Naruto 496 Breakdown Muthafucka!! Includes official debate (plus last week’s results) and demotivational poster; does not include killer zombies, cheerleaders, or complementary hand lotion…
So the other day, I was doing a little midnight snackage when all of a sudden, my wrist started to itch. And then I realized…I’m addicted to Oreos! X___X
If you, like me, find yourself drooling over dark objects and licking your body lotion, join us at Oreo Anonymous. Don’t be shy, you’re not the only one. @__@
Oh, it’s good to be back! 😀
Welcome, welcome, welcome to this here week’s Naruto breakdown! If you haven’t figured it out already, then I haven’t made myself a bad enough impression: it’s Pickles here! Back to speak frack on the track! And if I so much as smell a taser, I’ll send it so far up the holder’s arse, their intestines will light up like a horny firefly.
*watches Marks and Super back away slowly*
Now let’s roll!
You know, every so often, that chapter comes along that goes “See? All that not so exciting buildup wasn’t for nought.” And last week’s was…not that chapter >_>. But if Kishi was trying to bring us closer to that, then he most certainly succeeded with 496.
Looking at it objectively enough, you can easily see why the last chapter was hardly anything short of awesome! But we’re not quite there yet. If you ask me, though, I’d say that blessed sentence is just around the corner.
Dirty jokes FTW! >_>
Now I’m just gonna drift a bit…
Madonna and horses, David Hasselhoff and singing, Pickles and sanity; some things just don’t go together. But you know what, I think Naruto and Bee hit it off pretty nicely.
That could be Naruto’s special ability at work, too. Then again, the two of them are mostly the same in that respect. And you know what they say: like terms attract. Oh, that’s not how it goes?
In fact, Bee has agreed to be Naruto’s teacher. The problem is that this could well mean there ain’t much more rappin’ in KB’s future. It’s almost like a habit with these manga writers. They give you flashbacks and whatnot and make you grow more attached to a character more. And then before you know it, they pull the plug on the poor guy…the sick bastards. ;___;
I wonder how Bee’s death will play out…
Jaws: Hahaha, you will never get to be a successful artist like me! I will change your name from Killer Bee to Killed Bee!
80 Cent: But I will go platinum … … OR DIE TRYIN’!!
*sets camp outside HMV, complete with internet and heating*
If you’d asked me a few weeks earlier, I probably wouldn’t have given a rat’s behind, but now, I’d actually prefer Bee lived. He and Naruto have begun developing a bond…James Bond! which becomes a bit more pronounced in this last chapter, and it’s not just the Yamato pwning, either (by the way, best…spread…EVER!).
Anyhow, here’s to welcoming the new sensei! (Woohoo!!)
As I’d said earlier, although not that one that will immediately make you forget all those grueling, never-ending prelims, it was hard to find that much wrong with this chapter. We got to witness the unique process involved in Bijuu control, and its practicalization, even, which inevitably came along with a short but stimulating treat of a battle.
I tell ya, it was nice to see all of that ramping up finally culminate and come to fruition in this chapter. It felt as if every event leading up to this very moment finally was utilized, and I must say, it was refreshing to know that it wasn’t all refuse (that means crap >_>). From Naruto’s obtaining of the key to his stint at the Fountain of Youth, they were all applied in the practical sense. Hey, he even discovers his new special ability!
With his newly purified body, Naruto was able to open the gate to the White Room without giving up his head, and with the key he just obtained, he was able to release the seal which is ultimately essential for this endeavor’s success
Weeell, after that switch was flipped, we were shown into a room that looked awfully familiar. You know, I’ve been noticing a lot of similarities between Naruto and this subject in both anime and manga lately. Hmmm…>_>
And so begins the battle we’ve all been waiting for! Actually, scratch that, I wasn’t really waiting for it. Hell, I wasn’t expecting it at all, to be honest…not in this way. I was expecting a battle, but nothing physical. I anticipated more of a battle of psyches: a mental bout, if you will, something more along the lines of what we saw with Black Eyed Peas. Considering the simple fact that the beast of inside of the subject, I’d figured only a subconscious exchange was in question.
Whatever the case may be for you, Naruto and the Kyuubi are going to be trading punches real soon, and I sure as hell am not complaining.
Besides, the Kyuubi looks pretty freakin’ badass in this spread…I remember when he was still just a little Vulpix. *sniff*
The one little scruple I have isn’t really an issue as of yet, and hopefully not ever. It’s the question of power level. For as long as has been recorded, the Kyuubi has been subject to ludicrious amounts of hype, being said to be beastly among beats.
