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Robotic Red
February 07, 2007, 06:14 PM
Heh, last commentary turned out to be pretty good. Think I'll make it a weekly thing, college permitting. A bit busy this week, so no pics. Maybe not ever; I'm going to go for a literal commentary approach, commenting on each page.

Anyhow, it's an early release of the RAW/scanlation, so off we go!


Naruto 341: "Kakuzu Transforms...!!"

Cover

Huh. The MQ scan I downloaded didn't have the cover art...oh well.

Still, WOW. Awesome. Nice coloring job by Kishimoto...I mean, wow. Sasuke is the God of Lightning (Raikami) and Naruto is the God of Wind (Fukami). And we finally have Sasuke's official colors; nice change of pace from Orochimaru's colors. They're more fitting...and more of a contrast to Naruto.

Thumbs up!

Page 1

We see Naruto going off into battle once more, with Kakashi offering him support. Let's see if Naruto truly has improved.

But wait! Kakuzu is belching out his bloody strings/dark tentacle thingies and growing...a transformation! As if it wasn't enough with before. Does every single member of Akatsuki have a "Final Form" a la every final boss in RPG history? Sasori had his puppet body, Hidan has his Grim Reaper form, Uchiha Itachi has Mangekyou Sharingan (not much, but work with me)...would Zetsu and Kisame be in their Final Form already? Because if not, they have one scary transformation ahead.

Anyway, turning the page...

Page 2-3

Holy crap! How much of that gunk is in his body?!

Well, Kakuzu's hitai-ate is gone, and we can see that he actually has hair. I THINK it's hair. You just can't tell with these freaks. I mean, people thought Kakuzu's Final Form debuted two or so chapters ago...would this be his Final Final Form? It certainly LOOKS long-distance...long reach. But is his whole body hollow now that it's all 'out'? Or is he just replicating it with his chakra?

Ino and Chouji express disgust; so would I. I mean, look at him!

But Naruto's going for Kage Bunshin again...!

Page 4

The three Narutos charging up again. I have to say, considering that Kakuzu is an S-Class Nukenin who's fought the Shodai Hokage, why didn't he strike before they finished charging? But in the bottom, we see one Naruto charging...

Page 5

Ah, maybe that's why. The first Naruto's only just now jumping over the remnants of Yamato's extendable arm of doom, and the Futon: Rasen Shuriken is already done! Guess Naruto's charging's gotten better with practice; I wonder, with his mastery of this technique, can he utilize Rasengan with only one hand now? The regular kind?

Ech, looking at Kakuzu from the top view, he looks like a six-tailed demon with spider webs between each 'tail'. Interesting fodder for those who theorize that each Akatsuki member may correspond with a particular Biju...

Page 6

Well Chouji, of COURSE he jumped. :P

Anywho, it seems Kakuzu's super-long streams of ickiness can serve as tethers that he can use to increase his stride at will, judging from how he seemed to vault himself into the air in the lower right panel. He completely ignores the other three clones and heads for the original Naruto with the windy shuriken of doom.

Time for a clash...!

Page 7

Yes Ino, we know you thought that. (rolling of the eyes) Why not say something more constructive, like, "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE NARUTO!" Or, if you don't want to be constructive at all, just do a generic "OMGWTFBBQ?!" scream.

But the lines of slime (rhyme!) reach down and strike at Naruto! Ah, beaten already...

Page 8

...or not! The one with the Rasen Shuriken was a clone!

Bad Kakuzu. You've been duped!

Nice to see Naruto thinking strategically with his clones. Distraction is a key purpose, and that Rasen Shuriken is one HECK of a distraction. Seeing Naruto and his two clones come behind Kakuzu in the bottom panel is probably gonna be a favorite for colorists. Though, seeing Kakuzu's face seemingly detached from the rest of his body reminds me of Elder Toguro from Yu Yu Hakusho, who could move all of the organs in his body around and could morph his very being.

Either way, I wager that Kakuzu eventually ends in some form of tentacle hentai (I mean, look at him). I dare you to prove me wrong.

Page 9

Ah! Oh. Ooh. Aie!

Looks of shock from all four Konoha-nin! And Naruto's looking fierce as ever...wonder if we'll ever get an explanation for those Kyuubi eyes of his? There's gotta be a purpose...maybe Kyuubi's letting his chakra through, piece-meal, without Naruto's knowledge? Would explain how he could form three Futon: Rasen Shuriken even after splitting his chakra up with Kage Bunshin.

And now...!

Page 10-11

STAB!

Kakuzu gets pierced through the back and with the super move of doom!

Seeing the two clones 'floating' there reminds me of the episode where Sasuke fought Yoroi way back in Part I; after kicking Yoroi up into the air, and Sasuke uses Kagebuyo, they FLOAT there for over two minutes. In midair. Complete with character thoughts and dialogue! And when you see Sasuke and Yoroi from a bird's-eye perspective, you seem them going over the preliminary arena REALLY quickly, though in reality they've barely moved.

