To the main forces
To Kakashi's division
To Gaara's division
To Mifune's division
Wherever Nagato and Itachi are
Welcome all to another Naruto review. Last chapter, B’s rapping ability was debated by his brother and predecessor and I asked you, the readers, if you thought B had genuine talent. And boy were you guys split on that opinion, with ‘Yes’ holding a slight edge over ‘No’ at the time this review was written. Benelori pointed out that as originally written, B’s skills are probably wanting, and the translators should be credited for improving his raps. I guess this is a case of something being gained in translation. Now for the chapter review ...
Naruto 543: Unforgettable
Images in this review credited to mangastream/binktopia
Natural Born Killers
Chapter 543 oddly picks up from last chapter’s flashback cliffhanger. A is unsettled by Minato’s previous advice, which he dismisses as ‘nonsense’. Determined not to let one of Konoha’s top shinobi flee, A charges Minato, confident that he knows all the locations of Minato’s special kunai. A does this, knowing that Minato is a top class shinobi, because his village has been continually outclassed by this rival ninja. Minato too understands the burden of single-handily supporting a village, because his efforts are the only reason that Konoha is standing on even ground with the Hidden Cloud.
When Minato teleports to dodge A’s attack, A keeps an eye on the kunai scattered about the forest, but his caution is for naught as Minato had earlier placed a seal on B. Holding a knife to the back of B’s head, Minato appears to have the advantage, but he doesn’t strike because B also has a blade pointed at Minato’s gut. Thus, neither can strike without being fatally wounded. Impressed by B’s determination and skill, Minato compliments him as a ‘true killer shinobi’, perhaps revealing the origin of the ‘Killer B’ moniker.
That’s right. I whip my tail back and forth.
The Raikage is jogged out of his recollection by another of Naruto’s attempts to get past him. Naruto continues to push past the Raikage to no avail. Eventually B tries to restrain the Raikage, but that too proves to be a vain effort, because A grabs hold of B’s tentacle and swings him into Naruto. However, fighting the both of them alone is proving troublesome, so he asks the Hokage for a hand.
Tsunade, though, is slow to jump in. She still remembers the promise Naruto made when they first met, and it’s clear that she believes in his ability to overcome adversity and become Hokage. She decides to stand between the Raikage and jinchuriki, and appeals to the Raikage with reason. Tsunade argues that if Naruto died, the next jinchuriki would likely lack Naruto’s skill in controlling the Kyūbi. Furthermore, they are fighting an unpredictable enemy and must be willing to use their full power in battle, so Naruto should be allowed through.
The Raikage remains unconvinced. He can’t place his faith in Naruto because there’s no proof that he has the strength to succeed. B tries to persuade the Raikage with a demonstration of his own strength and attacks once more with a lariat. The Raikage doesn’t try to dodge because he believes B’s lariat is inferior to his own. He waits and when B lands his hit, the Raikage goes for a gut punch. In turn, B blocks the Raikage’s fist with his own and B informs A that he’s been misjudged ever since A became Raikage.
Heavy is the head …
Cue another flashback as A remembers becoming Raikage. Emotionally disturbed after both inheriting the burden of Raikage and losing his father, A gets in a rage at his father’s funeral. He smashes through walls and escapes to a place where he can collect his thoughts and mourn alone. B comes to comfort him, but A only sees the burden of his position through his tears. He inherited a nation in the midst of a war and now it’s his duty to protect the village. Put in a difficult position, he begins thinking as a leader, a lone protector, rather than as part of a team with his brother. As Raikage, A issues his first order to his brother. B is to train at Thunder Gorge mountain and master the Tailed Beast Bomb. Afterwards, he will forever remain in the village as a last line of defense against invaders. At this point, A has transitioned from seeing his brother as a shinobi to seeing his brother as a tool.
It’s a hard knock life for us.
