talk about a fairly large retcon that put a whole new spin on the series. An unwelcome spin, at that.


Evil Brain Chakra

I don’t know if Kishimoto realizes the implications he introduced when he made this as an explanation for the typical douchebaggery the average Uchiha takes part in. See, what this means is the Uchiha are naturally predisposed to being evil. It means that Uchiha freaking out and becoming murder hobos (i.e. wandering ninjas that murder people, like Sasuke or Itachi) isn’t a weird happenstance, but something that should be expected. What this means is: they’re a clan of psychopaths and it is genetic. Now that you have a firm grasp of the Uchiha, let me explain the implications to you.

1. The Massacre was unambiguously a good thing. Why? Because they’re a clan of evil dirtbags. Nobody, and I mean nobody, would object to wiping out an army of Nazzies (well, except him), and we know they at least believed their cause was for the greater good, as misguided and wrong as they were. Meanwhile, the Uchiha are genetically compelled to be evil for evil’s sake.

2. Not genociding them all this time was a product of criminal negligence. If you had the power to kill every Natsee with the press of a button, but didn’t, you’d be as much an accessory to their atrocities as the guns they carried, since you can stop them but choose not to. That’s the Uchihas and Konoha, but worse. Tobirama was the only one smart enough to go “hey, maybe we should keep an eye on this clan of murder hobos,” and Danzo and the modern council were the only ones responsible enough to wipe them all out.

3. The black Zetsu retcon falls flat on its face. Kishimoto wants us to believe he steered them down the wrong path… but that doesn’t fly since we know taking an Uchiha’s lolipop is enough for that Uchiha to go on a murder rampage. Or if an Uchiha’s gradnma died, or if their puppy died, or anything at all that they even barely perceive as a slight against them.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to the villains:

Srsly, not about her

Obitobi aka “The Coolest Guy”

Where do I even begin with this walking disappointment? Okay, I have a brilliant idea, because I’m brilliant.

1. “I’m no one important.” His whole Masked Man phase. What was that even about? Why did he call himself Madara around Zetsu? Zetsu knew who he was! Really, this is the only decent incarnation of Obito. Getting rid of it for what he was to become is a failing in and of itself that could warrant its own post, but I wanna keep this read short and sweet. Not much to say about this beyond “wasn’t as bad as what came after”. Now to talk about what came after.

2. “It isn’t about Rin. THIS IS FOR KILLING RIN!”. This is what replaced The Masked Man. This whiny villain that can’t even make up his goddamn mind about what his motivation is. You could argue that Kishimoto intended him to flip flop to show that the original Obito is still in there somewhere, but that doesn’t work as an excuse for him since all it did was make one member of your big bad triumvirate a joke. Was he determined to bring Rin back in his Tsukuyomi world? Probably not since he couldn’t kill Naruto and Sasuke despite having the powers of the Naruniverse’s equivalent of God… but more on that later.

3. “To me, Obito is the coolest guy!” – Naruto. Right. Obito that murdered Neji in cold blood, showed no apprehension in killing his former sensei and his wife, Hiruzen’s wife, Konan (Obito sure likes killing women: must be because Rin friendzoned him), countless children from the Hidden Mist, thousands of ninjas in the war, and many more offscreen murders. This represents Kishimoto wanting us to think Obito is cool and redeemed… but he really isn’t. He truly, truly isn’t. After all he did he cannot be redeemed as simply as he did there. He committed suicide rather than continuing to fight… but more on that later.


How could a villain have so much build up, yet amount to such shit? Let me list why:

1. The power scale. Madara and Hashirama are absurdly powerful, to levels that are just stupid. These men can singlehandedly beat Biju and transform the landscape when they fight. Why are they this powerful? How could any clan even continue to exist with these two powerhouses running around? How did Kakuzu or Onoki survive their respective encounters with each? It’s simple, really. Retcons. Kishimoto realized he’d escalated the series to such a degree that the only way to live up to the hype he made for these two was to completely retcon Hashirama and Tobirama vs Sarutobi and inflate their power levels to end of Dragonball (Piccolo vs Goku) levels.

2. How can he do the things he does? The series bends itself backwards to accommodate this character. Why can he break free of Edo Tensei, being used by a ninja that has mastered it beyond anything any before him have, while Tobirama, the man who made it, cannot break free of an inferior Edo Tensei? Why can Madara just pull out people’s eyes and pop ’em into his eye sockets without any medical ninjutsu? Why does Madara have instant mastery over every technique, whether bloodline-related or not (do remember it took Kakashi years to be able to use Kamui to a degree that is less than Obito can)? Because plot, is the answer to all of these.

