Naruto Chapter 629 Breakdown: Waiting for the cavelry.
When it comes to disasters, Japan is no stranger to such phenomenon, whether they be man-made or natural. Of course, it stands to reason that they’d be the victim of many a calamity when one considers their place in the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, but that history seems to permeate even in their manga to some degree.
Even at the start of Naruto as a series, the Kyuubi was said to be a calamity that created natural disasters merely by swinging one of its nine tails, ranging from earthquakes to tsunamis, all of which are prominent throughout Japan’s history. When one considers that the Juubi is an even more powerful being, its only natural to assume that the disasters it brings forth in its wake are proportionately more deadly. It’s just a strange irony, however, that we’ve now arrived at one of Japan’s old favorites…
If Kishi’s aim was to try to personify the Juubi’s raw power through some visual representation, I think the image above does a very good job of doing precisely that. It’s probably the single largest and most awe-inspiring attack we’ve seen in this series so far, one that almost dares to push the scale of this already epic battle into something that might be on par with one you’d find in a chapter of Dragonball.
However, I think there’s another form of symbolism in this image as well, one that resonates with what I said earlier on about “nuclear disasters”. In essence, what we’re seeing here is not too dissimilar from the dream Pain had described to Naruto during their battle, where the Bijuu’s combined power would be used as a weapon of mass destruction that would serve as a deterrent to war. What better representation is there of a weapon of mass destruction than one that is likened to the image of a nuclear bomb, which is today’s equivalent of the exact weapon Pain described?
I also think that it’s a reflection on the horror and tragedy that comes about from the indiscriminate use of such a weapon, something Japan’s history is familiar with, and thus, subsequently, contrasts sharply with the image of fleeting hope we’re given shortly after the smoke clears.
You’ve got to admit, Naruto really is giving it is all here. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a battle in this series where the frail thread of hope has rested more prominently on the efforts of a single individual.
Naruto truly is acting as a pillar for the alliance here. Remove that pillar and the very foundations on which the structure of that alliance now rests may very well crumble and shatter. However, when I talk about Naruto as a pillar, I’m not just reflecting on his strength as a shinobi and his efforts to protect everyone, but also his role as a symbol and role model for his peers. The fact that he isn’t giving up even after exhausting his chakra, and despite the enormity of the threat that faces him, in itself acts as a source of inspiration for those who aren’t as strong as he is.
Even when Naruto falls to his knees after being weakened by the Juubi’s attack, those who he is fighting so hard to protect rally around him and support him with the same strength of will and vigor that Naruto himself has given them.
If there was ever a time Naruto should transcend to hold the title of Hokage, this would be it. He has proven himself not only as a capable shinobi, but also as a capable leader as well in the way he has rallied those around him. It’s just a pity that Madara still looks down on him and sees so little value in his worth, although this is a sentiment that the Juubi doesn’t seem to share.
For me, this was the most interesting part about chapter 629, simply because the Juubi seems to see both the other Bijuu and the Sage of the Six Paths within Naruto – in some form or another. With this in mind, it’s also a scene that brought up a great deal of questions as well.
The first question is; in what manner does the Juubi see the other Bijuu inside Naruto? Does he see their will living on within him, or is it perhaps their chakra or even their spiritual presence that he detects? Is it possible that Naruto has now quite literally become a Jinchuuriki for 7 other Bijuu as well, besides being one for Kurama?
I think a lot of clues that might answer this question can be found in the fact that the Juubi was not the only one to sense the other Bijuu and that Madara sensed it as well.
The fact that Madara also detected the Bijuu inside Naruto heavily suggests that their presence there is more of a physical one than a spiritual or emotional one, which means that Naruto may very well contain them or their chakra in some form or another.
I think we all suspected that there may have been a chakra transfer when Naruto had his “high-five” session with the other Bijuu – especially when we consider the Sage’s prophecy about the arrival of someone who would unite the Bijuu again and lead them down the right path – but this development now seems to further affirm those suspicions.
