Naruto 508 Breakdown: Suicide just turned cool. Well, say bye-bye to all the emos in your school. Demotivational poster et debate du officiale inclusive. Yea, so what my French fails. I speak in the first language of Awesome! 8)
Jo! Greetings to you gnarly dudes and dudettes (and the occasional in-between) I are once again back from the wonderland known as Necropolis, where I met Tom Hanks trying to do nasty things to Peter’s dead body with the excuse that he was looking for anti-matter that was going to destroy the Vatican (yea, like I haven’t heard that one before), to give you this week’s compulsory Naruto break-to the-down.
Now, before I start thinking of what next to say which will inevitably lead to my further procrastinating the making of this already very late write-up, why don’t we get this party started?
*slips a record through the jukebox*
From the title alone, anyone could easily see where this chapter was going before they started reading. It seemed our suspicions from the last chapter had been confirmed. Kisame was, in fact, going to die. But how?
Apparently, in a manner truly “befitting a shinobi.” And if nothing else, Kisame has earned his respect this past chapter. So in the end, all of this new-found adoration coming his way can easily be said to be well deserved.
I liked this chapter for one reason. And if you looked close enough, you would instantly notice it was bursting with a Kishi-esque poetic ambiance spanning from the times past to present day.
Bring it all together, and at the 17th page, I’m left thinking “Monsieur Masashi dun did it again.”
So now, Kisame can very well take a crap on the splash page and still be considered badass…well, kind of. >_>
But we’ll get right to all of that sometime in later on. Right now, there are one or two things I want to speak about in respect to this chapter.
One of its most prominent features was the Water Prison technique made use of by Kisame in two separate scenarios. If your memory isn’t a total whore and it still serves you well, you will remember when this jutsu was introduced in the Narutoverse; that being during Team 7’s first mission.
First, when Zabuza suckered Kakashi into the Prison, all movement was completely occluded. The same basic concept carried through to when Gai’s little kiddies were trapped by Kisame’s clones. The water was effectively tough as steel, making mobility something of an impossibility.
However, as I am sure you must have noticed, this chapter presented things a little differently…
Well, in all fairness, this Water Prisons used in this chapter were lacking in what arguably can be described as the jutsu’s principal feature, which also served as its major drawback.
In all previous instances in which the Water Prison was used, the “warden”
fisted the prisoner from the outside would have his arm inside of the prison, possibly feeding it with chakra, and giving it its toughness. Given the absence of this basic characteristic, it’s safe to owe the lack of adequate hardness to a lack of adequate stimulation.
Ok, I seriously need to stop with all these dirty innuendos. >_>
All the while the first Prison was used on Kisame himself, Naruto was caught doing something rather interesting.
Prepping a jutsu or praying for his life against Kisame’s impending Spirit Bomb?
When it comes to ninjutsu, Naruto’s arsenal is somewhat limited. And as far as we all know, none of his current techniques (at least relevant to the situation he was in) requires that he performs hand sealing that involves clapping. So the real question here is: what jutsu was Naruto getting ready to use? I don’t suppose he was going to send projectile fart into Kisame’s water bubble. That would have been awesome, though.
Call me crazy, but I’m starting to think this is a foreshadowing of something new. I don’t believe it could have been done just in passing or possibly even some kind of sick, mind-twisting, inadvertent mistake, especially since it was displayed twice; and quite patently, too.
I’m honestly hoping it could be some independent use of his wind-type chakra, as opposed to an incorporation of it into an already existent technique.
Of course, since the Kyuubi has been taken care of, it could well be yet another of the aftereffects of that happening.
I’ll be waiting to see if Naruto also got a magical tiara that turns him from a purdy, blond schoolgirl fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight.
He’ll be the one named Sailor Konoha!
“I see you have no intention of telling me where you hid the Rinnegan… Nagato.”
—Madara (Manga Stream)
I noticed some confusion and decided to try and clear the air a bit. I apologize in advance, because at this point, it seems I’m going to have to let out a little of my inner Grammar Nazi, since I know no other way of explaining this.
