Naruto Chapter 621 Breakdown: You’ve got to “hand” it to Hashirama… he’s good.
Good morning everyone. Well at least, it was morning here at the time I was writing this. For everyone else it might be good afternoon or evening, so I’ll just say hello and welcome to another Naruto manga breakdown.
This last week we were finally given our first glimpse back into the past regarding the battle between Hashirama Senju and Uchiha Madara and although we seem to have entered this battle at the half-way mark, that didn’t keep it from being quite the spectacle.
Unfortunately, much like the last chapter, this chapter didn’t really give us any direct information in the form of words and remained more flash than substance. At least, that would be the case for many readers who might not have keener eyes.
However, for those who were looking closely enough, this latest release did manage to leave us a lot of visual clues worth discussing and reflecting upon, with the first being given to us by none other than Madara.
Now, for those of you who read the last breakdown, you might recall how I mention that Hashirama had essentially used the Rasengan against Madara when he caught his Bijuu Bomb and retaliated with it in the palm of his hand (or at least, in the palm of the hand of the giant wooden avatar he summoned). I also mentioned how the Rasengan was a technique that was originally developed by the fourth through observing the Bijuu Bomb and drawing inspiration from how it was comprised.
Well, now we’ve been given another symbolic comparison between the Bijuu Bomb and the Rasengan, only this time, it’s more of a direct reflection of Naruto’s Rasenshuriken technique. The way Madara placed his Susanoo blades within the Bijuu Bomb and then fired it in the form of a spinning mass of chakra causes it to behave in a manner that is practically identical to Naruto’s Rasenshuriken, but once again, whether this comparison was an intentionally symbolic reference to the link between the Bijuu Bomb and the Rasengan or just a coincidence remains to be seen, though I personally believe it has some purpose at the very least.
Another visual clue we got in this chapter was from Hashirama himself as he took the battle up a level to compete with his increasingly powerful adversary.
This is by far one of the most interesting visual clues we receive in this manga, mostly because of the mystery behind Hashirama’s transformation. The first questions that would arise from this, of course, would be “what kinda of transformation is this?” and so far, at least, a few theories have already been brought up by some of our readers.
Two of the most prominent theories involve a relation to Tsunade’s Rebirth Regeneration Jutsu and to the Sage Mode transformation, both of which share some aesthetic resemblances to Hashirama’s own transformation. The only question is, which of the two are the closest?
Firstly, let’s take a look at Tsunade’s “Yin Seal Release: Creation Rebirth” technique. As far as aesthetic resemblances go, it does share some similarities to Hashirama’s own transformation, such as the apparent seal on the forehead (Though Hashirama’s takes the form of rings while Tsunad’es is a diamond shape) and the line-type markings running down the face.
It is also worth noting that Madara once mentioned before that Hashirama also had a technique that allowed him to heal without hand seals and that Tsunade is now using “the same ability Hashirama possessed”. Following this statement, one might presume that the most logical conclusion would be that Hashirama’s technique is exactly the same as Tsunade’s and that he used it to store up chakra in case he was in a pinch and needed some extra oomph. While this certainly may be the case, there was one major difference I noticed between Hashirama’s jutsu and Tsunade’s.
If you observe the image above. You’ll notice that Hashirama’s eyes change as well, not just with the markings around them, but within the pupil itself, which undergoes a complete change in colour as well. There is also a pigmentation around the eyes in a shape almost identical to Naruto’s Sage Mode transformation, also shown above.
While both the changes in eye colour and the pigments around the eyes can be observed in Naruto’s Sage Mode, neither can be seen in Tsunade’s own Creation Rebirth Jutsu, which may suggest that Hashirama’s jutsu has a relation to Sage Mode as well. This of course, brings up a third possibility to our ever growing list of theories, and that is that Hashirama’s transformation is a mix between both Sage Mode and Tsunade’s Yin Seal Release.
The idea is that like Tsunade’s technique, Hashirama’s stores chakra over time within a seal, which can then be released whenever it is needed. However, unlike Tsunade’s technique, which stores her own chakra within the seal, Hashirama may instead store the same external natural energy that Naruto uses to enter Sage Mode, which he could then release to acquire what could be seen as his own version of the Sage Mode transformation. In a sense, it would be similar to how Naruto uses Kage Bunshins to accumulate and store natural energy for him and then disperses them to instantly transform, only the forehead seal would effectively replace the function of the Kage Bunshin itself.
It would also mean that the seal on Hashirama’s forehead may, in fact, function similarly to the way a “cursed seal” does, seeing as how we have recently learned that the cursed seal itself works by collecting and storing natural energy within itself until it is needed to be released by the user, thus making it just another form of Sage Mode.
