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Wow, this interview has made fan enthusiasm really low. Lots of hate in the air...and in the story. Hate, hate, hate, all day long... I'm no different. I've even begun seeing other manga.
nobody besides that one person has confirmed the interview. I saw the pics and they really do look fake. They look like something one of the reviewers would have made. So I've read everything after that and I haven't seen anyone else confirm it. Even after that person said to go get the magazine. So... the question is.. is it real? or fan made.
its the real interview, its on other sites, that have confirmed it
The interview gives me the impression Kishimoto isn't interested in giving real answers. A lot of his answers were questions which in my experience means two things: A. doesn't really want to answer questions so pulls something out of his ass or B. The answers are so painfully obvious, he is using rhetorical questions.
I'm going with A here.
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First, it's Sasuke Danzou battle. With Itachi appearing, the chances of Danzou surviving dropped like a rock; Danzou has a small chance of escaping in order to ally with Kabuto - but it's only a small chance (Kishi already wasted a lot more development than just the pannels he used to set this alliance up). I think Sasuke - after Itachi's apparition/discussion? - will focus his revenge on Madara: The main character has to be likeable, after all.
Kakashi will probably retrieve Sakura before she meets Sasuke during this arc. If she does get to see Sasuke, it's most likely for her to have a revelation: "~Sasuke is not all bad! I can save him!"
Then, it's Kakashi becoming Hokage; I think his enemy will be Kabuto. Sakura acting "heroically" means she'll have something to do this year - probably helping fight Kabuto.
As for Naruto, he's just there, not really doing anything. If you're a Naruto fan, the good news is that Kishi decided to stop humiliating Naruto; the character will be allowed to do some reasonably cool things (training, talking to Shikamaru) as long as he stays away from the main plot. The most you can expect from Naruto in 2010 is to have a part in the Kabuto battle - but it will be nothing decisive - Kakashi WILL LOOK GOOD (for the first time in the manga).
2011 will probably start with Sasuke's fight with HIS final villain - Madara. Sasuke will defeat/kill Madara. Now, AT THE LATEST, Sasuke will gain EMS.
Then I expect the Naruto Sasuke fight to take place (if Kishi decides to make it a battle; it could very well be a peaceful reunion). Here Naruto will accomplish the only real role he had in the manga after, in 2008, Kishi retconned the Uchiha history (including creating Madara, Sasuke's final villain) in order to make Sasuke the main character.
This will probably be the last arc of the manga.
At the very end, Naruto may (or may not) become Hokage. He will probably end up with Hinata (but don't expect development on this issue - Naruto is just not important enought anymore).
There is a chance of Sasuke dying - but I find it highly improbable. He will most likely be converted and end up with Sakura (the 2010 interview established that Kishi changed his mind - throwing away whole chapters of development - and will make Sakura Sasuke's girl).
You know, THM Nindo, when the peace motif was first introduced, I, too, thought that Kishi did it in order to give Naruto an important plot thread of his own.Quote:
I was mistaking.
Kishi introduced the Uchiha/Senju rivalry and "bringing peace" became "if Naruto saves Sasuke - ending the Uchiha/Senju cicle of hatred - Naruto will bring peace".
It's an overstreched and logically inconsistent motif: saving Sasuke is much easier than bringing peace to the world. I read a comparison on this forum: saving Sasuke is like solving the first - and easiest - mathematical problem from a book containing hundreds/thousands of problems (which represent bringing peace).
But then again, Kishi never intended to make Naruto bring peace to the world. All Kishi wanted by introducing the "bringing peace" theme was to give a respectable excuse to Naruto's obsession for Sasuke (which we now know will be Naruto's motivation until the end of the manga). I say "excuse", NOT "reason" because this excuse doesn't stand up to scrutiny - but then again, Kishi never bothered to make the manga logically consistent - there are plot-holes all over the place.
Kishi gave a lot of answers in this interview: http://forums.narutofan.com/showthread.php?t=576454.
He established that Naruto's humiliation from the last half a year was not there to develop Naruto, to bring him out of his obsession for Sasuke - indeed, Naruto's personality and motivation won't change until the end of the manga, when the Naruto Sasuke battle will take place (if it takes place - who knows, maybe it will be an amiable encounter).
Also, Naruto will stay in the background in 2010, being a standard secondary character - in 2010 the main plot will be focused on Sasuke, then Kakashi.
Also, Kishi clearly established that Sakura - the main heroine - loves Sasuke, Naruto being just a friend: "Naruto is close and she worries about Naruto as well, but as expected, she [loves] Sasuke".
In other words, Kishi doesn't even pretend anymore that Naruto is the main character.
Sasuke, as of now, clearly is the main character - and he'll remain so for the rest of the manga. Madara is Sasuke's final villain.
