Naruto 497 + 498 Breakdown: Did you say delayed? Well, it takes time to dump a body, you know! Last debate and bubblition contest results included. Oh, and if you hate Sasuke, click me!
Hello and welcome to this very long overdue double breakdown! It promises to be draggy and uninteresting as can be. So close this window, shut down your computer, and go read a book.
Now that my audience consists only of those who can identify a lie when they see one…
Welcome to this super awesomely epic breakdown that will make your mind go splat all over the room!!
*notices no longer has audience…* ;___;
You meanies! I keel you all!!
Apparently, Pickles used up all his sick days, so he’s calling in dead this week. Who am I? Oh, where are my manners. My name is Moore Gas, the evacuator. But you can call me Gassy for short. Before we begin, I’ll answer some of my most frequently asked questions just to break the ice a bit.
Q: Why do they call you the evacuator?
A: Don’t know. I just have this air about me.
Q: Did your parents hate you or something?
A: They loved me very much, just as they did my little brother. His name is Al Bino
Q: Do you have any friends?
A: Only at 1-800-SUI-CIDE
Q: How did you live through middle and high school?
I decided for a number of reasons that I’ll have to keep this one short and (relatively) sweet, so strap yourself in and let’s get this road on the show!
If you said the last two chapters were epic, you’d probably get shot by a cop claiming self defense from the excessively obvious. They had it all: tears, chains, lazors, balls, ghosts, angry vixens, fairy tales. And we’re only getting started.
497 featured what can only be appropriately termed ‘legal animal abuse’. And it was hardly very much short of awesome. And then came 498, which slowed the pace a tad, but in a manner that one can only find delicately refreshing.
All things considered, I think it’s safe now to chorus those beloved words, because all that punishing buildup was indeed not for zero. And how satisfying is it to know that what awaits the next week will only excite your senses in all the right areas. Did that sound dirty? >_>
For the most part, 497 didn’t completely miss the mark with regards power levels. All in all, the Kyuubi didn’t in the least do all too badly. If you ask me, I say anyone who can take a Rasenshuriken to the gut and live to talk smack at the owner has to be rated right up there, whichever way you look at it.
Something I found interesting about the chapter was how intricately we were shown the difference in raw power between the two variations of the Rasengan. Previously, it mostly was anyone’s guess, really. And more importantly, it goes to show the extent to which an incorporation of nature manipulation will catapult the average Rasengan’s power into orbit.
But don’t celebrate just yet! The Kyuubi still has quite a bit of fight left under its cuddly fur. Here is where we see why Yamato is tagging along when it seemed his presence was pointless (unless you count verbal pwnage). And although he wasn’t fully up to his duties this time, at least we know he wasn’t just wasted ink…mostly…
I can’t be the only one who caught the resemblance! >_>
Now we’re on the subject of the Wood Master, I have one question: what exactly is in store for him after Naruto takes control of the Kyuubi? With the economy, I’m assuming home decor is out of the question. I sincerely find it hard to believe that he’ll be shoved onto the sidelines with a shirt tag that reads “reserved for filler” like the rest of the Rookies. So it got me thinking (yes, I do that sometimes). What if Yamato doesn’t outlive his usefulness after all? What if taking over the Kyuubi isn’t a one-time affair but a constant struggle?
With the amount of hatred it has accumulated as opposed to the eight other Bijuu, I assume he has no intention of being all buddy-buddy with Naruto. I’m not implying the Hachibi did, either, just saying the argument is still very open, I suppose. So the Kyuubi may make consistent attempts to tip the scale in his favor, making Yamato always useful for emergency demon casting.
But hated must prevail! *slashes wrist* ;___;
And thus, we witness the return of Black Eyed Peas. He wasn’t gone for very long, was he? On a side note, I spotted a little something concerning our distressed friend that I decided to share with you all, given this prime avenue.