Back in the present, A tries to convince B of how important he is to the village. No matter how strong B and Naruto believe they are, the previous seven jinchuriki also fell to Akatsuki. Yet, B believes that Naruto and he won’t suffer the same fate, and I’m inclined to agree. The other seven jinchuriki may have been easily captured, but Naruto has faced nine Akatsuki members (ten if you include Kabuto) and is still alive. He even had a hand in defeating Itachi, Orochimaru, Deidara, Kakuzu, Kisame, and Nagato on occasion, so he’s fairly experienced at fighting S-class ninja.
A and B exchange lariats, and B proves that he’s surpassed A’s strength by throwing him down. Finally, the Raikage realizes that B’s strength really comes from the bond they formed as brothers, and so the chapter ends.
The art this chapter wasn’t exceptional, but it was serviceable. All the usual suspects were in attendance. There were a couple of well drawn standoffs. My favorite standoff and overall panel this chapter is the above one in which Tsunade is protecting the jinchuriki. Tsunade hasn’t seen much action in Part 2. Since the time-skip, she’s mostly been in a supporting role healing people or having tense conversations with her peers. It’s nice to see her ready for action, even if she didn’t actually cut loose this chapter.
The action shots this chapter were also well handled. There was a range of dynamic movement, from A and B wrestling to A tossing his brother at Naruto.
The money shot this chapter would have to be Minato poised to strike B. Minato is the essence of calm in this panel whereas B and his fellow squad-mate are surprised, tense, and sweating. It’s an effective juxtaposition. And the backgrounds, of course, are characteristically well drawn.
That’s not to say the chapter was without art of questionable quality. In fact, there were enough panels that looked unfinished to be noticeable (like the above). Generally though, the chapter delivered some solid art.
Overall, I rather liked Naruto 543. The flashbacks were really interesting. We got to see Minato fight some more and we saw a more emotional side of A. The position of Kage is very important in the village system, and I thought it was a nice touch to show the kind of burden that would be on a young ninja. Compare A’s reaction to his promotion to the preternatural calm of Minato who has accepted that he will live his life in service of his people. I also like that Tsunade stood up for Naruto, and I think that she’s really beginning to see him as the future Hokage. Not as a kid with potential, but as an exceptionally skilled shinobi with empathy to spare for anyone he meets.
The action in the present timeline during the chapter was predictable, and some of the dialogue repeats what we’ve seen in previous chapters, but I thought the fight concluded satisfactorily. It will be nice, though, to get back to the war and get the main plot moving again.
Despite a few minor flaws, this was a solid chapter. Thus, Naruto 543 gets a ...
4 out of 5.
Last week I predicted that we’d leapfrog through more of the Hidden Cloud’s history, and while I was right on that account, the snippets we were shown deviated from what I expected. I didn’t expect to see more of the Fourth Hokage in action. Likewise, I expected A to be shown inheriting the title of Raikage, but I’m surprised we don’t learn of how he died. Perhaps that story is being saved for whenever Kishimoto deals with the revived Kage from Chapter 525.
Next chapter, I predict that A, having witnessed B’s strength, will finally come around and he and Tsunade will accompany the jinchuriki in battle. It’ll probably be best to split the group up so that Madara can’t capture the jinchuriki in one go. Thus, I expect Naruto and Tsunade to head towards the main shinobi camps where they’d be most useful in identifying infiltrators. The A-B duo will probably head towards Gaara’s division who could probably use backup soon since they’re being followed by four kage. I’m still not sure where Itachi and Nagato fit into this. I think that eventually, the story will dictate that Itachi meet with Sasuke to clear up Sasuke’s misconceptions of the Uchiha massacre. But I don’t expect this will happen for a while. Until then, I think that Nagato and Itachi will be used by Kabuto to either delay the Moon’s Eye Plan or to swoop in afterwards and steal the spoils of Madara’s labor.
- “I carry a lot on my back, too...”
- “You may be my enemy, but I like your style. You move like a true killer shinobi.”
