Naruto Chapter 571 Breakdown: It seems like Naruto is all the ‘Rage’ at the moment.
Hey awesome people. Yeah, that’s right, you’re all awesome. After all, you have to be if you’re on the site, otherwise our name would kinda be a bit pointless now, wouldn’t it?
But, we don’t just have awesome people here on WRA, we also have awesome manga and anime series, and this week, we had a particularly epic chapter of Naruto. It was a chapter that was most certainly deserving of the title of awesomeness.
Naruto’s new transformation with the merger of his and Kurama’s chakra was jaw-dropping to say the least, and the power-up that came with it was equally awe-inspiring, but when I took a closer look at the aesthetics of that transformation, I couldn’t help but think that there may have been some inspiration regarding his new chakra cloak.
Is this a case of Kishi-trolling, or is it simply a coincidence? In all honesty, the similarities between Naruto’s new transformation and Ichigo’s bankai aren’t all that stark, save for the cloak Naruto adorns which sports similar flame-like tears. I’m pretty sure that plenty of mangaka will often draw inspiration from other series when it comes to their own work and Kishi has been known to draw a lot of inspiration from the likes of DBZ and other series he enjoys. You could almost say that Naruto’s latest transformation is a mix between Goku’s Super Saiyan form and Ichigo’s Bankai form of there was any comparison.
All things said and done though, when it comes to Japanese anime or manga, the trend of transformations being used to attain a state of higher power, speed or just bad-ass looks, is something that is actually quite commonplace in a large number of different series, from Dragonball Z to Fairy Tail, so it isn’t really surprising to see Naruto take things to a whole new level itself. One thing many (but not all) of these series have in common is that these transformations usually have a set time-limit, a drawback that is either dependent on the users stamina or resilience, or one that is simply based on a predetermined set of laws regulating said transformations.
In Naruto’s case, there seems to be one common denominator regarding all his transformations…
I mean, what’s up with the whole five-minute setback with all of Naruto’s epic transformations? First Naruto was told by Fukusaku that he would only be able to keep Sage Mode active for five minutes at the most and now he’s been given a near identical line by Kurama.
Having been faced by this unexplainable coincidence, I decided to sneak into the vault of endless Naruto knowledge to find an answer to this conundrum, and in doing so, I happened to stumble upon his secret transformation stopwatch. It was at that very moment, that the mystery behind Naruto’s five-minute transformation limit was finally revealed…
Luckily for us – and for Naruto – five minutes in a manga is actually a very long time. I mean, sometimes it can take up to twenty minutes just to get past five minutes in Naruto, so I think that gives him plenty of time to kick some serious butt. Actually, if we go by the theme of time-stretching, DBZ was a series that took that notion to a whole new extreme. I mean, five minutes could take hours to pass in that series. Hell, it could take days if there was a transformation was involved.
*Remembers when Frieza said that Namek had five minutes left to live after he pwned it.* Sheesh… <_<
But, despite these nuances, Naruto’s transformations all do one thing well. They always manage to look epic. The only question is, which one is your favorite so far?
All aesthetics and transformations aside, this chapter was also quite epic as far as the battle itself was concerned as well. Naruto showed that his new transformation has not only afforded him a few more fangirls, but it also enhanced his speed and power greatly as well.
In fact, Naruto’s speed was so greatly enhanced, that Kakashi even mistook him for his ‘sensei’ Minato, which means Naruto is taking the “Yellow Flash” moniker to a whole new level.
Besides that, Naruto’s bijuu transformation is also very unique compared to the likes of Bee or Yugito, in that rather than taking on a purely physical form of the Bijuu he hosts, Naruto instead becomes enveloped in a massive cloak of chakra that takes on Kurama’s likeness. If I was to compare it to something in particular, I would say that Naruto’s chakra cloak behaves pretty much the same way Susanoo does. It envelopes and surrounds him in a semi-transparent avatar form which behaves like chakra, but it also has a physical presence and is able to hold, move or affect other physical objects around it. It is also able to protect others and move them along with it as well, as shown in how Naruto has pretty much brought Gai and Kakashi along for the ride with him.
I think it also stands to reason that it may provide similar protective capabilities as Susanoo does as well, which means the only real difference between them is that it takes the form of a fox rather than a humanoid with six arm thingies.<_<
Lastly, but certainly not least, decided to do some research on the possible reason as to why Naruto looks so much like the Sage of the Six Paths when he uses Kurama’s chakra.
Two breakdowns ago, I gave you guys a few theories regarding the possible links between Naruto, Kushina, the Uzumaki and the Sage of the Six Paths, using the Kin-Gin brothers and Tobi’s chakra chains as references, but there’s another factor that may be involved in Naruto’s sudden change of aesthetic features, a thought that was inspired by something Tobi said during his battle with Konan.
So, if you read through the page above, you’ll see that Yin forms the basis of the Sage’s spiritual energy, which was also the basis of the Uchiha’s power which he gave to his oldest son in the form of his eyes. Then we have vitality and physical energy of which forms the basis of “yang” chakra, which the sage’s youngest son inherited the form of his “body”.
So, if the youngest son’s power is essentially formed from the basis of yang power, then it’s easy to see how the Uzumaki, who are descendants of that youngest son in some way, would have inherited their long lives and incredible vitality. But, there’s another factor involved here and that is Kurama’s chakra.
You see, when Minato split Kurama’s chakra, he sealed the “Yang” half into Naruto, the same type of chakra Naruto should have already inherited as an Uzumaki. So, when Naruto merges his chakra with Kurama’s, he is essentially strengthening his own “Yang” chakra and raising it to even greater levels. With both of their Yang chakras combined, it might explain why Naruto takes an even closer likeness to the Sage of the Six Paths himself and why his life force is so great, that it is even able to make plants grow around him. In my opinion, it is the closest to the Sage’s youngest son you’re going to get, especially when you consider how the different bloodlines have essentially thinned down over the generations and become diluted.
The question is, what would have happened if Naruto inherited Kurama’s Yin chakra instead? Would we have seen the birth of another Sage of the Six Paths? Is that a possibility that we may still see occur some time in the future? Only time will tell, I guess.
So, the chapter ended with yet another climactic cliffhanger, something that has become commonplace with Naruto chapters nowadays. Let’s just hope the epicness keeps up as this arc continues towards a close.
In any case, that’s it from me. Sorry for the long breakdown, but I had a lot to say. Here is the winner of last week’s caption contest.
I swear, I am not just trying to choose entries about me eating stuff. It just so happens that this was the only entry I found kinda funny. It doesn’t help that there weren’t many entries to contend with.
It does make me concerned about my reputation though…
Anyway, here is this week’s bubbliton:
There actually weren’t a lot of suitable speech bubbles in this chapter, but I thought this panel was pretty awesome, so let’s see how it goes.
See you all in the comments. ^ ^