It's CHAPTER 573.....WHAT CHAPTER ARE WE ON NOW DAMN IT? like 600 something?
Maybe, they got lost. It's probably hard to find Naruto. I mean it's not like there are massive monsters, and explosions, everywhere.
Well they are probably smarter then you give them credit to.. They noticed Biju's fighting out, Bijudamas, Flashdamas... Madara poping huge dragons, GM statue going crazy and so on...
Who in their right mind would get close to that?
And has the dragon turned fully into a tree or is naruto still trapped in it?(as the 2 narutos protecting kakashi and gai are clones)
as for the rookies....they are taking there sweet ass time...and really only 5 or 6 of them will be of any use rest will just get in the way
when they need to get saved by Naruto , Kishi will bring back them to story again !!
Rock Lee didn't pay attention where he's headed and bumped his face onto Sakuras ass. She snaped and got all SHANAROOOOOOO!! on him and from that point onward it all escalated quickly. Now all of them are lying around in the plains, knocked out or gravely injured. Except for Shikamaru of course, he's just sitting there waiting for them to wake up, while thinking about how all of his comrades suck.
See, though I hated the "Obito is Tobi" revelation as much as everyone else, there was only one point in the manga when I thought it'd come true: When Kakashi and Gai saved Naruto from Tobi. I kept thinking: "Why would Kishi bring Kakashi to this fight against Obito? It can't be for moral support for Naruto because his entire generation is on their way, and they could give him that support from the sidelines. There has to be another reason."
And I was right. Lol. With that said, if they all show up they can watch from the sidelines without being oneshotted thanks to a few different scenarios. Maybe Obito casts a Tajuu Uchiha Kaenjin that won't let anyone close to Naruto? Maybe they all just go throw kunai at Gedo Mazo over and over, and Obito laughs and ignores them because none of them are strong enough to hurt it? Maybe the Mazo transforms just as they arrive, causing an explosion of chakra to knock everyone down. They can all talk, but they're all doing that "lay on the ground and grimace because they're too hurt" thing?
Either way, I hope Sasuke crosses paths with the Rookie 9 on their way to their destination. That'll be infinitely more interesting than seeing them act as cheerleaders for Naruto.
honestly traveling with a group that big would take some time, not everyone has the same pace, they may ran into more zetsus on the way, or healing their injured
All over the place. Divison 4 was annihilated by Madara's double meteor attack so you can forget Shikamaru or Temari coming to the rescue. Divisions 3 is the closest since Gai and Kakashi got there quickly. So the quickest ones to the battle would be Sai and Lee. Most fo the Rookies are in Divisions 1&2 and they are furthest from the scene. They'll arrive just in time for the brainwash party.
For some reason Kakashi and Gai got there way ahead of everyone else. Thanks to the amazing power of plot-no-jutsu.
It sucks the Konoha 12 have been out of the story for so long. They are such popular characters and really the backbone of the manga if you look at it as a coming as age story. Kishi has really neglected them the past few years. I would hate for them to be just Naruto cheerleaders in this fight. They badly need to shine.
As Itachi said, Naruto needs to learn to rely on his friends. What better time than now?
---------- Post added at 04:45 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:43 PM ----------
Hmm... so ever since the rookies left, Sasuke has had time to:
- Kill off the Zetsus at Tobi's hideout
- Wander around the battlefield for a while
- Find Itachi
- Follow Itachi across the forest
- Fight Kabuto
- Talk to Itachi for a while
- Talk to Juugo and Suigestu for a while
- Revive Orochimaru
- Talk to Orochimaru for a while
I guess the rookies took a snack break or something