Naruto 622: The Other Side
Iamnotreally here not really breaking down this weeks chapter of Naruto because apparently Tenrai accidentally ate his internetz and has to wait for it to return… ¬¬.
Anyways normally I would be tempted to parody the title for this breakdown but this chapter I feel warrants a bit of seriousness in it’s breakdown. The over all tone of this chapter really gives you an idea of just how messed up the shinobi world was before Harashima came along and brought some light into the mix. Makes you wonder though just how much of that was also Madara’s and Tobirama’s as well.
We start the chapter right where the last one left off with a young Harashima and a young Madara still at the creek where Harashima continues to gloat about Madara’s lack of stone skipping skills. Harashima notices here by Madara’s stone skipping technique that he had been trained with a shuriken, possibly a call back to Zetsu’s remarks during the Sasuke/Itachi throwdown about how an expert with a stone could defeat a novice with a shuriken.
After more Sassing from Harashima, Madara notices a corpse floating down the creek. Though we’re not given any idea how far they are from the combat I would say they’re still a fair ways away or they probably would have noticed the sounds of combat first. This unlucky fodder ninja is from the Hagoromo clan, though nothing more is offered about him or his clan. At this point Harshima mentions that they should both leave, and it’s just now that Madara even seems to realize that Harashima is a shinobi. In any case Madara tells Harashima his name, but not his surname as per some unwritten rule, and they both go their separate ways.
Going home Harashima finds his younger brother has been killed in battle though he doesn’t seem to find much sympathy from his father on the matter. I can see in Harashima’s as yet unnamed father exactly where Tobirama got his attitude problems from though. The guy doesn’t seem to have any patience for those who would question him, even if the questions make sense and his answers don’t. This seems to highlight exactly how messed up the shinobi world was before the time of the villages though and that seems to be the crux of this chapter.
Let’s keep in mind though that while this may not be the most outwardly affectionate relationship we have been given glimpses into how some of the other clans treated their children. Specifically how Kimimaro’s clan treated him, basically caging him like an animal till he was needed to fight. Not that this really makes what the Senju were doing any better but they could definitely be worse. After Senju’s Dad of the year exits stage left we get a scene where Harashima is talking to his brothers (Tobirama and an Itama the youngest Senju sibling) start talking. It’s during this conversation that some of the first seeds of Konoha are planted I feel, as the kids are obviously far wiser than the adults around here.
Of course the Senju aren’t the only dicks in this world as it somehow takes five Uchiha to kill an obviously helpless child. This only leads us though to the next scene where Madara finds Harashima at the creek once again. As how they’ve both lost brothers to the war and the futility of it all we see yet another seed being planted. This makes me wonder just how much of the Hidden leaf was the work of Madara himself. How much effort did he put into the village? it’s obvious he had more than a little invested in it, but how much is yet to be revealed. It also makes me wonder just what it took for Madara to betray the village. Harashima’s story is by far a deviation from Obito’s where Madara was portrayed as having no interest in an alliance and that it was his clan that pushed him into joining the Senju in forming the Hidden Leaf. Though at this point both versions could still be valid depending on how the story progresses.
This Chapter ends on a symbolic note as Madara finally gets his skipping stone across the creek, what this symbolizes I feel is that both Harashima and Madara have finally come to the same point , though what that point is I shall leave for you readers to Debate.
Normally this is where I would place a new Bubble contest but I felt this chapter was a it to heavy for such a thing. Instead I propose a debate!! The debate is this: How does Harashima achieve the title head of the Senju clan? Does he wait and inherit it from his father? or does he rise up and oppose the establishment in an attempt to bring peace to his clan? or some other wild theory? Leave your thoughts in the comments as always.