Now, the above quotation is what I would refer to as an ambiguous statement, and this can mostly be blamed on the last menacing word, “Nagato.” In other words, this statement can be interpreted in more than one way. In truth, almost every statement we make is ambiguous, but the most eminent fighter of such is ‘context’, which inherently cancels out all possible unnecessary interpretations.
In this case, however, the context is almost nonexistent. And so what do we do?
We cancel out the implausibles ourselves, of course! *picks up shanking knife and dons hockey mask*
In the first place, the word “Nagato” at the end of that sentence is subject to confusion because it can be seen in two distinct lights, one of which having branches.
On the one hand, it can be seen as the second person of this particular dialogue, that being the one being spoken directly to. In that case, it could be one of two scenarios.
Either: In his saying this, Madara is talking directly to Nagato. However, this makes no sense, since he is obviously talking to Konan and not Nagato. *stabs this assumption square in the head and lets out evil laugh* Cancelled.
Or: Madara was using a figure of speech known as “apostrophe.” In this case, Madara would be directing his speech at an absent or abstract being as if they were present at the time. This could have worked, but his sentence was in the present tense. But Nagato is dead. Besides, it was far too direct to have worked anyway when he says “. . . telling me where you hid.” A more suitable setting would be if he said something more along the lines of “I see you had no intention of allowing me the Rinnegan…Nagato.” Well, unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. *appears in “apostrophe’s” home on a dark, stormy night* *kills its wife, “allusion,” and their two children, “simile” and “metaphor” before coming for his head* Cancelled.
Now, on the other hand (and this one is very simple) Madara could have meant the word, “Nagato” as a noun in apposition to “Rinnegan,” in which case, it serves only as a modifier that defines “Rinnegan.” It’s kind of like saying “The psycho, Captain Pickles, went out on a figure of speech killing spree.” In this case, “Captain Pickles” is in apposition to “the psycho,” because it defines who that psycho is, therefore modifying its meaning.
Errr, you know what? Kisuzachi explains it better.
On a side note, I wonder why it looks like Konan is still wearing her Akatsuki robe. Ten bucks says it’s the one that was on Yahiko’s corpse. Twenty bucks says that’s not the only piece of clothing she stripped off of him. >_>
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s about time we got to the real subject of this chapter. And that, of course, can only be Kisame. If it hasn’t been clear enough that I’ve come to admire him more as a person and as a ninja, well I am about to make it a whole lot clearer.
The inconspicuous irony of his story is what most intrigues me. It hit me all at once when Naruto said what he did immediately following Kisame’s fade to black.
He mercilessly slaughters his own comrades for a cause he deems excusable: for the sake of his mission. And so, slowly, he paints his portrait as a ruthless brute whose very mates are no less expendable than the dozens of throwing stars in shinobi stash; as long as it will secure the mission on which he was sent. And that is what everyone believed. That is what he believed.
In further solidification of his proclaimed cold-bloodedness is the illustration of sharks’ intrauterine cannibalism, with which he confirms it all, indirectly saying “I will kill you as my comrade for the sake of myself.”
But Itachi says something in response. And as with one of those things you never allow a second thought, so I’m sure it was for Kisame; at least not until the moment when it proved so very true.
“We don’t know who we truly are until the moment before our deaths. As death comes to embrace you, you will realize what you are.”
Well, in the end, as death faced him with its arms wide open, here he is not killing his companions for himself, but killing himself for his companions. And all of this in a last ditch effort to ensure his mission is a success. It’s an irony that yet somehow still conforms to set standards, which makes it wholly one big irony in and of itself.
Such is the synonymous opposite of the paradox now known as the late Hishigaki Kisame.
“It seems that in the end, [he’s] not so terrible after all.”
Another great job this week, guys! Unfortunately, there still had to be a cut. Then I read every entry over and over and couldn’t bring myself to rank them, because they all made me LOL and pretty much the same way, too. So I guess you can say almost everyone else comes in at second place.
But in the end is an epic win from Bombat1994. And it’s not just because I originally planned on using this reference before deciding on turning the picture into the Bubblition. It’s just awesome like that.
DEBATE DU OFFICIALE
Well, I say you guys already have something going, o why not just keep on rollin’ with that?
*poofs off before anyone realizes this is just another big cop out…did I just say that out loud?*
But give me love over this.