Naruto 544-545 Double Breakdown – HAH! I didn’t miss! I was just… err… testing you! Official Breakdown + Awesomeness Extras included!
You know, it occurs to me that I was right to hold off writing this breakdown until after chapter 545 was released. To be honest, last weeks chapter was so boring that not even the sharinnegan-wielding jinchuuriki-zombie-paths were enough to pique my interest. And then–BOOM!!–Kishi decides to pull a 180 on us and deliver a chapter so full of awesome my phone literally couldn’t handle it and crashed on me. Repeatedly.
I just don’t know what it is with Kishi. Sometimes the crap he writes is so toxic that it burns through the 10-foot pole you prod it with, and then all-of-a-sudden he pulls out these digital slates of awesomeness so perfect it’s like he scribbled them on fabric woven from Chuck Norris’s chest hair. Either way, these sorts of chapters give me hope for the future of Naruto. But enough droll chit chat from me. Let’s get down to business, shall we?
If I didn’t make it abundantly clear in the intro, Chapter 544 was boring as all hell. There was also an element of ridiculousness that didn’t sit well with me at all. The chapter started out pretty boring, with Shikaku focusing on finding a counter-strategy for the White Zetsu invasion. Change of scene, and we find ourselves back at the Kage vs Jinchuuriki battlefield with Raikage licking his wounds and Bee standing over him grinning like Tenrai over cheesecake. What follows is some rather shallow dialogue about how a true jinchuuriki’s power comes from the heart. Then, when Raikage brings Naruto into the conversation, he responds by declaring that his father was the Saviour and that Naruto inherited that role because his daddy believed in him.
I dunno, guys. The whole saviour talk and symbolism really didn’t leave a good taste in my mouth. It doesn’t sound like something you’d expect to hear from Naruto. In previous chapters, Naruto believed in himself and his confidence and utter refusal to give up was what helped him achieved what he has. It was sheer willpower, and I respected that about him. However, this whole destiny thing isn’t really… Naruto-ey. He has demonstrated in the past that destiny is a preconception to be overcome, and yet now he believes in it. It’s a complete character reversal, and not one I like. But that’s just my opinion. What do you guys think?
Having heard enough, the Raikage swats Bee aside and charges at Naruto, who channels his inner Minato and dodges a full raiton punch to the face, making him the second shinobi in the history of the manga to do so. It hasn’t been a good few chapters for the Raikage. First Minato outclasses him, then Bee, and now Naruto. It’s kinda embarrassing. As he finally realized Naruto’s potential (and recognizing that he also carried Minato’s torch), the Raikage allowed Naruto to leave for the battle (who didn’t see that one coming…), just as Shikaku remembered Naruto’s friendly chakra recognition ability and realized that he was probably the only one who could discern between friend and foe.
On to the good stuff now! Following the revelation that Madara is using the recently-deceased Jinchuuriki with Sharinnegan-combo eyes as his own Six Paths (which confuses me, as I thought the wielder needed 6 actual corpses to create the Paths, not 6 resurrected shinobi, so why bother Edo Tensei-ing them in the first place if it means that they keep some semblance of their personality?), we find out the reason why Zetsu has no distinctive forehead guard: the Clanless is a walking violation of established medical ethics created from the First Hokage’s DNA, and therefore NOT an actual shinobi in his own right. Madara has also incorporated the First’s DNA into his body, which explains why he is able to use the Rinnegan effectively (as it requires a combination of Senju and Uchiha genes in a single person).
All available intel is then conveyed telepathically to Bee and Naruto, who take this knowledge to the battlefield and absolutely KICK SOME ASS!! This fight scene was about as epic as you can get. FINALLY some Sage-Kyuubi Cloak magic! Naruto has taken chakra shape manipulation to an entirely new level, using his cloak to create and launch six separate rasengan without the use of a shadow clone and inventing a new technique–the mini-rasenshuriken–that completely shears through Combination-Zombie Zetsu’s leg. At least, I think it’s his leg; the picture isn’t really that clear. And because overkill has no meaning to him, Naruto summons Gamahiro and flattens the rest of the White Zetsu’s under the giant toad’s buttcheeks before creating a bunch of the scariest shadow clones you’ve ever seen and attacking all the remaining 50,000 Zetsu clones at the same time.
While chapter 544 was terrible, Kishi made up for it in spades with 545. You cannot get much more epic than that. It will be very interesting to see how this new Naruto stacks up against the new 6 Paths and Madara himself. Madara may be insightful, but I doubt he could have foreseen all of Naruto’s newly-developed abilities. Although, there remains the possibility that Hashirama’s control over the tailed beasts gave him the same or similar abilities that Naruto now possesses and that Madara may know a way to counter him. Pure speculation though, and to be honest, I am too excited by the prospect of their coming encounter that I’d rather not ruin it by trying to guess. I’ll leave that for you guys to do in the poll and comments section below.
Firstly, the winner of the bubblition contest!!
Come on, guys, I want to see more entries this week! I want lulz! I want a Ferrari! And I expect you all to deliver!
And your demotivational poster for the week…
That’s it for this week! Any suggestions or feedback is greatly appreciated! Have an excellent week and always be awesomeness!