Naruto chapter 670 Breakdown: If only this title was half as long as the breakdown is going to be…
Before I get started, I just want to warn you all that this is going to be a long breakdown, probably longer than you guys are used to coming from me (and that’s saying a lot). The reason is because our latest chapter just happens to be one of the most information intensive that we’ve received in a long time and, in addition to the copious amounts of dialogue, there were also a lot of visual and symbolic clues I’d like to discuss as well.
In saying that, I hope you all bear with me, because I put a lot of effort into this and have managed to unearth a lot of details that I think our readers will be interested in. I hope you all take the time to read the breakdown and also share your thoughts with me and our fellow awesome people. ^ ^
I think the most obvious and significant point to this chapter is that Naruto has finally met the Sage of the Six Paths, whose name we now know as Hagoromo. Personally, I’m very glad we’ve learned his name because it sure as hell saves a lot of time typing out his title every single time we reference him.
I think this meeting was something we’ve all expected for a while now, one many of us believed was ultimately inevitable, but I think what was most surprising about this reveal as a whole, was Hagoromo’s appearance and that of his immediate family (being his mother and his brother).
It’s obvious that whatever race Hagoromo and his immediate family are from, they are not entirely human. In fact, even Hagoromo mentions that Naruto is not completely inaccurate when he calls them aliens, which, coupled with the fact that they come from another land, suggests that they are of another race entirely. Given that they came to a land where humans dwelled, it’s also not too far-fetched to assume that Hagoromo and his brother might have eventually fallen in love with human partners and thus, gave birth to what could be the first powerful human clans of the Ninja world. This is supported by the fact that despite Hagoromo’s otherworldly appearance, both his children look very much humane.
Given her appearance in particular, the first and most obvious connection one can make looking at Ootsutsuki Kaguya, Hagoromor’s mother, is that she is related directly to the death god itself, whom we have seen during the use of the Skiki Fuujin. I wasn’t the only one to pick up on this connection and I was quite happy to see it being discussed in the comments section.
Even with just a brief glance, the aesthetic similarities between Kaguya and the Shinigami are obvious, with both sporting a similar cloak, horns on their head and circular marks above the eyes.
Although some have suggested that the Shinigami itself might be related more to Hagoromo’s brother than his mother, given its somewhat more masculine appearance, one thing that did throw me off slightly was the long sharp nails that the Shinigami sports, something that Hagoromo does not have and something I doubt his brother has either. We do, however, see Kaguya sporting similarly sharp appendages. Also, given that Hagoromo didn’t have dots above his eyes, we can’t be certain that his brother does either, which even further implicates Kaguya as the primary suspect.
One theory this immediately brings to light is the idea that Kaguya might be the Shinigami itself. Perhaps she was cursed for her sin of stealing the forbidden fruit of the Sacred Tree (The Juubi) and was condemned to spend eternity as a hideous specter that reaps the souls of the dead, or something along those lines.
The other topic this brings into question is also the relationship between Kaguya (or Hagoromo’s brother) and the Uzumaki clan, given that they had shrines that held masks of the Shinigami and created the very sealing techniques that allowed them to summon it to do their bidding. One possible theory is that if Hagoromo created Ninshuu, the precursor to Ninjutsu, then perhaps his brother created Fuujinjutsu. In fact, his brother might been the first to use the Shiki Fuujin to seal away the Juubi, either using his mother as the Shinigami, or perhaps becoming the Shinigami himself (if we go by the theory that he is the Shinigami). Maybe his ancestors went on to become the Uzumaki clan, perhaps even through one of his ancestors wedding a Senju and bearing children, which might explain the link between the Uzumaki and the Shinigami and why they chose to honor that heritage. It would also explain the blood relation between the Uzumaki and Senju and why they continued to have close ties until the destruction of Uzugakure.
Of course, all of this is just pure speculation at this point. There are too many possibilities to list, but it’s always fun to theorize based on observational clues. Still, there are other immediate links to Kaguya that I picked up, some very surprising.
First up is the Kaguya clan, who are, oddly enough, named directly after the Hagoromo’s mother, Kaguya. Not only that, but looking at Kimimaro, it’s also to see some aesthetic clues that link the two halves, such as the circles above the eye that fall into a similar position as the one Kaguya adorns, though they appear to be a different colour.
