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Gold Knight
January 29, 2007, 02:31 PM
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Looks like somebody said "you and exactly WHAT army?" You don't exactly wanna say that to Naruto.

Well, at least this week I managed to get my Comments out a few more days in advance of the next chapter! XD I had hoped that we would get a better RAW sooner so that I could have gotten to work on either Friday or Saturday, but it wasn't to be. But better late than never, I guess. Maybe next time I'll be able to get to it early.

Thanks to Touch for finding the camshot RAW and also pharaoe, natan and kingsenol who all got us the more decent RAW. For translations, Hisshou and p1noypr1de both did a cool job. Furthermore, I also want to appreciate Fnuckale, Aviv, and des for helping us have such beautiful images to work with. Honestly, guys - it helped me stay much more inspired to do a Comments. I suppose I've just gotten used to seeing my review with some visuals, heh. Give all these guys some applause, they all did a good job.

Also, be sure to check out Raine's Wrap Up (http://mangahelpers.com/forum/index.php?topic=14095.0) for Chapter 339, everybody! I'm hoping that she'll do more. <3

Okay, as the resident emperor of Mangahelpers, NJT, would say, "off we go." Comment on anything you want guys.


* * * Gold Knight's Ten Comments on Naruto Chapter 339: A New Jutsu...! * * *

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From lazy punk to God. That's a pretty big leap.

1. The Wrath of Shikamaru. Starting off, I just loved the first five pages of the chapter. Somehow it just felt... right. Shikamaru with Hidan's fate in his hands and the kid decides to firmly tighten his grip rather than consider mercy at all. That scene of Hidan's head lying on the bottom of the pit looking way up at Shikamaru was classic.

I have a feeling this is exactly why Kishimoto decided to design Hidan's character as one that would be unlikeable, loud, and generally annoying. No one was shocked that Shikamaru, I think, was so offended by him to the extent that he would abandon his usually carefree attitude in order to do something so merciless. Heck, ya know, if I had somebody constantly screaming at me that I'd be condemned to purgatory for all time, I'd kick his butt, too. More so if he killed anybody I ever cared about. I don't blame Shikamaru.

At the same time, though, I don't think he was very pleased about having to do such a thing, but somebody had to do it. Forget revenge. Hidan threatened Konohagakure. Shikamaru's job was to defend it. I'm not a big proponent of capital punishment, but in his world, I believe that he did the right thing.

Incidentally, yeah, I know Hisshouburaiken translated Shikamaru's line as, "And you? Your "Lord Jashin" is nothing, and you're pathetic - the only one bringing down vengeance ...is me!" Somehow I just liked p1noy's translation better, though. "Right now, your god isn't that pathetic Jashin-sama or whoever... it's me..." Just seemed more bad-ass to me. Either way, we got what he meant.

That is, Hidan, in his madness, was so blind to the fact that he was just sealing his own doom by provoking Shikamaru with his inane screaming. Jashin-sama wasn't who Hidan wanted to pray to at the time.

I really wonder when, or if, Kishimoto will ever develop another character in the Naruto series as well as he's done with Shikamaru. He's done a magnificent job with Shikamaru: the best, the absolute best, developed character in the whole series. Even readers who don't normally like the series are crazy about this kid. If only Kishimoto would focus on the other supporting cast the same way, as well as Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke. It's almost overkill with Shikamaru now.

But I've got to think Kishimoto plans an extremely vital role for Shikamaru at some point in the series for concentrating so much on him. It's already obvious that Shikamaru is being slowly groomed to be an amazing leader. A future ANBU leader, perhaps? Wouldn't be surprising to me if at the end of the series, Naruto finally seemed to be on the verge of Hokagedom, and Shikamaru comes into the room with a Hokage hat on, saying to Naruto, "too late... I'm already Hokage! So troublesome. Hey, Naruto... I got a mission for you. Get me some cigs." Heh.


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Sorry, I already took a religion studies class.

2. What God? At that moment that the rocks were falling on Hidan's cursing face, I doubt that if there was such a god as Jashin-sama that he'd even care about saving Hidan at that moment - his follower had been so thoroughly out-witted and beaten by a chuunin of Konohagakure that Jashin was probably disgusted with him at the time.

But I don't think Jashin-sama exists, at least as an actual god. Yeah, I know, there's some theories out there that say that Shikamaru will have to deal with Jashin at some point. I don't think so, though.

I believe that Hidan was probably brain-washed by his village - whatever it was - in believing in an imaginary deity that bestowed amazing powers on him. I believe Jashin-sama was probably somebody like Orochimaru, who gave most of his followers "curse seals" that would have likely seemed to some as divine gifts. And Hidan could have been just like Kimimaro - remember the bone guy that Gaara fought? Kimimaro was so impressed with Orochimaru and his ideals that he believed that the guy was something alike a god, I think. Kabuto acts like that sometimes, too. Maybe we'll see Jashin at some point, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's just another Orochimaru. And that is why I don't think we will ever see him. We already have an Orochimaru. So Jashin will become just a sidenote to the story, I think, unfortunately, and it seems that Hidan's former village and history will be shrouded in mystery for a while yet.

I'm also starting to suspect that Hidan's 'immortality' was likely some sort of bloodline limit that we haven't heard too much about yet, and the voodoo jutsu is just a form of kinjutsu that he learned from his village. Well, just my thoughts. Hopefully the next Databook will shed some new light on Hidan's background.

So what will happen to Hidan now that he's buried under rock? Will Zetsu come to his rescue? At this point, I'd be more tempted to believe that Zetsu will come along hunting for Hidan's ring, come across him, and eat him. Yup. Eat him. He's a cannibal after all, seemingly, and seeing a bloody pile of body parts would probably be too hard to resist for him - even if the head's still talking. Wonder if he'd cause indigestion, though. XD


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Oh, somebody who overly relies on bunshins...? That can only be Naruto!

3. He's Quick. Whaddaya know. I was right. Kakuzu didn't realize it was the Nine-Tails standing in front of him last chapter, and it also didn't take him too long to realize that he was the Kyuubi.

But I had thought that Naruto's "demonic" eyes would be a give-away, but it looks as though Naruto's usage of Kage Bunshin was enough to let Kakuzu know it was him. Deidara must have told the Akatsuki about all the Narutos that were punching the living snot out of his clay bunshin while they camped out at the cave together.

Just a sidenote - how Kakuzu can still talk while his mouth is choked with black spaghetti, I'll never know.


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And don't forget the ability to spit out black spaghetti, Kakashi.

4. A Briefing, Lovely. Well, Kishimoto will never be accused of leaving his readers in the dark as what's going on in case they missed the previous chapter, that's for sure.

Still, ugh. You know Kishimoto just did this page to draw out the chapter again. We already knew everything that Kakashi was going to tell Yamato. I suppose, though, that we probably had to be aware that Naruto understood the situation and his enemy so that we wouldn't be surprised if he was able to counterattack or trick Kakuzu later on when they battled. I'm just glad the briefing only lasted a page.

And I guess Kakuzu must be pretty unique in his ability to be able to manipulate all the elements. If Yamato had never seen Kakashi so beaten up before, and came to the conclusion that Kakuzu's elemental mastery was the reason for that, I guess I could probably believe that Kakuzu did manage to fight a good battle with the Shodai now.

So would anybody care to theorize just how many elemental manipulations Shodai knew? How did that fight go? Hmm...


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Did he really...?

