Naruto 549: Itachi’s Question
A review by alphabeta
In this chapter we will see some awesome, zomg-worthy character development a la Nagato casting a joke, some comedy improvisation between Naruto/Bee, Nagini, who hell knows how, suddenly moved from HP to Naruto, we will learn how to distinguish a fire, when you have nothing but a sword of one of the seven legendary swordsmen on you, we Otakus will see a way how to attract pretty girl, we will understand how to react, when somebody suddenly appears behind your back, saying “behind you!”, we will hear Bee’s “Motha-Fucka” , and of course, last but not least, we will all commit a massive vomit at the end of the chapter…
Every chapter starts with a Title. “Itachi’s Question” is the one of this chapter. But if to be honest, I feel like this one deserves another one. Naruto 549: Nagato’s Joke. Why not? In my opinion his joke was way better handled that all of the question Itachi has asked in this chapter. But, now, now, I’ve started a little too far away. Back to square one.
Kishi decides to participate in the MH Naruto tournament, however not by posting, but by telling his opinion in the way of a drawn chapter. Not a bad idea, but a little too time-consuming if you ask me. This time he shows what he thinks of what would happen if the jinchuriki-team meets up with the I-will-never-wear-sunglasses-‘cause-they-would-hide-my-awesome-eyes-team
Two man comedy
Of course, the first thing that you do with someone who you haven’t seen for a long while, is talk about each other, stuff like, what happened in the time I was absent, e.t.c. (We’ll just ignore the fact that Nagato/Itachi were just summoned back from the dead, who the hell cares anyway?)
Naruto shouts out loud, that he’s such a gangster now, ‘cuz he’s tamed the kyuubi, and now he can put neko-ears on him, and pet him, just like Azusa it being
molested petted by the rest of K-ON characters. Then, Itachi praises Naruto. Nagato praises Jiraiya. Bee praises himself. Naruto praises Bee. Naruto praises Itachi/Nagato… what the hell is this? Some cheap shoujo manga parody?
Kabuto, who can’t just stand by and watch how Naruto is turning into a yaoi manga, interrupts their chit-chat by making Kishi draw a great fireball. (Kabuto controlling Kishi, Aizen controlling Kubo, WTF?)
Those damn city folks. Leaving a fire whenever they go. I want a friggin’ payrise!
Bee is still his old self. He jumps straight into the ball and cuts it in two… literally. Now, let’s make a little stop here. We all know that Samehada can absorb Chakra, but never once (at least I don’t remember) have we seen it actually eat a ninjustu-attack. The point is whether it had this ability right of the bait, or whether Kisame simply didn’t knew of it’s existence of whether our newborn teacher Bee-sensei somehow taught it to him/her? Do swords have a gender btw? They have names, why not a gender?
Seeing as long-distance attacks, won’t do any good, Kabuto makes his move, by sending Itachi to the front. And now happens the best moment in the whole chapter, imho, ofcourse. The Taijutsu battle between Naruto/Itachi is just . I’ll focus on this in my next section, however there’s something else. Kishi has somehow to fulfill the name of the chapter and hence starts the interview between Naruto/Itachi.
R.I.P. all those blind-Itachi-with-John-Lennon-sunglasses parodies
The first thing that Itachi wants to know is what happened to his small brother. Naruto answers. BOOOM! Itachi took 99HP damage. Will you try another pokemon? No. Well, let’s have another try. Why won’t he return? KABOOOM! Itachi took another 99 HP damage. He is in the red zone. Will you restore his HP? No. Well, not like I care. On to round 3. However, unexpectedly it’s not Naruto who servers the last strike, but Nagato. Secret Mission? … Itachi has lost all it’s HP and is not able to continue fighting. Send out Nagato? YES, MOTHA-FUCKA. NARUTO VS NAGATO STARTS!!!
Nagato used Divine Attraction. Naruto’s Evasines sharply fell. Naruto flinched. What will Nagato do? Nagato used Flying Giant Rock. Naruto blocked the attack by using third-kyuubi-hand. No one lost any HP. Back to square one, but SUDDENLY Itachi remembers that he’s also a Main Character in this Chapter and he wants some friggin’ spotlight. He tells Naruto to take care of Sasuke. (@all Sasu-Naru fangirls. Keep it quite )
And then, it happens… *turns the light off*… *makes mysterious pause*… now… now, c’mon… YES, YES, MAN, Nagato joked… HAHAHAHAHA, he friggin’ joked. … O.K. let’s get over it. The joke itself wasn’t half-bad, but it still pretty much s@cks.
