Naruto Manga 546 Breakdown – Dead men and sparkles never did go well together… Official breakdown + Awesomeness Extras inclusive! Plus, an important announcement…
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Now with that out of the way, on to the breakdown!
Chapter 546 starts off with two unnamed shinobi from Kumo and Suna attempting to flee from a resurrected shinobi named Toroi who has a similar kekkei genkai to Sandaime Kazekage — magnetic field manipulation. While not as impressive as the Iron sand user, the use of magnetic chakra to turn simple throwing stars into homing missiles was pretty cool, I’ll admit, but not as useful as the other bloodline limits we’ve seen in this war. Toroi prepares for the killing blow, just to become Naruto’s first non-Zetsu KO with a Rasengan to the face. After sealing him up, Naruto and Bee run off to find more random shinobi to ass kick.
Which brings us to the real focus of this weeks chapter! The Kazekage and the Tsuchikage VS the other Kazekage and Tsuchikage with a Raikage and Mizukage for backup. WRA, this was the fight I was looking forward to the most. 6 kages past and present duking it out and finding out just what abilities each of the newly-resurrected kages had that earned them their rank.
No messing around here, folks. Gaara sends a tidal wave of sand towards the group of zombiekages, leading the Fourth Kazekage to believe that the Shukaku was on the rampage and forcing him to retaliate whereby revealing his ability: gold sand manipulation. This ability is interesting, because gold itself is not magnetic. It would require a far stronger magnetic field than iron sand to be able to be manipulated effectively, and Gaara Sr lifted several tonnes of the stuff. Such a feat would require an ENORMOUS amount of chakra to pull off. Also of note is that on page 10, his eyes take on the dark rings around them like Gaara’s which indicates the presence of the Shukaku’s chakra within him. Gaara’s father was in all likelihood a pseudo-jinchuuriki much like the Kin Gin brothers, but so much cooler.
His gold sand proves to be a perfect counter for Gaara’s normal sand due to it’s increased weight, dampening Gaara’s attack to the point of nullification. Gaara floats forward and reveals himself, which shocks his father who realizes that the Shukaku is no longer within his son. Gaara takes advantage of his father’s hesitation and forms mini-Shukaku arms that grab at the zombiekage’s legs. The Second Tsuchikage is the only one to dodge, spotting the current Tsuchikage — his own student — behind him. Both Tsuchikage’s fire their Dust-element techniques at each other and the resulting blast vaporizes the immediate area around it. Oonoki remarks that Muu’s dust element technique has not waned in strength since the last time he saw it. Meanwhile, the Fourth Kazekage acknowledges Gaara’s increased mastery over his sand arm attack and asks him where Shukaku has gone, to which his son replies that he no longer has it and that he is no longer the jinchuuriki his father made him. Gaara’s army awaits the signal to attack, hiding amongst the dunes until the right moment.
An epic battle will ensue after this little skirmish, mark my words. More than anything, I am very interested to see the extent of the Third Raikage’s black lightning jutsu, whether it’s just a ranged attack like Darui’s or even a modified version of the current Raikage’s raiton armor jutsu. The Second Mizukage should also prove to be a very capable combatant, being on equal grounds with Muu and his Dust element technique. This upcoming battle will be awesome, I guarantee you that.
I think it’s high time for a debate!
Setting: Konoha Woods
Knowledge of Each Others Abilities: None
Time to Prepare: None (Danzo still has his arm locked up at the start of this fight)
Have at each other, people. Just don’t get any blood on the page, I just finished prettying it up… DX