5. Still Reckless? Maybe... What a familiar sight, eh? Naruto charging head-first into battle. Well, yeah, technically it's his bunshins, but regardless. I suppose he wouldn't be too much of a surprising ninja if he wasn't so spontaneous in taking action, though. And the real surprise this time, I think, is that Naruto actually had a plan beforehand - unlike the old days.

Hope you guys don't mind if I digress a bit here.

When I first read the RAW, I had first thought that, "gee, just how much discipline Naruto learned in these two years that he trained with Jiraiya? Granted, the ol' pervert-sannin wasn't exactly the most prudent guy ever, considering he pushed Naruto off a cliff once. But you'd think that he'd know that Naruto needed to learn some restraint at least!

And if Naruto had needed even further training AFTER the timeleap, what exactly was so good about Jiraiya taking him under his wing, other than keeping him hidden from all the Akatsuki? Naruto didn't learn to be any more careful (attacked Sasori and then Deidara instantly); he didn't learn how to work with a team (Kakashi had to stop him from going after Deidara without a plan); he didn't learn how to control himself better (Four Tails) - yup, I'm agreeing with people now that his second training period with Jiraiya was simply a big, fat waste of time. Only thing I've seen Naruto do better before his most recent training was momentarily dispell Itachi's illusions (although not to the extent that he was able to defeat Itachi anyway) and his Rasengan got a little bigger.

Jiraiya must have been misguided in that he thought that Naruto's strength would come from his association with the Kyuubi, much like Ral does with Grado in Blue Dragon. (If you haven't been reading that lately, it's pretty good.) Guess he found out he was wrong.

Well, in one sense, it's kind of cool, though. When was the last time you saw a protagonist of a manga series train, and the whole training period turns out to be almost completely ineffective? Now there's a story twist that's not seen too often in any shonen manga I ever read.

I don't think Kishimoto meant for Naruto to be Goku right away, you know?"

But anyway, back to what actually happened here.

As we'll find out in the next comment, Naruto actually had a plan. But what I'm trying to say here is that in only a matter of days, I actually think Kakashi and Yamato were the best senseis that Naruto ever had. He's actually thinking before a battle here.

But boy, I was under a mistaken impression when I first read the RAW without a translation. I was just like, "Man, Naruto's just the same all over again!" Heh.


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What the heck are you doing, Naruto...?

6. Feelin' Kakuzu Out? Alright, onward to Naruto's plan. I've heard people saying that they didn't understand why Naruto's bunshins gave him any experience whatsoever - they were immediately defeated, right? How does racing in with heads full of steam and then being blown up like balloons help Naruto come to any kind of conclusion about how to best approach Kakuzu?

Well, I tend to agree with them that the tactic didn't seem useful - 50%. First, I think Naruto still gains the knowledge of how fast Kakuzu acted in order to strike at any one of his bodies. I don't even really think it has anything to do with being able to experience through the mind and eyes of a bunshin.

It's just watching them move, as well as Kakuzu himself. It's like in any sport, if you're on the sideline and you learn the weaknesses and strengths of any player, you can better analyze how you can play against them when you move to the field. Except Naruto has a distinct advantage in that he can send himself over to be the crash test dummy, for lack of a better word.

But the thing is... in this situation, Kakuzu may not even have to be moving at his top speed to take care of the bunshins. It could have just been a slap to them. So right now, if Naruto moved to initiate real combat himself, I'd still be pretty worried about him - three bunshins acting as decoys or not.

But I can appreciate the fact that at the very least Naruto is planning out his strategy, as I said before. But he's no Shikamaru, either.


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Oh good, my hand's still attached.

7. Rasengan Duel! Now we know what happened to Kakashi's hand, eh? He actually did lose to Naruto in a duel.

Only thing I'm perplexed about in that battle is why Kakashi felt so confident that he wouldn't lose the use of his hand going up against Naruto's prototypical "Futon Rasengan!" Wouldn't he have already known that it was going to be a bit dangerous just by the look of Naruto's Rasengan? Well, I suppose it was the only way to test the strength of the new Rasengan versus the old Rasengan, but Kakashi sure took one for the kid.

Still, wow. Didn't we just recently see that wind manipulation could practically cut through rock, that is, if Asuma wished it so. Hmm. And hey, how about this: remember Naruto did have a bigger Rasengan (Oodama Rasengan)? Wasn't his Rasengan already more evolved than Kakashi to begin with? So maybe it's even stronger now, and would have defeated Kakashi's Rasengan (which looked normal) regardless. But what exactly did upgrading it to Futon Rasengan accomplish? Was the test even a success? Well, I suppose you could tell by the shape of Naruto's Rasengan that it had apparently changed, at least - why didn't Kakashi just go along with that and told him to try his new Rasengan on a tree (or better yet, the side of a Yamato-created cliff) and see how it affected it as opposed to the old? Would have a bit less risky.

I'm thinking that if Naruto's Futon Rasengan had been at full strength, it would have actually cut through all the cells in Kakashi's hand. Woo. Well, at least we know now that Sasuke had better improve on his Chidori too, besides Nagashi, if he were to go against Naruto in another Rasengan-Chidori clash, if he doesn't want his hand completely cut off.

Ugh... but I gotta say, I've had my fill of that already, back at the end of Part One. I hope that doesn't happen again, but it probably will.


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Guess they have the same barber. But we already knew that.

8. Back to the Past...! Not much to say here, I'm sure most readers here have already said "ZOMG! Yondy's just GOTTA be Naruto's daddy!" But still a nice panel regardless, because it showed what Naruto could be, if he worked hard enough. But boy, I wonder if Kakashi's just woozy after being hit by that Futon Rasengan. From what I know of Yondaime's personality so far, I know he's not in the slightest similar to Naruto besides appearance. But I suppose that's all it takes - and a desire to be the best.

Hmm. Well, maybe Yondy and Naruto had one other thing in common - just pure speculation here - but they may have both cared even about their enemies and to make strange friends out of nowhere. That's pretty important if one wanted to be a leader of a country and keep good relationships with other lands, after all. (Of course, Yondy may have also scared everybody with his techniques into wanting to work with him, too, heh.)

Anyway, Yondaime may have had a different, diplomatic approach - if it wasn't intimidation - but I wouldn't be surprised if he had the same effect on others that Naruto so often does. Well, anyway, pretty picture, let's move on. ^^;


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Make my day, punk.

9. Still Got Them Eyes. Ok, so it's probably obvious that Naruto's still drawing on the Kyuubi chakra, by his eyes here. But we all figured that Naruto had decided to stop relying on the Kyuubi, right? After the way he blew off the ol' demon fox the last time they talked, I'm not exactly expecting the little demon inside him to be so cooperative next time, either.

So, what's going on, then? I think it's just that whenever Naruto really gets serious about something, his chakra automatically gets mixed up with the Kyuubi's inside him, and so hence the eyes. Or maybe he's also seemingly doing a powerful jutsu at the moment, and that might have used up all the original chakra he had, and he has his own little share of the Kyuubi's chakra that he can also channel.

Maybe this will be interesting down the line, to see if Naruto will be able to channel more of the Kyuubi's chakra regardless of their disagreements. Guess we'll have to watch and see!


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I HAVE THE POWER!

10. Let's Play Frisbee...! Okay, so here's the big moment. The revelation of Naruto's new technique. And it's... RasenShuriken! Heh.

