Naruto Chapter 680 Breakdown: I believe I can fly!
I have to say, given the very apocalyptic feel with regards to the end of the previous chapter, I had every reason to think that it would take nothing short of a miracle for Team 7 to escape the predicament they found themselves in, especially given their abrupt change in environment. I had even gone as far as to suggest that it might be left to Minato or Tobirama to rescue them with a space time jutsu. It seems, however, that I had forgotten just how resourceful ninja can be when backed into a corner, a sentiment that was made clear when our heroes managed to escape their impending doom unaided by any outside intervention.
While Sasuke summoning a hawk should have been an obvious solution – one that I somehow managed to overlook – what surprised me most was how well Kakashi handled the situation, managing to save not only himself, but also Sakura and Obito as well – all in the blink of an eye – proving once again just why he is so highly regarded across the five nations.
After observing this daring rescue, it got me thinking a bit about Kakashi’s current condition as a ninja. As we all know, he just recently lost the Sharingan eye that Obito gave him – an eye that throughout the years, made him something of a legend as the Copy Ninja who had copied over 1000 jutsu – and because of how we associate the Sharingan with power, especially given how hax it is, this probably left us with the impression that Kakashi had suddenly become weakened by this loss. But now I find myself asking if this is really the case.
When we look back at Kakashi’s history, we see a Ninja who, according to data books, graduated from the academy at the early age of just five years old, having only been taught there a year in total. He had already become a Chunin at the age of six and by the time he was around the age of twelve, he had already been promoted to Jounin and developed his own, S-ranked ninjutsu using both form and shape manipulation, something that usually takes even skilled Jounin many years to master. When we compare him to the likes of a genius like Itachi, who graduated from the Academy at age of seven and became a Chunin at the age of ten, it makes Kakashi’s accomplishments seem that much more extraordinary. The most pertinent factor here, is that he achieved all of this without the Sharingan.
However, since acquiring the Sharingan, it almost feels like Kakashi’s growth rate stagnated, as if slowing from warp speed to a little more than a snails pace. Compared to his quick advance from graduating at a young age to becoming Jounin, it doesn’t feel like Kakashi has achieved much in the twenty years since then, aside from copying a lot of Jutsu. Part of this could be attributed to Obito’s and Rin’s deaths and the psychological impact it had on Kakashi and his views of his own morals as a ninja, but I find myself asking whether it was perhaps the Sharingan itself that contributed to his decline.
Although there are many advantages to having the Sharingan, such as enhanced perception and the ability to copy jutsu, for a non-Uchiha, the cons might outweigh the pros. The inherent incompatibility with those who do not have Uchiha blood running through their veins and the subsequent, constant drain on the user’s chakra might have actually hindered Kakashi’s growth and made him too reliant on a power that ultimately did not suit his biology. Without the Sharingan, Kakashi might have grown to be a very different ninja to the one we see today, perhaps in a good way.
Likewise, now that Kakashi has both his normal eyes again, it makes me wonder how he’ll adapt. Will he fade into the shadow of the legend of the Copy Ninja he once was, a legend built on Obito’s Sharingan? Or will this be the first time he truly shines in his own, glorious light? I guess only time will tell, but I for one am excited by the prospects of seeing a new Kakashi stepping into the forefront. In the meantime, however, Kakashi does at least give us some insight into what kind of situation Team 7 has found itself in.
Given Kakashi’s words in the panels above, and the sheer scope of the lava-covered landscape Team 7 has now found themselves in, the only rational conclusion I can come to is that Kaguya has summoned our heroes to another dimension. Or, perhaps her power is such that she created this dimension herself on a whim and enclosed it around Team 7 as a bubble reality of sorts.