It makes me wonder if the Kaguya clan are direct descendants of Ootsutsuki Kaguya, or if they simply revered her as a god and worshiped her, thus naming themselves after her and painting dots on their forehead in her honor. The fact that the Kaguya clan were bloodthirsty savages that were ultimately doomed to wipe themselves out might also be linked to Kaguya’s sin and thus, be the result of a curse of some kind.
It’s also interesting to note that both the Uzumaki and Kaguya clan members display enhanced regenerative abilities, with the Uzumaki possessing a strong life force that allows them to regenerate from even severe wounds, while the Kaguya seem to regenerate any flesh that their bones pierce (in a manner similar to Wolverine from the X-men). This also further implicates a possible relation between the two clans and their subsequent link to Kaguya or her sons.
The other link pertains to the Kin-Gin brothers, who were said to have been direct descendants of the Rikkudou Sennin (Hagoromo). When you consider that they both sport horns similar to Kagyua and her sons, I think that direct lineage is all but confirmed now, and easily explains how they were able to wield Hagoromo’s treasures with such ease.
With all these theoretical intertwining paths, it’s a wonder I haven’t gone insane trying to connect all the dots.
As for the sealing of the Juubi, it seems that Hagoromo was not its sole container after all, and that the burden was, in fact, shared with his brother. It actually makes sense when you think about it, because in the past we learned that Hagoromo sealed the Juubi’s body into the moon. This suggests that the Juubi’s chakra was sealed into Hagoromo while the body was sealed into his brother and at some stage, perhaps after his brother died, Hagoromo then sealed his body away to keep the Juubi from ever being resurrected. Gedou Moza itself might even by a physical or symbolic representation of Hagoromo’s brother or his spirit, due to its more humanoid appearance.
After that, Hagoromo would have split the Juubi’s chakra within himself into the Nine Bijuu, and the rest is history, so to speak.
One mystery this theory would bring into play, however, is the origins of the Mokuton. We’ve know that the Juubi’s true form is that of a giant world tree and that its body shares the same properties as Mokuton (it’s wooden, absorbs chakra, etc), so if Hagoromo’s brother did contain the Juubi’s body, then that would actually suggest that the Senju, or perhaps more specifically, Hashirama Senju, might be directly related to him in some way.
Could history have been written incorrectly? Are the Senju actually the descendants of the Sage’s youngest son, or are the Uzumaki? Are either, alternatively the descendants of Hagoromo’s brother, or perhaps a union of Hagoromo’s and his brother’s descendants? Are the Uzumaki related directly to Kaguya herself? Where do the Kaguya clan fall in this elaborate web?
Will my brain splode? Probably…
Moving onto Hagoromo’s two sons, I picked up a lot of references to Hinduism and Buddhism at this stage in the chapter. To begin with, both Indra and Ashura are named after spiritual deities that appear in both Hindu and Buddhist faiths.
Asura were often depicted as lesser deities who were constantly in conflict with the elder gods, or the Devas, whom of which Indra was the leader. The fact that the Asura were seen as inferior and the Devas as superior, marries with the theme of Ashura being the inferior of Hagoromo’s two sons while Indra was considered the superior. The conflict between Hagoromo’s two sons is also reflective of the constant conflict between Asura and Indra.
In addition to that, Asura were often depicted with six arms and three heads, while Indra was mostly depicted with four arms, which also coincides with the appearance of Ashura’s and Indra’s avatars, the former’s of which also appears to have six arms and three heads while the latter’s, Susanoo, is depicted with four arms respectively.
The link between Susanoo and the deity Indra, is further solidified by the fact that both are depicted as Storm gods, which means Kishi is absorbing and merging details from various mythologies into his own work.
Another interesting detail a few picked up on for this chapter, was the similarities between Ashura’s avatar and Naruto’s Sennin Kyuubi transformation. At first, we readers believed that Naruto’s transformation was mostly attributed to Kurama’s chakra influence, but now that we’ve seen Ashura’s avatar take on a similar aesthetic appearance, with the same circular markings and lines, it brings about a new theory, especially when we consider the recently learned fact that Naruto is essentially the spiritual reincarnation of Ashura.
If we look at Naruto’s transformation above, you’ll actually notice that it’s quite different from Asura’s avatar, in that the lines running along Naruto’s body are not as clean and the circular markings are missing, replaced instead by the spiral design synonymous with Naruto’s seal and the Uzumaki clan symbol.