Wonder if it's a long-range attack now... can he even throw that thing, and what's the speed for it? I guess we'll find out next chapter. I know some people are probably tired of hearing the comparisons to DBZ (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/90/Kienzan.jpg) so I won't go into that too much, heh. Well, maybe I will. DBZ didn't really enter my mind when I saw the jutsu, but I never did watch that show. I think the move in its own design and shape is unique enough in its own right anyway, regardless of the pose - which I think was meant to just be another tribute. After all, Kishimoto was a fan of DBZ. As long as he doesn't too many storyarcs in a similar fashion to DBZ, I'm not going to dwell too much over it.

I also heard another observation, that Naruto's jutsu wasn't too much different from Jio's O-Part in 666 Satan - the manga that Kishimoto's brother, Seishi, does. Well, about that - I guess maybe you'd just have to chalk it up to them being twin brothers and having very similar storytelling styles. Again, not really something I'll worry too much about. I like Naruto's new jutsu, and I'm interested at the moment in seeing how it works.

So, I know some people are disappointed that the chapter didn't have Naruto already attacking Kakuzu with the new jutsu. But I think people have to realize that this was for the most part supposed to be a transitional chapter from Shikamaru's struggle to Naruto's own fight. I'll admit I want a faster pace, too, but I can understand why Kishimoto waited until next week. The revelation of Naruto's jutsu was a big moment itself, and it's not even complete, according to Yamato, either. Wonder what the complete jutsu would look like!

RATING: 4 of 5 - Initially I didn't like the chapter too much, but after re-reading it afterward, with scanlations, I did like it. It's not too bad. Loved the beginning of the chapter, and was confused about Naruto's battle at first, but then again I was reading the RAW without a translation at the time. And I do like the look of Naruto's new jutsu. I'm really hoping it's long-range. The slow pace, though, is what puts this chapter at a 4. It was also a pretty fast read.

Predictions: Hopefully Naruto will throw that sucker. Maybe behead at least one of Kakuzu's "masks."

Credits: Thanks to... well, I already mentioned them all in the beginning, I'm not even sure why I do a Credits at the end. But thanks guys, again.


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Yup, I taught Naruto everything he knows!...
Comment!

Fnuckale
January 29, 2007, 03:06 PM
Comment 5 - Regardless of whether Naruto's been trying to learn about Kakuzu before going into battle with him, I also think Naruto's reckless attack will probably leave the wrong impression on Kakuzu, that all of Naruto's moves are reckless and that he always acts before thinking, which should give Naruto an advantage during his battle with Kakuzu (that is, assuming his attack won't wipe Kakuzu out completely before)

Comment 6 - I also agree Naruto using his buunshins to "study" Kakuzu wasn't too helpful, now I was about to talk about how Naruto's been using his buunshins against his enemies for ages and how it never helped him gain knowledge about his enemies during battle (even if he wasn't aware of it), but then his battle with Naji popped up in my mind.. remember how he first used the buunshins and they all got ass kicked then he got slightly closer to hitting Naji? I might just be blowing this for no reason, but anyway I think the main point of that "plan" was not to show us Naruto has an advantage but to show us Naruto has actually changed after training with Yamoto and Kakashi.

Comment 7 - I am not sure whether Kakashi was actually trying to test Naruto's new jutsu's strength, but actually test it and see whether it's usable already. Fact it SHOULD be stronger than the normal rasengan doesn't mean it is.. maybe Naruto used less chakra because it's easier to control like that? not to mention he combined Rasengan with Fuuton, and not Oodama Rasengan with Fuuton (and this obviously wasn't the Oodama, right?), so maybe Naruto just defeated Kakashi's normal, stable, experienced Rasengan with a new unstable prototype?

Comment 8 - The student became the sensei? lol, I don't know, but it just seems like Naruto's surpassing Kakashi's skills already reminded Kakashi of his old sensei, which is another proof to how Naruto has good chances of becoming the next hokage (atleast in Kakashi's mind). It's amazing, but I didn't actually think "Wow, Yondi must be his dad now".. but I'm not gonna say there's no way that might be the case, guess we're gonna have to wait and see ^^

Comment 9 - Wasn't Naruto capable of draining a certain amount of Kyuubi chakra without getting himself hurt? I mean.. he used Kyuubi to this extent many times before and it never harmed him in any way, it healed him if anything (so why does he still have bruises? maybe it's not the Kyuubiness we're used to see?). Either way we know Naruto's serious now, not to mention he looks really badass.

Comment 10 - 100% = Fuuma RasenShuriken? either way, yeah, it's a pretty neat attack. I'm kinda dissapointed he has to use buunshins to make it still.. it's a pretty big downside to that jutsu. I suppose it can cut through anything but also has the same effect rasengan has? I am also eager to see it in action (wouldn't it suck if Naruto missed his first shot? XD)

Anyway, great comments Firu! if I knew you'd delay with posting them so much I wouldn't clean those panels at 2am XD still I'm glad I did. Great job!

LadyHatake
January 29, 2007, 03:17 PM
Haven't commented on one in awhile ^^; Sorry <3

Don't have too much to say on this chapter, I'm mostly in agreement with everything you've said.

I'm in agreement with Shikamaru, he was truely kick-ass in the first part of the chapter. He's definently bumped up a notch on my list of favorites. He's starting to show some more personality, and it's good too see. Hidan's bloody head covered in rocks was love <3

I was glad to find out why Kakashi's hand had been bandaged. It had worried me before, since I wasn't sure what'd happened. It's pretty boggling to find out it was Naruto though <.< Who knew that kid could take on Kakashi? Meh, not at this point, anyways.

The ghosted drawing of Yondaime was a beauty. It really does set the two characters by one another, and the similiarities are blatant. I'm hoping to find out offically that Naruto is the son of Yondaime. Not now, but at some point in the series ^^

I was thinking about Naruto's eyes as well. As soon as I saw them, the first thing that jumped to my mind was "kyubi." Kinda scared me, actually >.> Kyubi isn't that best influence in the world XD


Lovely comments, as usual <3

Gold Knight
January 29, 2007, 04:36 PM
Okie, here we go!



Comment 5 - Regardless of whether Naruto's been trying to learn about Kakuzu before going into battle with him, I also think Naruto's reckless attack will probably leave the wrong impression on Kakuzu, that all of Naruto's moves are reckless and that he always acts before thinking, which should give Naruto an advantage during his battle with Kakuzu (that is, assuming his attack won't wipe Kakuzu out completely before)

That's true, it could have been meant as misdirection as well. But I don't think that was what Naruto intended to do... it would mean that he's getting used to be underestimated, and he hates being underestimated. Probably just a favorable side-effect of his tactic that he really didn't want.


Comment 6 - I also agree Naruto using his buunshins to "study" Kakuzu wasn't too helpful, now I was about to talk about how Naruto's been using his buunshins against his enemies for ages and how it never helped him gain knowledge about his enemies during battle (even if he wasn't aware of it), but then his battle with Naji popped up in my mind.. remember how he first used the buunshins and they all got ass kicked then he got slightly closer to hitting Naji? I might just be blowing this for no reason, but anyway I think the main point of that "plan" was not to show us Naruto has an advantage but to show us Naruto has actually changed after training with Yamoto and Kakashi.

I think Naruto was always the kind of knuckleheaded kid that never really "paid attention" to everything around him except his enemy. He watched the clones attack his opponent, sure, and then he might've absorbed their memories and experiences, but he was always so focused on what he was about to do next that he didn't really "pay attention." Kakashi wasn't surprised that Naruto didn't even known about his ability to absorb the memories and experience of his bunshins. Note that Naruto had to stop momentarily to think, which probably helped him "absorb" the memories of his clones there... even though I don't really think he gained much useful information from that little diversion.

