Blank's Observations - Chapter 371

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Welcome to my Lite version of my observations. I apologize for the wait. But first things first, thanks to Kylara (of course for the excellent raws), Manga Share and Blud for the scan and Hisshouburaiken for the translation.

I realize that this is coming out about the time the new chapter is, but I hope you will enjoy it anyway, ^_^.



1. Prey and Predator and then Predator again


Hurray! Again with seemingly biblical reference between the Hawk and the Serpent here. While this may appear to be my first comment, it is deceiving. It did this last, but with my new time restrictions I can’t put out as much information as I want. So, for now I will choose not to include my observations on this matter because I had no time to finish them.

2. Karin Gifted, Suigetsu Expirienced?



Karin, master of chakra-sensing that she is, failed to recognize the chakra pattern of kage bunshins. She went so far as to describe the predicament in a baffled manner. Not only did she not recognize it, her lack of knowledge was reaffirmed by her response when the kage bunshin dissipated.

Suigetsu on the other hand (at least after seeing it dissipate), knew exactly what it was. His character is veiled behind a mysterious past. I am anxious to see how much interaction he has had with particular parties within the Ninja community.

Despite Karin’s talents she seems to be lacking in experience. The kage bunshin jutsu, despite being banned (in Leaf) and probably being quite rare, has been seen used by numerous Shinobi (Naruto, Kakashi, Sandaime, Konohamaru, and even that Rock Nin in KG). Her lack of experience with kage bunshins is understandable, but being highly proficient in chakra-sensing, one is expected to know the finer details of chakra. She is gifted, but lacking even the rudimentary understanding of kage bunshins, which indicates that she lacks experience and has thrived off her innate abilities. She has always struck me as the weakest fighter in Hebi. Her apparent lack of knowledge of particular ninja tactics (not necessarily information, e.g. orochimaru) will definitely surface in some manner during future battles.


3. Three Thrifty Thoughts Through The Trio



Ok let’s see here (and for lack of substantial or, rather, sizable amounts of material here, this is more of a half comical artistic observation):

A) Juugo – here with his ‘oh’ face again. Wait, no, that’s not the one. It appears to be the same cool and scary style associated with his darker half. This does not necessarily have any profound foreshadowing. In fact, I highly doubt that he will go all sadistic in the next chapter. It is just nice to see his character portrayed so sinisterly.

B) Sasuke, eating too many brownies are we? Enough said on that, deduce what your will from it, most simple explanations lean towards nothing significant. It’s just cool to look at a chubby Sasuke.

C) Something about her posture strikes me as odd, un-ninjalike one might say. There is nothing I really want to pinpoint here, but again, Karin stands out as the weak link from an aesthetic standpoint. While there is little to substantiate this point, there is fairly nothing to disprove it unless you consider her glasses menacing. Overall though, placing little importance on her representation here would be the safe path. Trying to induce the mentality of an artist through his/her work is a shoddy thing at best. I just wanted to provide something to read =).

3. Perfectly Perpetuated Plot Pragmatism Perfection



Yay for plot continuity! Funny, I mentioned Ibiki in last chapter’s review but I didn’t really think that Jiraiya would use him as a resource. Jiraiya’s style and allotted time required a practical, yet not instantly lethal method; ergo Ibiki is perfect for achieving his applicable goals.

4. Perceptive Paper Cuts




Konan’s ability was able to detect Jiraiya without seeing his undisguised self (poor Jiraiya, his disguise was a total wash, he should have stuck with the mustache). She might be another chakra-sensing specialist of sorts or (if we are to believe she has a past with Jiraiya), something about Jiraiya could have been familiar and blown his cover.


5. A Lover, Fighter, Student, and Body-snatcher



Sorry for the brevity of the following comments:

Obviously, the fact that Pein refers to Jiraiya as Sensei implies that Jiraiya taught Pein in some capacity at some point in time. It could be one of a few scenarios. Because of time constraints (>_<), I will go over just two. One, Pein was a refugee or foreign ally that was granted the privilege to train under one of the Sannin, likely at an early age. Two, Pein was the third member of the team under Jiraiya. Granted, the picture (which shows Jiraiya’s team including Minato) looks nothing like him, but considering he is a body switcher – who knows. The first body seen in the shadows is at least his more permanent vessel because he has been seen throughout all the Akatsuki interactions in it. Eh, oh well; Three, an old Leaf underling that also trained under Jiraiya. The second and first are the most reasonable and the second seems most likely despite the lack of resemblance. Konan seems to match the second teammate and unless Pein was just a random Ninja friend that also trained under Jiraiya, he is probably the third.

Addressing the Pein’s new body -> It is defiantly an clone. The need to store it indicates that it is either a biological clone, but to be less incongruous with the plot a better theory is that the clone is a special clone that requires storage to maintain the unique chakra principles that they contain. Either way, they are real bodies not too dissimilar to kage bunshins (but without the same properties). The fact that it appears to be Deidara’s body doesn’t surprise me. Pein has recruited him for his ability (via proxy of sasori) and has commented on the nature of Deidara’s ability before. It does interest me that he switched bodies after first detecting the disruption. What led him to make the change? I wonder.

Pein mentions that he no longer holds any love for Jiraiya; this strongly implies that he did at one point have an emotional attacment to him. Konan also has intimate knowledge of Jiraiya’s techinuqes. Even without elaborating, it can be deduced that Pein and Konan were both students of Jiraiya at some point. Pein seems more likely from the translation and less likey from the picture of Jiraiya’s old team. The opposite applies to Konan.

I ran out of time before this next chapter. I figured I would post what I had of my review and shorten the rest. I will be back on later to answer any replys (I'll make the time damnit!).
 

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