Naruto Chapter 667 – 668 Breakdown: Flashback! Flashback! Flashback! or How to stop worrying and learn love the Eighth Gate.
Hello it is I, Kevin Phoenix. I am
being held captive once again and forced into doing my second take on the breakdown. After a series of chapters bringing us as close to the edges of our seats as is humanly possible, all that time fretting about each of those chapters either sucking, being over as quick as they begun, or otherwise teasing possibilities that may or may not come, it seems as though the light is finally starting to appear at the end of the tunnel.
Last we saw, Obito has finally succumbed to Naruto’s talk-no-jutsu. And the timing couldn’t be better. With him in the process of saving Naruto, we’re now finally getting to see who it was that showed up to
steal Orochimaru’s precious save Sasuke. Of course, despite Kishi’s attempt to throw us off by trying to throw some doubt in, it was hardly a surprise that it was indeed Kabuto.
Having seen the light as well and accepted who he truly is, our favorite poser has finally managed to escape Izanami. Of course just like with Obito, it was a tough pill to swallow for those present, especially Karin, to see Kabuto actually change sides. But sure enough, despite what looks like Kabuto injecting his snake into Sasuke (that sounded so dirty), he’s using his medical ninjutsu and apparently injecting Hashirama’s cells into him. Of course, the first thing that came to mind was Rinnegan. And while it took until almost the end of Madara’s lifespan to awaken it himself, we’re entertained with the possibility that Sasuke may just awaken almost immediately after he wakes up.
And of course, let’s not forget that Tobirama is also still present. Though one must wonder when someone is finally going to free him and his brother. With Kabuto free of Izanami, we get an actually touching moment where he expresses who he is and where he belongs. And when you think about it, his life was practically stolen from him ever since he was taken from that orphanage to be a spy in all the great nations. He had his mind messed with, that it’s no wonder he lost his sense of self. While regretful, it took a forbidden jutsu to make him realize and remember that beneath all of those faces and all of that chakra he had absorbed, he is Kabuto Yakushi and the orphanage is his home.
Now personally, especially after reading this, it’s actually nice to see someone who, not too long ago, was one of the most hated villains of the Narutoverse. But as we’ve been shown, many of those same villains were little more than tragic victims of circumstance. And if you think about it, every major villain and other certain characters we’ve encountered throughout this entire series has ultimately seen the light and turned over a new leaf…no pun intended.
We’re shown the parallels of the situation when we see that two of who at one time were the greatest villains in the series were simply manipulated into believing that there was no place for them in this world. Indeed, if there was any doubt who the true mastermind was, that doubt has been erased. Madara has no intention of changing his views.
And speaking of Mr. More-haxed-than Aizen, we return to where Kakashi, Minato, and Guy are. Of course, we get a rather quick explanation of how Kakashi managed to avoid that Rasengan. We are reminded that only sage techniques and taijutsu are the only things that’ll work on Madara now and with Guy present, this can only mean one thing… DAYTIME TIGER!!!
But alas, it’s not quite enough to affect Madara. And before Madara can hit him with his balls (that sounded dirty too), Lee saves him. What is interesting is how the opening of the seventh gate had much less of an adverse effect on Guy than it did in the past. When it looks like all is lost, Guy reveals that all those years of challenging Kakashi were his spirit talking. And with one last ace up his sleeve, Might Guy resolves to do what I’m sure every single one of us has waited the entire series to see…the opening of the eighth gate of death.
And with the next chapter right around the corner, we’re finally going to see what kind of technique could be so powerful as to reflect what Kakashi once said during the Chunin exams, “By opening all eight gates, you can attain power beyond even the Hokage’s, the only drawback is…you die.”
All we know so far is that the body literally sweats out blood itself, effectively generating red steam. As for the technique, we could get something with the word Nightime or Evening in it (Confirmed now to be Evening Elephant). Either that or we’ll simply see Guy move with such ferocity as to actually overwhelm Madara. But one thing’s for certain, Lee is going to lose a very dedicated sensei.
Naruto 668: Flashback! Flashback! Flashback! or How to stop worrying and learn love the Eighth Gate.
Iamnotreallyhere, not really doing the breakdown for the latest chapter of Flashback theater… I mean Naruto. Let’s get started.
I’m a little bit up and down about this chapter. On the one hand we got to see a bit of Mighto Gai’s past, which I was expecting since he’s using the Eighth gate and that’s basically a death sentence. However on the other hand I fear that the next chapter is just going to swap us to some other goings on. Either way let us dig into this weeks chapter.
Both Kakashi and Minato question Gai about his decision but his resolve is unwavering, like he’s ever backed out of doing something he said he was going to do. Rushing in we see what Madara sees as Gai prepares to and then opens the Eighth gate and what happens next can only be described as…. A flashback…. >__>
Yes we see Gai and his surprisingly similar looking father as they awkwardly interact with each other and the rest of the villagers. Here we learn where Gai’s resolve comes from and a little bit more about his “springtime of youth” philosophy that seems to permeate every fiber of his being. We also get the answer to the most obvious question poised in this chapter.
We also get to see how his father died fighting against almost certainly unwinnable odds, much like Might Gai now faces. Some have even speculated that this is how the seven swordsman of the hidden mist met their end, though it seems unlikely to me in any case we’ll have to see how the Fight between Gai and Madara goes before any real judgement can be made.
Speaking of unwinnable odds Madara doesn’t seem impressed by Gai’s eight gates, though what has thus far. Gai doesn’t seem too interested in Madara’s smack talk though and he goes right in for what is likely the signature move of the Eighth gate…
A couple of questions come to mind after reading this chapter. The first is what would happen if an Edo Tensei Shinobi were to use open all 8 gates? The second question is: Could an Edo Tensei shinobi even open the gates at all and if so would it have some kind of detrimental side effect? In either case I hope we see more in the next chapter.
I leave you with this question: If you could assemble a team of any three shinobi from the Naruto-verse, doesn’t mater if they lived in the past or live in the present (The Rikkudo senin and his sons being excluded) to have face down Madara in his current state. Who would they be and why would you choose them?