Naruto 504 “Breakdown”: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Motivational (that’s right, I said motivational) poster and official debate (plus last week’s result) inclusive.
Words have a strange peculiarity to them.
Through what we spout out and ink down or conceive in our minds, we each attempt to make sense of our environment and experiences, representing them in a specific selection of the definitive yet inexplicable wonder of words: the principal carriers of intent and signification.
We speak things or write them down and effectively, we express; our deepest thought and feeling carried in these symbols and vibrations, transported through the pages or invisible spaces of an obedient channel and taken in, deciphered by the recipient. And the result: meaning.
We listen and read and thus, this meaning is derived; an interpretation complete; a message transmitted. And what effect is propagated by this meaning? Will it move you? Make you fall in love? Cause you to laugh? …To cry?
A careful arrangement of many such lexical bodies will sometimes produce in one a specific kind of profound effect; some different from others amongst receivers.
Yet, other times, the most simple, most unassuming expressions will come round to generating the heaviest of impacts; like a two-edged sword exacting great power and piercing even to the divining of the soul…
That was it.
That was the story of the last chapter. Its meaning.
This is the story of the beginning of the end of the Uzumaki family, the happy family that never was; a story of love, selflessness, and humble gratitude: the concoction meshing to melt the hardest of hearts.
But what went wrong? Why did there have to be so much pain? So much bloodshed? Suddenly, a bundle of joy becomes filled with unquenchable hate: a tailed beast embodying nothing but animus. And so it all snowballs downhill.
But that is the end result.
In the beginning is the tale of one couple’s efforts to preserve their village alive. And by self-immolation of their lives and using that of their newborn son as a catalyst, the way is paved for history to be written; and they will let nothing get in their way. Sobering, mawkish, sappy, indifferent…however you felt about this one chapter, nothing remains to be taken away from its core message — a message that, in the very least, merits appreciation.
Like Itachi and Pein respectively pointed out, we live in a corrupt system where truth contradicts reality and justice is relative. And in their constant, perpetual struggles, many lose sight of the more important things in life, the simple things. Tooth and nail they scramble for the frivolous, forgetting what they really want. But the greater blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. Yet we shut our eyes and like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for without finding it.
Thankfully, this never was the case for Minato and his wife. They held true to who they were and realized what was even more important, surrendering all to see that this remained whole and unblemished.
Naruto was in fact filled with love before he became a Jinchuuriki. He only never knew it.
Not until now.
5) I’m getting used to these tie things.
Bubble: OK let’s show these Whippersnappers what were made of CHAAARGGE!!!!
Caption: We put our elderly in nursing homes. Konoha puts them on the front line. Well, there gonna die soon regardless.
Bubble: There he is!! The Bastard that keeps putting words in our mouths!! Get Him!!
Caption: Run Captain Pickles, RUN!!!
Kingtuckerviii’s entry is also a worthwhile mention. And it’s kind of true, too. >_>
4) PeinOAvenueBubble: OMG we all gonna be crushed!!! Caption: by hinata’s Giant boobs.
3) Tenrai SenshiBubble: We are Konoha!!!! Caption: Shinobi… they pwn mages any day. <_<
If only the root manga could make a shred of sense. *dodges BB’s rocks* >_>
2) GavinBubble: I want YOU! Caption: For Konoha Ninja’s nearest recruiting station.
This is exactly what I was looking for! Lol
Buuut, look who dun did it again…
Lol! Dammit, you friggin’ Brits that make me LOL!
It was such a close one between Gavin’s and this Redbaron’s entry, but there can be only winner! Congrats to you, buddy, and good game, everyone. 🙂
It was very fun to watch indeed. And in the end, the explosive (haha) might of the one team prevailed over their opponents.
And the winner…
Now for this week’s debate, and it’s a special one.
Personally, I couldn’t care less about manga romance, but seeing as a lot of people apparently do, and this chapter specifically brought it to light, well…
What’s it gonna be?
Sigh, there goes my lunch…
Well, you have yourselves a good day and I’ll be on my way.
But remember…I’m always watching. @__@
Tell me your own politik.