Naruto Chapter 662 – 663 Breakdown: A daring double breakdown collaboration!
Greetings one and all! Today is a very special day as far as Naruto breakdowns are concerned, because, on this rare and auspicious occasion, I have managed to find yet another
test subject volunteer who was forced to more than happy to help me with a double breakdown.
Remember, this is his first time attempting such a daring feat, so please be gracious with your feedback and let him know how he did. Because he’s new at this, nukes and carpet bombing strikes will be disallowed as means of giving feedback (looks suspiciously at Kantonkage), but flamethrowers and pitch forks will still be permitted.
And so, without further ado, I give you Kevin Phoenix.
Kevin’s 662 Breakdown
The latest of two chapters brings about the urgency of what has become a most dire situation for both our protagonist and deuteragonist. It was pretty well guessed at that upon having Kurama extracted from Naruto, that death would indeed become imminent for him. His Uzumaki heritage is the only thing keeping him from being dead already, though it’s of little comfort to those around him. Gaara doesn’t waste any time speeding him away to the rest of the alliance. Then there’s also Sasuke, who has been run through by his own sword by Madara. It’s become a parallel situation as we see the desperation of the moment become more and more urgent for both of them.
We’re brought back to a rather surprising turn of events as we learn why neither Naruto nor Sasuke have received any backup. Right smack in the middle of a battle, we see none other than Hashirama’s Wood Style: True Several Thousand Hands technique, albeit on a smaller scale. And the one using it is none other than Spiral Zetsu, the artificial clone that met and befriended Obito way back when, complete with a rhetorical potty related question. Though this time, we see a more sinister side to him.
It was also only a matter of time before all of the Kage ran out of steam. In fact, it’s only thanks to Hiruzen that the battle isn’t already over. It’s quite a feat to see him demonstrate his ability to use all five basic elemental natures, when even the most skilled Jonin can use three or four at the very most. But as we’ve seen with Hashirama and Tobirama, Edo Tensei has been shown not to be as invincible as we once believed. So if Hiruzen is taken out, everyone else is pretty much screwed.
This brings up another question, one that is raised even more in chapter 663. All Zetsu have been described as weak carbon copies of Hashirama himself. And though they possess his cells, none have demonstrated any proficient use of wood style, otherwise we surely would’ve seen it. Makes you wonder what sets Spiral Zetsu apart. And considering his offer to fight in Obito’s stead, it makes me believe that he is actually stronger than the regular white Zetsu.
And then there’s the lurking Orochimaru and company. Even now, I’m still swallowing the fact that he’s fighting on the same side as the good guys. Of course, it’s more logical to think that he is merely putting aside his usual… pursuits… and fighting against a common enemy, especially with the stakes as high as they are. Seeing Karin with him, it was inevitable that we would see her react strongly to Sasuke’s diminishing life force.
As I mentioned, all the Kage are mostly out of gas at this point, so Gaara’s initial plan to bring Tsunade along to try to forestall Naruto’s death has to be adjusted with Sakura instead, being the only one left with enough chakra to use medical ninjutsu. Obviously, time is of the essence, so our Tsunade mini-me hops on board Gaara’s magic sand carpet and speeds off in Minato’s direction.
We’re then treated to a rather profound moment when Hinata discovers Naruto’s critical condition from a distance with her Byakugan. I must admit that I found it saddening to see her dash desperately towards him, only to stumble and fall. It really shows how much the impact, of seeing the young man she loves dying, affects her.
With the Gedo Mazo desummoned for the moment, we’re finally brought back to Sasuke, who hits the ground while struggling with everything he has to remain alive through sheer will. But when you’re stabbed through the heart, staying alive becomes something of a challenge. His only remaining structure of support are the words that Itachi imparted on him along with his resolve to become a Hokage that brings about his own brand of change. Unfortunately, not even his resolve is enough as he begins to succumb to his mortal wound and is now as close to death as Naruto is.
The chapter ends with a split screen of both Naruto and Sasuke as we are left with quite a cliffhanger. If it’s one thing that Kishi has managed to do well, it’s draw out a death scene quite meticulously.
Tenrai’s 663 Breakdown
Thanks Kevin! You have served your pur… I mean, you did a good job with your part of the double breakdown. @___@
I guess now it’s my turn! And what better way to start off with a breakdown, than to observe gruesome and disturbing images of death?
Alright, so maybe that was a bit on the melodramatic side because, really, the scene above kinda pales in comparison to what we see in the rest of this chapter.
The first thing I have to say outright, was that as far as Naruto as a series goes, this was probably one of the most disturbing chapters I’ve read in a long time, and that’s saying a lot when we consider that the most disturbing parts about it didn’t even involve Orochimaru, despite the fact that he also had some page time. Instead the honour of making us readers cringe (and perhaps in some cases, gag in our mouths) fell into Sakura’s – apparently very capable – hands.
In a scene that would make even the cast of Grey’s Anatomy gawk in horror (mostly because I doubt they’d ever sanction heart-hugging as a viable medical procedure, though House might disagree), Sakura takes drastic measures to keep Naruto alive by quite literally reaching into his body and manually beating his heart (and no, I don’t mean the black and blue kind of beating). Apparently chest compressions were too last century.
