Naruto Chapter 700 Breakdown: The end of an era and the beginning of something new…
I remember the first time I first came across Naruto as a series. I was in high school and although I was somewhat into anime at the time, manga was a largely unexplored medium of entertainment for me.
I was introduced to the series first by a friend in one of my classes, after a discussion we shared and the subsequent discovery of our mutual tastes in Japanese entertainment. I think like most people who find themselves first introduced to the world of anime and manga, I started my journey in Naruto first with the anime. Suffice to say, I was immediately smitten and being as impatient as I was at the time, with an eagerness to know what happened next, I eventually jumped from the anime to the manga, which was further ahead from a story perspective.
There was no turning back.
Here, I was introduced to a world of wonder, with young Ninja striving to become something grand, and with a boy who, even as an outcast, dared to shine above all others. But more than that, I felt an emotional connection to the characters that was unlike anything I had experienced before, and I think that, for me, was what truly made Naruto as a series something special that stood out above anything else in its time.
It was my very first manga, a step into a world of wonder and imagination, and of joy and sorrow. It was, for all intents and purposes, a series that defined a decade of my life, and perhaps even more of who I am as an individual than I might realize.
Oddly enough, it was because of my heated pursuit of the manga, and my search for spoilers regarding upcoming chapters, that I first discovered IRA, which is a tale I am sure many of you fellow readers can relate to. It was there that I found a true community of others who shared my interests, whom with I could discuss the series I had fallen in love with.
It is now with a mixture of both joy and sorry, that the long journey that I and numerous others have partaken in over the course of many years, has finally come to an end. And boy, what an end it was.
In a way, I think it was fitting that we got to see what the future had in store for Naruto and his friends. Many of us were children and teenagers when we first started this series, and much in the way we have grown over the years that we’ve followed it, we’ve also had the chance to see the characters that we’ve fallen in love with grow as well alongside us.
From mere genin leaflings, they’ve bloomed into fine adults with children of their own and though some of their respective fates might seem surprising to us, for the most part, I think everything turned out quite suitably in the end.
I will admit though, while some of the future pairings we were introduced to made me giddy with joy, I did find some of them surprising as well.
In particular, Chouji partnering with Karui threw me for a curve ball, mostly because there were no prior signs that would have led one to believe that such a relationship was possible. Still, I suppose when the only alternative, Ino, has already been swept up by Sai, you’ve gotta start trying to hook some of the other fish in the sea, and see what bites.
A few of the pairings I did expect, and ones that I am glad finally came to fruition, were those between Naruto and Hinata, and Sakura and Sasuke respectively. I could almost imagine the unanimous cheers that must have chorused throughout the masses of NaruHina fans across the world when their dreams finally came true and I have to admit that I was cheering along with them. I don’t doubt that there will be some NaruSaku fans who loathed this turn of events, but in my personal opinion, it was the only natural outcome where everyone would be happy.
Still, I’m sure there are many people out there who might have changed things up a bit if they had the power to. So, what are your thoughts on these pairings as a whole?
To build on the relationship discussion, it’s only natural that through the union of love, something else would eventually be born.
And indeed, the true highlight of this final chapter for me, was seeing, for the first time, the new, younger generation that had been birthed from the older, and whose journey was now beginning anew. It truly did feel like we were witnessing a fresh start, like a culmination of new beginnings and endless possibilities, and even though we might not know what their futures may hold, simply seeing them take those early steps was enough to reinvigorate that sense of adventure that had gripped my soul for so many years.
The other exciting thing about being introduced to all these new, young characters, is that it very much opens up the doors to new opportunities as far as sequel stories and adventures are concerned. Although this chapter marks the end of Naruto as a series, it also acts as a starting point for new possible series in the future, set in the same universe though perhaps under a different name.
It’s already been hinted that we’ll be getting a mini series that follows the the adventures of the new generation, and in particular, I think Bolt could make for a very interesting main character given his lineage, his parentage and the possibility of mixed bloodlines from both the Uzumaki and Hyuuga clans. I also think it would be very interesting to see what roles the older generation now fill, whether as instructors, mentors, leaders or even as new villains.
For me personally, I’d like to see Konohamaru acting as a Jounin sensei for a genin team consisting of, perhaps, Bolt, Salad and Lee’s child (I think Bolt’s sister, Himawari, would be too young to be on the same team as him). I guess only time will tell what’s in store for us though, if anything.
All thoughts and theories aside, ultimately, this story was about one character in particular, and that character is Naruto. And although his journey may have ended now, I think it’s only right that we pay homage to him and his grand adventure.
It was an journey that bought us smiles, tears, excitement and even, at times, sadness, anger and frustration, but I think I can speak for many of us when I say it was truly an honor to have been on that journey side-by-side with Naruto as our guide. I’d also like to say thank you to Kishimoto for giving us something so special and unique, and for all the years of joy and entertainment. I know we readers aren’t always grateful, but if Kishimoto were to ever read this some way, somehow, I’d like to convey my gratitude to him and let him know that Naruto is a piece of work that he can take pride in.
I’d also like to encourage anyone who enjoyed this series, to support the author by buying volumes for it if they are available in your region.
Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone here at WRA and even IRA before it. You guys have shared this journey with me for many years and have become my friends. I can’t tell you how fulfilling it was, through all those times we shared discussing this series, having fun debates, and just doing general, crazy stuff, but it was a blast.
Naruto wouldn’t have been the same without you all and I hope that we can take more journeys together in future.
Well, that’s it for my last Naruto breakdown. I hope you guys enjoyed it. I’m sorry it was so very late, but things have just been a bit up and down on my side and every time I’d settle down to work on it, something would come up (no, not that you naughty children) that would end up distracting me.
As far as the future of WRA is concerned, this may be my last Naruto breakdown, but it certainly won’t be my last post involving this series. I plan to do more, fun posts that include, but are not limited to, favorite hero and villain posts, arc breakdowns or discussions, and more.
I’m also exploring the idea of following a new series, as I have mentioned before, so I’ll try a few breakdowns and see how well it is received, then move forward from there. If there are any other authors interested in covering series of their own, please send me an email and let me know, and we can discuss an arrangement.
Anyway, here are the winners of the last Bubbliton Contest!
Bubblition: So this is what happens when Talk-No-Jutsu fails.
Caption:And you thought Naruto was a pacifist.
Bubble: Looks like we gonna have to start treating the women in our lives better…
Caption: Losing your dominant hand can give you a change of heart.
Sasuke: Somehow I don’t think we did it right!
Caption: A blow job gone very wrong!!!
Bubble: Good fight, Naruto. High fi… thumbs u… good fight.
Caption: Awkwardness levels… rising!
Well done to Iamnotreallyhere for his winning entry!
Thanks guys! I’ll see you all in the comments! ^ ^