Naruto Chapter 671 – 672 Double Penetration: Naruto and Sasuke get a hand job and Madara takes Gai’s huge serpent!
Chapter 671: How many people do you got in there?
This is Iamnotreallyhere with not yet another Naruto breakdown for not another double breakdown. This chapter continue with the sage’s sage sageyness as he continues to baffle our intrepid hero with labyrinthine logical conundrums. Whether Naruto really understands it all however is another mater.
We learn that the sage has basically been watching a never ending cycle of his sons reincarnations fighting the same battle over and over and over again, thusly known as the cycle of hate and war, as he has been helpless to put and end to it.
Hagoromo then goes on to explain that it’s the trap of power that had led to his mothers fall from being known as the Rabbit goddess to being feared as a demon. One could almost say that this is where the actual cycle of hate started. It’s the fear instilled by Kaguya that led to the fear and mistrust of shinobi, and the greed that perpetuated the constant shinobi wars during that time.Warlords and even shinobi clans themselves fought to take their place as the god of the world where Kaguya had left a void.
Hagoromo tried to fill that void in what I can only describe as an almost democratic method by spreading the chakra around and hoping it would connect people so that they wouldn’t be so war like. Unfortunately it didn’t work out like he had planned. Even now he doubts whether or not it was the right choice. Even though he still wants Naruto to prevail over Madara he begins to doubt that his way is the right way for he world. Cue Naruto and his patented Talk no Jutsu, and it doesn’t hurt to have back up, especially when your backup is the Nine Tailed Beasts.
He then declares that it is time for the boy of prophesy to change the world, but before he lets naruto go do his destiny thing he asks him one question, what does he want to do and how does he want this fight to end, which really is more like two questions than one. Naruto’s reply is simple enough yet profound in its own right, He wants to protect his friends.
In the end Hagoromo decides to leave it up to the two reincarnations to decide as he passes his (will of fire?) powers on to them. The story then goes back to Gai who still hasn’t pinned Madara down. He then decides that if the Evening Elephant isn’t enough that he’ll have to to use the Hachimon’s greatest technique, The Night Moth!!
I leave you this chapter with a bubble contest entry below, enjoy. = ]
Chapter 672: The Sun, the Moon and the Moth. This sounds like the start of a lame bar joke.
Thank you for your breakdown Iamnotreallyhere. At least, I would thank you if you were really here, which apparently is not the case.
Moving along to chapter 672, I have to admit that compared to the last breakdown I did, this one will likely be simpler, considering that the chapter itself was a lot less information intensive, with the focus being more on Gai’s final and most devastating attack than on dialogue. Still, the visual clues were still there and very apparent, so once again I did a little bit of research to give some more insight to what we’re seeing. I seem to have a knack for complicating things.
The most obvious visual reference we have above, are the symbols on both Naruto’s and Sasuke’s hands, one being a light circle, and the other being a dark crescent shape. We’ve seen these shapes appear quite a number of times in the past three chapters, with the circle being associated with Ashura and the crescent shape with Indra, but what’s interesting is how we also see similarities in both the Uzumaki and Uchiha clan symbols, with the Uchiha fan also containing a crescent shape while the Uzumaki symbol is circular in fashion.
What these circles represent symbolically, becomes apparent when we do some research on the concept of Yin and Yang and its Mandarin meaning. The Chinese symbols for Yin and Yang are 陰陽 and 阴阳 respectively. The first character for Yin (陰 / 阴) is synonymous with the terms overcast weather, feminine, moon, cloudy, negative electrical charge and shady. The second character for Yang (陽 / 阳) is synonymous with positive electrical charge and the sun.
The simplified characters 阴阳 actually represent the moon and the sun respectively, since they can be deconstructed to their elements 月 (moon) and 日 (sun). The symbol for阝is a variant of the radical 阜 which means “abundant”. So Yin Yang could represent the contrast between the full moon and the full sun.
So, the bottom line is that the symbols on Naruto and Sasuke’s hands are clear representations of the Yin and Yang energies they have inherited respectively through Ashura’s and Indra’s reincarnated chakra, which has likely been awakened or enhanced by Hagoromo.
One defining feature about the concept of Yin and Yang, however, is that it represents a state of harmony where both sides are in balance with one another. Hagoromo himself suggests that in the past, he made a mistake by focusing more on Ashura than Indra, and I believe it was this mistake that caused the balance or harmony between positive and negative energy to erode, which resulted in the conflict between his two sons and the cycle of hatred that ensued.
With that cycle seeping down through the ages to Naruto and Sasuke, Hagoromo eventually decides to entrust both with the future after hearing their answers as to what it is they want to achieve, instead of just leaving it to either one or the other. The interesting part about all this was that we never actually got to see Sasuke’s answer, so we don’t know what its implications are, but what we can assume is that it might very well contrast to Naruto’s in a similar manner to how Indra’s ideals contrasted to Ashura’s. However, that may not actually be a bad thing.