But yeah, you're probably right, it was to show us that Naruto had at least improved in thinking a bit more as a result of his training, but that doesn't excuse it for being kind of poor writing.


Comment 7 - I am not sure whether Kakashi was actually trying to test Naruto's new jutsu's strength, but actually test it and see whether it's usable already. Fact it SHOULD be stronger than the normal rasengan doesn't mean it is.. maybe Naruto used less chakra because it's easier to control like that? not to mention he combined Rasengan with Fuuton, and not Oodama Rasengan with Fuuton (and this obviously wasn't the Oodama, right?), so maybe Naruto just defeated Kakashi's normal, stable, experienced Rasengan with a new unstable prototype?

I think that the make-up of an attack consisting of both wind manipulation with Rasengan would take enough chakra to kill anybody... but that's just my opinion. I don't know if Naruto could actually have trained enough to learn how to "control" the chakra of his attack, and I'm not so sure Kakashi really knew if he could.

But I wasn't thinking of it being unstable, so it could have had enough force to defeat Kakashi's Rasengan without doing much damage (sort of how "step 1" Rasengan was like.)


Comment 8 - The student became the sensei? lol, I don't know, but it just seems like Naruto's surpassing Kakashi's skills already reminded Kakashi of his old sensei, which is another proof to how Naruto has good chances of becoming the next hokage (atleast in Kakashi's mind). It's amazing, but I didn't actually think "Wow, Yondi must be his dad now".. but I'm not gonna say there's no way that might be the case, guess we're gonna have to wait and see ^^

Heh, well, Kishimoto just keeps hinting at it... I know it's still all up in the air as far as whether Yondaime really is Naruto's dad, but it's pretty obvious they're related in some way. (I'd prefer father over uncle, though ^^)


Comment 9 - Wasn't Naruto capable of draining a certain amount of Kyuubi chakra without getting himself hurt? I mean.. he used Kyuubi to this extent many times before and it never harmed him in any way, it healed him if anything (so why does he still have bruises? maybe it's not the Kyuubiness we're used to see?). Either way we know Naruto's serious now, not to mention he looks really badass.

Yeah, but before now, I always thought maybe the Kyuubi was consciously adding its own chakra to Naruto's for the sake of self-preservation. But I guess now we know that it's just "leaking out" - it's a powerful demon after all. Now the question is how MUCH actually leaks out, and whether Naruto can actually use the Kyuubi's chakra without having to ask it. And I think Naruto only heals rapidly when he sleeps or rests - he's obviously been travelling too much to bother with resting, though.


Comment 10 - 100% = Fuuma RasenShuriken? either way, yeah, it's a pretty neat attack. I'm kinda dissapointed he has to use buunshins to make it still.. it's a pretty big downside to that jutsu. I suppose it can cut through anything but also has the same effect rasengan has? I am also eager to see it in action (wouldn't it suck if Naruto missed his first shot? XD)

Well, there was a reason why Jiraiya said Naruto had no talent. But Naruto tries to work around that. The more of him, the more he'll succeed at anything. He sure was lucky that he at least had talent using the Kage Bunshin, though, heh. Though it's interesting that through sheer determination reading a forbidden scroll and practicing its secrets that Naruto would be able to achieve such an amazing jutsu in a single night, and now he has so much trouble learning to do much of anything else... ah, well.

And I sure hope he doesn't kill Shikamaru by missing Kakuzu, hitting a tree, and causing it to fall on him. >.>


Anyway, great comments Firu! if I knew you'd delay with posting them so much I wouldn't clean those panels at 2am XD still I'm glad I did. Great job!

Yeah, delays... well, if you and Aviv hadn't done them yesterday, I don't know if I would even have been able to post it today ^^; Thanks again.



Haven't commented on one in awhile ^^; Sorry <3

No problem, we talk a lot about Naruto in the first place anyway <3


Don't have too much to say on this chapter, I'm mostly in agreement with everything you've said.

I'm in agreement with Shikamaru, he was truely kick-ass in the first part of the chapter. He's definently bumped up a notch on my list of favorites. He's starting to show some more personality, and it's good too see. Hidan's bloody head covered in rocks was love <3

I always thought Shikamaru had personality though. He's just quiet. But yeah, he's kind of turning into more of a badass. Takes after his sensei I guess.


I was glad to find out why Kakashi's hand had been bandaged. It had worried me before, since I wasn't sure what'd happened. It's pretty boggling to find out it was Naruto though <.< Who knew that kid could take on Kakashi? Meh, not at this point, anyways.

Well, Kakashi wasn't really using his favored move though ^^ In normal situations, Naruto would probably still have to throw Icha Icha Paradise in Kakashi's face to defeat him xD


The ghosted drawing of Yondaime was a beauty. It really does set the two characters by one another, and the similiarities are blatant. I'm hoping to find out offically that Naruto is the son of Yondaime. Not now, but at some point in the series ^^

Yeah ^^ I'm expecting a lot of colorings for that panel.


I was thinking about Naruto's eyes as well. As soon as I saw them, the first thing that jumped to my mind was "kyubi." Kinda scared me, actually >.> Kyubi isn't that best influence in the world XD

Kyuubi bad. >.>



Lovely comments, as usual <3


Thanks for your response <333

ibra87
January 29, 2007, 04:48 PM
It's so nice to see your comments with pics of this quality. Very refreshing :smile-big I got a bit carried away and wrote lots of things as usual :darn Please beer with me.

4. About how Kishi wasted a page on briefing. Do you think it would have been better if Yamato just came and said something like "this dude fought the guy whose cells I have in my body so I've inherited the information regarding his skills" ? :p They are ninja after all and have to know exactly what the enemy is capable of.

5. About how Jiraiya's training was a complete waste and Yamato&Kakashi are best senseis. I kind of disagree with you here. He took someone who was a complete sucker (sorry anyone who got offended, just trying to prove my point, sorry again) and made him into someone who could at least keep up with S-ranked ninja. Of course he could not beat them without the kyuubi, but come on, he had only 2 and half year.

And yeah, I think Kakashi and mostly Yamato have been better sensei than Jiraiya (Kakshi was more laid back, while Yamato did the disciplinary spooky face), making him grow stronger and not so reliant on the kyuubi chakra, but let's be honest. Without it Naruto is just another shinobi. It's his trump card, much like Sasuke's sharingan, and I would be disappointed if he did not use it. Effectively that is, not just become the second Gutts (or Guttso >_>) with Yamato as the new young sorceress. Hell, the most interesting part about the series (right now :p might change my opinion later) are the bijuu.

And yeah, seeing Naruto use a plan was refreshing. The boy got (unfortunately) more reckless with time in the past (in the beginning he used a plan against Zabusa and Neji, but then started rushing after that) so it's great to see him use his brain for a change.


6. What Naruto is thinking, making his bunshins just rush like that. Well, the boy got unlimited chakra. Why not see what the enemy truly is capable of and how fast his attacks are instead of hearing Kakashi talk. Remember what Kakashi said? Naruto learns best using his body.


7. W00t! I guess you're right. The jutsu was not even half-complete and it beat Kakashi's rasengan (obviously, Kakashi's was better than the pre-timeskip Naruto one) so it would have pretty much cut his hand cells. It actually damage his whole arm:

http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/5020/narutov37ch331p10wb8.png
This is taken from the Shannaro scan =) Thank you.

At least that's one question answered (why Kakashi had bandages all around).


