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June 22, 2007, 09:45 PM
Naruto 359: Memories of the sharingan make Deidara sick!

Greetings all! Another week, another great Naruto chapter! Many thanks to the usual suspects:
Kylara- for the RAW
Nihongaeri- for the translation
bludshock- for this wonderful scanlation

1. The Escape Artist!
Houdini ain't got shit on Deidara

Ever the resourceful one, Deidara manages to escape certain doom. It looked like he got a "hand" from his own hands which freed the shurikens from the panel on the first page, but it was difficult for me to see what exactly happened. We also saw Sasuke escape by having summoning snakes, which came right out of his scapular region. It was neat to see where the snakes were coming from, because before this, we just saw them slither out of his sleeves.

This image also shows us that Deidara has two functional arms, but I bet they hurt quite a bit at this moment. Obviously, Deidara was somehow able to retrieve his arm from Gaara and Kakuzu reattached it. I was glad to see Deidara escape. I was sure he wouldn't die that easily, but didn't know how he would escape. This chapter seems like it may be the kiss of death to Deidara for so many reasons. One reason his time is near that is illustrated by this image is that he is no longer wearing the Akatsuki cloak. Previous Akatsuki members who have lost or taken off their cloak (Sasori, Kakuzu) met their demise, so this may be evidence that Deidara's time is up.

2. Akatsuki Wants You!
You can just tell Sasori and Deidara are going to best buds

So this is the second piece of evidence that Deidara is going to die soon. He is having a flashback, which in most cases, equals death (at least for villains anyway). He flashes back to when he was first recruited by Akatsuki.

I thought this part was interesting, because until now, we never really got to see how exactly anyone was selected to join Akatsuki. There is speculation about how some members got in (Itachi killing his clan and Sasori killing the 3rd Kazekage or the entire country he spoke of). The only one we know for sure how he joined was Tobi. Here we see that Sasori, Kisame, and Itachi are all members of Akatsuki before Deidara. They have heard of his techniques and think he would be a good shinobi to help their cause. Deidara doesn't care. He doesn't want them to interfere with his enjoyment of art.

Deidara doesn't care about what his missions are. All he cares about is his art. If only all artists cared as much about their art as Deidara does.

3. Deidara's got his philosophies.
Yet again we hear Deidara's mantra!

One of the things I really liked about this chapter is that it reinforces Deidara's passion (borderline obsession easily) for art and his definition of it. It is the explosion that Deidara truly loves, as well as the finite nature of his masterpieces. He isn't a collector like Sasori. Deidara can only enjoy his art while he is alive, so he makes the most of it by making it explode. Explosions can be quite picturesque. They have a certain "Je ne sais quois" factor to them that makes them beautiful. I imagine Deidara sees them in a similar manner.

Unfortunately, Deidara is not given a choice and is forced to battle Itachi. If he loses, he must join Akatsuki. I think we all know how this battle will end. Deidara is very proud of his art, and with good reason. However, Itachi shows him what true art is with the sharingan. This pisses off Deidara to no end. Who is Itachi to tell Deidara what art is?!

4. The Artist's Inspiration
No Way you'll lose Deidara? I find that hard to believe for some reason

Deidara is pissed. There's no way he wants to lose to the sharingan for a 3rd time, especially to an Uchiha. Yet more evidence that Deidara will die is that he boasts that he will not lose, which means he most likely will. Sasuke has shown in this battle, that he, not Deidara is the superior shinobi. Deidara is very arrogant, but it doesn't rub me the wrong way at all. an artist should be confident in themselves, otherwise they would have no faith in their work. Deidara has a great deal of faith in his work, and resorts to his ultimate "piece de resistance!"

5. Going out with a bang!
Looks like Deidara had a few too many at the Akatsuki kegger

Here it is, the final piece of evidence that Deidara will be dead in a chapter or two. He brings out the C4, which can't be fun to produce. Clay can't be tasty and then to regurgitate it, makes my esophagus hurt just thinking about it! Tobi follows his Sempai's orders and gets the fuck outta there. Like his art, Deidara is going out in an explosion of glory. The only question is how will Sasuke deal with it? Will we see yet another technique from the hard-working Uchiha (MS perhaps)? Or perhaps we will see a MS of a different kind, and by that I mean Kakashi's. It's plausible, but I doubt Kakashi could warp an explosion of the magnitude we are going to see. I briefly read the spiler or predictions for next chapter and Garuda has something to do with snake killer, so maybe Sasuke will be hurt a little.

