Naruto 511 Breakdown: Frog Mario sends his regards. And his lawyer. Awesomeness extras included!
Welcome, one and all! Darks here, with this weeks Naruto Breakdown. And what a sad occasion it is, as we try to come to terms with the monumental loss, and mourn the demise of a truly tragic figure that touched the lives of so many Narutards everywhere…
That’s right, friends, iareawesomeness has finally shut up shop for good, with this post marking the passing of a truly inspiring blog. And I think this time Jeremiah means it. Memories, indeed. IRA, we salute you.
IRA’s demise foreshadowed another death this week, with Konan seemingly confirmed dead in the latest chapter of the Naruto manga. I know the many legions of you bloggers are crying out in anguish, which either means that you’re saddened by her apparent passing, or that you’re all horrified that the great DarkAvatar may have actually been WRONG about something.
This week’s edition provided a much needed break in the non-stop action we’ve had these last few chapters. In rare form, Kishi delivers a heartfelt and moving send-off for she who has become my favourite kunoichi in the manga, Konan (Sorry, Hinata, I’m just not that into you anymore). This chapter also marks the apparent end of the Ame Orphan’s involvement in the series and really makes you stop and think just how much of an impact the three Hidden Rain children had on the manga as a whole.
It also provides what will most likely be Konan’s final appearance in the manga, and me being the opportunist I am, I decided to have a little bit of fun.
…ahem. Now, for the breakdown! Hiya!
The obligatory splash page, depicting the Ame Orphans infront of the rickety shack they and Jiraiya called home for a while.
The chapter starts with Tobi warping Nagato’s body away, but not before closing his eyes respectfully, or perhaps just because Tobi couldn’t bear to see the amusement in Nagato’s death-gaze. Seems I put too much faith in Nagato, even if the man is dead. His corpse is actually just a corpse after all. No booby traps, no decoy body, no fake entrance, nothing. Almost felt cheated, to be honest.
After Tobi departs, we are instantly taken to the battleground in which Konan fell. It is assumed that she dies at the end of this chapter, however for a few frames she is still alive at least. She wouldn’t be floating otherwise.
Konan uses the very last dregs of her chakra to form a single sheet of paper, which rises into the air and is carried away by the wind. Weary yet ready for the final journey, she succumbs to her injuries, but not before we are treated to one final flashback in the tragic lives of the Ame Orphans.
Oh gawd, the suits. I could write entire essays on them alone. I’m not entirely sure what purpose they served, whether it was just to help reinforce the turn-card rule into their heads or something, but I think it’s just a tiny bit too…eccentric, for want of a better word. But for all his weirdness, Jiraiya was a resourceful ninja, devising a simple yet easy-to-understand check-in system of sorts, ensuring no enemy ninja could disguise themselves to avoid detection for long.
Most of the rest of the flashback was just various scenes in the life of Konan. A few things to note, though:
1) Konan and Yahiko were officially an item. I think they would have made a nice couple, and their kids would have been badass for sure.
2) Yahiko is shown with a different, smaller sword than what he’s been shown to carry in previous flashbacks. Looks quite similiar to Sasuke’s chokuto in that it lacks a handguard, though it is more curved like a katana.
Once their group had become too large, Yahiko decided that a relocation was necessary. Just as he was about to turn his card for the final time, their current hideout was attacked, forcing them to flee. After, Kishi treats us to a rather touching scene, with Konan’s lone piece of paper floating towards her upturned card and covering it forever, signifying her departure from this world and the beginning of her journey to meet up with her best friend, lover and sensei, the latter of which I’d assume has some pretty harsh words for her and Nagato I’m sure.
I said it before and I’ll say it again: the way Kishi handled the emotion in this chapter was incredible. This weeks was the most touching release of Naruto I have read in a long time. Chapters like this reflect the initial awesomeness that drew me to this manga in the first place, and I am glad to see it again. It was only 50 chapters ago that we all were worrying that he was going the same way as Kubo (Sakura’s confession…oh, the horror…). Glad to see we were all wrong on that one. Just hope he can keep up the momentum he has gained these last few chapters. 😄
With the flashback over, we return to Tobi once more, and on to the topic everyone’s talking about: his new mask.
This mask is very different from earlier versions we’ve seen. There is no semblance of a swirly pattern on it, the mask covers not only his face but most of his head, and most importantly, it is the first mask we’ve ever seen him wear that has TWO EYE HOLES instead of one.
This to me indicates a few things.
1) The two eye holes signify Tobi bringing together the two most legendary of doujutsu and becoming whole, just as much as the pattern itself signifies the unification of Rinnegan and Sharingan. The previous mask designs he’s worn before have only one eye hole, which was odd in itself. Almost like he was missing a piece of a puzzle, a subtle sign that the man behind the mask was not yet physically complete. The new mask completes the symmetry his previous masks were lacking, and this to me makes him look alot more WHOLE than he used to.
2) It was also almost as if he couldn’t hide enough of his face behind the mask. While it may not seem like such an important thing to most of you, a second eye hole also means that he’s opening up more of his face to be seen. It seems the closer he gets to achieving his goal, the more of his face is seen, meaning that it won’t be until Tobi has all the pieces of the Six Paths Puzzle that his full face is revealed.
3) The powers of the Sage of the Six Paths have always been made out to be the result of two halves combining into a greater whole. For example, combining life force chakra and imagination chakra to create life. It is for this reason that I believe that Tobi has implanted both of Nagato’s Rinnegan eyes into his own eye sockets and those eyes became Sharinnegan, as opposed to having a Sharingan right eye and a Rinnegan left eye. The latter shows only that Tobi has collected a Sharingan and a Rinnegan, whereas the former suggests that the Rinnegan and the Sharingan have combined into a greater whole.
4) I think me that we’ve seen the last of the reverse kamui tech that Tobi has become famous for. The previous mask designs had swirls on it, reminiscent of the vortex his reverse kamui creates when in use. With no sign of that pattern on the new mask, and also due my belief that he has implanted both Rinnegan into himself, leads me to think that he’s done using Obito’s- *coughs* I mean, his Sharingan for now.
That’s my thoughts on it anyway. Feel free to dissect these theories in the comments section, below. ^_^
With his signature fan in hand and a new outfit to boot, Tobi sets a course for Naruto, looking much more like the Madara of old he purports to be. The coming battle will be between the two halves of the Rikudou Sennin whole: his eyes vs his chakra. And I’m not sure which of the two will come out on top. Only time will tell, eh?
BUBBLITION RESULTS AND NEW CONTEST
I shall pull a Kubo here and say that many of your entries made me FDTSLMFAO!!! 😄 😄 😄 (Marks dun kill meh prease!), but these three more so than the rest. The top three entries are:
The debate was a tough call, and unfortunately the votes were too close to swing the debate into anyones favour. Thus I declare myself the winner of the debate! Thanks for your votes, people!
Ok, fine, I’ll be a bit more serious. Both sides put up a fairly good set of arguments in what proved to be a somewhat short-lived debate, and I was unable to decide who chose better. The Raikage however DID have a slightly higher number of voters on his side, and because of that, I have to award it to him.
No debate this week, cos I’m pooped after working overtime at work and devoting my free time to you guys and this breakdown lol.
Remember, NARUTO IS ON A 1 WEEK HIATUS, but hopefully Mangastream will scanlate Kishimoto’s one-shot “BENCH!” when it comes out instead. I hope so, at least. 😄
That’s it people! You all have yourselves an awesomeness weekend!
It’ll be our little secret.