8. Naruo resembling Yondy and same barber :p. I think that's just how Jiraiya told Naruto to intimidate him. Remember when Tsunade said how both of them (Naru and Yondy) were so stubborn? For some reason I think they were very alike, with Yondy having no other chakra source inside him, giving no troubles making jutsu. It also means he was not so smart either, but worked hard to become the genius he was (why else would someone work hard?). Of course, he was much smarter than Naruto. No arguing there :p. Oh and Naruto is one of my favorite characters, so I am not bashing him here. Naive main characters (like Goku, Luffy, Gon) can be fun too.


9. Naruto still leaking chakra. Yeah, like I said above I am not disappointed in him yet. Let's hope he does not go Mini-Kyuubi and that's fine. It is someone Hokage-level after all and with so much experience.

10. RasenShuriken. How creative :p Seems it's like you say, Kishi got inspiration from DBZ. Perhaps we can now assume that Krillin was his favorite character? I've read somewhere that he liked DBZ until Frieza arc, and that was the last arc with Krillin as an important character, after that he was kinda useless (more or less, at least fighting-wise). But that's off-topic. I Kakuzu would dodge the jutsu but since it's so strong it'll take out one mask. Probably.

Oh and don't you like Ino? :p

Look at the pic from your post:
http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/9029/10te1.png

and at the last page of 337 (this one's colored by the only DD):
http://img201.imageshack.us/my.php?image=337018019copybf2.jpg

Somehow she just loooves to stand there in the background, all confused, and with arms like that showing how surprised she is :amuse.

And thanks for the comments GK. Hopefully they'll last 'till the end of Naruto.

qwan3356
January 29, 2007, 05:10 PM
I loved Shika just standing ova hidan, it brought back a memory of Ali standing ova his opponent wit his hands raised saying I'm the greatest, and i have to say Shika is the greatest right now. :smile-big

This was a great review GK, Waiting on the next one.

:s :mad :darn

glasskatana
January 29, 2007, 07:03 PM
Great comments as always GKsr.

I have 3 things to add.

First, on the third page, you can clearly see Shikamaru stringing up two explodsive tags to his shuriken. I'm wondering why he didn't use one of those to blow up Hidan's head and stop him from talking. Because, even though it's been said that nobody but the Nara clan goes to that part of the forest, it certainly wouldn't be beneficial to have an S-class criminal shouting at the top of his voice. What if somebody (Zetsu for example) found him. They could just sew his body back together. But if his head is in pieces, even if he's found, there's nothing that can be done.

Secondly, I think it's probably safe to assume that Naruto's Fuuton Rasengan was only about 25% complete when Kakashi and he had their rasengan duel. So if the fuuton Rasengan at 25% did that much damage to the rasengan (which is equal in power to the chidori) then just imagine what it would do against the chidori at 100% or even 50% considering that the chidori would be extra weak against the fuuton rasengan due to the weakness of the lightning element. It would probably end up blowing Sasuke's arm off. Crazy thoughts.

And finally, I think what made this chapter for me was Naruto's close-up with the kyuubi eyes. Because, it showed us something that we have NEVER seen in the series. That is, Naruto being calm and collected with kyuubi chakra obviously flowing through him. Usually, the kyuubi chakra would come when he was angry so we'd get the eyes, along with the screaming, the impatience, the thoughtlessness, the fangs, the claws, and the bearing of his teeth. And then, if he was calmed down, the kyuubi eyes would disappear (much like when Kakashi calmed Naruto down against Deidara right before he used the mangekyou) But in this chapter, he's using the kyuubi's power, but apparently, staying in perfect control. He doesn't seem like he's about to start sprouting tails in this fight. That being said, I love it. I've always wanted Naruto to use the kyuubi's power without losing control, and it looks like it's finally started to happen.

Until next chapter, keep up the excellent work! :D

kadodo
January 29, 2007, 07:50 PM
Well I see that you did not mention here that the RasenShuriken made some kind of sound. Chouji said it himself. That Jutsu seems to scare Ino and Choji a little bit, but Choji seems to be more amazed though.

http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/403/11ge9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Do you think it was the wind that made it sound so sharp.


Overall, I liked your review except I wonder if his training with Jiraiya was really a waste of time. Maybe there is something naruto's not showing us. Remember when they were going to rescue Gaara what Jiraiya told Naruto.

http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/4130/narutoch251p14af3.png (http://imageshack.us)
So do you think he meant using the kyuubi (Since it's not a jutsu). Naruto must know "a jutsu" that he cannot simply use.

fatboy812000
January 29, 2007, 07:56 PM
nice comments as usual , and at the risk of sounding weird here ive always been a supporter of shikamaru as the 6th apart from the fact that hes the most ideal mentally but even if its just to see him complain about paper work and organising squads " its too much work :p".

bax
January 29, 2007, 09:23 PM
Here I come :p



1. The Wrath of Shikamaru. Starting off, I just loved the first five pages of the chapter. Somehow it just felt... right. Shikamaru with Hidan's fate in his hands and the kid decides to firmly tighten his grip rather than consider mercy at all. That scene of Hidan's head lying on the bottom of the pit looking way up at Shikamaru was classic.


Shikamaru did brought the house down in this chapter. Who would guess a lazy-ass like him would go to this extent, even more loud-mouth than Temari. Yeah... this is very fitting. Hidan did cross the line this time. I would have not really care he did killed Asuma (after all, it's a Shinobi fight). But cursing someone who is already dead, and then brag about it to his student, is not good.

I'm looking forward into the future. Kishi made Shikamaru to be this bad-ass for something, not just on this battle. Yes, Konoha has really strong Shinobis, but to fight the Akatsuki, brain prowess is important too. I can see Shikamaru is playing another big role later on.



So what will happen to Hidan now that he's buried under rock? Will Zetsu come to his rescue? At this point, I'd be more tempted to believe that Zetsu will come along hunting for Hidan's ring, come across him, and eat him. Yup. Eat him. He's a cannibal after all, seemingly, and seeing a bloody pile of body parts would probably be too hard to resist for him - even if the head's still talking. Wonder if he'd cause indigestion, though. XD


As much as I like this will be the end of Hidan, I want him to live. Somebody from Akatsuki will save him, preferably Zetsu. I had this feeling that Hidan is not over yet. He fall too easily for an S-Rank Shinobi, although blame himself for being self centric and over ego.

Crack Theory 01
If Tobi is indeed Obito, then someone from Akatsuki must have saved him. And this time, the circumstances of Hidan's "death" is the same, by cave-ins. Plus, with his immortality, he has a higher survival rate than Obito. So, perhaps someone would save him.

Crack Theory 02
Hidan fall really easily. He basically showed us nothing besides his immortality. Plus, I don't think Kishi wants to put the "How To Kill Hidan" thingie just like that. That is still unsolved. So does the limit of his immortality. Remember, Kakuzu himself said, there is no immortality. So, Hidan can be killed, rather than been buried alive.



Just a sidenote - how Kakuzu can still talk while his mouth is choked with black spaghetti, I'll never know.


Funny that I said in my mind, if you don't include this in your comment, I will ask you this :XD Glad you did ^^



6. Feelin' Kakuzu Out? Alright, onward to Naruto's plan. I've heard people saying that they didn't understand why Naruto's bunshins gave him any experience whatsoever - they were immediately defeated, right? How does racing in with heads full of steam and then being blown up like balloons help Naruto come to any kind of conclusion about how to best approach Kakuzu?


