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    [Seinen] Re: Billy Bat by Urasawa Naoki

    That's...not what I was expecting. I remain impressed by Urasawa's ambition and imagination. A chapter like this with two well know and wildly different historical personalities could easily not have...
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    Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 644 I Know

    But apparently less than the Ten-Tails, as he mentioned when Obito powered up. Which means we have some definite limits to power levels. Hashirama has chakra reserves on par with that of a fully...
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    Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 644 I Know

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    “That bastard Naruto...He can even pull stuff like this off now?!”
    Kiba

    "I...
  4. [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 641 The Main Attraction

    Hmm, I had never realized that Shikamaru and Shukaku were all that divisive as characters.

    In terms of the showing vs telling thing, Kishimoto can get a little carried away with driving a point...
  5. [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 641 The Main Attraction

    I think that's a bit harsh. Shikamaru doesn't have a 'plan' per say. He's got a necessary focus and clarity in the midst of battle which is much needed, I think. For all their endless one on one...
  6. [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 641 The Main Attraction

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    Tobirama Senju

    "If an opening arises, even our...
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    Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 640 Finally

    I just made an option for each of the heavy hitters. Orochimaru might make some sense if he had snuck into the battle and could pull off a super fast Rashoman.

    But narratively, I think it makes...
  8. [Discussion] Re: Specifically: Fights that were alluded to but never shown on panel that you lamented not seeing

    I forgot about some of these. Shit. Now I'm pissed we never saw the Sannin vs Hanzo fight.
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    Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 640 Finally

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    "I see my son is keeping up with Sasuke-kun..."
    Minato Namikaze

    "Of course...
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    Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 639 Attack

    Ah, then I'm probably just misremembering someone's Edo Tense I explanation.
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    Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 639 Attack

    I always thought they could be destroyed if totally annihilated and it seemed like Obito might have that kind of power.



    I'm sure mine was just the first one he came across when he got curious...
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    Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 639 Attack

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    "It probably uses more than 4 nature transformation techniques at one! A...
  13. Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 638 The Ten-Tails Jinchuuriki - Obito

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    "Is he this strong?"
    Hiruzen Sarutobi



    After my complaints last week,...
  14. [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 637 The Jinchuuriki of the Ten-Tails

    He transported items in and out, but did he use the jutsu on his own body parts? I mean, it makes sense if that's how he escapes. But I don't recall him having directed his space-time sharingan jutsu...
  15. [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 637 The Jinchuuriki of the Ten-Tails

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    "We'll become hokage...right obito?"
    Minato Namikaze

    "It was...you?"
    Minato...
  16. [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 636 The Current Obito

    I'm not sure absorbing would have worked sense raikiri is an enhanced piercing attack rather than an mass of energy. Repelling might have, but that'd have bought him five seconds but a second close...
  17. Poll: [Anime] Re: Naruto Shippuuden 319 - The Living Soul Inside the Puppet

    That was surprisingly touching. The flashback was great. The animation was solid. And they brought the story to a conclusion without having Chiyo disappear which (unless I'm wrong) adheres to the...
  18. [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 636 The Current Obito

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    "All that awaits you is death."
    Hatake Kakashi

    "The only thing left for me to...
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    Sticky: [Anime] Re: What's coming next! (Manga Spoilers included)

    I'm so excited. I've been waiting to see Madara crush the five Kage for what feels like whatever. I just hope I'm not setting myself up for disappointment because of the last two fights I was really...
  20. [Discussion] Re: What's all this bull**** about fighting an Uchiha?

    Hmm. To OP, I'd say that their natural abilities make the Uchiha formidable, but not unstoppable. If they're regular jonin, genin, or chunin grade, then corresponding squads (as shinobi often move...
  21. [Question] Re: Question about part one Naruto and Jiraiya and Itachi

    I always took it as them admitting that fighting Jiraiya would prove too troublesome or risky. Whether that's an admission that he's stronger, we'll never know.

    What we do know is that his...
  22. Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 635 A New Wind

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    "Do you have any idea how much salt we'd need to beat these guys?"
    Suigetsu with...
  23. [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 634 The New Trio

    Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 634 The New Trio



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    "That's the understatement of...
  24. Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 632 Fighting Side By Side

    Yea, I just didn't feel like the chapter warranted a lengthy analysis. Sakura aside, 632 felt like a transition chapter, pushing the characters where they needed to go.
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    "Looks like they're not just talk after all."
    Sasuke Uchiha

    "I despised that...
  26. Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 631 Team Seven

    Sakura is certainly qualified by both her skill level and tutelage under Tsunade, but she has heretofore not had the motivation to become Homage whereas Naruto and Sasuke have a personal stake in...
  27. [Discussion] Re: Should Sasuke be Hokage or even a Hokage candidate?

