Naruto 543 Breakdown – That’s right, this is the first on-time single-chapter Naruto breakdown you’ve seen in MONTHS. Damn, I spoil you guys. Official Bubblition contest inclusive!!
Oh crap. It’s that time of the week again, isn’t it? You know, I wish holidays lasted longer. Just 24 hours ago I was chillin’ in my hotel room with a beautiful woman and a home-cooked meal. Then, you know, a little bit of this led to a little bit of that and before you know it… I’m all alone and back in my cold, empty room scribbling on a virtual wall for you guys. FML. But don’t get me wrong, I love you guys too. Just not as much as free cable and room service. Uh, I mean- what?
I personally don’t see what everyone’s problem is with this weeks chapter. I personally thought it was AWESOME. We got to see some more Yellow Flash action, the fight between the Raikage and Naruto resumed, Tsunade finally grew a pair and acknowledged that her duty is first and foremost to her village and the people under her care, and Bee bitchslapped the Raikage like Casey Heynes on steroids. Though I must admit, Sage-Kyuubi Naruto has been a bit of a let-down thus far. Perhaps the Raikage was too high a standard to benchmark the Nine-Tails Jinchuuriki against?
I dunno, but I’m burning to see Naruto utterly destroy someone with his newfound power. And you’re all probably burning to see this breakdown over with already. So enough with the chit-chat, let’s get straight to business, yeah?
Chapter 543 starts with a continuation of the Minato vs Kumo Squad flashback. The future Raikage’s trademark incurable bullheadedness is shrugged off by an increasingly awesome Minato Namikaze. He’s just too damn cool, seriously. Thinking he had Minato figured out, A rushes headfirst towards the Konoha-nin, who shunpo’s behind Killer Bee and holds a kunai to the back of his head. Which is weird, considering the fact that the skull is the best-protected area of the body, but meh. That’s not the interesting part. The interesting part is the fact that Killer Bee seemed to have been anticipating Minato’s movements to the point that he had a sword drawn and pointed in the right direction before Minato appeared behind him. And this being the second time he’s intercepted an attack from the World’s Fastest Shinobi.
What I really love about this chapter is the fact that before now, the Raikage was a God with no weakness. Yet, in the space of a single flashback, we have seen him so outclassed that Bee has had to step in to save his ass. Not just once, but TWICE. I guess my opinion of Bee had dropped significantly since the total ass-rape that was the Kisame fight that I honestly thought of him as little more than a joke of a ninja. But now… damn.
Anyway, back to the present, with Naruto taking advantage of the Raikage’s distraction to attempt to escape, but to no avail. So Kishi being Kishi decides that numerous obscure penile references weren’t good enough and throws in a hefty dose of tentacle pr0n. Because let’s face it: Manga is not manga without tentacle pr0n. After a quick little “skirmish”, The Raikage hurls Bee and Naruto to the floor and calls for the Hokage’s aid in defeating the two Jinchuuriki. And then, she did what I was hoping she’d do: she stood up for Naruto.
You know what, I get it. I understand that keeping Naruto away from the battlefield is probably the best way to keep Madara from succeeding with his world domination plan thingy. Hell, I was ticked off when Iruka basically let Naruto off the island. But the Raikage was way out of line by impulsively deciding to kill Naruto. The General of an Alliance is not given free reign to decide whether individuals who would otherwise be outside his or her control should die or not. His title is bestowed upon him by consensus, as is the power he wields. The Hokage would have been well within her rights to pull Konoha’s support from the war effort. The wisdom of such a decision would have been another story entirely, but the point still stands. The fact is, the Raikage risked the stability of the Joint Shinobi Alliance and Konoha’s militarian support when he said that he’d kill Naruto. It really just reaffirms to me how unfit the man is to lead such a massive army, and good on Tsunade for stepping in. I just wish she’d done it sooner.
Bee charges at the Raikage, and another flashback ensues. Nothing terribly exciting, just a rare moment of emotion from A the day of his father’s funeral service.
But it was what followed that was undeniably the highlight of this chapter. The two Lariat masters putting their resolve into action and charging at each other with everything that they had. I expected Bee to emerge victorious, but it was so satisfying to actually see it happen. Bee has changed greatly since his character’s introduction. He was a powerful combatant to be sure, but he had this stroke of immaturity that held him back, stopping him from being as powerful as he was capable of being. He treated his fight with Sasuke as little more than a game, and he nearly lost his life as a result. Even when fighting Kisame, he appeared distracted, constantly stopping to jot down rap lyrics and relying on the Eight Tails for intel (especially during the water bubble scene). He only survived because Samehada turned into a chakra-whore and betrayed Kisame. But this time, he overpowered his opponent purely on his own steam, and has emerged as one of the manga’s most powerful shinobi. An excellent chapter, indeed.
So there you have it, people. The way is officially paved for Naruto and Bee to enter the fray. The coming chapters promise much action and story progression and I for one can’t wait.
First off, I’d like to take this time to welcome a new member to the WRA community. Now, I don’t know the person, but I do appreciate the effort they made to start an account just to tell us slackers not to give up on the blog. Comments like yours are especially appreciated, zenithshadow. Welcome to the fold. 😄
Now, some of you have voiced your opinions as to the future of these breakdowns. Increased commenter interaction, more debates, all that jazz. However, I’m not sold on whether there’ll be enough people commenting on here for these things to really take flight, at least not at the moment. So I leave it to you guys. Tell me what debate you’d like to see in the next breakdown, and if enough people participate, the most popular debate idea will be featured in next weeks breakdown! And also if you have any ideas as to what other features you’d like to see in the breakdowns, I’m open to suggestions. Either leave me a post in the comment section below or shoot me an email at email@example.com. Love to hear your thoughts.
But for now, the return of an old fan favourite: the Bubblition contest.
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