Heh.. glad that my predictions long ago came true. After Kakashi said, the KB can be used to gather first hand knowledge, why not use it as simulator in battle. But I'm impress with Naruto. The loud-mouthed, gogetter and fight-first-think-later Naruto is no more. He surely grown up well. Maybe Jiraiya's wisdom rub him off a little.

Although seemed to be reckless, but he actually came into conclusion that he needs at least 3 KBs while just standing there. This is the first time he met Kakuzu, yet he calmly survey his opponent ability and speed in one go. I just hope my expectations for him doesn't go to waste.



7. Rasengan Duel! Now we know what happened to Kakashi's hand, eh? He actually did lose to Naruto in a duel.


Actually for me, this is where this chapter stresses the power of the complete Rasengan. Even though it is just newly born (I don't think that is even 10% of the full power), but Kakashi damaged his arm badly while holding his own Rasengan :o No wonder Kakashi said it will be at least S-Rank.

Simply put, Kakashi is lucky not to lose an arm here. What if suddenly Naruto lose control of the his Futon Rasengan that time. I bet it will be messy.

But at least, Naruto applied what the late Asuma told him. The thinner and sharper the Wind Chakra is, the better it will get.



8. Back to the Past...! Not much to say here, I'm sure most readers here have already said "ZOMG! Yondy's just GOTTA be Naruto's daddy!" But still a nice panel regardless, because it showed what Naruto could be, if he worked hard enough. But boy, I wonder if Kakashi's just woozy after being hit by that Futon Rasengan. From what I know of Yondaime's personality so far, I know he's not in the slightest similar to Naruto besides appearance. But I suppose that's all it takes - and a desire to be the best.


Deja-vu Kakashi? Seeing the past? See something familiar? Those are my questions to Kakashi went I first get my hand on the RAW. Heh... who would have thought the prankster once hated by the village could actually reach the level that many of the Shinobi could only dream of. If only the whole village can see what Kakashi saw, that would shut them up.

One more thing, is this Naruto, at the level of his Rasengan, has finally reached the same level of Yondaime could only reached in his time? Usually silhouette is used to describe the similarity of power. Would that mean, Naruto has surpassed Yondaime's Rasengan level? I say yes. Kakashi said, Yondaime never ever be able to combine those two recompositions, but here, he witnessed the birth of the man who he acknowledge deeply, the one he trust to surpass the man known as the strongest Shinobi ever born in Konoha.



10. Let's Play Frisbee...! Okay, so here's the big moment. The revelation of Naruto's new technique. And it's... RasenShuriken! Heh.


Okay... so this is the 50% powered complete Rasengan. And I really dislike the name. Sounds too lame for a jutsu at this magnitude. But to be able to make Kkuzu afraid, that is something. I mean Kakuzu is a monster that lived for hundred of years. Yet, he feared this jutsu that is for the time appeared in Narutoverse history. Living for hundreds of years, even the genius Kakashi could not compare his genius against an opponent, presumably with the experience of Kakuzu.

So, why Kakuzu is afraid of this jutsu? Because he knows.. that jutsu has surpassed anything he ever fought against. But, did Kakuzu knows that jutsu is still halfway complete? Like an old sayings "He who hold the will, holds the future". Naruto is really holding his own future here. He gave birth to this jutsu that once thought to be impossible to create.


As for the ratings, yeah.. 4 should be enough. This chapter is too fast. With a pit stop at the Naruto-Yondaime pic, everything can be speedtrained until the last double spread.

Excellent as always GK :kkthumbs No wonder I waited for this :amuse

SilveryShadows
January 29, 2007, 09:28 PM
Nice comments! :)

(Didn't have time to comment last week, because I read them on Sunday, and you already finished commenting. Plus I've already read the new chapter. ^^; I read it though, and everyone else's comment too.)

Something about last chapter. The speech Hidan made about bitting if he only had his head left, reminded me about Naruto's similar speech. <s>I'm certain Naruto's father is Hidan, not Yondaime. If Hidan isn't Naruto's father, then at least long lost cousin. </s>


At the same time, though, I don't think he was very pleased about having to do such a thing, but somebody had to do it. Forget revenge. Hidan threatened Konohagakure. Shikamaru's job was to defend it. I'm not a big proponent of capital punishment, but in his world, I believe that he did the right thing.
Yes. Shikamaru didn't exactly look happy or pleased(as, say, villains would feel) about killing Hidan. Shikamaru has that kind of look on him. (Don't know how to describe it.)

I like character development focusing on Shikamaru. :smile-big


2. Aren't many cults or something like that? =/ (I wouldn't know though. I know nothing about them..)

No further comments on other things for now.

Robotic Red
January 29, 2007, 11:48 PM
Well, there was a reason why Jiraiya said Naruto had no talent. But Naruto tries to work around that. The more of him, the more he'll succeed at anything. He sure was lucky that he at least had talent using the Kage Bunshin, though, heh. Though it's interesting that through sheer determination reading a forbidden scroll and practicing its secrets that Naruto would be able to achieve such an amazing jutsu in a single night, and now he has so much trouble learning to do much of anything else... ah, well.

It's probably simply because of how much chakra he has at his disposal.

Kage bunshin no jutsu is perfect for Naruto because the more he pumps into it, the more Shadow clones he creates.

Bunshin no jutsu, on the other, needs a far more controlled and finite amount. And, as has been proven throughout this series, Naruto's chakra control sucks. :P

Raine_Joybringer
January 29, 2007, 11:53 PM
Sorry I haven't been commenting much lately... I'm always so busy. I've missed reading them... :<

But <3 Great comments, as usual, with so many things that I hadn't thought too much about. And yes! Gotta love Shikamaru's showdown. Though I'm hoping we'll see more out of some of the other characters... Shikamaru is awesome, but he's taking too much away from the others. :(

I'm curious about Naruto having Kyuubi eyes in this... though I suppose we should have figured out by now they always seem to appear now when he's in a foul mood. He had them when he turned up at the Akatsuki Lair when Team Gai was there. Perhaps it really is a sign that the seal is weakening?

Anyway, I can't wait for next week's chapter too!

Raseru
January 30, 2007, 05:04 AM
So true about Shikamaru there. In the recent chapters, he has grown to be one of my favourite, heck, even the most favourite! ^^

Anyway, I'm hoping to see more of Naruto's jutsu development.

Thanks for the great comments as always, GK! :kkthumbs

Stiluz
January 30, 2007, 08:33 AM
I believe that Hidan was probably brain-washed by his village - whatever it was - in believing in an imaginary deity that bestowed amazing powers on him. I believe Jashin-sama was probably somebody like Orochimaru, who gave most of his followers "curse seals" that would have likely seemed to some as divine gifts. And Hidan could have been just like Kimimaro - remember the bone guy that Gaara fought? Kimimaro was so impressed with Orochimaru and his ideals that he believed that the guy was something alike a god, I think. Kabuto acts like that sometimes, too. Maybe we'll see Jashin at some point, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's just another Orochimaru. And that is why I don't think we will ever see him. We already have an Orochimaru. So Jashin will become just a sidenote to the story, I think, unfortunately, and it seems that Hidan's former village and history will be shrouded in mystery for a while yet.
I'm also starting to suspect that Hidan's 'immortality' was likely some sort of bloodline limit that we haven't heard too much about yet, and the voodoo jutsu is just a form of kinjutsu that he learned from his village. Well, just my thoughts. Hopefully the next Databook will shed some new light on Hidan's background.