- “I’m letting Naruto through.” Finally.
- Bleach and One Piece were also pretty good this week. Not the best they’ve been, but they’re similarly solid outings that’d I would give a 4 out of 5.
As always, thanks for sticking around. I’ll see you next week space cowboy...
Last edited by blackjack612; June 16, 2011 at 03:44 PM. Reason: Typo
very nice review and i have to agree this chapter get a 4/5
I was wondering what the title was referring to as being unforgettable, please share your thoughts on this.
i rate the chapter 3/5
Personally anything that increases the chances of naruto losing the kyubi is welcome so naruto going to war is fine with me.
nice review,and I liked this chapter too. about your review,blackjack, i think u have forgotten to say the flashback ended without an end.actually,it was stopped (by naruto's escape). I'm sure the end of the flashback is important,minato was going to do something and something else has happened,the last picture of the flashback was made of lines,lines of movements and action. this is why I'm waiting for the end. Kishi is a really genious,he stopped showing the flashback so he could show how the story goes on and making us not tired of the flashback,but stopping it he will can go on with it because we do want to know its end now!
I believe that if they do split up, Naruto will be going back to HQ with Tsunade. The A-B duo will go over to Gaara's division. I think that next chapter we'll have them resolve things and then get a report from Shikaku about the Zetsus. Shikaku will then tell them that the solution is Naruto with his sensor abilities. Shikaku will report that he remembered Yamato's report about Naruto's new abilities, therefore urging Naruto and Tsunade to come back and help out Ao at the HQ to weed out the Zetsus. I sure hope Naruto will come back with Tsunade without complains and understanding his role at the moment.
If he does, Shikaku will bring up the matter of teamwork and that everyone has a role to play. Which he explains to Naruto what his role is right now.
edit: I've also seen the chapter called 'Words That Can't Be Discarded', so the title definitely refers to either or both messages I mentioned above.
Now do you just think that the plot necessitates that Naruto will eventually lose the Kyubi (as I do), or do you just think he's over-reliant on the beast? Or are you just tired with that plotline.
Last edited by blackjack612; June 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM. Reason: additional information
Instead naruto is still a gennin, still does not have leadership experience and is now dependant on superman modes while his true ninja skills(base mode skills) are mainly stagnant.
not to mention the feeling I have whenever naruto uses the kyubi that he could have been hokage even if he naver trained as ninja just by controling the kyubi.
Anyway it seems killer bee is immune to the lightning armor in his base mode
That's not to say you don't raise a good point. I partially agree with you, but I think it was worse in the past when he was over-reliant on the Kyubi's chakra without being in control of it. Recently, he's defeated his enemies (Kakuzu and Pain) through basic combat skills, so I would say that at the least he's now actually jonin level (and with sage mode and wind shurkien I'd put him at Kage level). Right now, I'm actually liking how the Kyubi is being used because the new cloak makes it seem like Naruto is learning to use a technique that's been pioneered by the Sage of Six Paths. It seems like an actual technique now.
I'II grant you that his basic ninja combat skills have improved but his strength and speed in base mode are overshadowed by the "super" modes.
I went back to read the manga and I think i made a mistake it seems the Raikage was turning the lightning armor off when Bee got close to him.Quote:
Last edited by Knatz; June 17, 2011 at 01:39 PM. Reason: skipped a word
Awesome review as always, my question is, if raikage is wearing his raiton armor and bee is not even in his cloak mode, why didn't A's arm cut right through bee's neck shouldn't it have more penetrating and cutting power, or is it different than the chidori?
well,I think it would be easier than how it seems,with his speed he needs just to reach every group of ninjas and destroy the zetsus,because he is able to sense them now. I think it also because I can't see other options to defeat the zetsu clones which are damging the Alliance too much. and Shikaku's answer must be connected to Naruto. How they will do I don't know,but I'm sure Naruto is the key. let's see who is right here tooQuote: