Naruto Chapter 579 Breakdown: The battle of the Uchiha brothers gets underway, and a new movie is announced!
Greetings one and all! It’s time for another Naruto manga breakdown!
But before we start with that, I’d like to draw everyone’s attention to the announcement of yet another new Naruto movie, titled “Road to Ninja – Naruto the Movie.”
Now, I’m not sure about all of you, but the title of the movie is quite generic compared to the other Naruto movies we’ve seen in the past. The sub-heading “Naruto the Movie” suggests that the movie is about either the character Naruto himself, or Naruto the series as a whole.
Either of those would very broad themes to cover in a single movie and would suggest that the movie may cover a significant span of time, possibly from the start of the series all the way up to the most current events of the anime, or even the manga. The fact that characters like Minato, Kushina and even Tobi seem to be involved in the movie – judging from the page above – definitely seems to support the idea that it covers a large time gap or, at the very least, a largely broad theme. Perhaps the movie is a summary of Naruto’s life, or of the events of the series. Or perhaps, it simply deals with a specific theme that touches on those details in a more indirect or abstract way.
Unfortunately, there are too few details to be certain, and it’s too early to tell either way. My only real question is, are you looking forward to the new movie release?
Back to the chapter at hand, all I can really say is, what better way is there to start a chapter, than to start it with an awesome colored double page spread?
It’s been a while since we last got a colored page from Kishi, but this one is really cool and probably one of the best we’ve had in a while, both in terms of quality and style, so it’s all good.
If you click on the image and take a closer look at the finer details, you’ll notice Sakura, Kakashi and Sai featuring in it as well and they seem to regard Kurama in quite a casual and wholly typical manner, with Sakura having a fit, Kakashi lazing about and Sai drawing a picture of his new, overgrown subject. The entire scene seems to fit the new, recent revelation that Kurama is now no longer just a monster or a weapon to control, but rather a shinobi of Konoha, just as Naruto claimed. Not only that, but he is now also an important member of team 7 as well. The image also highlights just how much the colours on Naruto’s clothes match the colour of Kurama’s furth and the dark patches around his eyes, an aesthetic similarity we don’t often have a chance to see in the black and white panels of the manga.
Luckily, the front page wasn’t the only great attraction in this chapter. The battle that followed it was quite epic as well.
I have to admit, this battle got off to a great start. Now only do we get to see Sasuke and Itachi battle together against the same opponent, but we also got a glimpse of just how different each of them fight from one another, despite their similar repertoire of abilities.
Itachi seems to follow a more reserved and cautious approach to battle. He doesn’t want to risk killing Kabuto, so he takes a more defensive stance against Kabuto’s attacks and chooses to deflect or avoid them, rather than retaliate in a hostile manner. Sasuke, on the other hand, immediately retaliates with typically deadly counter-attacks despite Itachi’s pleas for him to be careful. He quickly decapitates Kabuto’s snake summons, while Itachi opts to simply restrain them instead (as seen above) and he wastes no time in launching his counter attack directly against Kabuto, citing that he won’t “die easily”.
Of course, it stands to reason that Sasuke would know more about battling the likes of Kabuto than Itachi does – having experience with Orochimaru in the past – however, it almost seems like he’s pushing a little bit too hard, as if he’s trying to impress Itachi by showing off his power and his insight regarding their opponent.
Of course, even if Sasuke was going all out to kill Kabuto, it has now become questionable whether he would be able to do so even if he wanted to. Yep, that’s right. If it wasn’t bad enough that Madara and Tobi were already hax beyond belief as it is, Kabuto decided he didn’t want to feel left out as one of the villainous trio, so he decided to do something about it…
Kabuto has now officially become hax.
As we’ve learned in this chapter, he has genetically enhanced himself with a modified version of the Houzuki clan’s ability to liquify using research done on Suigetsu, and he has also given himself the regenerative powers of the Uzumaki, which he acquired through experimentation done on Karin. We’ve also learned that, according to Kabuto, all Uzumaki have red hair, although it remains a mystery as to why Narutois the only Uzumaki we know of who doesn’t follow this rule of thumb.
This unwritten rule also puts into question whether any of the other red-headed characters we know of, such as Gaara or Karui, are Uzumaki as well. There is a chance that they could be, seeing as how it is said that survivors of the clan scattered across the world, but if that is truly the case, then I am sure more details will come up regarding the matter in the near future.
One thing that I do have a gripe about though, is this sudden fixation on the regenerative powers of the Uzumaki. Although we learned some time ago that they all have exceptional life forces and live longer than the average human, it was never mentioned before that they had remarkable regenerative abilities. In the past, Naruto’s healing factor had always been attributed to Kurama’s chakra, not to his clan heritage, and he only ever healed exceptionally fast when he was using Kurama’s chakra directly, otherwise it would take him longer to recover from severe wounds. Now, it’s being suggested that it is in fact his Uzumaki heritage that was the cause of this enhanced healing
My question is, if that was always the case, then why didn’t Karin heal after being stabbed by Sasuke’s chidori? Why did she need Sakura to heal her?
There are other examples I could use to highlight my point, but in the end, I suppose it is ultimately a moot point at best. I’d just prefer it if the new details Kishi introduced into the story, didn’t seem to invalidate or overwrite the details we had learned previously in the past. It makes these new plot twists feel somewhat contrived.
Lastly, but most certainly not least, we’ve also discovered that Kabuto has now learned his own version of Sage Mode after visiting the snakes’ equivalent of mount Myoubokuzan, known as Ryuchidou (Dragon Earth Cave), which is also apparently related to Juugo’s clan somehow. What this all really means, is that Kabutomon is now evolving into Omgitsadragonmon.
With all these upgrades, it makes me wonder who the most hax shinobi of them all really is.
In any case, that’s all from me this week. I’m sorry the breakdown was so long, but there were quite a few details to cover. Here is the winner of last week’s caption contest.
Well done to Eke, for his winning entry.
Here is this week’s Bubbliton screen.
Yeah, I know, it’s Kabuto again, but he just makes it so easy…
Anyway, good luck and I’ll see you in the comments! ^ ^