However, one of the most pertinent points we have to consider in this particular state of Naruto’s transformation is that in this version, he only uses Kurama’s chakra. In the past, whenever Naruto wanted to transform into his Kyuubi chakra form, he had to set aside his own chakra – which Kurama subsequently began to absorb – while he used Kurama’s chakra exclusively in its place. So it can be said that the primary reason that Naruto’s transformation was not more like Ashura’s avatar in the past, was because Naruto’s chakra was not present at any point in the process.
That all changed when Naruto and Kurama began to cooperate.
After Naruto won Kurama’s trust, they both merged their chakra to transform into the Kyuubi-sennin form we all know today. In the process, Naruto adorned the familiar lines and circles we can now see were present on Ashura’s own avatar form, with the only difference being the actual shape of their avatars themselves.
What we can hypothesis, given these visual clues, is that Naruto’s transformation is actually a combination the avatar form we see Ashura using – which he would have inherited as Ashura’s reincarnated form – and Kurama’s Bijuu transformation. Ashura’s influence can be seen in the markings on Naruto’s body and the overall aesthetic feel of the transformation, while Kurama’s influence can be seen in the form Naruto’s avatar takes, in that it’s a fox as opposed to a humanoid form with six arms.
This would also explain why Naruto’s Bijuu transformation is so different those we’ve seen with other Jinchuuriki, because it isn’t a pure Bijuu transformation, but rather a combination transformation of sorts. In fact, you could just as easily liken it to the combination transformation Madara created when he merged Susanoo with Kurama.
In the end, it could be said that Naruto has simply awakened a power deep within himself during the merger of his and Kurama’s chakra, but it was a power that has existed there all along, regardless of whether Kurama was ever sealed into him or not.
Also, because we’ve learned that Naruto has inherited Ashura’s spirit, and through it, his chakra, I think it’s also safe to conclude that Sasuke has likewise inherited Indra’s spirit and his chakra as well. In fact, when we consider the dark presence the likes of Karen and others have detected in Sasuke, I think we can be certain that what they were actually sensing was Indra’s spirit itself.
It’s ironic, because in a way, Naruto has always considered Sasuke his brother and even Sasuke himself might have, at one point, thought of Naruto as a brother of sorts as well, at least before leaving to join Orochimaru. Now, given this revelation with Indra and Ashura, one could say that if Sasuke is indeed the reincarnated form of Indra, then he and Naruto are actually brothers in a sense that goes far beyond physical blood relations and into the realm of the spiritual.
I’m also certain that it’s this spiritual link to Ashura and Indra, that causes the conflict between Naruto and Sasuke. The two might be compelled to clash even if they aren’t certain why and it might be this link that they will ultimately have to overcome if there’s ever to be some measure of peace between them. It’s also very likely that previous hosts for the brother’s spirits would have also clashed in a similar manner, and when we look at the conflict between Hashirama and Madara, there’s a good chance they themselves were previous hosts as well.
In fact, Hashirama himself may have given us a visual clue so as to reinforce the likelihood of that sentiment, in the form of the markings on his forehead when he enters Sage Mode, which bear some resemblance to the circular seals that Naruto and Ashura share.
In the end, I think both Naruto and Sasuke – and all their predecessors who might have inherited Ashura’s and Indra’s spirits – have been trapped in a curse of conflict, for many centuries now that was not of their making. You could even say that it’s their “destiny” to always clash with one another.
Ultimately, I also think it will be up to Naruto to shatter that destiny and prove his words to Neji back during the Chuunin Exams that it is possible to escape one’s perceived fate and choose a new path. A Hokage is someone who clears the path for others to walk, so for Naruto, who wants to become Hokage, he’ll ultimately have to clear a path that diverges away from the cycle of hatred that was born between Indra and Ashura so long ago.
In any case, I think I’ve overstayed my welcome now. I’ve covered about as much as I can think of at this point, but still had to reign in on the details a bit so as to not write a complete novel. Hopefully, if anyone else thinks of more they could add to what I’ve said, they’ll write a comment with their thoughts.
In the meantime, I’ve also decided to include a Bubbliton Competition, just to freshen things up a bit again. So here it is!
I hope you all enjoyed the breakdown, despite its length.
See you in the comments! ^ ^
~ by Tenrai Senshi on April 2, 2014.
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