Naruto Chapter 640 – 641 Breakdown: Complete mayhem.
I’m sorry I wasn’t able to deliver a breakdown last week, but I’ve been having a bit of a case of writer’s block lately. I seem to have lost a bit of motivation when it comes to writing, so I decided to just give myself a break. I’m still feeling a but under the weather at the moment, but I didn’t want to miss another week so I’m going to give it my best shot, for better or for worse.
So here we go!
Luckily for me, these past two chapters were more action than talk, and while chapters to tend to feel much shorter when they contain less dialogue – despite having the same number of pages as any other chapter – it also saves me a lot of deliberation as far as verbal suggestions are concerned. Then again, knowing me, I’ll somehow find a way to deliberate endlessly either way.
In this case, however, I can safely say that despite their seemingly brief feel, chapters 640 and 641 were truly epic, as we like to say here on WRA. I was also pleased to see that both Naruto and Sasuke managed to hold their own against the impossibly powerful Obito (with some help from ‘dad’ and Tobirama) and that Naruto himself showed that when it comes to battles, though he may not be a genius in the sense that Sasuke is, he still shows an equally comparable level of cunning and wit, as shown when he returns the favor to Sasuke for saving him earlier by doing the same in return.
Judging by Sasuke’s expression following Naruto’s improvised rescue, it’s hard to tell whether he’s grateful that Naruto managed to pull it off, or annoyed at his increasingly competent display of skill. When one considers the ever-persistent rivalry between the two, it wouldn’t surprise me if it was the latter. I was, however, glad that Minato acknowledged the fact that Naruto was keeping up with, or is on par with Sasuke, because I’d hate to think he was still lagging behind despite his immense growth in this war arc.
Still, despite the seemingly overwhelming danger that Obito poses as the new Jinchuuriki for the Juubi, it becomes painfully obvious that he was not, in fact, in complete control anymore and that the Juubi’s own will was clashing with his own, as many of us had already suspected beforehand. We get a brief glimpse of him within himself (which is completely odd), as the Juubi tries to subjugate him completely, but Obito’s will proves to be stronger as he finally manages to assume direct control (no Mass Effect puns intended) with the help of some memories of his past bonds.
I found this scene particularly interesting because we get the impression that Obito’s identity is represented by his bonds with his former team and that this is what makes up the entirety of his being. I say that because as he is being pulled apart, the picture in his mind of team Minato was being destroyed in a similar manner as if each memory formed a significant part of his whole. I also found it interesting that when Obito pulled himself back together again, he reformed the entire image and didn’t leave anyone out – not even Kakashi – which proves that despite what he has become, Obito still cherishes all of those bonds.
It suggests that even though no-one agrees with what he’s doing, everything Obito does is for the sake of those he cares for. He simply believes that he is the only one who can create a perfect world where they can be happy, even if they don’t seem to want that dream world for themselves. You could even compare it to how a parent might treat a child, in that the parent believes that the child doesn’t know enough to know what’s good for them, so it’s up to the parent to tell them despite their protests. To this extent, Obito will go to any length to achieve his goals, even if it means adopting the form of the Rikkudou Sennin himself.
Of course, I could deliberate about the cloak and the spines on Obito’s head, or even the tomoe markings and the staff, etc, and how it all seems so familiar when compared to the silhouettes we’ve seen of the Sage himself, but then I’d just be stating the glaringly obvious. All I will say in any reasonable amount of words, is that Obito simply looks epic in this transformation. As a villain, he truly is starting to come into his own from a ‘presence’ point of view.
Of course, it’s not just his appearance that has improved; his power has also seem a similar burst of growth. Luckily for Minato, Naruto and Sasuke, Obito isn’t the only badass we have here, and moving onto chapter 641, Tobirama proves once again that he is not to be left out when one considers the strength of the four past Hokage.
From here, we move onto another scene involving Madara and Hashirama and while the battle between then didn’t particularly interest me at this point, given the far more epic battle happening with Obito, I am curious as to what Madara’s motives are for fighting Hashirama at this point, especially when he risks Obito gaining to much power while he seemingly refuses to intervene.
