Naruto Chapter 578 Breakdown: Emo brothers of the world, unite!
There comes a time in a manga where a character does something so inexplicable, that you cannot help yourself from facepalming at the mere thought of it. With Sasuke, this happens quite often for me, because, let’s face it, he hasn’t exactly been the wisest when it comes to many of the decisions he has made, or the paths he has chosen to walk. Sasuke has stabbed his friends, tried to murder them, indirectly poisoned them, threatened to destroy villages and even killed a village leader after nearly causing all out war, to name a few discrepancies.
But, there also comes a time when characters manage to redeem themselves in the eyes of their critics to some varying degree, and with this chapter in particular, Sasuke somehow manages to do an asspull no jutsu like no other he’s ever performed before.
He managed to be…. calm and reasonable…. *audience gasp.*
This latest act of Sasuke’s will no doubt be discussed in detail by some, but before we start comparing notes on how many redemption points he just earned, let’s first take a step back and have a look at the bigger picture we’re facing here right now.
So, this is it then. These are the final three battles that will determine the ultimate outcome of this Fourth Great Shinobi War – which was also, admittedly, the shortest of the great wars in this manga so far, spanning the time of only a few days at the most.
The only question is, once these three battles are over, does that mean it’s just the end of this war, or does it mean the end of Naruto as a whole? Personally, I don’t believe Naruto will end just yet, because, at the very least, Naruto still has to battle Sasuke before the curtains close. I don’t think Kishi would spend hundreds of chapters building up for a battle between the two of them, only to squander it right at the end with a pep-talk from Itachi.
Still, these events do bring into question just how long Naruto has left to go as a series before it is finally completed.
Speaking of said battles, it looks like one of them isn’t going too well for our five Kage. Madara is living up to his reputation as a god of shinobi – albeit with the help of Hashirama’s power – and he’s proving to be a match for what should be the five strongest shinobi among the five great nations.
Unfortunately, we’ve now come to a point where Madara seems to be ‘trolling’ the five Kage. He’s set them on a back foot with his Mokuton clones and the whole scene spells “doom” for our heroes on the battlefield. This is where Kishi presents the premise that Itachi and Sasuke will have to defeat Kabuto in time to save the five Kage from their impending doom, but in truth, I hope it doesn’t turn out that way.
Don’t get me wrong, I am really looking forward to the battle with Kabuto, but to me, it would feel like a cheap victory for the five Kage if Madara simply vanished because of events taking place far from the battlefield. The battle with Madara started with the notion that the leaders of the new world would personally erase the sins of the past themselves for the sake of the new generation.
They even promised Naruto that they would handle things and that he could leave it to them. If those leaders don’t even have the strength to live up to their words, then it would make their promises seem very empty, and their strength as a whole, seem dull.
What would be great, is if the five Kage finish Madara off to prove themselves capable of living up to their promise, just as Itachi and Sasuke get the better of Kabuto. It would be a double victory, so to speak, and a far better than simply watching the Kage be saved by others who technically shouldn’t even be involved in this conflict anymore.
Still, the real draw of this chapter wasn’t the battle with Madara, but rather, it was the promising start of a new conflict between Itachi, Sasuke and Kabuto, the more pertinent factor of which was the newly formed alliance between the former two.
Ah yes, the Uchiha brothers unite at last. This will be the first time we’ve ever seen Itachi and Sasuke fight side-by-side rather than against one another, and quite frankly, I’m quite excited to see what they are capable of together. Sasuke earned a few brownie points for not being a douchebag and for offering to assist Itachi, but he still has a long way to go before he is redeemed in my eyes.
What’s even more interesting though, is that Kabuto doesn’t seem to be worried about facing two opponents who are both on such a high level of power. Perhaps he’s being overconfident, or perhaps Madara wasn’t the only trick he had left hiding up his sleeves.
Let’s see how things kick of in the next chapter. For now though, that’s all from me. Here is the winner from last week’s caption contest.
Yay! I finally won my first bubbliton contest! Of course, under normal circumstances, I would never choose one of my own entries as a winner, but some of you insisted I did so I guess it’s alright just this once.
It also doesn’t help that there were only three other entries to choose from. <_<
Here is this week’s bubbliton:
The bubble on the right can be used for Kabuto, or for Sasuke/Itachi if you have a funny idea for what they might say in this situation. I’ll just change who the bubble is pointing at appropriately depending on the winner’s interpretation of this scene.
See you all in the comments! ^ ^