The Shinobi Alliance comes to Naruto's aide just as the Ten-Tails is revived and Team Kakashi goes on the counter attack. It's battle of brains, power, and brawn. Who's going to come out on top, and who's going to get blown to tiny bits by a beast of legend.
As amazing as it is to see pretty much every named character in the alliance behind our protagonist just as the fight reaches its climax. I just can't get it around my head that NARUTO will be continuing after this arc. You have all four nations literally uniting together under one goal, you had an army of the greatest shinobi that ever lived, and Naruto is up against the masterminds behind the death of his parents and the biggest bads the Shinobi World has ever seen, Madara Uchiha and the Ten-Tailed Beast.
Despite all the flourish and grandeur of the all the justu that go flying that are aimed at imprisoning the Ten-Tails. The highlight for me was in Ch. 613 where Shikakustands firm as he delivers the plan to win this battle for the good guys. Even while facing an impending death. However. I still think Ino's tears are a bit premature. Especially when you look at just how hard it is to kill a character in a Shonen Jump series. Just look at Byakuya Kuchiki. Though, maybe that have more to do with popularity rankings. Shikamaru may be screwed out of his literal father figure this time.
This Shinobi World War arc has been a wild ride that's pretty fun. Though, I think Kishimoto may be shooting himself in the foot with this one. He's pretty much summed up every loose threat the series has ever had. There's not much left to learn, and an emo-final battle between Naruto and Sasukedoesn't sound incredibly appealing. I just get this feeling that the arc is going to wind up like the Fake Karakura Town arc in BLEACH. People will end up feeling as if it should've ended here. I certainly wouldn't mind being wrong about that. I would like to see more Samui - - figuratively and literally.
Ultimately, my concerns with the arc as a whole aren't related to these chapters. These past two have been pretty great. I think the scenes, art, and revelations more than make up for anything that can hold it back. They certainly aren't skimping on the action. I look forward to seeing the outcome of Shikaku's plan next week. Do you all believe he's really dead?