Still, despite the fact that the scene was quite extreme, I also couldn’t help but appreciate how bad-ass it made Sakura seem as far as a medical ninja go, in that she was able to take drastic measures to try to keep Naruto alive, where others might have simply given up and called it a day. It also shows how far she has truly come as Tsunade’s heir, while highlighting, quite clearly, just how dire Naruto’s predicament is. If it weren’t for Sakura’s intervention, I think Naruto would doubtlessly be dead and buried, so just for that, she has earned herself some much-needed awesomeness points.
Of course, Sakura wasn’t the only Kunoichi to drag themselves up from the pit of uselessness, to the heights of epicness.
I think the most obvious and pertinent observation worth pointing out here, is that Karin can be seen using the same chakra chains as Uzumaki Kishina was able to, and, judging by Orochimaru’s reaction, it seems he was expecting her to eventually unleash that kind of power one day, which might explain why he kept her around in the first place. It begs the question about whether the chakra chains themselves might be linked to some kind of Kekkei Genkai for the Uzumaki clan and if all Uzumaki have the potential to awaken it (kinda like the Sharingan for the Uchiha), or if this power is something that is strictly limited to female Uzumaki.
Either way, their potency is definitely nothing to sneeze at. The fact that Karin manages to quickly tear apart Tobi’s Mokuton summon – the very same summon that the alliance as a whole has been struggling to defeat – says a lot about their strength and it makes me wonder just how strong Kushina might have been in her prime.
Of course, chakra chains aren’t the only thing worth noting in this battle…
I think quite a few of us readers managed to notice the fact that after having his… face… damaged by Suigetsu’s attack, Tobi reveals an ear hiding behind the damaged area. Now, we’ve all known for some time now that Tobi has had the ability to cover another human body with his own in order to enhance its power, much like he did with Obito, but we also know that without Obito inside of him, that means that there must be someone else being taken along for a ride. The only question is, who?
I think the most obvious guess would be that Tobi has taken Yamato’s body hostage and is using it to supplement his own Mokuton techniques, which might explain why he is able to use such high level Mokuton, which is well above the capabilities shown by the other Zetsu clones. Of course, there are other possibilities…
I guess one of the last few things worth noting about this chapter was Madara’s transformation into the Juubi’s Jinchuuriki.
One thing that interested me in particular about the transformation is that Madara develops actual horns on his head (much like Obito did), as opposed to his hair simply becoming elongated and spiked into looking like horns, as we saw with Naruto. This brings him closely in line with the silhouette of the Rikudou Sennin that we’ve seen in the past and, coupled with the staff he’s holding and the markings on his body, it suggests that Madara really has taken on the likeness of the Sage in just about every way possible.
There is, of course, one other being we’ve seen in this manga that has horns, and that is the Shinigami itself that appears during the activation of the Shiki Fuujin. When we also take into consideration that the Shiki Fuujin was a technique that originated with the Uzumaki clan, as well as the apparent link between the Uzumaki, Senju and the Sage of the Six Paths himself, it makes me wonder whether the Shinigami itself might be related directly to the Rikudou Sennin, who had power over life and death with his Rinnegan. In fact, could it be possible that the Shinigami is the incarnation of the Rikudou Sennin himself? k between the Uzumaki clan and the Sage as well.
I suppose all these questions might be answered in good time, but for now, let’s get back to reality, where Sasuke is still bleeding all over the floor and making a mess of a perfectly decent patch of dirt.
And yes, our chapter ends with the appearance of a foot. What is it doing there? Why does it care about Sasuke? Does it suffer from a toe jam infestation? And why isn’t it wearing a shoe?
Of course, the real question is, who does the foot belong to? My guess, and the guess of many other readers, is that this foot belongs to none other than Kabuto, who was actually barefooted the last time we saw him. It’s likely he finally woke up from his Itachillusion after being forced to accept his true self, but the question now is whether his true self is the kind of person who would save Sasuke or leave him to die.
Of course, despite Kabuto being the most likely owner of the foot that has now appeared before us, there are still other possibilities.
Well, that’s it from me. I hope you enjoyed this double breakdown collaboration, but for now, here are last week’s Bubbliton Contest winners.
Bubblition: Sup Dawg, I cancelled your plot no jutsu with my plot no jutsu. So you can’t plot no jutsu while I plot no jutsu.
Caption: Does everyone understand it now?
A VERY close 2nd) Cecilie
Bubble 1: Sasuke, I am your father.
Bubble 2: Search your feelings, you know it to be true.
Caption: Hm, he still looks shocked. I thought stabbing him first would take some of the edge off.
Well done to Tigerpalm, who steals first with the clever use of song lyrics, although I must say Cecilie was very close to taking it form him there. It’s just a pity there weren’t more entries, because what was there was great.
Here is this week’s Bubbliton.
I know this is a bit of a tough one, but hopefully we see some creative entries this week.
See you all in the comments! ^ ^
~ by Tenrai Senshi on February 11, 2014.
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