Just a thought.

Page 12-13

Wow.

So there's the full effect.

The initial impact sent Kakuzu flying forward like a rocket, even beyond Kakashi and Co. Then the wind from the Rasen Shuriken expanded as the orb in the middle dissipated...the winds expanded in a spherical form. And this is WHILE it's still in Kakuzu's back!

Imagine a spherical maelstrom of razor-sharp wind erupting from your back, EXPANDING, and then growing so large that it gets you from the outside as well.

Yeah...that's Futon: Rasen Shuriken for you.

Well. A-Rank or S-Rank ninjutsu?

Page 14

Well, the mere eruption of the Rasen Shuriken has resulted in a shockwave. A pretty large one. Wonder if Sasuke could survive that?

Page 15

Ah, now we see the final impact.

The Rasen Shuriken erupts and explodes from within Kakuzu, expelling windy blade upon windy blade from his body. It'll be nice to see this scene once Shippuden gets here.

But DANG. It's like Kakuzu got disintigrated in that bottom panel. O_o

Page 16

Hey...this scene looks familiar. :P

According to Kakashi, Rasen Shuriken is indeed a multi-hit jutsu. So many that his Sharingan couldn't keep up. So that means the number of hits went to a realm of numbers beyond Kakashi's ability to count, or they occurred so quickly that they all seemed as one to the naked eye. The latter seems more likely.

What a jutsu indeed.

Page 17

And Kakuzu falls.

Be proud Naruto. I think this is actually the first time in a while that a battle against a superior foe ended with one, conclusive blow. Last I can recall is from way, way back in Part 1 with Gaara (final punch to the face) or Neji (VIPER UPPERCUT!!! :O ). I'm tempted to say Kabuto after a Rasengan to the gut, but that doesn't count, since Kabuto managed to heal himself (to his own detriment, but alas), and because he still...well, lived.

Perhaps this might sate the complainers. A one-hit KO!

And the caption in the bottom says "Everyone, their fight with 'Akatsuki' over, returns home!" So I guess that means Kakuzu (at the very least) and Hidan are done for. Huh. Guess we won't get to know about Kakuzu's weird power or Hidan's curse...it's more likely that we'll find out about Hidan (since his head is still, against all reason, alive), but Kakuzu remains a mystery.

Then again, we never found out why Kidomarou had four extra arms, so I guess that's fair.

Rating: 3.5/5

Yeah, a bit less of a rating than last week. Although I liked how the battle concluded, I can't help but feel that Kakuzu and Hidan were done away with before their full purpose could be served. Though, Zetsu will inevitably show up to get their rings (and maybe eat Kakuzu...and Hidan, perhaps), so who knows, I could be wrong.

On a side note, going back and reading the Part II chapters together makes them seem better than when we have to wait a whole week to get them. Try it out.

And I still maintain that Kakuzu will be NARUTO's tentacle hentai posterboy. I mean, LOOK AT THOSE SQUIGGLY THINGS. Worms, tentacles...all women flee from his very presence!

Except Anko. She might be into that sort of thing. I can't tell with her. (shivers involuntarily and walks away)

EDIT: Cover commentary added.

SilveryShadows
February 07, 2007, 06:35 PM
Interesting comments. I like how you explained the jutsu's effects and impacts.

I think Kakuzu still lives. He should.

I myself would give this chapter a high(er) rating, because we finally get to see Futon: RasenShuriken. (:

CopyNinjaKakashi
February 07, 2007, 06:52 PM
Nice comments. Your description of the jutsu helped paint a better picture for me. Like how he was pushed horizontally and then the wind takes over.

kiddo7
February 07, 2007, 09:24 PM
I loved the way you commented on every page individually! and your description of the jutsu was great too. I also agree with your rating for the chapter, I would not have given it a higher rating either. I too think that Kakuzu and for that matter hidan also are dead for good. There was no trace left kakuzu, and hiddan is in pieces and under many many tons of rocks and earth.

qwan3356
February 07, 2007, 09:59 PM
Great comments i love the part about page 9

Page 9

Ah! Oh. Ooh. Aie!

Looks of shock from all four Konoha-nin! And Naruto's looking fierce as ever...


When i saw that page i was like "Naruto needs to just rub this into Ino face and be like you was a really helpful back there when you Oh wait you didn't do squat!! You useless piece of crap, how did you ever become a shinobi, geez! Will of Fire my a$$!"
my bad was ranting a lil too much.
but great comments Robotic Red!

BigCamaro
February 07, 2007, 10:01 PM
hey I thought this commentary was really helpful. I picked up on some things I didnt notice. Like the fact that the mq release forgot to put in the cover page, so I didnt know Sasuke's outfit color was revealed. I hope you do this again next week. I'll definately read.

I sorta wish Naruto and Kakuzu exchanged more blows, but I guess things had dragged on long enough with Kakuzu already. Part of me just wants him to be the final enemy in Narutimate Accel coming out in April. At least they'll know how he dies in time.