The second question this scene brought up is; in what manner did the Juubi see the Rikudou Sennin within Naruto? I find this question to be the far more intriguing one of the two, mostly because unlike the matter regarding the Bijuu, it’s a question whose answers might give us even more clues about Naruto’s ancestry and heritage. We know that Naruto is an Uzumaki and as such, has some blood relation to both Senju and Uchiha – and thus, to the Rikudou Sennin himself – but I personally think that the relation between the two is even more direct than that.
The first clue that lead me to believe this was the introduction of the Kin-Gin brothers during this war. One feature that these brothers seem to share with Naruto are the whisker marks on their cheeks and although I originally attributed this to some sort of influence from Kurama’s chakra, we know of two other Jinchuuriki that held Kurama that never showed any signs of developing similar aesthetic features because of it. However, another point that came up was that the Kin-Gin brothers were apparently direct descendants of the Rikudou Sennin, which was one of the reasons they were able to wield his legendary items without succumbing to their chakra draining effects. This made me question whether the whisker marks themselves were not a sign of Kurama’s chakra, but rather, a sign of being related to the Rikudou Sennin himself. Perhaps the six marks are a representation of six paths rather than six whiskers.
The second clue lies in Kurama’s own words after Naruto’s reunion with the other Bijuu.
The words Kurama thinks here – “it’s been too long… old man” – are words that you’d expect one to say after meeting a long-lost relative after many years of separation. The words themselves suggest that Naruto is not only related to the Rikudou Sennin, but rather, that he is the Rikudou Sennin and that Kurama was reuniting with him in some way after a long time apart. This leads me to believe that Naruto may be the Sage of the Six Paths in a reincarnated form or, at the very least, that Kurama sees the Sages will and spirit being carried inside Naruto.
Of course, Kurama’s words could also be a reference to the prophecy itself – in that he’s reflecting on the fact that it took a long time to come to pass – but I suppose any guess is as good as another at this point.
Moving past the mysteries of what new stuff has managed to find its way inside Naruto, I have to say that chapter 630 really was the better of these past two installments, especially with the involvement of the other rookies which helped detract from the idea that Naruto was fighting this battle all on his own. In particular, I enjoyed how Shikamaru and Ino seemed to directly inherit the responsibilities of their now deceased parents, with one acting as the new strategist for the alliance and the other acting as the primary source of communication between everyone.
However, as with all good things, there is also the bad, and in this particular case, the spoiled apple that found its way into the otherwise pristine bunch came in the form of Kakashi’s exchange with Obito. I’m not going to go into too much detail, on account of my breakdown already becoming long as it is, but I will say that to me, their conversation just felt like a tired rehash of what we’ve already heard many times before. The only new details of interest involved why Rin died, but even then, I couldn’t help but feel relieved when the scene changed back to the Alliance’s battle.
Luckily for us, the ending of chapter 630 did more than enough to bury any discontent I might have otherwise had. In fact, you can just ignore everything I said in this entire breakdown, because it all pales in comparison to that last page of awesomeness.
I think there mere fact that Minato managed to swallow a Bijuu bomb with his space-time jutsu that an entire army couldn’t stop together, is a testament to the power he holds and the reason he earned the title of Fourth Hokage. However, if Minato warped the juubi’s bomb away to another location in a similar manner to how he warped Kurama’s one away 16 years before, then all I can say is that somewhere in the Narutoverse, someone’s gonna getta hurt real bad.
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Oh well, we’ll think about that later. For now, this is the end of my breakdown. Sorry it was a bit long, but such is the nature of a double. Here are the winners of last week’s Bubbliton Contest.
Madara: Uchiha, Balls, big wood, Sasuke, Sakura, TENTEN
Juubi: Noooooo, for the love of God, please stop, I’ll grow another hand and slap you to death!!
Caption: You know what hurts other people & monsters when you’ve lived as long as Madara.
Bubble for Madara; Same thing we do every night Pinky, try to take over the world!
Caption; They’re Pinky and the Brain, Pinky and the Brain. The one is a genius, the other’s insane.
I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t help but laugh at the thought of Madara eating a cookie with that evil, maniacal face. Well done to Nikeairforce03 and everyone else who entered.
Here is this week’s screen.
The bubbles on the second page can either be used for Obito or Kakashi, whichever you prefer.
Good luck and I’ll see you in the comments! ^ ^