My frustrations with the directions of the series put to the wayside. This chapter was far more enjoyable than it has been. Perhaps it's because the emphasis of this edition is more focused on some rather impressively drawn battle and less on advancing any plot. One can just live in the now and bask in the brutality of the Biju playing hacky sack with Madara.
The outcome of this one-sided battle has a rather therapeutic result. Madara has been such a source of annoyance resently. Perhaps Kishimoto was sensing that and wanted to give the audience a little cathartic joy. However, I more suspect this is just serving as a preamble to Madara turning the tables on an almost ridiculous scale.
I know Madara is suppose to be a shinobi of near mythical scale, but I'm having a hard time believing the newly revived Uchiha is this durable. The Biju are suppose to be chakra incarnate. I'm sure they aren't as powerful as the Ten-Tails, but surely they must be at least one-ninth as strong, then this power is multiplied when attacking together. I could've believed this was possible with the Edo Tensei form but not so much with flesh and bone.
A great chapter with a lot of fun. Well illustrated action really is the bread and butter of this series, and Kishimoto put in some serious work on this week's issue. I'm just concerned that this chapter exists just to make Madara's coming counter-attack appear much more impressive now that he has a Rinnegan. Let's just set that side, live in the now, and enjoy what is a fun chapter.
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