Naruto Chapter 645 Breakdown: Before and after.
It’s a word that all of us are familiar with, but for many of us, it’s meaning can have vastly different implications depending on the context in which it is used. For some, change is the promise of a better future, for others, it’s a curse to be feared, but no matter how you look at it, strangely enough, change is the only true constant in our lives.
Still, when it comes to humans, there are some parts of our being that never truly change, even if we ourselves continue to evolve in various ways, and with regards to Naruto as a series, we can easily see the few constants in our heroes that have remained throughout their growth as a character. For better or for worse, in Naruto’s case, one thing that has always remained constant is his penchant for having “blond moments”.
I have to hand it to Kishi here. Despite the seriousness of this battle as a whole, he still manages to break up the tension now and then with humorous interjections, mostly stimulated by Naruto’s spontaneous bouts of density. This humor is even further escalated by the sharp contrast between Naruto and the more serious and stern Tobirama, who, despite his stoic disposition, seems to crack under the seemingly vast depths of Naruto’s stupidity.
But, rather than seeing this as a negative trait of Naruto’s, instead I’ve come to admire this part of him, because it shows that despite his growth in power and skill, he is still the same person deep down inside. He still has the same strong sense of justice, the same desire to protect those who are important to him and – yes indeed – he’s still somewhat of a baka, but in a funny sort of way. For me, it would be odd if Kishi suddenly portrayed him as some sort of intellectual genius just for the sake of highlighting some form of growth and I think it’s more natural to see Naruto as an instinctive genius instead (I.E. he acts more on his highly developed instinct rather than thinking things through). This keeps him in character, at the very least.
However, even though some parts of us never truly change, there are some parts of us that inevitably do and in Naruto’s case, his growth is quite clear otherwise. Not only has he mastered some of the most advanced jutsu ever conceived, but he has also mastered Kurama’s chakra, Sage Mode and he continues to grow in leaps and bounds even in the relatively short space of time this battle with the Juubi has taken place.
However, this change isn’t limited only to Naruto’s power, but his strength of will and determination as well. Naruto, who once only acted in the interests of gaining everyone’s acknowledgement and approval, is now acting as a true leader figure for the good of all those who follow him and even though he can still be impossibly dense at times, people can’t help but acknowledge his potential as a future Hokage, as shown when Tobirama mentioned that he could even surpass his brother, Hashirama.
But I think the most exciting change this chapter, and one we’ve all been waiting for, was the combination between Naruto’s Sage Mode and his Chakra Cloak form, which is a clear indication marking the pinnacle of his strength and chakra control. After all, to be able to balance natural energy, his own chakra, and Kurama’s chakra perfectly so as to attain a perfect Sage Form without turning into stone must take a significant amount of skill.
I have to admit, the way Naruto looks with the mix of Sage Mode and his Chakra Cloak form can only be described as “badass”. I’m definitely pleased with the way this turned out and if we think about it from a comparative point of view, we could liken this combination of eyes to the combination between Sasuke’s and Itachi’s eyes in his EMS, in that it’s a merger of two already formidable powers to create a new, even more impressive form.
However, it’s also this very form that highlights yet another constant that has remained throughout this series, and that is Sasuke’s frustration regarding his rivalry with Naruto and the fact that the latter always seems to be surpassing him at every turn.
As we can see, no matter how much he’d hate to admit it, Sasuke is definitely offended by Naruto’s growth as a shinobi. Of course, this stands to reason when one considers that Naruto is likely Sasuke’s biggest threat as far as candidates for Hokage go, but I think it also goes much deeper than that as well. I think Kishi is intentionally trying to create a large amount of disparity between Sasuke’s power and Naruto’s – to show Naruto as the clear superior – and I think it’s because he wants to use this as a trigger of sorts to once again push Sasuke down a darker path.
If we look back to part one in this series, we see a similar situation occurring before, when, after seeing how much Naruto had grown over the course of their time together as Team 7, Sasuke, in his frustration, challenges Naruto to a duel on the hospital roof.
It was also during this battle where Sasuke learned the true extent of Naruto’s growth – when they both used their strongest jutsu – and Sasuke witnesses the destruction caused by Naruto’s Rasengan on the nearby water tower.
Really speaking, it was actually this very situation that ultimately led Sasuke down a darker path, a path where he took whatever shortcuts he could to attain more power mostly thanks to his inferiority complex about Naruto’s growth compared to his own. I also think we might see a repeat of that very situation now, given that Sasuke is once again being made painfully aware of just how far above him Naruto currently is.
If we take note of just how far that rivalry ultimately pushed Sasuke, evidence lies in the fact that every time Naruto surpassed him, Sasuke took some extreme measure to catch up, from utilizing the power of the Cursed Seal to taking Itachi’s eyes, which he himself attributed to wanting to reject everything Naruto stood for.
Ultimately, I think that, much like in the past, Sasuke will once again attempt to acquire new power to bring himself back up to Naruto’s level, or perhaps to even try and surpass him. The only real question is, what measures will he utilize to do so this time around? Will Sasuke try to elevate the power he already has to even greater levels, or will he take another external form of power like he has in the past?
Personally, I believe that there is a good chance that Kishi is building up to a situation where Sasuke will try to take the other half of Kurama’s chakra in some way in an effort to even out the playing field with his greatest rival. The reason I say this is because the theme of Yin and Yang, or light and dark, has remained quite consistent ever since the concept was first revealed through the story of the Rikudou Sennin separating his chakra between his two sons and how they clashed against one another in the past. If we consider both Naruto and Sasuke to be descendants of those sons and thus, of the Sage himself, then we can see their rivalry as a continuation of that conflict.
However, much like the Sage’s own chakra was split between his sons, Kurama’s chakra has been split into Yin and Yang in a similar manner, so it stands to reason that Sasuke might inherit the dark – with Naruto already wielding the light – thus bringing the theme of that conflict to its peak both literally and figuratively.
Of course, this isn’t the only avenue Sasuke could take to gain more power, but so far, to me, it does seem like the most likely given some of the alternatives.
But what does everyone else think?
Despite what might happen in the future, for now it seems Sasuke will remain on the sidelines for the most part, until he finds it in himself to become useful in some fashion. I’m not sure if he’d fall so low in his own eyes to act merely as support for Naruto, as opposed to dealing the decisive blow to Obito himself, but somehow I feel his pride would get the better of him should such a train of thought ever dare to try and surface.
Either way, Naruto is going to need all the help he can get now that Obito has decided to bring out the Juubi and initiate the Moon Eye plan. One can only guess how he’d stop it, but I suppose that’s part of the excitement of reading in the first place.
Well, that’s all from me this week. I feel much better about this breakdown than the last one and I think I’m finally getting back into the swing of things. I know I went off on a bit of a tangent, but hopefully you all enjoyed it.
See you in the comments! ^ ^
~ by Tenrai Senshi on September 9, 2013.
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