The last we saw of Naruto he was in between the teeth of a giant monkey tailed beast, ready to be eaten. The Nine Tails is quite fond of living, so we all suspected he would give Naruto some energy to survive this attack, but the Nine Tails is also pretty stubborn when it comes to this stuff so you never know. Will Naruto break the teeth, or be swallowed and then fight his way out from it’s stomach?
So I was totally expecting to see a powered up Naruto within the first or second page of this chapter, but what we got was better, in my opinion. The hero can’t always just power up to save his life, sometimes all it takes is to talk to a wild monkey king to get everything ironed out. Naruto ends up being swallowed by this monster, but instead of his stomach he ends up within that special Jinchuriki place that holds the tailed beast at bay.
Now here is a shocker, we learned that these tailed beast bastards actually have real names! Even better, Four Tails, who just ate Naruto is actually Son Goku, the real Son Goku that Goku from Dragon Ball is based off of! We also learn the Nine Tails name, which is Kurama. Now here is a fun fact, Kishimoto was inspired to create Kurama based on the character from YuYu Hakusho. So will the remaining tailed beasts be named after Shonen Jump characters?
Of course Naruto uses his powers to win over this tailed beast, telling him that he just wants to be friends with him and the other tailed beasts. After a hearty laugh Son agrees to help Naruto, but first he must remove those chains. Now this fight is going to be a little more even. Especially if Son decides to hop into Kakashi or something.... Oh yes that would be amazing.
Even though the nod to Kurama is cool and everything, I expected the Nine Tails to be named something with a little more bite to it, like THE DOMINATOR or LIONEL RICHIE. Hell, they could have even called him Madara, since everyone seems to have that name.
THE VERDICT 3/5
Good chapter overall, and nice to see Guy and Kakashi holding their own. Well, not dying for that matter. It is interesting to think that Naruto might be able to win over all these tailed beasts to his side, because that would be epic, I’m telling you now.