While Naruto has his hands full with Nagato (no, this is not an unexpected pun, they call me genius for a reason) Itachi takes on the jinchuuriki. What I don’t get is Kabuto’s logic. What’s the point in controlling their movements, when they simply tell their opponents, where their location is? Either shut their mouths, or don’t expect it to be a secret attack.
Anyway, Bee, answers with a strike with Samehada, which Itachi easily dodges. What interests me is whether Kabuto was controlling this move, or whether he simply “told” Itachi to dodge by any means possible. But, hey, Itachi wasn’t made head of ANBU at 13 for nothing. He maybe in mid-air but he stills manages to shoot off some shuriken-fire-flying-no-jutsu. And I gotta praise Kishi’s art style. The bottom panel on Page 13 shows us how friggin’ awesome Itach is. This panel looks like a snapshot taking out of a high-speed-movie. Bee a few centimeters above the ground, Itachi in his screwed body position, Samehada, this panel could easily take first place in my list of best panels.
Are you kids ready? Aye, Aye, captain~
Page 14. The dream of translators and nightmare of Cleaners. And some great eye-candy for readers. Bee throws his swords into Samehada’s mouth (Hey, greenpeace guys, where are you when you are needed, huh?) Then he somehow blocks all of the shuriken’s flying in him, and in the end he stands in his 7-sword-pose. This page may lack logic, but, hey, if you want logic, go read Death Note or Liar Games. Stop being a hater, who hates.
Then Itachi does something to make Bee’s octupos hand go in fire, but Bee answers with an octopus leg appearing behind Itachi and catches him with it. 1… 2… 3… Itachi was caught. Do you want to give Itachi a nickname? No, wait, he dissapers… wtf? An illusion? Friggin computer freaks, they can’t even make a game without glitches, damn it!
GHHHK? Maybe more like… WTF?!
Just when we’re about to finally see how the fight will continue, we switch back to Nagato/Naruto. The later used his super-mega-ultra-big Rasengan (curse me, narutards, but I don’t remember the name of the attack). Stupid Naruto hasn’t learned anything and asks why the dog’s just multiplying? Nagato explains, but is interrupted by Itachi’s performance of street dancing. He makes one move, then another, and then somehow appears next to Nagato.
He becomes serious, actives MS, and… Naruto, thinking Itachi’s going to fight Bee warns him, but this is his mistake. Not getting a chance to do anything, suddenly he feels a stronge urge to vomit, but what comes out isn’t your everyday mix of food, but a crow…
Dang, is this review long. So… friggin’… long.
The thing that I liked most in this chapter happens on pages 7-8. That leisurely chit-chat between Naruto/Itachi while the later tries to kill the first one is just AWESOME. It has everything. It shows how much Naruto has friggin’ improved in his fighting abilites, if he’s able to fight Itachi’s Taijutsu head-on. It’s action filled and doesn’t waste panels on useless details. It just feels better when the talk-no-jutsu and actual fighting is combined and doesn’t happen on different panels/pages/chapters.
Then again, this is what I love Naruto for. Taijutstu. Sure all the other ninjutsu and genjutsu attacks are great and have some eye-candy as well, but in the end it’s the good ol’ taijutsu that wins for me. Just remember Lee vs Gaara in the chuunin exams. ‘nuf said.
Jumping from action to talking. This chapter has only 5 pages which don’t have any fighting involved. And even those did Kishi manage to fill with non-fodder-stuff. Page 1 (Nagato praising Naruto), Page 2 (Naruto/Bee interaction), Page 4 (we see Kabuto and a little bit of Aoki fan service) Page 9 (O.K. one fodder-page) and Page 18 (… … … )
The last thing in the MT section is obviously the last page in chapter as well. You know the saying “what goes around comes around”? This is one of those cases. In the end, this is simple biology. Everything that goes in, sooner or later comes out… literally.
