Naruto Triple Breakdown Terror!!! 648 – 649 – 650
Welcome to a prodigious and possibly overly ambitious Naruto Triple Breakdown!!
This is your author Iamnotreallyhere standing in for Tenrai who is still recovering after eating a Death Star that didn’t agree with him. Anyways there is a lot of ground to cover so onwards, forwards, upwards, and outwards = P
Chapter 648: A Shinobi’s Dream…!!
This chapter had a pretty solid start. Sasuke as always has a way to be relevant even though he himself isn’t a senjutsu user. This chapter did not however revolve around Naruto and Sasuke or their battle with Obito, the real focus of this chapter was the First Hokage’s memories of the first meeting of the Kages where the Biju were distrubuted between the villages.
I find it interesting that the Hidden Sand were the only village aside from the hidden leaf to have captured a Biju on their own, and rather than taking a Tailed Beast they asked for land and money, land and money that I can only assume Hashirama conceded to give them. That kind of castes their relationship and alliance, and subsequent betrayal (however temporary) earlier in the series in a bit of a different light.
The reaction of the other kage was less than positive to say the least and the meeting possibly could have gone sour had Hashirama not intervened before the already heated argument could ignite any further. It’s no surprise that Hashirama’s dream was to unite the shinobi world as one, though it is interesting that his dream is the logical next step of naruto’s dream of bringing peace to the world rather than the other way around.
The chapter ends with the arrival of the five current Kage, cue the epic pose and on to the next chapter.
Chapter 649: The will of the shinobi
And here we are as the five Kage take charge of their respective village’s forces. Unfortunately this chapter seems to have a lot of not much going on. The shinobi alliance prepares to go on the offensive and we’re also treated to a glimpse of the fight between Naruto/Sasuke vs Obito though nothing too interesting is revealed. We’re then treated to some flashbacks from our favorite lazy genius as he reminisces and declares that only he can really be Naruto’s adviser as he doesn’t have a smart brother like the first had. After a little back and forth between Hashirama and Tsunade we get even more talk no jutsu from the five kage.
Meanwhile in a world separated from the chaos Kakashi has been practicing his needle work as he prepares to rejoin the fray (I hope), and then we go back into more preparatory exposition.
Chapter 650: I’ll Sleep
Which leads us into the latest chaper which starts off with what the last few chapters have been sorely lacking: Action. Finally the shinobi alliance goes on the attack and I must say they make a decent showing of it. Everyone seems to be eager to do something here, even Orochimaru pitches in some.
One of the more interesting things that we learn this chapter is that we’ve only seen a small percentage of Katsuya (Tsunade/Sakura’s Summon). And even together they can only summon ten percent of the giant slug. Makes me wonder what it would take to summon all of Katsuya to any one place, or even if it’s possible.
The chapter then turns to the main fight as Naruto and Sasuke are still having trouble with Obito. Though rather than following the battle entirely we are treated to the thoughts of Kakashi on whether or not Obito still has a will of fire, and that part of him still fights against that. Apparently he’s seeking the answer to that conflict in Naruto. Cue Obito and his latest the reason you suck speech, naruto in classic form totally shrugs off. The end of this chapter strikes me as interesting as though there are many parallels between Madara/Hashirama and Sasuke/Naruto I don’t think the former ever fought together against anyone, not entirely sure how this will effect things but I think it’s significant. We are then left with an image that can mean soo many things.
The symbolism here is unmistakable. You have the whole Yin (Sasuke’s Susanoo) Yang (Naruto’s Kyuubi) thing going on as well as the merging of the two into one amalgamated form. We are either going to see one heck of a beat down next chapter or…. something else will happen >>