Naruto Chapter 568 Breakdown: Happy New Year!!!
So yeah, I was trying to find a cool Naruto New Years picture for this breakdown, but a surprisingly large number of them contained a scene with Sasuke and Naruto kissing under a fireworks display…
*Has a complete mental breakdown.*
After attending a few therapy sessions, I finally recovered, and managed to land with this one. It seems quite suitable. ^ ^
Ah yes, the start of a new year…
It reminds me of last year, when my family and I, along with some friends, went to Mozambique over the Christmas Holidays. Now, you must remember that over here, south of the equator, we have summer at this time of the year, so Christmas time is spent at the beach in the sun, swimming and doing all that kind of hot stuff, as opposed to having snow and all that other subzero stuff many of you in the north do.
When it came to new years eve, everyone was gathered on the beach under the night sky, listing to the waves breaking against the shore, with music booming frantically in the distance as everyone partied. Of course, there were enough fireworks going around among the holiday makers to start a small civil war, and therein lay my greatest concern for that evening.
Yes indeed, mixing excessive alcohol consumption with fireworks would probably be considered very unwise in most parts of the world, but that was our reality that night. Fireworks were exploding on the beach, flying horizontally across the landscape as opposed to vertically up into the sky as they should have and – all the while – I was entrenching myself ever deeper into the sand with my toes, as if I were some poor World War 2 soldier fighting on the front lines, trying ever so vainly to avoid being scorched alive. Deidara would have had a blast if he were there that night, heaven forbid should he have gotten his hands on any alcohol…
But even despite such mayhem, for many of us manga fans, the end of the year is just another week where we’re waiting for a new manga release, and so life goes on once more, into another year of manga yet again.
So, in our last breakdown we were discussing the relationship between Naruto and the Kyuubi, and this latest chapter seems to take the whole theme one step further, only this time it elaborates even more on the Bijuu as a whole.
One major point in the chapter, was the revelation that each Bijuu has its own name and identity, given to them by the sage of the six paths himself. It’s quite an important point, because a name holds so much meaning for any individual entity. When we see an animal, we call it by a generic term that fits its entire species, like a zebra or a lion. It means we don’t distinguish between one animal or the next of the same species, because we don’t see them as anything more than just a number, or simple as a part of a larger whole. But when we give something a name, it means we recognize its individuality. When we give it an identity, it means we are recognizing it as something almost sentient and unique.
In the case of the Bijuu, it is revealed to us through Naruto’s meeting with Son Goku, the Sage lord of monkeys (the four-tails), that humans have never even once bothered to try and learn the names of Bijuu and, as such, have never bothered to see them as anything more than simple beasts. It’s a revelation that even the Kyuubi himself shares with his kin… or rather, I should call him, Kurama from now onwards.
I very much like the fact that we know Kurama’s real name now. I was actually getting tired of calling him “the Kyuubi” or “the Nine-tails” all the time.
Of course, in the last breakdown, I also discussed the fact that Jinchuuriki were also often treated the same way as the Bijuu they hosted, as is evident in the way many still referred to them by the number of tails their Bijuu had, rather than their real names. During the Pein invasion arc, Pein constantly referred to Naruto as the Nine-tails, instead of his real name, because at the time he was also only seen as the creature he contained and not for who he was as a person. It was only after Nagato began to see eye-to-eye with Naruto, that he used his real name to address him instead.
Even to this day, Tobi still often refers to both the Jinchuuriki he controls, Naruto, Bee and even their Bijuu by the same titles based on their tails. I mentioned that this similar treatment and discrimination towards the Bijuu and their Jinchuuriki meant that both of both sides should be able to understand one another, and yet this latest chapter proves that this wasn’t the case and that there was still a strong wall dividing even these two sides of the same coin despite their similar fates, with the only notable exception so far being Bee and the yet-to-be-named Hachibi.
I felt that the flashback that showed Naruto’s rebellion against the world around him, and his words of understanding with regards to the plight of the Bijuu were both very important, because they seemed like the first bricks being laid down to build the bridge between him and Kurama. Not only that, it felt like he was building a bridge to all the Bijuu, Son included.
Of course, Kurama – that stubborn old fox – doesn’t seem to want to take notice of Naruto’s words, even though he can’t hide the fact that he has clearly been shaken by them.
One thing I have to mention though, is how much emotion you could see in Kurama’s expression. I think it’s the most emotion that doesn’t involve anger that we’ve seen in him up to this point in the story, and it strongly portrays how conflicted he is right now.
But, moving back to the discussion between Naruto and Son, the giant monkey already seems to be taking a liking to our ever-friendly hero. It seems that once again, Naruto’s infectious personality is taking a hold of its latest victim, but it’s easy to understand why when you consider Naruto’s words.
What I found most surprising in this latest chapter was the revelation that none of the other Jinchuuriki have ever seemed to have the kind of relationship with their Bijuu like the one Bee has with the Hachibi. Not even Son, if his bewildered reaction to Naruto’s statement is anything to go by. It makes me wonder if Bee was truly the first Jinchuuriki to ever make such an effort.
Despite that, Naruto’s conviction seems to be enough to spur Son Goku into taking a gamble with his new unlikely ally. Whether his intentions of helping Naruto are pure, or whether he has a more sinister scheme up his sleeve is another story altogether, but I have a feeling that Son may simply be testing Naruto’s words by seeing how much faith the kid will put in him by setting him free and potentially putting himself in harms way in the process. If Naruto can show trust towards a bijuu, then it will go a long way in proving that he isn’t just all talk and that his intentions are pure. I also think that with Kurama watching, the test may have results beyond their intended meaning.
In either case, I think we may have a very interesting few chapters coming up in the future and I can’t wait to see what transpires next. For all we know, Naruto may even end up as a new Jinchuuriki for all the Bijuu he frees. Heaven knows he’s had enough people living in him already as it is. What more harm could a few extra’s possibly do?
For now, though, here’s last week’s caption context winner.
And now I am sure you all want another caption contest, greedy buggers. <_<
BUT! There will be no caption contest this week, because I couldn’t find one good enough. So, I guess I’ll just have to leave it for now. I was also thinking of maybe doing a battle debate, but I can’t think of a good one of those either, so, I’ll let you all come up with one yourselves.
But what I really thought would be fun, is if everyone gave a few of their own funny new years stories and what they were doing on the big night that saw the end of 2011, or any year for that matter. I’m sure a few of you have some crazy memories that we’d love to hear of.
I hope you all enjoyed the breakdown! See you all in the comments! ^ ^