3. Get to the damn point. When Aizen from Bleach toyed with his opponents and let them live, he had a purpose for it. He needed people strong enough to make him feel fear for his life so he could evolve to further forms of power. He needed this to be able to fight all of Squad 0, so there was a purpose behind his tomfoolery. Madara is not this character. He toyed around with everyone, despite constantly mentioning “it’s time to get this over with.” Since this plan just requires him to activate a jutsu, he could’ve done it at any time, but wasted his efforts playing with his enemies. This is not “cool” or “villainous,” it’s called “being a goddamned idiot”. Kishimoto just needed a way for his characters to not lose to him, and couldn’t think of any so he ended up writing his villain as an incompetent knit.

4. “I still don’t know how i’m going to have Madara defeated” – Kishimoto. That speaks for itself.

“Why am I written so terribly?”


This “character” was introduced as the true final boss, supplanting the one that had been built up since the start of part 2. Before she took center stage as the big bad, she had only been mentioned in passing twice (her debut mention being in 646), and then 33 chapters later, she replaces Madara as big bad. Why? Because Kishimoto couldn’t figure out a way to have Madara lose. However, in doing so he introduced an even more powerful character… that just so happened to be an even bigger goddamned idiot than Madara.

She has the barest of motivations and it doesn’t even make sense. She wants to rule the world and create an army? FOR WHAT? You already rule the world. What, is she gonna take them off into space to fight the Saiyans or something? She had the power to end the fight in a finger flick, but never did it. Finally, and arguably the worst of all, she had absolutely no characterization whatsoever, as she was mute for almost the entirety of the fight, having Black Zetsu do the talking for her. For all you rookie writers out there, this is how to not write a character you mean to be important. Absolutely awful, she was. Really, the most infuriating thing about her is she is yet another character that was too stupid to use her power… but more on that later.

Such a brilliant character design!

Black Zetsu

Why? Just why? His only excuse for living is being a tool to make the Uchiha not be as bad, even though they are, and to make Kaguya be introduced into the plot. He’s just a plot device character and nothing else. An atrocious excuse for a villain. The sheer amount of retcons to justify him and White Zetsu.

Madara: “Black Zetsu is my will and White Zetsu was made from Hashirama!”

Later chapters: “White Zetsu is the result of Infinite Tsukuyomi and Black Zetsu is somehow from Kaguya!”

Never before has there been so many retcons in the same arc to things introduced in that very arc.

Now Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room

This is the “more on that later” section.

1. Obito had the power of Shinra Tensei on his side. Shinra Tensei’s power, according to the third databook, is to dispel ninjutsu, and we see Pain do that to the Rasenshuriken multiple times in the fight against Naruto. Naruto and Sasuke’s final attack against him wouldn’t have worked if he just [bleep]ing remembered he could use that.

2. Obito let himself die because he wanted to try to get lucky with Rin, rather than continue fighting. He had the time to run and intercept Kaguya’s bones, and then Kamui away the one fired at Kakashi. Had he remained where he was, he could’ve Kamui’d both bones away instead of wasting time trying to block with his body. He’d proven himself to be valuable to them in the fight as he was the only one that could also hop dimensions. If Kaguya wasn’t mentally damaged, Obito would’ve doomed them all by forgetting how his own powers worked.

3. Kaguya. I mentioned how Kubo gave Aizen a valid reasoning for having to leave his opponents alive, but Kishimoto tried doing it with Kaguya and failed. She wants Naruto and Sasuke’s chakras, but Black Zetsu tells her she doesn’t need it. That one line made the entire final battle utterly pointless. She’s there risking her defeat for something she doesn’t even need.

But let’s operate under the premise that she must have that chakra. All she needs to do is touch them, but she can never get in too close and they try their best not to be caught by her. It sure would be nice if the Rinnegan had a power that somehow sucked people in close to the user. Oh wait… It’s almost like Nagato is the only character that knew how to use the Rinnegan.

Now, what if Kaguya was a competent villain and just wanted to kill them? Well that’s easy too! Trap each of them in a separate dimension and wait for about 60 days. They’d die of hunger and she would be queen of the world. Now, if we factor in that she really wants their chakra, she could instead wait 20 days. They’d be tired, starving and too weak to fight. Boom, you just won.

How did Kaguya lose? She got blindsided by attacks from all angles. How is this even possible when she has the Byakugan? She should’ve seen them coming and be able to react accordingly.

