Naruto Chapter 633 – Everybody Hates Sai…
Awe WRA! Pein here filling in for Tenrai, so while he is saving the world one cheesecake factory at a time, I will be here to fill in the details of this epic chapter 😉
For almost as long as I can remember Naruto fans have been asking for some development for the Konoha and this chapter, “Forward”, delivers on most accounts. Only leaving out Lee and Ten Ten (Who we all know has mastered all Jutsu and is actually waiting as the S.A. trump card). This unfortunately creates my only issue in this chapter in that, I do not care enough about each characters development. At first I looked at it as groups, seeing the teams and members battle growing individually but when I began to break it up, I realized that while Kishi has made a great stride to bring together these characters in one chapter to show this growth, he has also condemned them further to ‘Side’ roles un-important to the main story.
Sakura had an entire chapter to show a single new technique, while the rest of the 11 had one to show each one’s development. It is a delicate balance though and I feel that while Kishi has given us what we wanted it was too much and too rushed for us to begin to process. In the Chunin Exams each character seemed important and interesting, now they just seem like a group of characters needed for the story to progress but they have lost a little bit of that heart that was placed into them in the beginning. Most Naruto fans will remember when Lee removed his weights to fight Gaara, how Hinata stood up against Neji, Naruto defeating Neji and Sasuke using Chidori for the first time. All those moments will be remembered for their impact and the growth hit each reader whether with emotions or just general excitement. This failed to give us most of that, it was enjoyable but rushed in the end.
I really been enjoying the relationship between Naruto and Sasuke, it’s an awkward tension almost fighting out a Cold War in their minds, suspicious of a battle in the near future and this page got me thinking more than any other in this chapter about the outcome of this war. We know that there is still a lot to happen before it is over but there must be an end game for Kishi here or at least a ‘life after war’ section. How will the Shinobi World react to Sasuke and his past actions.
Most of the Kage’s seemed to be defeated or dead, Kishi will most probably bring most if not all of them back via Tsunade’s healing but there is a burning question can Sasuke just be forgiven. Does peace justify the lives he has taken, or will his death be punishment to his actions. Tenrai and I, debated this fact for a while after the release, currently the world is forgetting his crimes to deal with the threat at hand but if it comes down to the Shinobi World calling for Sasuke’s head to prevent a future Madara situation again, where will Naruto fall? Will he stand by the people or defend Sasuke who is in all sense a murderer.
This could be important to why Kishi introduces this scene amongst all the ‘good’ development, laying the seeds for a future battle between the two and at the same time showing that there is a lot still to sort out when it comes to the last living Uchiha…
Overall I think I was least impressed by Team 8’s abilities moving forward, they showed very little team work and while their abilities and jutsu have increased only Shino seemed even remotely close to touching Team 7’s abilities.
Kiba learning to do a single Shadow Clone was very underwhelming and when I saw the 3 Headed Dog, I was so excited thinking it would somehow link into the Beast Pain summoned against Jiraiya with the ability to continuously grow in strength. Hinata looked like a Bad@$$ but still seems to fall behind against Sakura’s development during the last chapter, 64 Palms was a technique that Neji knew in the Chunin Exams. Though one would expect that with Hinata being the healer in the group she would have a better knowledge of the anatomy and her technique would be far more effective against ‘human’ opponents.
InoShikCho really impressed me the most this chapter, their combined strength is truly amazing taking each ones strengths and being able to create a single powerful jutsu from it was enjoyable to see in action, also their interaction and relationship with the rest of the Konoha 11 is also enjoyable, Shikamaru’s competitiveness even in the midst of battle was nice to see. Though they improved as a group you can see their individual strengths has grown with it and made it that much more impressive to me. I see it as Team 7 grew completely separate from each other but each member grew to be Kage level or close to it, while Team 8 grew but not to the same degree. Team 10, was able to grow as individuals and as a team unit that can be seen as Kage level.
I would like to see Team 8 do the same and grow as a Unit more, using Combo attacks etc.
I commented a week or two ago about how I could almost hear Sai weeping when Naruto said Team 7 was back together again. I was glad at first to see that Sai would be brought back in to show some of his abilities and that Team 7 wasn’t this useless team before Sasuke decided to return but unfortunately for him, only one Emo member of Team 7 can have glory at a time…
The complete and utter castration of this once semi likable character (I am sure somewhere there is a Sai fan crying right now though if they are it is a single tear) its almost like the Red Wedding scene where you are so hopeful for a character you sort of care for loose all hope and become useless… Kishi makes Sai seem like a real wimp, for lack of a better term. Whining about the growing threat while everyone else is becoming stronger and fighting harder etc. Only for him to be shown up by the “Real” members of Team 7 summoning three powerful Summons with ease.
Now before I get to the summons, I would like to insert a small theory I have heard around the Naruto pages. That Orochimaru and Saigetsu are in the process of retrieving Jiraiya’s body. This would allow Orochimaru to revive Jiraiya to the world and have the prospect of the original Sanin fighting alongside the “New” Sanin. This was further helped by the fact that it seems all the summons are the younger in each group. Allowing Jiraiya to still summon “Big Boss” (not a Snake) and Orochimaru to summon Manda (is a snake).
Also the fact that Sasuke summons a Snake and not a Hawk was interesting as I believed he lost most of that ability with the loss of Orochimaru’s DNA inside of him. It would be interesting to see Jiraiya, Orochimaru, Tsunade all battling with their students…
Well that is all for this week, I am not sure how the Bubble contest work now so I will be skipping that part. Instead I would like to introduce a small battle debate.
Team 8 vs Team 10, Which team would win. Will have to take both individual growth and team growth into account.