Naruto chapter 612 Breakdown: The Shinobi Alliance Jutsu!
You know, there’s something I’ve always wondered about when it comes to some of these battles in Naruto; a subject matter that became even more pronounced in this latest chapter. That is, of course, the matter of how exactly shinobi can talk over such long distances and still hear each other.
I mean, it’s not like they’re shouting or anything and yet, despite the huge distance between the Juubi and the rest of the Shinobi alliance, it seems having a normal conversation over that gap is commonplace in this manga.
Of course, we can ponder on such a mystery regarding vocal communications later. I just thought I’d put it out there for everyone to think about.
As for the chapter itself, I have to admit that 612 fell a little short of the epic margin that 611 left for it. It was still a good chapter when one looks at it from a holistic perspective, but there was something about it that made me feel a bit off for some reason. If I were to describe how I felt in one word, I would use “detached.” I’m not entirely sure why I felt detached, but it was almost as if I were reading the chapter inside the scape of a dream and after the chapter ended, I woke up feeling groggy, with only a few slightly coherent memories of what had just transpired.
I think one of the things that threw me off was the simple fact that this battle involved so many ninja. The battle itself was mostly a series of panels depicting various ninja from each major village using a specific jutsu in unison to achieve a certain effect. While this did a great deal to highlight how well coordinated the attack was on the Alliance’s side – with their shared strength, knowledge and communication – I also felt it took away from the individuality of each character and made what we would usually perceive to be unique or awesome jutsu, feel somewhat archaic and generic.
I would have liked to see a few more familiar faces in the mix, like some of the Konoha rookies, or even the more familiar teams form the other villages, such as team Samui, etc, but in this case, the focus was more on the whole than it was on the sum of its parts.
Still, at the very least, this chapter was flashy and many readers will be satisfied enough just with that. One thing the chapter did manage to do was serve as a build up for what’s to come and with some strange transformation beginning with the Juubi, I have no doubt the proverbial feces is about to hit the fan.
I’m particularly curious about the Juubi’s tails, which seem to be unraveling into something else that could even depict wings of sorts. I’m not sure where Kishi will end up taking this, but hopefully it will be epic at the very least.
Well, that’s all I can really say as far as this chapter is concerned. It’s somewhat difficult to extract lemon juice out of dry lemons, but I hope you all enjoyed the breakdown regardless of its brief nature.
Here are last week’s bubbliton winners.
Darui: Darui, Captain of the first division providing reinforcements.
Kitsuchi: Kitsuchi: Captain of the second division also providing reinforcements
Nameless Shinobi 12345: I think I know Hiraishin.
Shikamaru: Your existence is troublesome, please die.
Caption: This is why you don’t put fodder in Big Damn Hero moments.
1: “Bad boy emo collar pop pose no jutsu!!”
2: “I’m a badass, don’t mess with me-pose-no-jutsu”
3: “I’m still a virgin, pretending to be bad – no-jutsu”
4: ” -_-’ ”
Caption: Shikamaru is surrounded by idiots
Kitsuchi: Oppa is Gangnam Style
Leaf Guy: Eh-Sexy Lady!…
Shikamaru:…oh oh oh oh…
Caption: It’s official, Oppan Gangman Style has surpassed the rank of pandemic…
Caption: When a thousand years of pain just won’t cut it.
Although I’d like to congratulate Lousytv for the win, I’d also say it’s a “joint win” with another entry by “Thelaughingwiseman” who had a similar entry. Although I think Lousytv’s iteration was a bit better, because Wiseman posted his first, I felt it’s only fair to give credit where it is due.
Thelaughingwiseman’s Bubbliton entry:
1) Prepare for trouble!
2) Make it double!
3) To protect the world from devastation
4) To unite all peoples within our nation!
Caption: Team rocket has some new recruits… and they’re itchin’ to learn from the best!
As for this week, I decided to forgo the bubbliton and instead bring back a feature that has been neglected for quite some time now, which is, of course, the battle debate. This week we have an interesting match-up that I believe will see a lot of support on both sides.
Muahahahahahaha! Yes, that’s right! I did just pit Itachi up against Kakashi! However, before everyone get’s carried away, I would first like to stipulate the conditions under which the battle will take place, so that it doesn’t come up as a point of argument in the debate itself.
1: Both Kakashi and Itachi are at the peak of their power (EG. Kakashi has the same mastery over Kamui as we’ve seen in these latest chapters, Itachi has Susanoo and the MS, etc).
2: Neither combatants are Edo Tensei zombies and thus can be killed or injured by normal means.
3: Both are also in perfect physical health upon entering the battle. Neither are suffering from any illness nor the effects eyesight degeneration caused through using MS.
4: Both combatants are fully aware of each other’s capabilities. In other words, Kakashi knows about the sword of Totsuka and Tsukyomi, while Itachi is aware of Kakashi’s Kamui, etc (even though in the manga, there is no proof of either of these cases being true except for Kakashi’s knowledge of Tsukyomi). This is to avoid quick-draw win scenarios in the debate and to ensure fairness to both combatants.
I think that’s covered just about everything I can think of, so with that out of the way, let the fanboy wars begin!
Remember, although I take the poll into consideration when choosing the winner, comments will go a lot further towards helping me decide and so I encourage everyone to take part in the debate. Also, remember to have fun and keep it clean.
See you in the comments. ^ ^