Naruto Chapter 572 Breakdown: The nine bijuu become chibified! Oh, and they get names too. <_<
Greetings one and all, it’s Tenrai here again with another breakdown.
This week though, it seems we’ve entered what could be called, the “Eye of the Storm” with regards to this latest battle between good and evil, in that there wasn’t any action in this chapter to speak of besides the brief clash of bijuu bombs near the start. Rather, it was focused more predominantly on the bijuu themselves and Naruto’s estranged connection to them.
To be honest, it was most certainly a welcomed change of pace from the frantic chaos that was the battle between the bijuu and their Jinchuuriki, and it’s great to see some more depth bringing balance to the mayhem. After, all, there is more than one way for a chapter to be epic, and this latest entry for Naruto gets it off with a bang.
So we begin our chapter with a clash of both Naruto’s Bijuu Bomb and the combined bomb of his opponents. I think it was pretty smart of Naruto to hit the bottom of his opponents attack to send it into the air and have it detonate above the battlefield, and it may have also been a decision he made after considering that his Bijuu Bomb may not have been stron enough to overcome the combined efforts of his opponents head on.
Either way, after a brief skirmish, Naruto is finally able to get a hold of all the chakra rods that are binding the bijuu that Tobi controls to their respective dead Jinchuuriki. However, before he gets a chance to remove them, he take an unexpected trip into Wonderland, where he finds six of the other Bijuu and their Jinchuuriki gathered around himself and Kurama.
Now, I’m not sure if this was an encounter initiated by Kurama himself, or whether it was because of the connection Naruto had to each Bijuu as he was removing the chakra rods, but I have a feeling it may have even been Naruto’s strong will and his desire to save the bijuu that may have finally allowed him to connect with them at such depth.
This is where the really interesting part started. First off, we were finally able to be introduced to the other six Jinchuuriki, which we were never able to get to know before throughout the manga up until this point. Other than Naruto, Bee and Gaara, the personalities of the other six Jinchuuriki remained largely a mystery, unless you watched the Utakata fillers in the anime.
The most interesting of the lot was probably the former Fourth Mizukage, Yagura, who not only seemed to have a gender identity crisis similar to the likes of Haku, but who also claimed to be the representative of the other Jinchuuriki and their tailed beasts.
Does this mean that Yagura was somehow more deeply connected with the Bijuu as a whole? There was a part during the Kage Summit where it was mentioned that he was one of the few known individuals who was capable of control their bijuu, so this may also imply he had a deeper connection to them or perhaps even to the Sage of the Six Paths himself.
What I would have been interested in learning though, is whether he remembered Tobi, who, for a long time, controlled him from behind the scenes and manipulated his role as Mizukage. When you think of how the creation of the Blood Mist was most likely Tobi’s doing (as well as the birth of characters like Zabuza and Kizame), it’s a history I would have loved to have learned more about. It’s a pity that Yagura has already disappeared with the other Junchuuriki, along with a lot of potentially interesting details.
Yagura’s age is also questionable – seeing as how he appears to be younger than Naruto, yet he also claims to be an adult – but, of course, that didn’t stop Naruto from behaving rather childishly himself.
From the screen above, another detail that has become quite apparent is how much more relaxed Naruto and Kurama seem to be talking to one another. It seems like they’re really starting to connect in a way Naruto and Sasuke did in part one (only, without the kissing).
It was an enjoyable scene as a whole that brought a bit more light-hearted humor to what was otherwise a serious matter, and it also helped break the heavy pace up a bit more. However, the most important part of this chapter, was that which involved the Sage of the Six Paths himself, and the naming of the nine bijuu.
The bijuu have officially been chibified…
I have to say, this was easily my favorite scene in this manga, for a few reasons. It had great values as far as flashbacks are concerned, because it shows us a bit of the Sage of the Six Path’s personality and, from what I can tell, he seems to be a character very much like Jiraiya in nature. He’s the elderly sage type, who has a warm personality and a smile that lights up any somber mood. He also seems to act in a fatherly role towards the nine bijuu he created and named, so much so that Kurama even starts crying when he mentions that he won’t be around for much longer.
Aesthetically, we also got to have a bit of a closer look at his visage, and there are a few features that seem to resemble Naruto in some ways that go beyond just the hair spikes and the tomoe around the neck area.
Besides the similarities I mentioned above, the Sage also seems to have l hair, like Naruto does, although despite the two similarly large spikes both have near their foreheads, the Sage’s hair actually seems to resemble Minato’s more. I am guessing his hair is ‘blond’ specifically because normally red hair is depicted as gray or black in a colorless manga panel, while the Sage’s appears much lighter than that. The ring like representations on his back could also be compared to some degree to the rings on Naruto’s stomach and shoulders, although, this is admittedly a bit of a stretch.
Another detail I found interesting, though, was the Sage’s words in the above Panel. He speaks about the bijuu becoming one again some day, only then, unlike how they were once one inside of him (The Sage himself), they would instead be lead down the “right path.”
Does this mean that the Sage believed he made a mistake with his choices? Does he regret his actions in life? Perhaps he regrets the flames of hatred he created between his eldest and youngest son, by choosing between the two of them. Either way, it seems the Sage foretold Naruto’s coming and expected that Naruto would correct his mistakes. Even the bijuu themselves seem to believe that Naruto was the one the Sage spoke of.
Kurama’s words above even suggest that Naruto may be a reincarnation of the Sage in some way, or perhaps their personalities are close enough that Kurama simply sees the same spirit in both of them. In either case, it is this new-found figure that the bijuu have placed their faith in, that entices them to entrust their fates to him and to “look after” him. Perhaps they imparted some of their chakra to him like Son Goku did, although I’m not sure what effect such an act would have.
These kinds of little details throughout this chapter bring about even more theories – in fact, far too many to mention – so I think we’re at a stage now where all we can do is wait and see what happens. Either way, that’s all from me for the time being. Here is last week’s Bubbliton contest winner.
Well done to Dmaxx3d for his entry. There were a few others that were close, but this one just made it to the top.
Here is this week’s screen.
See you all in the comments section! ^ ^