So what will happen to Hidan now that he's buried under rock? Will Zetsu come to his rescue? At this point, I'd be more tempted to believe that Zetsu will come along hunting for Hidan's ring, come across him, and eat him. Yup. Eat him. He's a cannibal after all, seemingly, and seeing a bloody pile of body parts would probably be too hard to resist for him - even if the head's still talking. Wonder if he'd cause indigestion, though. XD

Good points here. It never really occured to me that Hidans immortality could be a bloodline limit - but isn't a bloodline limit the combination of two different elements? Kakashi explains a "Kekkei Genkai" as "The ability to control two elements simultaneously and create a new element to manipulate." - however, that doesn't explain other bloodline limits such as the sharingan, byakugan, kimimaros ability etc. Maybe it was just Kakashis way of explaining one type of a bloodline limit, like Haku and Yamato has. Just a thought. Could Hidans immortality be a bloodline from his clan? Heh, that'd be one mighty clan if so, unless they were all retarded like him (Still one of my favorite chars though :amuse)

I can pretty much imagine it being some form of special kinjutsu as you said, in a "curse" form - I do believe Hidans immortality has a backside and weak point that could bite him in the ass (he can do that himself now though?), but we still don't know what that is, except that he can be rendered immobile. So yeah, a kinjutsu & brainwashing into believing it was a god that gave him the powers sounds plausible.

About your Zetsu: Yes, I agree, he will prolly come to clean things up later on. He did eat the other fake-akatsukis, but I doubt he'll go for Hidans head - Imagine having him stuck in your stomach forever yelling at you. :p

I also hope Deidei comes along, it's been a while since we saw her. Yes, her.

venicia777
January 30, 2007, 09:08 AM
5. About how Jiraiya's training was a complete waste and Yamato&Kakashi are best senseis. I kind of disagree with you here. He took someone who was a complete sucker (sorry anyone who got offended, just trying to prove my point, sorry again) and made him into someone who could at least keep up with S-ranked ninja. Of course he could not beat them without the kyuubi, but come on, he had only 2 and half year.






Overall, I liked your review except I wonder if his training with Jiraiya was really a waste of time. Maybe there is something naruto's not showing us. Remember when they were going to rescue Gaara what Jiraiya told Naruto.

http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/4130/narutoch251p14af3.png (http://imageshack.us)
So do you think he meant using the kyuubi (Since it's not a jutsu). Naruto must know "a jutsu" that he cannot simply use.


Good comments.

Most probably know of my long reasons of the merit behind Jiraiya's training of Naruto. I am definately not going to go into any more details here. But as the above quotes intend-- i honestly dont believe Jiraiya's training was a waste. Not one bit.

First and foremost-- even Kakashi at the beginning of his training session for Naruto commented on how awesome Jiraiya was to have been able to train Naruto into what he had become.

Second-- Naruto is Two Living souls in one body. In essence- A jinchuuriki. This is in effect a special case. To analyze this better one must realize this FIRST. Jiraiya-sama attended to the hardest part- the Kyuubi part (and some basics). Where as Yamato and Kakashi tended to the other- Naruto himself.

Third: Most seem to have forgotten why Jiraiya decided to train Naruto-- Does anyone remember him saying-- "I am goint to teach you how to draw out that humonguous power that lies within you"-- something like that.

Can anyone absolutely argue that Kakashi or Yamato or both could have trained naruto through two tails- to three tails to 4 tails of his Kyuubi mode. Just at three tails alone look at what he did to Kabuto


and lets not forget. When they came back after 2.5 years-- Jiraiya told Kakashi that from now-- his training is back in your hands. hIS training regimen and intentions were even made more clear at this point. At the point that they came back- Jiraiiya had given all the ingredients needed for Kakashi (and Yamato) to continue his training. I hope no one forgets this.

Goji
January 30, 2007, 10:22 AM
I love your comments GK, very enjoyable to read as always! :amuse

But I do have to agree with venicia777 on the training with Jiraiya... I believe all the training Naruto has gone through was very important, and with every great "training-arc" he gets a little bit better and closer to the top of the ninjaworld!

I also hope the form of his new jutsu will change when it's at 100%, 'cause I'm not very fond of what it looks like for the moment.... it's just a giant ass chakra shuriken... looks a little weird to me...
Just hope he can controle it for a bit, that would be awesome! ^^

And now I'm just full anticipation for the next chapter! Gimme gimme! XD

Ayah
January 30, 2007, 12:51 PM
Hey Firu! I know I'm not a regular in replies when it comes to your Ten Comments but today, I decide to check the rest of MH later and attend to this first.

1. While I think this part could have taken less pages (I really feel that Kishimoto dragged some parts in this chapter to make the revelation of the new jutsu at the last page for a cliffhanger), I like this scene too. It evokes more badassness than Shika smoking IMO. If these pages plus the latter part of 338 were combined into 1 chapter instead, this would have been my favorite chapter in all of Naruto <333 *fangirl mode*. It's good that Shikamaru didn't look pleased because there's nothing pleasant in what happened. All we got is the relief that Hidan was beaten by a chuunin. Shika may have aveneged Asuma, but that won't bring his sensei back. It was through Hidan's defeat that he accepted Asuma's death and let go of his grief. He may have stopped an Akatsuki member, but that's not the end of his troubles.

2. I also don't think of Jashin as a deity granting immortality to his followers and smiting infidels. But another Orochimaru? One Oro is enough! I do wonder if he'll make an appearance or would he be a passing referrence like the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist. We barely know anything about the rest of Hidan's people and while they may not be important in the story anymore (or not), I am curious for background information. Notice no flashback on Hidan yet? He'll probably make an appearance later, even if it is just before he gets eaten by Zetsu.

3. Don't you know, Kakuzu uses ventriloquism! :D That reminds me of the question "How could Roronoa Zoro talk while gripping a sword with his mouth?" The eyes were a giveaway, but I don't know if the distance between them allowed him to see that immediately.

4. Please refer to the closed parenthesis part of my first reaction :p However, a briefing can't be avoided unless Kakashi wants Yamato and Naruto to fight blindly against Kakuzu. No complaints there when all it took was a page, nothing more.

5. This part was misleading, but I think it's not only meant for the readers but to Kakuzu as well. Everyone has this impression of Naruto as being reckless. Remember Itachi's reply to Sasori when he asked what the kyuubi's jinchuuriki was like. "The one who shouts first and rushes towards you" or something like that. Kakuzu definitely underestimated Naruto when he said "Are shadow clones all you got?" What a twist when you reach the panel with Naruto's thoughts while analyzing the situation! I'll continue this with #6.

As for Jiraiya's training, I felt that he focused on Naruto's connection to Kyuubi too much compared to other aspects that needed improvement since the Grass Country arc. Otherwise, we would have been more impressed with Naruto as a ninja. I'm disregarding his actions in the Rescue Gaara arc because he was deeply affected emotionally with Gaara's abduction during the fights. I don't think the two and a half year training is a complete waste though because the biggest concern of the time was for Naruto to utilize the Kyuubi chakra more effectively. So I'm with venicia here.

6. I agree that Naruto learned more about the enemy by watching this time instead of receiving transmitted information from the kage bunshins. I makes more sense that way. While Kakuzu may not be moving at his fastest, it gave Naruto an idea on his spead, perhaps Kakuzu's minimum speed when using those tentacles since Naruto is being underestimated here. If he were to use his new jutsu, he needs to know how fast the enemy is to be able to determine how many kagebunshin is needed to form the jutsu. I always thought that Naruto decided to stick using kage bunshin in creating a rasengan and any other similar jutsu because of the speed of formation compared to him doing it one-handed. I believe he can make a rasengan one-handed but he prefers no to do it that way. Naruto is too used in that method. The good thing is that he's analyzing his enemy now.