If they are, indeed, trapped in another dimension with Kaguya, then it also means that they are essentially on their own, without much hope for any form of back-up unless another space-time jutsu user, like Minato or Tobirama, can somehow track their location. Given that Naruto has one of Minato’s kunai with him, it might be possible to summon him by tossing it. Alternatively, it’s also possible that if Obito recovers through Naruto’s aid, that he could warp back to the real world and gather aid from the Edo Tensei kage as well.
Of course, any of these prospects would be great if it weren’t for the fact that one Emochiha in particular, didn’t believe that everyone else in the world was just a hindrance.
I had a long discussion with Pein0Avenue about Sasuke’s mentality, and it ultimately came down to two contrasting perspectives.
On the one hand, there’s the argument that sometimes it’s necessary to sacrifice the few to save the many. In a way, Sasuke’s words might belie the mark of a responsible leader, who is willing to set aside personal feelings and do what is needed to ensure the safety of all, even if it means making hard choices along the way. In this case, he is trying to drill it into Naruto’s head that it’s pointless to risk his own life to save someone else, especially when he is necessary to stop Kaguya. Basically, in layman’s terms, Sasuke is quite categorically stating that the world can exist without Sakura and Kakashi, but not without Naruto, so risking the latter for the sake of the former is ultimately irrational.
But then, there’s a flip side to that coin as well. Although sometimes it’s necessary to for a leader to make hard choices – or perhaps even sacrifices – for the greater good, in my opinion there’s a difference between sacrificing out of necessity, and doing it purely on a whim because you couldn’t care less. If you have the power to save someone, then shouldn’t you try to do so? With his hawk summoning contract, it isn’t far-fetched to assume that Sasuke could have just as easily summoned two hawks instead of one, with one to save Kakashi and Sakura and the other to save himself and Naruto. Likewise, if he was for some reason incapable of summoning two hawks at once, he could have alternatively used Susanoo for himself and Naruto, given that his version seems to be able to fly.
In my personal opinion, Sasuke’s actions here show that he is unfit to be Hokage, because rather than try save others, he discards them when he feels they are not useful to his cause. A leader who sacrifices too liberally and to often, will ultimately end up discarding his people and his nation, along with everything else he is meant to protect. That kind of leader is also doomed to lose the trust and admiration of his followers, who have been treated more like sacrificial pawns rather than actual human beings, after all, how can anyone be expected to respect someone who shows no respect for others?
It’s also ironic that this is the very same Sasuke who once went on a killing spree because the village sacrificed his own brother, Itachi, in a similar manner. If that isn’t a prime example of hypocrisy, I’m not sure what is. Luckily, Naruto managed to swing things around and give Sasuke a dose of his own haughty wisdom.
Speaking of Naruto, no self-respecting breakdown writer would be able to write a breakdown for chapter 679 without mentioning the fact that he can fly now. While I’m glad Madara’s own powers of levitation were finally explained – being attributed to the power of the six paths (that might also explain why Pein was able to fly above Konoha before dropping his emo bomb on it) – I have to say that this is a very interesting and yet odd development, all at the same time.
Despite any reservations my brain is screaming at me to have about this whole situation, part of me can’t help bit feel somewhat excited by the fact that Naruto can fly. It’s a power we’ve attributed to many heroes in media over the years, so perhaps that image is what fuels my excitement. Still, the reasonable side of me also questions whether this is really still Naruto, or an accidental pilot for a new Dragon Ball series.
Is Kishi perhaps taking a bit too far with this latest addition to Naruto’s already substantial repertoire of abilities?
Regardless of what we think though, it’s clear that Kishi intends to take this battle to the skies and it seems both Naruto and Sasuke are still able to put up some measure of resistance against the otherwise hopelessly powerful Kaguya. Despite the fact that Sasuke seems to have delivered a surprise blow from above, however, I highly doubt that Kaguya would have been unaware of the threat, considering she has the Byuakugan, and she most likely avoided it without trouble.
In any case, that’s all from me for now. I think the length of this breakdown is already pushing the boundaries, so here’s last week’s Bubbliton Contest winner.
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