And this is where the issue is evoked. When you ballyhoo a character so much, it becomes difficult to make it so that they live up to the names they have been assigned, when given the chance. And in many cases, they end up performing far below prospect. Or if lucky, they’d be just about par. And if really lucky, maybe a little above; however, nothing too special, still.
Do I have to cite the ever so competent Anbu? Well, too late, I just did.
Point is, with all the drum beating that has surrounded the Kyuubi for so long, it becomes very likely that it ends up as nothing more than an overrated pup. Otherwise, it may be near impossible for Naruto to best it without help.
So this begs the question: will the Kyuubi deliver?
Now there are ways to go around this problem by saying something along the lines of “over the 16 years of its exile, the Kyuubi has gotten a little rusty” or “it’s decided to become a republican and run for president, and a dead adolescent won’t look very good on his CV” or better yet, “the Kyuubi has taken a vow to celibacy” >_>…
But why go down that road when we have other options?
“Otherwise, it may be near impossible for Naruto to best it WITHOUT HELP.”
See where I’m going with this?
*runs far…far…FAR away* >_>
Now just think about it. Who has the know-how AND the power to go head-to-head with the Kyuubi? And consider how this battle so conveniently takes place at this person’s backyard.
Now let’s be objective for a moment. The last time Minato appeared, he couldn’t help but complain about his depleting chakra. So from all respects, it won’t be easy or very sensible to assume he would be capable of prolonged fighting, especially not with the Kyuubi.
But no one ever said he can’t deliver a few words of advice or encouragement. Hey, who knows where Naruto inherited that magic tongue from? Not Gandhi. Or maybe–ok, I’ll shut up now >_>
Besides, the seal is set in such a way that on the release of 8 tails, Minato would automatically appear in Naruto’s subconscious. And with the whole damn fox out and about, he’s probably bringing a party along, complete with a Sandaime and two random pale arms (that will do dirty things to you in your sleep X__X).
One can argue that this release of the Kyuubi is different from the first in that it was intended, but any parent would be concerned if they heard something like this being told to their child.
That brings us to something else I found interesting about this chapter (don’t ask how, I don’t know, either).
“Four-element…that’s high quality work. Better than my Iron-armor seal.” -Bee (surprisingly enough, that doesn’t rhyme X__X)
Two conclusions can be drawn from that there statement.
- First. It goes to show that the grim upshot of sealing a Bijuu inside a Jinchuuriki is not always the death of the sealer. Contrary to the belief many had adopted, with different seals being used to contain different beasts, it’s safe to say that it does not always include a casualty. Besides, a few chapters back, we saw this Iron-armor seal in action, and I don’t remember seeing any dead people around…nope, no dead people at all…>_>
- Second. This almost ascertains a difference in power among the different Bijuu: a major argument among many Narutards. Think about it. It’s only logical that the power of the seals used in containing each beasts differs if and only if the power levels of the Bijuu themselves also differs. I’ll even go so far as to say this difference is progressive. In other words, the deviation in power level of each Bijuu is in ascending order of tail number. In other words, if the One-tailed Shukaku is Madara, then the Nine-tailed Demon Fox is freakin’ Chuck Norris! In other words…well, if you haven’t gotten it by now, go crawl under a rock or something X__X. Besides, if it takes one giant frog to hold off the Ichibi, and it takes the Fourth Hokage’s life to stow away the Kyuubi, I’m guessing they’re not on the same level on the chakra beast food chain.
Naruto, I fear you grandma may have suffered the same treatment. Rest her soul. ;___;
As you read from the chapter and as you can see from the awesome Bee-Naruto telepathy above, this battle can be likened metaphorically to a tug-of-war. Each combatant will be trying to pull out the other’s essence until they are completely drained of their chakra.
The stage is set, and the contestants are at ringside. So grab yourself a bowl of popcorn and a tranquilizer gun, because this is gonna be so epic, it’ll be orgasmic.
This is your material for the week. It’ll be a killer.
Last week’s was the tightest I have ever seen. Even the poll will attest to that!
51% Rock Lee
In the end, I decided it’s too close to call. That means we get a tie!
Hey, that doesn’t mean we don’t get one this week!
I figured this would be interesting enough. We’ve seen them both in major battles, more than enough ammo to go around.
Hahaha! Bet you thought you were gonna get off this week, Sakura!
Just waiting till the shine wears off.