Remember a few chapters back, when everyone was returning to their respective villages following the end of the Kage Summit as well as a ‘hearty’ reunion? Remember how Karin was being taken to Konoha for a drilling (ahem)? Remember what she was thinking while he was checking Naruto out? Well, why don’t I just show it to you!
Looks like those of us who guessed Karin wasn’t even referring to the Kyuubi in the first place regarding this ominous chakra were right on the money. The way I see it, this can be the only real explanation, because it was only for the reason that Naruto got rid of BEP that he currently isn’t sporting a pumpkin head and making little kids piss their pants and skirts at night. Whereas if the Kyuubi were this darkness that Karin was making reference to, that is exactly what would be the case, seeing as the fox was still inside of him at the time he flipped the switch.
So if you still think Kishi is just thinking this stuff up as he goes along…well, suck on that! >_>
So just when it seems Naruto is has the upper hand, the Kyuubi does a complete 180 on the tables and Naruto who was once yanking out its chakra has to battle with his own chakra being leeched, which is all too evident with his Sage Mode gone in a flash. And of course, there’s that overwhelming hatred to contend with. Where are the damn Powerpuff Girls when you need ’em?!
*breaks into song and dance*
Love love love love loooove!! Lo—lo—loooooove!! Makes the world go round!!
But when all hope seems lost and Naruto is about to soil himself…
And so the stage was set for chapter 498. Frankly, it wasn’t exactly bursting at the seams in the way of action, but like I said, I thought it was enjoyable nonetheless.
I expected (or wanted) a little more dynamism, to be honest, but it’s these sort of moments that give a manga its depth and substance: something to hold fast to that isn’t completely superficial.
Of course, it was a big moment for Naruto as well, who has lived the wider portion of his life a dejected orphan. Iruka did what he could, but there has always been that absent biological connection that transcends all thought.
What I especially liked about the chapter was that it was soft, but not all touchy-feely, yet enough to establish a firm emotional attachment. And boasting up to three pages of Minato, I doubt the fangirls have much to complain about.
Naruto, being Naruto, lets his tongue loose and spouts the unthinkable. This time, however, he isn’t landing himself in hot soup. Quite the contrary…
And so I introduce to you…
I LOVE YOU: THE SEQUEL!
I LOVE YOU: BECAUSE I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE
I LOVE YOU 2: LOVE ME BACK OR I KEEL YOU
I LOVE YOU 3: BLEEDING LOVE
I LOVE YOU 4: ALWAYS AND FOREVER
And there it was. Contained in the last page, which actually made me smile. And I have that final pun to blame, which I never had previously imagined. I couldn’t help thinking how fitting it all was. Sometimes, the littlest, most inconspicuous details count the most. Sometimes, the shortest pieces go the longest mile. C’est la vie.
In the end, I was very pleased. I hadn’t gotten what I wanted, but better than I had expected. Not even the Kyuubi’s ass on a platter could have compared, but we’ll get to that some other time. If, unfortunately, you didn’t enjoy it as much, you may rest assured things will be back to the way they were by this week, since I’m almost certain this little tidbit is now over.
Until then, here’s to Kushina and Naruto.
Caption: Yo Bee! Lemme ass you something!
Completeing two steps in one move? Damn I guess he learned more from jiryha the we thought! Keep your HEAD IN and and your ASS in the air!
Just because I love that song! Congrats to Katz!
Based on the poll, I’m going to give it to this guy. But we all knwo who deserves it! >_> *mumbles something under breath*
Wow, I can be bitter. O__O
There will be no debate or bubblition contest this week, so I hooked you guys up with a little something to keep you busy in the meantime. Click here and have fun now. 😉
I sincerely apologize about last week. Time and unforeseen occurrences. Buuut, luckily, we were still get a double breakdown, so technically, none has been missed =P. Pity it couldn’t be longer, since the situation is pretty touch-and-go at the moment, but we’ll deal. 😀
Just waiting till the shine wears off.