Naruto Chapter 661 Breakdown: Kurama nuuuuuu!
My dear, fellow WRA members, it would seem that the moment we have dreaded for a long time now – ever since the prospect of a Bijuu being removed from its host was first introduced to us – has now finally come to pass.
In a way, I think all of us had already anticipated the possibility that Naruto might have had his Bijuu removed one day, but now that it has actually happened, it has left me with a lingering sense of sadness, knowing that Naruto has essentially been separated from his life-long companion and an entity that even we as readers, have been emotionally married to since the beginning of Naruto’s story over thirteen years ago. Even more than that, it feels like Naruto has lost something that defined him most as a character, separated him from all of his peers and made him feel unique.
Naruto, as of chapter 660 – 661, is no longer a Jinchuuriki…
I think many of us were deliberating during the last chapter about what would happen after Naruto had his Bijuu removed, and one of the most pertinent matters that came up was whether or not losing Kurama would kill him. This latest chapter seems to suggest that the answer, for the most part, is yes.
Although being an Uzumaki seems to have allowed Naruto to initially survive the extraction – unlike Gaara who was declared dead the moment Shuukaku left his body – Gaara’s sense of urgency in rescuing him seems to suggest that he is still, in fact, in the process of dying and that his death has only really been delayed for a moment. This sentiment is reenforced by the fact that even when Kushina suffered from a similar fate, she too would have ultimately died – as indicated when she suggested to Minato that she should reseal Kurama within herself so that they both died together.
This means that Naruto will need external aid in order to survive, and I think whatever Kurama told Gaara to do, has something to do with taking measures to save Naruto’s life. My best guess would be that it involves implanting the other half of Kurama into Naruto, to offset the chakra that he lost in order to keep him from dying.
Despite the sense of desperation and tragedy this chapter invokes, one factor that really uplifted me was seeing Gaara take the initiative as far as rescuing Naruto was concerned. It really did feel like a memento to the time that their roles were reversed and Naruto was the one rescuing Gaara from death. There was also a strong emotional link in the fact that Gaara was also once a fellow Jinchuuriki and thus, understands Naruto’s predicament better than anyone else, which makes both his actions and the feelings behind them feel that much stronger.
For me, it was far more effective than any of the possible alternatives, such as having Sakura or Sasuke rescue Naruto, but it also brings with it a unique scenario we have yet to have witnessed in this manga so far. Up until now, Naruto has always been the hero of his story and from part one of Naruto up to the present, he has always been the one saving everyone else; from Gaara, to Sakura, to Tsunade and recently, even the entire shinobi alliance. This is the first time that in the story that Naruto has been placed in such a vulnerable and helpless position that he has no choice but to rely on others to save him rather than the other way around and it makes his character seem more fragile than it might have otherwise been perceived.
Moving away from the sentimental moment between Naruto and Gaara, the chapter decides to then focus on Sasuke Emochiha, who, unsurprisingly, wasn’t where he needed to be when someone needed him the most. >_>
It was this part of the chapter that raised the most question marks, because, as we see during a discussion between Hashirama and Sasuke, it seems that Hashirama has chosen to give Sasuke a power to help him deal with Madara and while many of us have thrown around guesses as to what that power could be, ranging from the Rinnegan to Mokuton clones, I think we need to take a closer look at the evidence, which may give us a better idea of what new game-changer might have just crawled up Sasuke’s ass.
The first clue we get, looking at the panels above, is when Hashirama mentions that Madara took his Senjutsu chakra, and that “this technique” will bind him in response to that. This could mean that whatever he’s teaching Sasuke is directly related to senjutsu. Now, the first idea that popped into my head involved the fact that natural energy is very hard to control and that if you don’t balance it properly with your own chakra, you can turn to stone, so there is a possibility that Hashirama aims to take advantage of that vulnerability through Sasuke by overloading Madara with natural energy.
The second clue we get is where Hashirama mentions that Sasuke reminds him of Izuna and that he has the best chance at stopping Madara without “using force”. This suggests that whatever technique he is teaching Sasuke, is something that is intended to resolve the conflict in a peaceful manner. This suggests the possibility of the Izanami being used, which might be the perfect counter to an Uchiha who is trying to create a dream world, seeing as how the technique itself was made to show Uchiha their true selves and to stop them from trying to change their fate all the time.
Of course, speculation aside there are many possibilities regarding what Hashirama gave Sasuke, and the Rinnegan certainly isn’t out of the question. What do you guys think?
Lastly, there are two other things I wanted to address regarding this chapter, and they mostly involve Madara’s to Tobirama, as they discuss the state of the world.
The first point regards Madara’s words in the bottom-left panel of the page above, where he mentions nurturing a new eye. It made me wonder if he was talking about the Rinnegan, but there is a possibility he’s referring to Sasuke as well.
When I think back, I had always wondered why Obito was so obsessed with trying to make Sasuke’s eyes more powerful, especially considering the risk it posed to him, and that feeling was made stronger when, during the war arc, he proved that he didn’t need Sasuke’s power in any way to fulfill the Moon Eye Plan. Then it got me thinking that Sasuke’s role might not have been instigated by Obito himself, but rather, might have been part of Madara’s own, original grand scheme.
The only question is, why would Madara need Sasuke’s eyes and how would he have been able envision a plan that involves an Uchiha that had yet to be born at the time of his death? That brings me to my second observation…
Aside from Sasuke proving once again how good he is at getting penetrated, Madara’s words in the top left panel really left a few question marks dotting through my mind. When he speaks about making sacrifices, he mentions a close friend, a brother and then says “or even my child”. This really got my alarm bells going because Madara specifically said “my child” instead of “a child”, which would indirectly suggest that he has a child.
This got me thinking…. what if Sasuke is his child? Or at the very least, what if Sasuke is related to Madara in such a way, that Madara would perceive him in such a manner (such as being a clone, etc). The more I think about it, the more appealing a visit to a mental institution becomes, but considering what Kurama said in the past about Sasuke’s chakra when he first met him face to face, I have to admit that as crazy as it sounds, a direct relation between Madara and Sasuke is possible.
As for how any relation between Sasuke and Madara would be relevant to his goals, we already know that if an Uchiha takes the eyes of a blood brother, they awaken the EMS, an even more powerful version of their eyes, so I just thought that maybe something even more powerful or sinister could awaken if you took the eyes of a direct heir (aka, your own child).
Still, it’s far-fetched and I might just be going insane, so for now I’ll leave things here and give you last week’s Bubbliton Contest winners.
5th) Cameron Dickinson
1: HAHAHAHA Now that I’ve been revived I can be easily hurt, no longer have infinite chakra, am no longer immortal and lost both my eyes upon being revived.
2: PREPARE TO BE CRUSHED.
Caption: The moment Madara realizes being revived was a stupid idea.
FOUR IS DEATH!) Kantonkage
Bubblition; HAHA NOTHING CAN STOP ME! NOT EVEN LOGIC! HAHAHAHA!
Caption: Well everything except that.
Bubblition: Now, that I’ve got my body back. I can finally lose my virginity!!!!
Bubblition: Wait, I think I just said that out loud.
Caption: Well… that was awkward.
1) HAHAHA!! YOU THINK YOUR BULLETS CAN PENETRATE MY VEST?!
2) Zetsu, I’m not wearing the vest…am I?
Well done Namskram!
Here is this week’s Bubbliton. I’m sure you’ll all enjoy it. <_<
~ by Tenrai Senshi on January 21, 2014.
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