I would also like to point out that since we’ve learned that the cursed seal is also related to the intake of natural energy, I’ve noticed that in all cursed seal transformations and in Naruto’s Sage Mode, the user’s eyes always turn gold or yellow in colour. The only case I can’t confirm for this theory is with Kabuto, seeing as how we have not seen his transformation in colour yet. If Hashirama’s eyes have turned gold now, it would definitely serve as a link between his current transformation and the intake of natural energy used in both cursed seal transformations and Sage Mode transformations. In fact, one might even go as far as to say that Hashirama may have been the first to develop the cursed seal itself (Though he may not have called it such) and that Orochumari merely used knowledge of it to develop his own version using Juugo’s unique cells, which seem to continuously draw in natural energy.
Phew, now that I’ve gotten all of that mumble-jumble out the way, let’s hear your vote on what you believe might explain this mystery.
Though all these details definitely an interesting topic that I feel is worth discussing, for now I’ll leave it to all of you to build upon. There is, however, one other visual clue that I’d like to bring up that I observed in this chapter, and it comes from the Mokuton summon Hashirama called out.
*Takes deep breath.*
Okay… so now what do we have here, you might ask? Well, to be honest, this was something I only noticed the second time I read this chapter, but when I think about what Hashirama summoned, it started to remind me of Gedo Mazo. The reason is that both the Gedo Mazou and Hashirama’s summon are both made out of Mokuton and both are humanoid, statue-like figures.
If we took it a bit further, by pointing out the fact that Gedo Moza is actually the physical body of the Juubi’s, we can actually form another link between it and the statue that Hashirama summoned – which is also referred to as Shin Suusenju (True Thousand Hands) – and that is that in its recent transformation, the Juubi’s tails began to take on the form of hands, while its body became somewhat more humanoid as well.
While this might make both of these subjects extremely effective at spanking naughty children, I believe the link between the two may run deeper than that, as many things often do in this manga. However, these are not the only two humanoid-like avatars with multiple arms. There is another that we’ve seen being summoned by the Uchiha in the form of Susanoo, particularly in its perfect form.
Even in its incomplete state, Susanoo has been depicted as having multiple arms, whether being summoned by Sasuke, Itachi or Madara. In its complete form, both its size, scale and power seems to be similar to that of Gedo Mazou (before becoming the Juubi) and the Shin Suusenju Hashirama has just called to the battlefield in this latest chapter. Even the name Susanoo itself starts off sounding phonetically similar to that of Suusenju, so that might be another clue linking the two as well.
Given all these similarities, could it be said that these three beings are somehow related to one another in a similar way as to how Amatarasu, Susanoo and Tsukyomi are? When we consider that the Juubi itself has even been referred to by Kurama as an ancient god that is the progenitor to all living things, are they all perhaps forms of ancient deities that once ruled over the world?
Another theory is that Susanoo and Shin Suusenju are two creations born from the Juubi’s power itself. Given that the Sage – as the Juubi’s Jinchuuriki – split his power between his two sons, it stands to reason that some of the Juubi’s own chakra might have been inadvertently split along with it in a similar manner. For all we know, Susanoo may actually be comprised of some of the Yin half or spiritual energy of the Juubi, while Shin Suusenju is made up of some of the Yang half or the physical body, which may even explain why Susanoo appears to be comprised purely of chakra or energy while Shin Suusenji has a more physical, tangible body.
Unfortunately, for now we can only hypothesize as to what the truth is. There may indeed be a link here, but there may also very well be none whatsoever, which would make all of this useless theorizing on my part. Either way, it would be nice to see what you guys think on the matter or if anyone else has any other suggestions or theories they’d like to contribute. One thing I can say for certain though is that I think it would be cool if we could see a giant humanoid battle between Madara’s perfect Susanoo and Hashirama’s Shin Suusenju.
Either way, that’s all from me this week. I would take this a bit further, but my breakdown has reached the point where its just about ready to burst as it is, so for now, I’ll leave it here and present you with last week’s Bubbliton Contest winner.
For this week, I decided to leave out the Bubbliton, partly because it hasn’t received many entries lately and partly because I don’t feel there are any screens in the currently released chapter that would promote many attempts at humor.
So, for now, I’ve decided to give myself some time to think of something that may act as a decent substitute for the Bubbliton in the case that it has worn out its stay here on these breakdowns. Though some suggestions were made in last week’s comments (Yes, I have been reading them), I would still like to encourage you all to come up with some more ideas you might think are fun.
With all that said, I hope you all enjoyed the breakdown! ^ ^