7. Mystery solved! I feel slow towards this part, but what is the purpose of that again? That's a dangerous way of testing rasengans :s

8. Kyaa! :luv *Fangirl mode again* I knew from the time this panel was still a spoiler pic that it was Kakashi thinking of Naruto and Yondaime. Kakashi believes that Naruto can surpass Yondaime. Following the rasengan duel, the way I interpret this part is that it is an affirmation of his belief. No, not an affirmation. It was a confirmation of the belief. I'm one of those "Yondy is Naruto's father" believers so I think that there is more similarities between the hokage and his legacy than we know as fact, even personality traits (I'm not going to apply facts in reality here). Heck, we don't know everything about Yondaime based on Kakashi Gaiden alone. That panel is a nice-looking comparison between characters that have at least one common link :)

9. Naruto may be drawing Kyuubi chakra again, but it seems that it is not a lot to make his whisker marks thicker. It's just the eyes O_O Even if he didn't want to rely on Kyuubi, I bet this is an unconscious thing. I want to go back on #5 on Jiraiya's training again. If that training was greatly focused on Kyuubi chakra control, it should not be a surprise if Naruto can draw it effortlessly now. Naruto might need to negotiate with Kyuubi if he wants to borrow more but as he grows older, Naruto's own chakra and Kyuubi's chakra get mixed as one further.

10. :rofl @ picture subtitle. OMG, I remember He-man! At least it isn't "Betting 20 bucks that someone will replace the rasengan core to pizza." I really hope RasenShuriken is a long-range jutsu. I don't want to see Naruto running towards Kakuzu without throwing it at the end of the short dash. I was also reminded of Jio's Zero-R since I'm a 666 Satan reader, but Kienzan/Destructo Disc always comes first because of the pose. Seeing how wide the wind element envelopes the core makes me think that it should hurt a lot! It's bad if you're hit by a regular shuriken, but a jutsu that is affiliated with an element known for slicing has to be worse. I'm not disappointed that it ended here. I think Kishi decided to leave this chapter in a cliffhanger to keep the suspense high. We already had "Will the Akatsuki survive?" in 338 so another one like it would be redundant.

This is the longest post I've ever written this month. Making my reactions takes a lot of time away from doing mod work because I usually have lots to say when I do come here and share opinions. Keep this up! :kkthumbs I'll now move on to Raine's Wrap-Up.

Sarmad
January 30, 2007, 04:42 PM
As always, nice Review GK! :amuse

I don't have much to say about your ten comments , just that i enjoyed them very much (cause i mostly agree with all you've said ^^) ;) and I'd like to say a little about what i think of the new Jutsu - "Fuuton Rasen-Shuriken"

The new Jutsu's impact is probably huge, thus it won't matter if its a long, mid or close range attack:
http://groups.msn.com/_Secure/0SgDPD*EV2Sa1Lk!RCTu*PLgFh4FQtkYDB66NBvp!79fS!wNiVxKXxYkjP7rtkBq!RfTG5SN!8sBtwr5fTJTZxn62iTOy7x1*obTova34odfiTtCSjHPFiQ/010.JPG?dc=4675600027252035709

But as we've seen Naruto "analysing" Kakuzu, i'm betting on long range attack, too. I hope though, as always, that i'm wrong and that Kishimoto surprises us all somehow and shows us something mindblowing. :darn

Well, keep it up

kenpachi23
January 30, 2007, 05:04 PM
Would just like to say Gold Knight, i honestly do look forward to your reviews each week as i not only find them an excellent read, but also genuine. Your comments always seem so simular to how i felt about the chapter, which is a plus because theres very little disagrement while reading :amuse. All i can ask is to keep up the good work :)

Gold Knight
January 31, 2007, 08:21 PM
Thanks everybody. I'm afraid I'm going to have to pass on the responses this week (seeing as I've been lazy and waited 'til this late to read everybody's replies, and it's almost time for RAW Day - sorry everybody >.<), but I did read everybody's posts and enjoyed them immensely. I'm glad you guys are still finding my Comments fun to read. Hopefully I'll be able to keep them going for a while yet.

And ibra, no I'm not too crazy about Ino, I must admit, heh. I'll take Temari anytime >.>

And somebody asked me if I saw anything special about what Chouji and Ino heard as far as Naruto's new jutsu - I don't really have any opinion on that. Sounds are sounds, I guess. It seemed to be a pretty powerful jutsu. So... >.>

juUnior
February 01, 2007, 04:41 AM
Great review, as always, GK :D And i think in review 340 there will be good moments to tell, because I don;t know, but chapter looks awesome (so much action in it xD).


1. The Wrath of Shikamaru. Starting off, I just loved the first five pages of the chapter. Somehow it just felt... right. Shikamaru with Hidan's fate in his hands and the kid decides to firmly tighten his grip rather than consider mercy at all. That scene of Hidan's head lying on the bottom of the pit looking way up at Shikamaru was classic.
I defienetly agree :D


Incidentally, yeah, I know Hisshouburaiken translated Shikamaru's line as, "And you? Your "Lord Jashin" is nothing, and you're pathetic - the only one bringing down vengeance ...is me!" Somehow I just liked p1noy's translation better, though. "Right now, your god isn't that pathetic Jashin-sama or whoever... it's me..." Just seemed more bad-ass to me. Either way, we got what he meant.
hehe agree, in P1noy's translation it was more badass, I feel the same xD


So what will happen to Hidan now that he's buried under rock? Will Zetsu come to his rescue? At this point, I'd be more tempted to believe that Zetsu will come along hunting for Hidan's ring, come across him, and eat him. Yup. Eat him. He's a cannibal after all, seemingly, and seeing a bloody pile of body parts would probably be too hard to resist for him - even if the head's still talking. Wonder if he'd cause indigestion, though. XD
For me it seems that way, that Zetsu eat Hidans pieces xD or another way, he will save him for future things, which I would not prefer..


Just a sidenote - how Kakuzu can still talk while his mouth is choked with black spaghetti, I'll never know.
xD


And the real surprise this time, I think, is that Naruto actually had a plan beforehand - unlike the old days.
Yes, Kishi probably will somewhat show us, that Naruto is starting to more think in fight than it was, and it seems Naruto is calm to that point, not some mouthy talk. I would like to see future Naruto that way, it would be better Naruto than that we know xD


yup, I'm agreeing with people now that his second training period with Jiraiya was simply a big, fat waste of time.
Agree, but we can wait in that aspect of training for one thing: for "that" technique. I believe it was not mention to Kyubi mini form, but rather to some powerful jutsu, which will be maybe to counter Saske jutsu, that which Oro stoped xD


I don't think Kishimoto meant for Naruto to be Goku right away, you know?"
And that's what great about "Naruto" title itself xD


I know he's not in the slightest similar to Naruto besides appearance. But I suppose that's all it takes - and a desire to be the best.
Agree, but if Naruto would be always calm in fight like he is, maybe even he can be in psychologial aspect good. hmm or not, its to big for Naruto. But when he is not loud ninja, he can resemble in many ways Yondi xD


Okay, so here's the big moment. The revelation of Naruto's new technique. And it's... RasenShuriken! Heh.
I think, that now most people do new shuriken techniques.. firstly was Shikamaru with chakra blades, but said shuriken in doing that, and now Naruto. Defietly it will be something to throw, i think xD Editto: But after seeing chapter 340 I was in mistake ^^"