4. Madara. Just use Shinra Tensei, bro. One Shinra Tensei from Pain shattered the bones of all of Naruto’s giant toads. One Shinra Tensei destroyed Konoha. Now imagine a Shinra Tensei boosted by the chakra of the 10 tails. Even before getting the ten tails, he could’ve just dropped meteors on everyone and end it there. Really, Madara had the absolute most ways he could’ve won, but because of stupidity (on both his and Kishimoto’s part) he was unable to.

In summation, the Naruto War Arc is most impacted negatively by its villains. Its mediocre villains that are incomprehensible to anyone that even critically looks at Naruto for an instant.

Naruto Chapter 672 : Night Guy!!!

Naruto is out.

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Naruto Chapter 671 : Naruto and the sage of the six paths

Naruto is out.

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Naruto Chapter 670 : The Floating Elder

Naruto is out.

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I hope someone will pick up the Naruto chapter reviews again.

Naruto Shippuuden Chapter 634 – A New Three-Way Deadlock

Hello all, and welcome back!


So let’s start off with a brief SUMMARY of Chapter 634 – the Kuchiyose Deadlock….
And also with a picture of Naruto’s canon crazy eyes from the manga LOLOLOL

Naruto Derp Crazy Eyes

So first, Team 7 have clearly become New Sannins…but even better, so probably calling them Super Sannins would be more appropriate. They each show mastery over their summons and use them effectively to help with the battle.
Also, the Third Hokage is the ONLY PERSON in the Naruverse who seems to have realized this pattern…. ridiculous. How does no one else make this comparison? Or are you doing this on purpose, Kishi >>…….

Third Hokage and Sannin

Anyways, Naruto and Sasuke use their super amazing powerful unstoppable completely fool-proof hokage-impressing jutsus…..and combine them in a super amazing awesomenest super bestest justsu EVARRRRRR~!!!!!! ……… =.=….

And it looks a little …… ordinary in its combined form….I guess the anime will make it look a lot cooler?

Naruto Sasuke Awesome Supah PowahLame Looking Ultimate Jutsu

And of course, as always, Sai feels SUPER LEFT OUT as usual…..

Forever Alone Sai
Forever alone?

Jugo doesn’t know how to cope with Sasuke leaving Team Hebi/Akatsuki/Hawk for the new and improved Team 7.

No Luv Jugo
“Sasekeh! Why U No Luv Me No Moar???”

Sasuke has an uber creeper moment with his shady eyes – which Forever Alone Sai and U No Luv Me Jugo both notice.

Then the Original Creep Master Orochimaru along with Karin and Suigetsu arrive, purty late on schedule.

Oroch is a creeper
Just a thought: Why did Orochimaru reference to only Tsunade???




Now for my REVIEW of the chapter:


Really Kishimoto? Sasuke and Naruto combine their jutsus in a perfect ratio?? Really? Not only have the two not seen each other in a very long time, but they’ve either been trying to kill/fight/luv each other every time they have seen each other. So there’s no way the two were able to coordinate and perfectly combine their justus on the first go….It’s just RIDICULOUS! I NO APPROVE OF DIS KISHIMOTO!!!

Naruto Sasuke BFF
Even with all this BFF crap……NO. Just no.

And on top of that – the whole “wind makes fire stronger”? I mean yes, elemental-wise, wind is supposed to make fire stronger, but if we take that statement into symbolic and foreshadowing consideration, the might mean that Naruto wants Sasuke to be Hokage and he’ll make him stronger by supporting him?? What is this nonsense? Or maybe he’s just insinuating that he will become Sasuke’s support by being his friend……lol that’s probably it but idk. I’m paranoid after Neji’s death =.=;;;;


All the support from the Rookie Nine for Naruto and Sasuke to succeed….to me – it actually seemed a little anti-climatic, overly dramatic, awkward and ill-placed…

Rookie Nine Love


I don’t know about the rest of you or maybe I’m just being paranoid because I’m getting real tired of Kishimoto’s shit (killing everybody that’s cool in the series), but I got the strange feeling that this was foreshadowing for Rookie Nine to be severely disappointed by Sasuke…who I will talk about in REVIEW NUMBER 4.


3) SAKURA SUX WHY????!!!!!

Oh Kishi, why did you make Sakura cry/shed a tear over the awesomeness of her teammates/her love for only Sasuke? You finally give her some self REAL respect (mastering a crazy technique and healing a bunch of people at the same time) and then you let her cry at the sight of Sasuke-Naruto BFF super power? SERIOUSLY KISHI?? SERIOUSLY???

