Naruto Chapter 569 Breakdown: Mysterious mysteries are mysterious….
Hey guys. I’m sorry my breakdown is a bit late, but the time I had originally assigned myself to write this in was gobbled up like a cheesecake when my internet connection decided to go “bye-bye” on me.
So, here I am, late Tuesday afternoon, writing this on my computer while a mob bearing torches and pitchforks gathers outside my window – and they aren’t just the people I still owe money. So, I suppose I’d best get moving before I am burnt at the steak.
Ah yes… the holiday season. It’s a time that brings both many joys and just as many woes.
The joy for most of us, is that it is a time for us to take a break and relax at the end of the year – at least, for those of us who had already finished our Christmas shopping. Unfortunately, it also happens to be a time in which many manga publications often go on a break as well, which means we’re left without our favorite manga to read over the turn of the year.
It’s no wonder that by the time the first release of the new year comes out, we’re all just about quivering with anticipation. We rush to our most visited manga streaming site, click on the link to the newly released chapter, stare at the screen enthusiastically as the page loads up and then gorge ourselves in a blissful delight.
But, as expectations run high, disappointments come easily. It doesn’t help when the newly released chapter we’ve all been waiting for arrives hand in hand with a tsunami of flashbacks.
And so, an uproar ensues. People complain, mass riots are launched, Eugen turns emo, and I start hugging trees instinctively. It was like an episode of the Jerry Springer show. It’s a wonder Kisu didn’t show up to have his say about this. Heaven know’s he’s been hiding long enough and this would have been the perfect time for our resident troll to shine. <_<
However, even despite the mortal, gut wrenching blow delivered by Kishi’s flashback no jutsu, all-in-all, the new chapter wasn’t so bad. Despite the numerous pages wasted with said flashbacks, they weren’t completely out of place and they fulfilled their role solidly, even if a bit excessively. Other than that, the chapter had plenty of actions in the few pages that did feature original content. Naruto once again proved his wit in the heat of battle by hiding himself inside Son and as always, his sage mode transformation just looks awesome, no matter when he’s using it.
This chapter also threw some interesting ideas our way as well. One in particular, which caught my interest.
After reading these pages and the words contained therein, it got me thinking a for a bit, and after a long moment of thinking, I finally realized something…
… thinking makes my head hurt. T__T
I also realized that there seems to be a connection between the chains that Tobi is using and the “Outer Path” of the Rinnegan, in that control of the chains that bind the tailed beasts is only possible if one controls the power of the Outer Path of the Rinnegan. However, if that truly is truly the case, then what about Kushina’s chains? If we take a look back, we see her using chains to bind Kurama that look similar, if not identical, to the ones Tobi was using.
As you can see in the screen above, at the top, we have Kushina’s chains coming out of Naruto, and at the bottom, we have Tobi’s chains ensnaring Naruto. This can mean only one thing…
Naruto has a fetish for chain bondage. @___@
*Pein0Avenue runs over and whispers in Tenrai’s ear.* Oh what? It wasn’t about the bondage? <_<
I see… *Cough*
Of course, what I meant to say is that there are a few stark similarities between Kushina’s chains and Tobi’s. They have near identical aesthetic features and they both behave in a similar manner to one another (I.e. being used to subdue or control a tailed beast). However, if that kind of power, and those chakra chains are only meant to be used by someone who has control of the “Outer Path” of the Rinnegan, then what does that mean for Kushina? So, I thought about the matter even more – much to my detriment – and a new question popped up into my mind.
Is Kushina really just a normal Uzumaki? I mean, there was mentioned of her having a special kind of chakra and perhaps that power is somehow directly related to The Sage of the Six Paths. It would explain two things; the first being why she could use the same chakra chains Tobi was seen using, and the second being this…
When Naruto transforms into his Kyuubi chakra form, he acquires a visual likeness not too dissimilar from the silhouettes we’ve seen of the Rikudo Sennin himself. He has the same two strands of pointy hair and the same tomoe-like markings around his neck.
Even Kurama seemed to recognize the similarities. More than that, he verbally mentioned the Rikudo Sennin when Naruto sealed him away again.
When the Kyuubi says “this is the Rikudo Sennin’s…” I believe he is referring to the sealing technique Naruto just used on him. There’s also a good chance that this technique may be directly related to the same chakra chains Kushina and Tobi used, in that it was also able to instantly subdue the Kyuubi with little effort.
The other point that makes this so interesting is how effortlessly Naruto uses the technique, even though he has shown no real aptitude for sealing techniques at all in the manga up until this point, which is another factor that leads to the possibility that it may be an inherent ability. This would stand to reason, as Naruto would have probably inherited his mother’s chakra, as I assume it would only be natural that a child would inherit the power and abilities of his parents through some genetic means. This coupled with his visual likeness to the Rikudo Sennin goes a long way in suggesting that there may, in fact, be a very pertinent and direct link between the two.
There was also another link that caught my attention, and that was the whiskers on Naruto’s cheeks. Although they are assumed to be related to Kurama being sealed in him, we also saw the same whisker marks on the Kin-Gin brothers.
Now, of course, most might argue that it was because all three inherited Kurama’s chakra that they all shared the aesthetic feature of having whiskers, but there is another factor we may not have taken into account. It was also mentioned that The gin-Kin brothers were directly related to the Rikudo Sennin in some way and may have even been descendants of his, which is why they were able to use his weapons without severe chakra exhaustion. Could their whisker marks be a sign of this heritage, as opposed to being a sign of the Kyuubi’s chakra influence? If so, could this also be further evidence to support these connections I am making between Naruto, Kushina and the Sage of the Six Paths himself?
Of course, there is another possibility that might fit snugly into this equation…
The other possibility, as suggested in the image above, is that the Uzumaki as a whole might be the answer to this equation. But before we can find the answer, we need to ask the right questions.
So the question is, are the Uzumaki only distant relatives to the Senju, or is there a chance they are somehow related to the Uchiha as well? If they do have a genetic link to both clans somehow, that might explain this mysterious mystery we are faced with right now. As to how this might be the case, there is a possibility that the Rikudo Sennin had a third son we didn’t know about who inherited both parts of his power. I mean, the similarities between the spiral design of the Uzumaki clan symbol and the Rinnegan may not simply be a coincidence and when Naruto is in Kyuubi Sennin mode, the same spiral pattern can be seen appearing on his hands, stomach and shoulders as well, indicating that they may be closely tied to the power of the Sage as a whole and not just as a symbol of the Uzumaki.
Or perhaps some daring Senju got frisky with an Uchiha and, well you get the point… <_<
In any case, the possibilities are limitless, and I am sure theories like my own will soon be coming out of the wood works. So, instead of blabbering on like a school lecturer, I’ll simply leave it there and post a nice poll for all of you to take part in.
Anyway, that’s it from me for now. I am sorry about the breakdown being late again, and about it being so long, but I hope you all enjoyed it anyway.
This week, we’ll have another bubbliton contest – the first one for the new year – so here it is. ^ ^
See you all in the comments. ^ ^