How will Akatsuki respond though? theyve still got 2-3 bijuu left to extract, and only 7 people to do it with now. Will they replace them like with Tobi? Was anyone else just hanging around? Maybe theyll get 1 of Kisame's former cohorts or Uchiha Madara to join.

Athena
February 07, 2007, 10:06 PM
Great and super fast comments! I only have two things to add:



Well. A-Rank or S-Rank ninjutsu?

if Rasengan was A-Rank Jutsu this one is definitely S-Rank. This jutsu looks like a thousand Rasengans at the same time in every direction. Considering all these with only 50% being completed, you can just imagine what a 100% is capable of doing and all these put this jutsu at the very top, S-Rank




Rating: 3.5/5


wow man that's really harsh! There were some irritating moments, such as when Ino commented on the fight, but I don't think it deserved such low ratings. Besides, there is that nice color page in the beginning of the chapter. Naruto kicked ass and will continue to do so in the future, this chapter was the turning point so perhaps 4 seems more reasonable, no?
But that's only me :)


Inana

Robotic Red
February 07, 2007, 10:09 PM
Eh, this chapter didn't connect with me as much as the last chapter.

Maybe it was the fact I saw the spoilers...maybe I should refrain from looking in the future. :P

Muk
February 08, 2007, 04:06 AM
wow i didn't know MH had someone commenting and review the chapter each week :D

reps for j00

where is last weeks commentary?

Lillim
February 08, 2007, 06:04 AM
Great comments, agree with you in almost everything :amuse Thanks to you I understand the attack a bit more (couldn't really see how the Rasenshuriken worked, now I see the blades etc better). I loved the closeup of Narutos face before the attack, really hope we get an answer for the kyuubi-eyes. :turtle

Luckas
February 08, 2007, 07:28 AM
Very good description of the jutsu, congrats.

juUnior
February 08, 2007, 08:19 AM
Nice comments :D But I would give more poitns for that chapter, like i wrote in GK's comments, 4 on 1-5 scale ^^


Uchiha Itachi has Mangekyou Sharingan (not much, but work with me)...
For me not, Itachi for now is for me only member of Aka, which probably will be not having real transformation xD



I have to say, considering that Kakuzu is an S-Class Nukenin who's fought the Shodai Hokage, why didn't he strike before they finished charging?
Agree.. Kakuzu in the end I would say was somewhat stupidier :x


It'll be nice to see this scene once Shippuden gets here.

I thought of the same when i saw it :D It will be nice to see animated version of that xD


it's more likely that we'll find out about Hidan (since his head is still, against all reason, alive), but Kakuzu remains a mystery.
Not I thought wwhat would it be, if Kakuzu and Hidan were back in the future. Then it would be a moment to reavel their "true" definitons of their respective powers.. weird thought xD


On a side note, going back and reading the Part II chapters together makes them seem better than when we have to wait a whole week to get them. Try it out.
Deifneitly agree, hehe ^^

MadDog
February 08, 2007, 11:18 PM
Good call on Kakuzu's hair. I had the same reaction when reading the chapter.

And speaking of hair, on page 4 (bottom left panel), Choji's hair looks somewhat like Jiraiya's, from that point of view. I actually thought it was him for a second, before I came to my senses.

Saifi
February 09, 2007, 05:32 PM
Good call on Kakuzu's hair. I had the same reaction when reading the chapter.

And speaking of hair, on page 4 (bottom left panel), Choji's hair looks somewhat like Jiraiya's, from that point of view. I actually thought it was him for a second, before I came to my senses.


well u know chouji can also harden his hair for the spiked tank , like jiraya hardened his own hair for the spike shield , and....jiraya IS the ERO SENIN and chouji's dad is well kinda fat ....... u can put 2 and 2 together urself ;)
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on the commentary ! props for a really kwik and detailed Commentry ! i did find the rating a bit harsh , but I guess if I wanted to give it a better rating , I should start doing my own comments and not complain :)

But one thing I did like about this chap was that for me: it gave a little more respect to the last chapter which thoroughly annoyed me , but you (as well as GK and Raine) loved , and since kishi cant make everyone happy he did 2 opposite things in 2 back to back chapters , one that showed naruto miss and look uber weak ( ya I know its just my opinion + several thousand fans, but def just an opinion) and this one showing Uber Pawnage from naruto ! I guess he figured that everyone should love at least one of the 2 chapters and in that way I think he succeeded!

Anywhoo tahts about that for now I might comment later on if I feel the urge :) but thx again for the komments !

Raseru
February 09, 2007, 05:38 PM
Great comments Robotic Red! :kkthumbs Like it was said before, I too like the way you commented on each page. ^^

Kakuzu does look kinda different with hair... I lol'd at the possibility of Kakuzu being the newest Naruto hentai posterboy...

Keep up the great work.