Sakura Sux...

No respect...

I have no strength in me anymore to rant about Sakura…..



Now, for this asshole.

Yes, he may have seemed all redeemed and such after his miraculous change of heart to protect Konoha. I say bullsh*t.

Sasuke’s ominous message and creeper eyes -“burn it down” – maybe he was lying the whole time? Maybe he has an even  ulterior ulterior motive. And the only people to pick up on this are Forever-Alone-Sai and Luv-Me-Moar-Jugo.

Asshole Sasuke

Sai and Jugo know...

In the end – my fear? = Sasuke merely saved Konoha under the pretense of honored dead Itachi – However, he is killing the Ten-Tails so he can simply have the world and Konoha whole for his own retribution. IDK it may be a long shot, but regardless – this does not bode well for the future chapters.

I thought perhaps the reunion of Team 7 might have signaled a upcoming happy ending to Naruto as a series, but clearly, Kishi has more aces and plot twisters up his sleeve.

Oh Kishi, I hate you.

What do you guys think?



Now, the part of the chapter that I found particularly interesting was that Naruto and Sasuke have summoned their own new beasts – while Sakura sticks with Tsunade’s old Katsuyu.

For Naruto – Gamakichi has grown up to be the size as Gamabunta (Jirayai’s old summon).
For Sasuke – he has Aoda, who is huge but doesn’t have a cobra-hood like Manda did, (Orochimaru’s summon).
For Sakura – she has not summoned her own personal slug, instead just using her master’s summon aka BORING.

While Gamakichi and Naruto are old time friends – they call each other comfortably by their common name, Aoda calls Sasuke as Sasuke-sama….implying that Sasuke is a lord to the Snake Clan. Meanwhile, Sakura calls her summon Katsuyu-sama….reversing the relationship that Sasuke has with his summon.

Kuchiyose Deadlock

Another thing that I found interesting was that in the Japanese to English translation of the Manga, Fourth Hokage/Minato Namikaze states “I didn’t think I’d be able to see the Kuchiyose Deadlock once again!”

Fourth Hokage

The use of the word “DEADLOCK”  intrigued me enough to research some stuff and I found this information from here.

“The world wide game “scissors, paper, stone” originated from China during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), invented by the warlords of that period. Except instead of paper, they used the open palm symbol to represent cloth, so it’s “Scissors, Stone, Cloth”.

The game reached Japan in the early 1640s and one variation of the game was the “Slug, Snake, Frog” variation.

In this variation, the Frog is afraid of the Snake, the Snake is afraid of the Slug, and the Slug is afraid of the Frog.

This is influenced by the Sansukumi way of thinking where it keeps the three objects in a deadlock.

The fact that the Sannin use these three animals as summons may be the author hinting that there is no stronger one among them, and that their strength is more or less equal.”

A talisman showing a frog in the upper right corner, a slug at the very bottom, and a snake on the far left.


Thus, the Sannin’s Kuchiyose summons are called a deadlock, as none are stronger than the other and their particular set of skills enables them equal in strength (but not over) their other teammates.


Hope you enjoyed!

See you all next week!

~<3 Laydee Kay

Naruto Shippuuden Chapter 633 – Going Forward

Hallo~ To all who remember me – I’ve returned from the afterlife. To those who do not know who I am – I was here when it all started in 2008 and then died in 2010, and then resurrected last week.


This is now the third chapter that features the reunion of Team 7  (here – the work “reunion” means where they are working together – not one a**hole trying to kill the other two). Otherwise, I’m personally loving the new Team 7.

While the chapter begins with Team 7 back to back, right after Sakura is saved (yet again) by Naruto and Sasuke. However, they use this opportunity to assess each other’s growth in skill. Even Minato comments on his son’s improvement as well. The main concern of the chapter is annihilating the Ten Tail mini-clones in order to get at the Ten-Tails – very repetitive and reminiscent of the White Zetsus….

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Essentially – the rest of the chapter is focused on the growth of the Rookie Nine (Team 7, 8 and 10) – now finally present and working together for the first time since the Chunin Exams. (Though honestly, I like it when the whole gang is there – including Team Gai and the Sand Siblings).

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Kiba – Kiba’s skill seems only to have increased by simply adding more heads to Akamaru. To be honest, there’s a lot Kishi could do with Kiba/Akamaru Jutsus, but apparently he’s so busy making everyone come back from the dead that he forgot about Kiba….