Chapter Grade: A+

I really enjoyed this chapter. It moved at a good pace. It is always nice to get backstory for a villain. I am glad we got to see some of Deidara's past since we didn't get to see much or any of Hidan's or Kakuzu's. Deidara is an artist to the very end. He has never changed his beliefs and still probably joined Akatsuki because they forced him to. The artwork was excellent in this chapter, especially the last panel.

Predictions: Deidara goes boom. Sasuke shows a new power to escape the explosion. Tobi will run into someone from Konoha or Hebi and maybe(crosses fingers) a glimpse of the black book, but again I doubt that. Definitely another exciting chapter is heading our way next week.

June 23, 2007, 12:56 AM
excelent review , and i think he remove the shuriken with his feet

June 23, 2007, 04:23 AM
great chapter and he did remove the shuriken with his feet.
little disappoint with the review though it seemed as if you kinda just repeated what happened in the chapter but good observation about deidara dying with evidence to back it up
hope he doesnt die
one of my fav akatsuki members

June 23, 2007, 05:59 AM
Nice review CNK. Good to see that you're making this a weekly thing.

Yeah, I didn't quite catch how he managed to get loose from Sasuke's shuriken either.

Seeing how Deidara was recruited into Akatsuki was fascinating. It looked like he was at least familair with the name, but could have cared less. Also, it seems likely that most, if not all of the Akatsuki members were scouted and then signed as free agents, as opposed to a special requirement (killing your clan, etc...) being necessary.

June 23, 2007, 07:30 AM
Shouji- Thanks. After going back and looking at it, it is indeed his foot. I see it much more clearly now.

SOCKSnTHONGS- I'm sorry you were disappointed with the review. Yeah, I tend to just summarize the chapter with a few points and add my interpretation to them. I am not as detailed as ANBU or sahugani, but I believe I will get better as time goes on. I am definitely starting to like Deidara too. It would be nice if he escaped somehow, but sadly I don't think he is long for this world. Hopefully this will lead to a heavy dose of Tobi.

MadDog- Thanks! I really liked his recruitment as well. Gives us a nice little piece of history of Akatsuki. I think you may be right that the members are signed as free agents. News of their deeds just helps AL spot who he wants in Akatsuki, and then he will send the scouts to sign the recruit. Gotta love sports analogies.

June 23, 2007, 10:33 AM
garuda is the statue in the temple that itachi was standing next to, I think that is what deidara was referring to as art...

June 23, 2007, 10:45 AM
mageofdeath- That's possible, but my interpretation of this chapter leads me to believe that he was referring to Itachi's eyes. My evidence for this is page 14. Deidara is mad he has been taken in by Itachi's abilities. It doesn't seem like he was referring to the statues.

It is interesting that the statues there are of Garuda. A bit of foreshadowing on Kishi's part perhaps.

June 24, 2007, 11:57 AM
Once again, good review as always and keep it up. :thumbs

I think the Leader arranged a meeting for Deidara to meet with his members for the sole purposes to convinced Deidara to accept his proposal. While I agree with you on MS, it alone can’t do the job, its needs assistance from something similar to FRS or greater. :narsengan

June 26, 2007, 12:57 PM
great review there, and yes its cool to see how deida was recruited, as well as how this chap hyped itachi even more

June 26, 2007, 01:12 PM
alia- Thanks. Yeah Itachi is definitely a cut above all the members of Akatsuki we've seen so far. Should definitely be an interesting showdown between him and Sasuke.

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki
June 26, 2007, 03:53 PM
Deidara stuck his own foot into the hole in the big shuriken and pulled it out. The guy's flexible :P

June 26, 2007, 03:59 PM
Kojiro- haha, yes he is. Someone else mentioned that is how he did it. I went back, and it is much clearer now that I know what I am looking at.

June 27, 2007, 11:25 PM
this is also the first chapter that shows how the snakes come out; they just pop out of the arm. before this chapter, all characters that used the same serpent move wore long-sleeves.