Naruto Chapter 657 Breakdown: “I see”, said the blind man.
Well, I guess it’s that time of the year again, and no, I don’t mean the time of the year when Emochiha start delivering more throat hugs than usual. It’s that time of the year when everything starts to come to a creeping end, where schools close, people go on holiday and where Christmas is just a few days away.
So, before I start my breakdown, I’d like to wish everyone in WRA a happy holiday season and a Merry Christmas. I hope you’ve all had a great year, and even if you haven’t, I hope WRA helped to lighten the load, even if just a little.
Unfortunately for some emo people with dark hair, this isn’t really a festive time of the year – nor is any other time of the year for that matter – so it’s no surprise to see Sasuke going straight for the kill in our latest chapter when confronting a fully revived Uchiha Madara.
One thing I do have to comment on is how obsessively he seems to behave, almost as if nothing matters except his goals. He acts with a sense of focus – and even rashness – bordering on the extreme and although he claims to have an interest in protecting Konoha now, all evidence shown to us points to the possibility that even though his path is seemingly noble, it is still bathed in some form of darkness. Perhaps Sasuke cannot escape his curse of hatred so easily after all, and so he has simply chosen to redirect that hatred instead.
You know it’s a strange day indeed when Sasuke is the one barging headstrong into a situation that might be out of his league, while Naruto acts as the calm and collected individual, telling him not to act so rashly.
However, what’s probably even more strange, or interesting in this case, is that Madara seems to have lost his Rinnegan, post revival. At first, I thought it might have been because he used the Izanagi to survive Naruto’s Rasenshuriken, but as Thelaughingwiseman suggested, it might actually be due to the fact that the Rinne Tensei is reviving Madara as he was before the time of his death, after he had given his own Rinnegan to Nagato. This would also explain why Madara doesn’t have any eyes right now (because he didn’t have any after he gave them away) and why he has chosen to literally fight blind.
That fact doesn’t seem to have slowed him down however, and it seems Madara has already found a way to overcome the weakness of having a lack of eyesight, and that is to gain another form of sense that’s just as good, or even better.
So basically, Madara resorts to taking Hashirama’s Senjutsu chakra, which makes a lot of sense given that he’s lost his eyesight. With Sage Mode, Madara would be able to sense everyone’s chakra over a large area and, as shown in Naruto’s battle with the Third Raikage, it would even allow him to sense and react to dangerous attacks and to counterattack with relative ease.
The added strength of Sage Mode itself would also help Madara offset the absence of his powerful doujutsu to some degree, given that he’s lost both his Rinnegan and even his EMS, though I have little doubt that he is now weaker overall than he was when he was in his Edo Tensei form. Still, that doesn’t seem to have stopped him from easily fending off anyone who threatens to get in his way.
Of course, Madara isn’t the only worry right now for the Shinobi Alliance, as Black Zetsu finally proves he’s better at more than just being a good narrator during epic battles.
With Black Zetsu acting as a foil against Minato and Kakashi and Madara wrecking things on his side of the battlefield, I think it’s safe to say that this battle as a whole may still go on for some time still, which could either be seen as a good or a bad thing considering that the closer this battle comes to an end, the closer this series does as well. However, I still personally feel that a final confrontation between Naruto and Sasuke is still on the cards, regardless of the fact that Madara is currently filling the role of primary villain.
I think a lot will be revealed in these upcoming chapters about Madara and about the Uchiha as a whole, and I think many of these revelations will revolve around Sasuke as well and may even, in some way or another, push the story closer to a confrontation between him and Naruto. I also believe that Sasuke may, at some point, bask in the full glory of the limelight in these next few chapters and may even be the one who ultimately destroys Madara for some reason or another, effectively taking his place as the pinnacle of Emochihaness.
The only thing I can’t guess without resorting to a significant amount of speculation, is the how and why it would happen (if it happens), but I do think it’s an inevitable climax that has been built towards since the end of part one, and even hinted again in recent chapters. I personally feel it would be an epic and nostalgic moment if we ever saw Naruto and Sasuke battle at The Valley of the End again, which would really bring the story as a whole around full circle.
For now though, I guess we just have to push through this battle as it continues. Whether or not Kishi has it in him to keep these upcoming chapters feeling fresh, despite the sheer length of time this battle has continue for, remains to be seen, but I’m sure by now a lot of readers are feeling a great sense of stagnation and just want it to come to a conclusion.
Still, moving forward, I’m not entirely sure how Madara aims to take on the power of both the alliance, the five Kage and what is now effectively nine Bijuu (and their Jinchuuriki in the cases of Naruto and Bee), especially when we consider that his Rinnegan and Sharingan is gone. Then again, he is an Uchiha, so at the very least, his Asspull no Jutsu should prove quite effective if nothing else.
In any case, that’s all for me this week. I’ve decided to have a Bubbliton as well, much like Iamnotreallyhere, but you’re welcome to post an entry for both of them and I’ll announce a winner for each next week.
So, here it is!
See you in the comments! ^ ^