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Hinata – Filled with love fire from Naruto and the memory of her recently deceased genius cousin – Hinata is now apparently invincible due to all this love power…..

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Shino – This guy would win every battle just by grossing out his opponents. I found Ino’s reaction to be a mirror image of mine….

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Team 10 seems to have upgraded their InoShikaCho Formation to become a single sentient being where Ino is the brain and eyes, Shikamaru is the muscle reaction and Chouji is the ball on the chain aka weapon.

The deaths of Shikamaru and Ino’s fathers are now the motivation they need in order to be super bada**es.

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TEAM 7 – The New Sannin….and Sai

First, let’s start off with poor Sai….. Poor guy has been kicked into the dust ever since Sasuke’s return from his fall from grace. Looks like Sai’s trying to get back in the limelight or remind everyone that he is a Team 7 member.

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“Why I sux so much??”

He basically says logistical stuff about attacking the Ten-Tails, getting an opening, healing the wounded, etc….

And then Sasuke, Naruto and Sakura tell him to STFU!!!!!!!! and subsequently go into Neo-Sannin mode.

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All three having mastered and surpassed their previous teachers – I think it is fitting to call them the Neo-Sannins and am expecting Kishi to have everyone in the Naruverse call them that as well.

Sasuke killed and then resurrected his former master – enough said. Naruto perfected Sage Mode when Jirayia couldn’t. Sakura’s chakra control is greater than Tsunade’s. And all three have made pacts with their teachers’ animal summons. Pretty awesome, if you ask me.

Also pretty bias – it seems that unless you’re taught by someone from the Hashirama Senju – Tobirama Senju – Hiruzen Sarutobi – Jirayai – Tsunade – Orochimaru – Minato Namikaze – Kakashi Hatake – Obito Uchiha Super Lineage Line – you don’t get to be awesome in the Naruverse….

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Rock Lee and TenTen are absent from all of this as they are probably still grieving over the loss of Neji (just as I still am…. *cries in the corner*).

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I hope you all have a great rest of the week until the next fun-filled, action-packed, Team 7-loving chapter comes out next week!

Who (or What) is Tobi?

I have read far too many Tobi theories, and I think most of them are ridiculous. Then again, a lot of stuff in Naruto is completely ridiculous, so I haven’t really ruled anything out… yet. I’m just going to take you through five theories and explain the flaws of each and their merits.

1. Obito?
Well, we did see part of Tobi’s face, and we learned he has two sharingan. Now we know that Obito had one eye when he died, but of course this is irrelevant, because he could get another one easily. Also, we know Obito was Kakashi’s age, which seems plausible (Tobi is a full-grown man). My issue with this is that Tobi and Madara know each other.Madara died before Obito was smashed by a rock. Of course, with Naruto, anything can happen. This has been a popular theory for a while now, and I’m not really one to go with what’s popular (Bakamaru is a freakin’ rebel), but I do find some merit here. I’m going to move on to another theory right now.

2. Sasuke from the future…
Come on guys… Even for Naruto, this sounds stupid. I am not even going to start telling you the problems with this theory, as they are blatantly obvious. I will just say that Sasuke has personal goals. On the other hand, Tobi’s goals are much more wide–spread. They are different people, so get it through your thick skulls!

3. Some random Uchiha
Well we know that Tobi is probably an Uchiha because if he wasn’t, he would go blind from using the sharingan so much. He could very well be Madara’s brother, which is plausible and could create a very interesting back-story with a couple of chapters about their childhood. On the other hand, they could make it Madara’s 5th cousin 7 times removed on his mother’s side that they mention once in blah blah blah. This would be WEAK! I doubt Kishimoto-san would disappoint his readers like that. therefore, I am going to say this is probably not the case.

4. Um… Link: https://shannaro.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/another-tobi-theory/
Well, this is complex, so read the link. Basically, this theory makes a great deal of sense, but it just seems a little to convoluted for a Naruto plot. This is innovative, and I thank yellowflash2 for this idea. Actually, this post was the first thing I ever saw on Shannaro!!! and inspired me to write for it. I like this theory, I just don’t know if it is what Kishimoto was thinking of.

5. Nobody?
Yup, that’s what Tobi says, and maybe he isn’t lying. Perhaps he is a mere tool created by Madara Uchiha before he died for the sole purpose of eternal tsukuyomi. Perhaps he is a clone or a puppet like the paths of pain. This theory is broad, but DEFINITELY the most plausible. Considering we have such little information on “the man behind the mask” we should not jump to extreme conclusions (like number two and number four). That’s it for this time! Thank you for reading!