    I think he makes an ideal Hokage candidate being driven, talented, and strong. And his personal experience and gained insight into the previous Hokage's line of thinking means that he's more informed...
  28. [Discussion] Re: why naruto one of the most versatile shinobi in manga

    Hmm. I think it's more accurate to say Naruto is among the most clever or strategic with his abilities. It helps that his main techniques are high caliber techniques and he has a naturally high...
  29. Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 631 Team Seven

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    "Relax. I'm one of the good guys."
    Minato Namikaze

    "It really does bring a tear to my...
  30. Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 627 Sasuke's Reply

    I think it's two things. First, Orochimaru can't achieve his goal of attaining ultimate knowledge and living forever in Madara's dream, because in the dream world, there will be no need for the jutsu...
  31. Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 627 Sasuke's Reply

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    "Going back to what Orochimaru said earlier, can someone elaborate on the whole...
  32. Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 626 Hashirama and Madara 2

    I'm still thinking that he's playing a larger game. Providing a threat that would be large enough to unite the five nations, regardless of clan or affiliation, against him. A ruse like in Code Geass...
  33. Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 626 Hashirama and Madara 2

    If he does revist this period of time, it will probably be before Madara's inevitable death.



    While I'd welcome more Hokage stories, I'm unsure how much more they have that needs to be shown. A...
  34. Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 626 Hashirama and Madara 2

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  35. Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 625 The True Dream

    To a degree, I agree. Madara made a critical choice when he and Hashirama last met at that river to continue the old way of thinking. Had he come around any time prior to his brother's death, there...
  36. Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 625 The True Dream

    Thanks for that. I've fixed the chapter references.
  37. Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 625 The True Dream

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    "Thank you Madara. I knew I could reason with you."
    Hashirama Senju


    Hi all and...
  38. Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 623 A Glimpsev

    Oh, wow. That's very cool. I've loved writing these reviews because the discussions revealed layers of meaning I didn't notice when I first started.

    And I initially joined mostly because I enjoyed...
  39. Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 623 A Glimpsev

    Actually, I'm dabbling in fiction right now, but I don't have anything yet that I would consider publishable.
  40. Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 623 A Glimpsev

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    "We'll just keep mastering jutsu on top of jutsu. Then it'll reach a point where...
  41. [Question] Re: Is Naruto becoming too focused on bloodline abilities?

    I don't think so at all. Bloodline abilities have been fairly prominent since they were introduced, but I don't think they take away from the individuals effort.

    As much as Sasuke or Madara could...
  42. Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 622 The Other Side

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    "Once you set foot on the field of battle, regardless of age, you will be treated...
  43. Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 621 Hashirama and Madara

    Shimoto isn't always great when it comes to scaling abilities as characters progress, but here he did a fine job of showing just how high a bar these two legends set while even mortal and not zombies...
  44. Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 621 Hashirama and Madara

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    "I can easily see through your swordsmanship."
    Hashirama Senju


    This week's...
  45. Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 620 Hashirama Senju

    Well Kisihimto has said that Dragonball was one of his influences.
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    Poll: [Chapter] Re: Naruto 619 Discussion / 620 Predictions

    So a few things I guess. First, I originally posted thinking this was a 618 discussion, not realizing that 619 had already been out. :derp Totally my bad.

    Secondly, you made some good points. I...
  47. Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 620 Hashirama Senju

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    "You once told me that crushing Konoha was something you decided to do on a whim....
  48. Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 619 A Cursed Clan

    Hiruzen did mention that Itachi was less connected to his clan's legacy than was normal for the Uchiha, particularly because Itachi was able to view the larger picture and consider the consequence...
  49. Poll: [Review] Re: Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 619 A Cursed Clan

    This has already been addressed by Uchiha_Blood above, but Hiruzen told a fairly convincing tail of brotherly love. Itachi's devotion would be pretty easy to parse from hearing how he took on that...
  50. Poll: [Review] Blackjack612 Reviews Naruto 619 A Cursed Clan

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    "You unwittingly fanned those flames, Second, by forming the Konoha military...
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