One thing that did pique my interests was what Madara says with regards to their battle.
In the image above, Madara says that he has no other options as far as battling Hashirama is concerned. This suggests, to me, that he’s battling not because he doesn’t perceive the threat that Obito poses, but because this battle itself forms part of the solution for dealing with that threat.
If we look at the results of Madara’s battles with Hashirama in the past, we know that in his last battle, he managed to acquire some of Hashirama’s cells, which subsequently allowed him to acquire the Rinnegan. With that in mind, could this be another case where the battle is nothing more than a means to an end to gain even more power for Madara? Or is there another factor we’re not considering?
Aside from the options above, I’d say one option would be for Madara to work with Hashirama, rather than battling against him. With two powerhouses like that working together with the other Hokage, Naruto and Sasuke, I’d say even Obito would have his hands full. Of course, knowing Madara and his whims, I doubt this would ever happen, and even now I question his objectives and whether he’s truly interested in the Moon Eye plan, because surely if that was his only goal, he’d be more than happy to allow Obito to enact it in his place.
The fact that he seems to feel otherwise suggests that either he doesn’t trust Obito to carry out the plan properly, or that his objective wasn’t the Moon Eye plan to begin with.
Still, despite their battle, we also have a brief reference to Shikamaru, who gives another inspiring speech to help keep the SA in a calm and collected state, despite the awe and power they are faced with. In the wake of this, once again the topic of Hokage comes to the fore.
I have to admit, as the first to become a Chuunin and with his intellect as it is, Shikamaru certainly would make a great Hokage for Konoha, especially with how he’s come into his own in this latest battle as a leader figure. Much as Temari suggested, having the ability to sway the hearts of the masses is one of the qualities needed for the title and Shikamaru seems to possess that quality to a fairly significant degree. However, we also know that Naruto possesses this trait as well, and although he may not have Shikamaru’s genius, he certainly has the heart and will of a Hokage and has similarly been able to sway the hearts of many and unite their will to his own, including some of the most stubborn hearts such as Tsunade’s, the Raikage’s, Gaara’s and formerly Neji’s.
It brings to question what qualities matter most when it comes to being Hokage. Is it intellect? Is it courage? Is it the ability to never give up? Or is it simply a matter of strength? As far as I’m concerned, Sasuke is probably the least suitable candidate for becoming Hokage right now from a practical standpoint simply because he lacks the acknowledgement of the people and thus the ability to sway their hearts, but I’d also like to know what you guys think regarding who, out of the current generation, is most suited for the job.
To bring my breakdown to a close, the last thing I’d like to touch on is the teamwork between Sasuke and Naruto. Despite their rivalry, and despite Sasuke’s verbal insistence on doing things alone, they still seem to know when cooperation is required, as shown with their combination attack against Obito.
While the results of the attack weren’t quite as spectacular as I was hoping, I think it’s important to consider that when it comes to fighting what could be considered an incarnation of the Sage of the Six Paths, the best chance one might have is to combine the power of his two sons to try and match it.
If we consider that Sasuke is a descendent of the Sage’s oldest son and that Naruto might be a descendent of the youngest, then combining the two halves would create something that could equal the power of the Sage himself. Of course, we also need to factor in the Juubi’s power as well, but I reckon Naruto will make that up with Kurama and the other Bijuus’ chakra somehow. Of course, Madara and Hashirama might have been able to fill a similar role to Naruto and Sasuke, but they’re too busy having their grudge match so I guess that’s out of the question.
Well, that’s all from me for now. I think my breakdown has overstayed its welcome as far as word count is concerned so for now, here is last week’s Bubbliton Contest winner.
There won’t be any Bubblitons this week because of a lack of entries. I’m trying to think of new stuff that I might be able to introduce, but my brain has decided to go on strike.
See you all in the comments! ^ ^
~ by Tenrai Senshi on August 7, 2013.
Posted in Mangas, Naruto, Naruto Manga Breakdown
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