Naruto Chapter 681- 682 Breakdown: What the hell did I just read?
Greetings one and all.
For those of you who are reading this, firstly, I’d like to congratulate you on making it this far. To have survived after reading these past two chapters means that you must have quite a strong mental constitution. If, however, you suddenly find yourself foaming at the mouth, please seek medical advice immediately.
Even for me personally, it’s been difficult to think of how exactly I’d go about cover chapter 681 and 682, especially giving how confusing the former was and how… er… surprising the latter was. Still, we breakdown writers must endure, even if our brains have been exposed to all sorts of whatthecrapisgoingon, so without further ado, let us begin with the breakdown… hopefully, not one of the emotional kind.
Chapter 681 could either be seen as very insightful or very confusing, depending on which way you look at it. Although it feels like we might have ended up learning a lot more than we knew before, in reality, we really learned a whole lot of nothing, although that nothing was very well disguised as something.
What we did get, however, was a lot of incomplete pieces of information that, despite failing to tell a story in and of themselves, might have given us enough clues to piece at least part of the puzzle together. That puzzle, of course, regards Kaguya and the mystery of who, or what exactly, she is.
The first, and probably one of the most pertinent things we learn in this chapter, is that just about everything that has been recorded as Ninja history regarding the story of Kaguya and her two sons, has ultimately been a fabrication concocted by Black Zetsu for the sole purpose of driving the forces of the world towards reviving his “mother”, as he calls her.
The problem therein is that we can now safely surmise that everything we think we know about the Juubi, the forbidden fruit and the origins of Kaguya and even her two sons, is certainly inaccurate, or perhaps even completely false. We also learned that even the stone tablet in the Uchiha shrine was altered by none other than Black Zetsu for the purpose of manipulating the Uchiha to Kaguya’s will.
More than that, it also seems that Kaguya herself is not what she seems…
This is the part that was probably the most confusing for our readers, and for me personally, it was certainly enough to leave my mind reeling, as I tried to comprehend what exactly was going on. However, after being given some time to ponder on it, I’ve come up with my own hypothesis regarding Kaguya’s origins and her relation to the Juubi.
Going by what Black Zetsu said in the page above, I believe that the Juubi was a creature that did not originally exist in the world, at least, not in the form we’re familiar with. I believe it originally existed as two, distinctly separate beings, one being the Holy Tree, and the other being Kaguya Ootsutsuki herself. I also believe that at some point after Kaguya came into contact with the Holy Tree to take the chakra fruit from it, she also ended up merging with the Holy Tree and the combination of the two created what we now know as the Juubi.
Personally, I had always wondered why the Juubi had the same Rinnegan eye that Kaguya had, but now I believe we have the answer. It’s because they are one and the same being. The Holy Tree as it existed before did not have the Rinnegan on its own, but the Juubi, which is a combination of the Holy Tree and Kaguya, has a combination of both of their traits, including Kaguya’s Rinnegan eye.
It also seems that the original reason the Juubi, or Kaguya, went on a rampage was for the sole purpose of gathering chakra to disperse between her two sons, Hagoromo and Hamura. She probably intended to implement a plan similar to the Infinite Tsukiomi for the purposes of gathering all chakra within herself, perhaps to produce a second chakra fruit for her sons to eat just like she had done before.
Of course, her plan was foiled when her own two sons ended up sealing her within themselves. Her essence would have essentially been split between her body, which was sealed in the moon, and her spirit which might have been carried in the chakra of the Bijuu. Ultimately, to be reborn, she needed to puzzle all those pieces back together again, which was a task left to Black Zetsu.
Even Kaguya’s appearance as it is now, horns and all, might be a reflection of her merger with the Juubi. If we consider that the Word Tree itself is mostly associated with natural energy, which is also related to Sage Mode, then by looking at past chapters, we might be given clues about Kaguya’s aesthetic features. In particular, one striking resemblance can be found in the cursed seal form.
I didn’t paste all the instances of the second stage of the Cursed Seal, mostly because it would take up too much space, but one common trait they all share is that the users in this form exhibit horns growing from their bodies, usually from their heads. Their hair also appears to lengthen quite considerably and even take on a lighter colour in some cases. This ends up making them look somewhat similar to the likes of Kaguya, Hagoromo and Hamura, and in Kidimaru’s case (the top panel) we even see a third eye being opened during the transformation.
When we consider the relationship between natural energy and the Cursed Seal, with the cursed Seal transformation even originally being called “Sage Mode”, it might explain it’s connection to Kaguya or the Holy Tree as a whole in terms of its origins. It’s also strange that Black Zetsu itself almost seems like a living incarnation of the Cursed Seal and is also largely associated with the power of the earth or nature, which might not be a coincidence.
In any case, all of this is just speculation on my part and may not be entirely accurate. Hopefully more gets explained soon so we can come to terms with the bigger picture. One part of the chapter that did excite more than confuse me, however, was the ending.
Seeing the end of chapter 681, we finally saw the reappearance of the topic of “That Jutsu”, a jutsu so mysterious, it was questionable whether even the author himself knew what it was.
It seemed as if, at last, “That Jutsu” would finally be revealed, so I couldn’t help but be filled with excitement and anticipation with regards to what chapter 682 would have in store for us. Suffice to say, if Kishi was going for a shock and awe approach, he certainly nailed it on the head (no pun intended), if not in the way we expected.
I have to say, I’m quite certain that there will be a lot of people who facepalmed after seeing this spread, and who might even claim that it was terrible, but for me, it has to be one of the single most unexpected, funny moments I’ve witnessed in this manga to date. I think the hype of seeing an awesome, powerful jutsu was built up so much, that this excessively contrasting reality just came about as a complete, mind-shattering, reality-defying curve ball.
And yet, for some reason, it just seems so perfect to me. This is just the kind of unexpected prank only Naruto would have the audacity to pull, and despite all reservations one might have, it somehow manages to procure praiseworthy results.
The Sexy Jutsu’s effectiveness is such, that Naruto has managed to fell a Jounin, a Kage, a Sannin and now even a god with it. I guess that’s telling in itself.
The only question that remains for me, is whether or not the “That Jutsu” that we saw in this chapter is the same “That Jutsu” that Jiraiya mentioned many, many chapters ago when speaking to Gamatora.
Personally, I’m not so sure myself because Jiraiya did mention specifically that “That Jutsu” was something that Minato intended for Naruto to complete, and somehow, I have my doubts about whether Minato would want his son creating such a perverse jutsu, even if the fate of the world was at stake. Heaven knows Kushina would have probably pummeled him for it.
Unfortunately, unless Kishi himself elaborates a bit more and gives us a proper sense of which jutsu is what and what jutsu is why, we’ll never really know if “That Jutsu” will ever make an appearance, or whether or not we might have seen it already without realizing it.
For me personally, considering Obito was a user or Space Time Jutsu, and Minato believed that he would be the calamity the world would face, I have a feeling Minato intended for Naruto to complete the Hiraishin, as a means of battling someone else with a Space Time Jutsu more effectively. Now that we’ve seen Kaguya’s level of Space Time manipulation, it might be more important than ever for Naruto to learn the Hiraishin as a means of combating her. Heaven knows that without that kind of jutsu, Team 7 is at Kaguya’s mercy.
As a closing note, I’d like to say that I’m actually quite eager to see Naruto and Sasuke battle on their own for a while, just to see how they fair without anyone else to rely on for aid.
Either way, that’s all from me for now. I’m not going to announce a winner for last week’s Bubbliton, because there were only two entries, so I’ll just leave it at that.
See you all in the comments! ^ ^