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Madara was created long before 2008. There were two statues at the Valley of the End, after all.
And the Uchiha history wasn't really retconned either.
Guess what, he wondered if it was Naruto's fate to be killed there by Sasuke.
It clearly means Shodai was supposed to have been killed by Madara.
Now, we are wondering how Shodai (who beat Madara who was strong enough to conquer the world by himself according to Tsuchikage) managed to be killed in battle at an early age. It probably won't be explained. Or why he was so crappy against Sandaime when Sandaime himself said he was at full power.
It's entirely retcon. Otherwise, the senjus would have been mentioned waaaaaay earlier. Kishi failed to mention the clan when the zombies kages were introduced, when Tsunade was introduced, when she was named hokage and when Danzou was introduced (as the guy who refuses th principles of the Senju)Quote:
In 2008, Kishi retconned Tobi (a character which has nothing in common with Madara) into Madara.
Also, Kishi retconned the Senju into existence, the Uchiha as being persecuted, Itachi into a saint with a plan for Sasuke that makes no sense - unless certain HIGHLY IMPROBABLE AND UNCONTROLLABLE events took place.
Plot hole over plot hole piled up in order to make Sasuke the main character - probably because by that point, Sasuke was higher in the popularity polls than Naruto.
Now, Sasuke has a new intermediate villain (Danzou) and a new final villain (Madara).
You might be interested to know that probably, Itachi was Sasuke's final villain (and his motivation would have been to take Sasuke's eyes).
Also, Pain was most likely intended to be Naruto's final villain and the last villain in the manga - as in Pain is nobody's subordinate, the eye in the moon scheme is Pain's plan, the revival of the villagers is the climactic point in the manga after which Naruto becomes Hokage and assumes the "bring peace to the world" task.
Alternatively, it's because no one actually cares about the Senju clan apart from the Uchiha.
EDIT: Also, please provide some evidence that Tobi wasn't always intended to reveal himself as Madara.
However, there have always been hints that Itachi wasn't what he appeared (and people have predicted it for a long, long time). The most obvious one was when kakashi wondered why Itachi didn't kill him when he could've easily done it.
Tobi/Madara didn't feel like a retcon. Slightly silly sidekick, hidden identity, never fights, unrevealed powers; all pretty universal signs for "this character is not what they seem". I really have not had any issues with the plot, my problems have been the amount of random sharingan powers. They seem like a deus ex machina whenever Kishi introduces a stronger character. With the plot shifting to Kakashi when this arc ends I don't see that as much of a problem either.
So it's safe to assume that Naruto is no longer the main character? .......I might as well quit reading it then.. A marvelous manga gone bad... *sigh*
you seem to know more about naruto than kishimoto.tell me did he tell u over tea that "itachi was sasuke's final villain"and "pain was the last villain"?if kishimoto did that,then he made a fool of you.get over it already.
also what do you mean by "plot holes"?does all these things that u've mentioned here contradicts anything with that was stated before?
on the other hand,if one looks back then the reason itachi gave back at the 1st part was nothing but a joke.killing his family for testing his power,how lame that is?
also since when sasuke is the main character?do you even know what are the features that a main character has to have?naruto was and still is the main character.have some education of literature at first then see for urself who is the main character here.
Naruto is no longer the main character since this 2010 interview.
If you think that after Naruto's past (from 2008 at the latest onwards) and future treatement (as mentined in this interview) in Part 2, he is still the main character of this Part, you're the one with no "education of literature". The title does not a main character make.
"Probably, Itachi was Sasuke's final villain (and his motivation would have been to take Sasuke's eyes).
Also, Pain was most likely intended to be Naruto's final villain and the last villain in the manga - as in Pain is nobody's subordinate, the eye in the moon scheme is Pain's plan, the revival of the villagers is the climactic point in the manga after which Naruto becomes Hokage and assumes the "bring peace to the world" task."
Did you read the "probably"?
Of course, that was before the 2008 Uchiha retcon - a retcon that had no prior preparation in the manga, that generated a lot of plot holes.
You disagree with this?
You actually think Kishi didn't invent the Senju in 2008 and didn't change Madara/The First's power levels, AMONG OTHER THINGS?
Well, keep believing what you want - you obviously believe in this so strongly that you are beyond reason.
That's simply because Itachi's plan for Sasuke is non-sensical - his actions until 2008 are not consistent with Itachi having such a plan with a resonably high chance of success.
These hints could be explained - without creating plot holes - by Itachi keeping Kakashi alive as a spare, in case his plan to take Sasuke's eyes failed. This would also explain Itachi's detailed presentation of MS to Kakashi.
They could even be explained by Itachi being developed as having a honor code.
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