When we look at the past, the turning point that broke down the relationship between Indra and Ashura occurred when both were presented with the question regarding what was needed to create peace. Ashura approached the subject with the sense that love and understanding was required for peace, while Indra believed that power was required. Hagoromo chose to entrust his will to his younger son, believing that his ideals were more admirable, but when we look at the question again now, I believe that both are, in fact, equally necessary.
Without love, one cannot appreciate what it is you are trying to protect with your power, and you end up becoming cold and ruthless, much like Kaguya did. However, without power, one cannot protect what it is that they love. They leave it brittle, vulnerable and easy to destroy. In the end, true harmony can only through balance and an equal appreciation of both sides.
In the end, rather than choosing one path over the other, perhaps Hagoromo has seen that neither path is incorrect and that, perhaps, both should be walked as one and the same. I know we’ve discussed on the blog before about whether Naruto will end up becoming Hokage, or whether he’ll give the title to Sasuke, but perhaps the answer goes beyond either of those conclusions, to a point where both are ultimately needed to rule and to balance each other.
The idea itself brings me back to the relationship between Danzou and Hiruzen, which was very much akin to a relationship between light and dark. It also brings me back to Danzou’s very own words regarding the relationship between light and shadow, which very much reinforce the sentiment of harmony and balance between the two in order for true prominence to be achieved.
Of course, I’ve blabbered on a bit too much about Yin and Yang, or light and dark. Although I did feel there was a lot worth discussing in that regard, the real highlight of this chapter was, in fact, Gai’s final attack.
Unfortunately, as impressive as Gai’s attack was, there isn’t really much I can say about it other than what is already plainly obvious; that it kicks ass in a big way.
One observation I did make, however, was that despite our previous impression that it was called the Night Moth, Mangastream’s translation narrates it as “Night Gai”. I’m not sure why they translated it that way, or if Gai’s kanji name has some relation or similarity to the kanji for moth, which might have caused some error or inconsistency, but what I do know is that the attack takes on a form more similar to a dragon than anything else. Gai even calls out “Ryuu” as he initiates the attack, which means “dragon”. All along I wanted a dragon attack from Gai, and I guess I ended up getting it after all, in a roundabout sort of way. ^ ^
I guess I could also make note of the fact that the attack takes the form of a flying kick, which also marries it back to one of Gai’s most iconic techniques, the Dynamic Entry.
In the end, the results speak for themselves. The earth is shaken, maps are rewritten and even the world tree sustains damage. The damage to Madara himself is nothing short of substantial, especially when you consider his power and durability and the Juubi’s host, but unfortunately, the damage to Gai himself is far greater.
Much like a “moth to the flame”, Gai’s body itself begins to disintegrate, turning to nothing more than ash. No doubt the heat generated by opening the final Death Gate is too much for the human body to handle, and so it is quite literally incinerated.
Before anyone can so much as fetch an urn, Madara attempts to attack Gai and finish the job himself. I guess in Madara’s mind, if an opponent as worthy as Gai dies from his own technique, then it wasn’t really Madara who beat him in the end, so he has to make the final blow to truly lay claim to his symbolic victory.
Either way, it ends up being futile when Naruto arrives and deflects the attack. What was more interesting than the fact that Naruto managed to redirect such a powerful offensive with nothing more than a simple kick, however, was the fact that he then proceeded to apply some sort of technique on Gai, most likely a seal of some kind, which seems to have halted his body’s destruction for the time being.
The only question that remains now, is to what extent Gai will recover from this ordeal. While Naruto’s intervention might save his life, as far as I can see, the damage to his body is severe and a complete recovery may not be possible. I suppose any odds regarding such matters lie completely in the potential of Naruto’s new power, which has yet to be revealed.
All we can say for certain right now is that Naruto does have the chakra of nine Bijuu and most likely Ashura’s Yin chakra, so anything is possible. He may even be comparable to Madara now to some degree. What I am curious about, however, is the state of his eyes, which appear similar to how they do when he crosses Sage Mode with his Kyuubi Sennin form, only without the dark markings we usually associate with Sage Mode.
I guess for now I’ll just have to wait and see. That’s it from me this week and I hope you all enjoyed the breakdown!
Unfortunately, I can’t list a winner for the Bubbliton Contest because there was only one entry (from holydemonandy), so he’d be listed by default. Iamnotreally here did list his own Bubbliton Contest for this week however, so you’re all welcome to give it a bash.
See you all in the comments! ^ ^
~ by iamnotreallyhere on April 15, 2014.
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