Two things worth mentioning here. 1st. Itachi decided himself to active the crow-no-jutsu which leads us again to the discussion on how much Kabuto is controlling the Edo-tensei’s. And 2nd, obviously, the crow it self. What’s it secret? Is that Sasuke’s EMS shown on it’s body or is it a failed attempt to draw Itachi’s MS or what the hell is that even in the first place? What’s gonna happen now? Will Naruto ever recover from the psychological trauma that the animal that has lived inside him for about a year now finally decided to step out into the world? All of these questions and other will be answered in the next section. Stay tuned on Channel Alpha
Knowing Kishi we might up end up everywhere. Sakura’s medical ninja tents, Daimyo’s hide-out, Alliance HQ, heck even the toiled where Naruto cosplayed as Sasuke ended up due to the past-the-expiration-date-milk itself, but most likely we’ll see how the crow will keep coming out of Naruto’s mouth… Sorry, gotta visit the toilet and vomit… **… O.K. I feel a little better now, let’s continue.
So, the crow that Itachi implanted in Naruto over 9000 chapters ago is finally coming out, and the first thing that we should notice is, that it will come out in chapter 550. Coincidence? Hell no, this is Kishi and his love for details we’re talking about. Anyway, let’s try figuring out what the crow will change in Naruto.
Possibility 1: Naruto will use the crow as a physical object, sorta like a kunai, trying to fight off Itachi, but will accidentally kill the crow, which will result in the immediate appearance of a few thousands extra greenpeace-shinobies, which will give the Shinobi Alliance a boost of new power, resulting in win by number. Chances of this happening are 0,0000001%. Sad, but true.
Possibility 2: The crow will give Naruto some super-duper-mega-ultra-giga awesome attacks, which will allow him to wtfpwn Madara and Kabato in a single panel. Chances of this happening are only 10% because just some 4 chapters ago Naruto already used 4 new techniques each of which are already at the OMFG-level, so giving him another one would be straight-out retarded.
Possibility 3: The crow will, one way or another, be connected to a major plot twist. And by major I mean it. I honestly expect something the level of Madara’s “It was to protect you”. Kishi has hyped up this crow long enough, and the setting is just too great to be true. We’ve seen Madara creating those jinchuuriki-pain’s, and now it’s the Alliances turn troll Madara. And here steps in Itachi with his Crow. Chances of this happening are 99,999999999%. Like I said, if not now then when?
In my Bakuman reviews I usually posted a panel here, but in this chapter I noticed something else. The setting. Yep, look where the fight is happening. Noticed it? No? Look at pages 1, 5(!), 10, and 13. Now you see it. Even though it isn’t the same place it does look ridiculously alike with the place where Naruto met up with fake-Itachi in the save-kazekage’s-a**-arc back in the beginning of Part 2.
Haha, just noticed a little flaw in Kishi’s genius. On this panel Itachi has activated MS only in his right eye
But here you can clearly see that it’s his left eye which has MS
Quote of the week:
Okay Naruto, first get away from me! I can’t walk on my own… But I can fly.
iLOL. Nagato casting a joke was just
One thing that I inherited from my Bakuman reviews is the ability to write the P.S. section before the actual review is finished itself. I don’t know whether I should be proud of this or not. Just get over it.
If you compare this review to my Bakuman review you’ll notice that I made the “Small Summary” section, actually small. I like experimenting with my reviews, so I usually change/add/remove one or another section in my reviews, and I plan on keeping this up until I find my “perfect standard”.
Also, I’m back from a 5 week long hiatus, and instead of doing a Bakuman review I’m doing a Naruto one. Here’s the most interesting part. Depending on your feedback I might switch back to Bakuman or stay with Naruto for the time being. People who will write “Do both” will be able to enjoy the beauty of life only for the next 45 seconds. (5 seconds happen to be the time I need to write your name in my Death Note )
And one last thing. I know how you narutards, love, just love, to talk about the chapter in the review threads, and please go ahead, but also remember that this isn’t a post in the Chapter Discusstion Thread but a Review, so I’d like to see some comments about the review itself.
OMG TEH DRAMA, I nearly forgot dedications. Those who don’t know, every one of my reviews are dedicated to someone or something… but usually to someone . Naruto 549 review is dedicated to…
Oh, yeah, gotta explain this section as well. Remember how I said, that my reviews are for the sake of the lulz? Yep, that’s it. I’ll post one or two things in this section that I think will make you laugh. Well, if you think they’re not funny… tch, like I care
Thank Friedrich for the Raw; hissbouburaiken aka the guy with the impossible name for the translating; prostyle, armstrong and kravmaga for the cleaning; keeper, kara and zidane, for the typesetting and of course Kishi for the manga itself. And alphabeta for the review
Thanks for staying tuned with Channel Alpha and…
poka~ (Read ST&RS to get the pun. Or learn Russian. It’s up to you )