Naruto Manga 523 Breakdown: It looks like things will be changing here for a while. <_<
Greetings WRA. It’s Tenrai Senshi here with this weeks Naruto manga breakdown.
Now, I know most of you are expecting Captain Pickles to do the breakdown – as he usually does ever so splendidly – but we have had to make a few temporary changes for the time being to cater to some of the currently neglected breakdowns. As a result, I will be doing the Naruto Manga breakdowns until further notice.
Hopefully, I will be able to live up to everyone’s expectations, but I suppose there is only one way to find out.
On with the breakdown!
Ah yes, what an epic chapter we had this past week. With the reintroduction of the previous generation of The Hidden Mist’s famed Seven Swordsmen, I think expectations were running high for all of us with regards to just how epic this battle should be, especially considering the skilled contestants involved on both sides. For the most part, I think it’s safe to say that Kishi is delivering splendidly so far, which is definitely a relief.
Of course, we’re still in the early stages of what might be a fairly long confrontation and, as is expected in Naruto, the best place to start is to learn a bit more about the nuances of each of these renowned swordsman themselves, from their names, to the functions of their unique weapons. To this end, we are aided by the distant narration of none other than Suigetsu, who knows as much about his idols as one could hope and who decides to take the time to explain each of their characteristics to Juugo (or indirectly, us).
I think it was a clever move by Kishi to use this crossover method to give us a bit more insight as to just what exactly each of the Swordsman could do, but at times, it did seem to break the pace of this chapter as a whole, while detracting the focus somewhat from the battle itself. However, in saying that, I also think it was ultimately necessary in the end.
Other than that small gripe, one cannot complain about the quality of the action in this chapter. The mere presence of The Seven Swordsmen of the Mist on the battlefield, creates an ominous feel that is visually tangible and you could almost sense the cold and foreboding atmosphere they must have emanated simply from their cool composure, as well as the dread-filled eyes of their unwilling prey.
The way they simply stood there, unflinching, as a hail of death and destruction advanced to meet them head on, was as intimidating as it was simply awe-inspiring and there have been few other instances predating this in the manga where I could say that anyone has looked cooler than Zabuza did in this chapter.
What really caught my interest though, which is a subject matter I had pondered about after the end of last week’s chapter, was the fact that Kishi did, in fact, reference a character from a filler arc from part one of the Naruto anime, with regards to one of the Seven Swordsman’s weapon sets.
Now, anyone who has watched all of the fillers that followed after the canonical end of part one of Naruto, will know that there was a particular arc that featured one of the Seven Swordsman of the Mist, known then as Raiga.
Raiga, in the anime, also wielded a sword (it is technically one sword, that detaches into two separate ones) that look identical to the boltsword that Ringo is currently using in this chapter and it was also imbued with lightning as well. I was actually glad that this reference was made, because it would have been odd if the anime was completely neglected by the manga in terms of its ideas and story progression, even if it isn’t strictly canon. This example just goes to show that Kishi does pay attention after all and it also saves us from a lot of confusion.
For anyone who may not watch the anime at all, or who simply missed that episode and who are curious about Raiga, here’s a video showing a battle from the anime which will give you all a good idea of what the boltsword can do and how they work. It’s also pretty funny too.
I think it’s safe to say that each of the swords were saw in this chapter were as interesting as they were deadly, from Zabuza’s self regenerating decapitation sword, two what could only be described as an over-sized sowing needle used by the swordsman known as Kushimaru Kuriarare.
The only question is, which Swordsman do you think was the coolest of them all?
All-in-all, I would say we have a lot to look forward to in the chapters to come. Let’s just hope this battle lives up to our expectations and that Kishi continues to deliver these epic chapters.
I hope you all enjoyed the breakdown, even though it was a bit on the short side, but before I leave you to the comments section, I decided to include a battle debate this week, just to set things off.
I thought of including two of the Swordsmen of the Mist, but I felt it would be better to see them in action a bit more before everyone tried to guess who was better or what they could do, so instead, I will save that topic for later. In the meantime, we have another interesting match-up that is sure to be a tough choice for anyone to decide between.
Remember guys, comments count more than votes, so make sure you have your say as to who you think would win.
That’s all from me this week. See you in the comments.