Naruto Chapter 644 Breakdown: The bond between father and son.
In our lives, there will always be certain kinds of relationships that define us some significant way. Whether it’s a bond with brothers and sisters, the affections for a lover, or even the closeness with a childhood friend, these relationships often have a lasting impact on who we are as a person and, in some cases, can even make or break us as individuals.
However, the first and most important relationship in any person’s life, is that with their parents – whether it’s their mother or father, biological or adopted, or even literally or figuratively – and because of this, it’s also this first and primary relationship that builds the very foundations for who we are and what we become as we grow into adults.
At this point in Naruto, I think Kishi has chosen to focus on this primary relationship – in particular, the relationship between a father and son – and how it has defined Naruto as a character.
In Naruto’s case though, it could be said that his foundation was built not by his relationship with his parents or his father, but rather, by the lack of one. From the early stages of his life, he had always been alone for the most part, especially if we factor in his status as a Jinchuuriki, which isolated him even further from society. In fact, the only thing close to a father figure that Naruto had until he actually met Minato’s chakra form at the age of sixteen, was Iruka and even then he could be seen more as a big brother.
Because of this, Naruto had to be headstrong and independent from a young age, and yet despite that, in the end, he still somehow managed to grow up as a compassionate and caring person as well and now that his real father has finally appeared before him, he has also managed to grasp that even without that vital relationship in his life, the love his parents had for him existed nonetheless, even if he wasn’t immediately aware of it, and it has since carried over to him and reinforced his determination.
Despite Naruto’s strong feelings for both his father and mother, however, this chapter focuses a lot more on Minato’s regrets as a father and how his decisions – which lead to his own and Kushina’s deaths, as well as turning his son into a Jinchuuriki – caused Naruto to live a hard life.
The most interesting part about this, is that during their fist bump, Naruto is seemingly able to perceive Minato’s thoughts and even responds to him verbally. This is a skill that, until now, only Bee has been shown to be able to perform, but now that Naruto has also displayed the ability to read minds through fist bumping, it has lead me to believe that this is a skill all Jinchuuriki eventually acquire once they gain full cooperation with their tailed beats. After all, even the Bijuu themselves seem to be able to contact each other telepathically, so it stands to reason that they would transfer that to their hosts to some degree when their chakra merges.
It’s also a skill that seems to put the Yamanaka’s mind reading techniques to shame, seeing as how it takes a lot less time and preparation to execute, and seems to be able to penetrated a person’s deepest thoughts and memories with practically no effort whatsoever.
In the end, it’s once again up to Naruto to be the pillar of support for both his father and for the entire alliance. I’d go on about the whole plan regarding the sharing of chakra and connecting it to Minato, etc, but I’d just be stating the glaringly obvious. All I can say is that Kishi really outdid himself with this chapter in terms of explaining how the alliance survived what should have otherwise been an unavoidable demise, and also how the father and son team between Naruto and Minato allows them to achieve great things together that will no doubt further amplify the strength of the alliance as a whole.
This chapter also managed to squeeze in a few light-hearted moments with some banter between Tobirama and Naruto (which makes me wonder if he’s had similar experiences in the past with his own brother, Hashirama), as well as some sentimental moments between Minato and Naruto as the latter explains how he met his mother (no movie title puns intended) and how he had already heard all that they wanted to tell him.
All-in-all, I’d say this is all a form of build up leading to what could be called some form of resolution and involvement for Minato. We’ve seen how Edo Tensei summons in the past have passed on once their minds are at ease and nothing is holding them to the world anymore and I think for Minato, the one thing that might be holding him back are his own regrets and his concern for Naruto.
Once he realizes that Naruto is capable of standing on his own two feet and that he has the strength to overcome these trials, perhaps he’ll also find it in himself to give him the other half of Kurama’s chakra and then leave the world to him to take care of. I do think the transfer itself will be an inevitable outcome, especially if Naruto wants to have any chance of beating Obito, but the question is just a matter of when it actually happens.
In any case, that’s all from me for now. I know this is a rather short breakdown by my standards, but I couldn’t really think of much to say for this one that wasn’t already apparent. For now, I’ll just leave you all with a thought-provoking poll…
I’ll see you in the comments! ^ ^
~ by Tenrai Senshi on September 4, 2013.
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