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AV MOD MATERIAL: NARUTO Ch. 618 Review

This week's NARUTO is a prime example of what some refer to as climax interruptus.

While Naruto and the Shinobi Alliance fight to save the world, Sasuke is up to something oddly familiar with Orochimaru.

The Good

This would have been really surprising an arc ago.
This would have been really surprising an arc ago.

The artwork was certainly up to the same level of quality that you can expect from Masashi Kishimoto. That spanning, two-page panel of the Leaf Village is impressive by any count. Many artists would use a computer model to save time. I could very well be wrong, but this looks hand drawn. I'd have to check, but that seems to be a mirror of Naruto's post time skip return.

The Bad

And you all thought Aizen was broken.
And you all thought Aizen was broken.

Sure, Naruto was only just about to simultaneously save the world, unite the warring Shinobi Nations behind him, and get justice for the death of his parents, but what's Sasuke up to these days? Really?! It's not that Kishimoto didn't tease this with last week's chapter, but that doesn't make up for pulling the rug out from under the readers so suddenly. It undermines the spectacular drama of Neji's death, Hinata'sresolve, and the realization of Shikaku's plan.

If you were wondering if Kishimoto was running out of ideas. You might be right. The revival of the Four Hokages is far less impressive after Kabuto rose an entire army of the greatest ninja the world has ever seen. Even the way they were revived felt cheap. Orochimaru accomplishes this by acquiring a Noh masks -- that has been conveniently left in place for over a decade --, and it allows him to use the infamous Death God of the Reaper Death Seal (Fūinjutsu: Shiki Fūjin). Not only that, he knows just how to undo the previous seals, and he has away of weaseling out of the consequences. I want to hope that this is only a step one of some wildly different plan. Who knows, maybe this could lead to something bigger, but that isn't clear this week.

Verdict 2/5

A 2 out of 5 may seem harsh, but this chapter was the literally equivalent of a game running 28 to 6 when the power suddenly drops out. What makes this worse is that last week's NARUTO was so exhilarating. We've been waiting over a year for the conclusion of this epic world war, but he make us wait to show Sasuke's story.

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @AnimeVicers/ @ FoxxFireArt

Lurkeroon Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:22 p.m.

I am very annoyed that Kabuto is able to do such powerful magic without suffering any consequences. He has done WAY too much without sacrificing much of himself.

Om1kronon Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:17 p.m.

@Lurkero said:

I am very annoyed that Kabuto is able to do such powerful magic without suffering any consequences. He has done WAY too much without sacrificing much of himself.

Did you get Kabuto confused with Orochimaru? Kabuto kind of isn't in the picture anymore at the moment. However there is always a bigger meaning to why these things are done. And while Kishimoto keeps dishing out these plot boner killers I know this is going to escalate into something bigger.

The bigger picture here is if Orochimaru was unable to undo the demon seal on the third and 4th hokage, then there is no way that Minato won't be able to do the same to unleash Kurama's full power back to Naruto making him retarded powerful. At least this is my hope for this BS segway about crybaby ass Sauske.... This weeks chapter isn't any better.

jj_jacksonon Feb. 5, 2013 at 2:52 p.m.

Well even though it interrupts everything you guys shouldnt be too suprised he has been doing this since the start of the war so it shouldnt be anything new. ANYWAY. Nobodys the least bit interested in hearing what the 1st thru the 4th have to say?? especially the 1st since we have only been told the past from uchiha madara's point of view. How about what happened with the battle between madara and the 1st? i'm sure there is much more too it. I'm thinking we are going to get a nice history lesson pretty soon.

I mean the battle with naruto is exciting in all but i hope they finish it up..its kinda been dragging to me. But then again they are fighting madara obito and the ten tails so i guess it would take a while huh.

Destinyheroknighton Feb. 5, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.

I like the two-page with Sasuke, but I dislike this chapter. It bring up questions, why Orochimaru didn't use the mask on himself? Also can't believe no one steal the masks and no one in the village notice two wanted men walking around

sickVisionz moderator on Feb. 5, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.

I thought this chapter was pretty good. The arrival of Sasuke means that things are about to get interesting and someone is about to get their ass kicked... and you can bet your bottom dollar that there won't be any monologues about the power of friendship breaking up every chapter while it happens.

Username_Undefinedon Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:55 p.m.

@sickVisionz: Have you read this week's chapter? You're right in that there aren't friendship talks, but it explains why the Uchihas are always surrounded by angst.

Just for emphasis, there is an in-world rationalization for Uchihas being walking bags of angst, revenge, and hate.

tximinomanon Feb. 6, 2013 at 1:19 a.m.

As much as I didn't like how this interrupted Naruto's battle, I can't complain because I find this build up for the new (and let's all hope last) arc necesary and I can't think about other timing but now to tell this. I mean, right now the village is nearly empty because almost every shinobi is fighting, if Sasuke and his team have to go there and they don't want to start a fight or anything, they have to do it NOW.

So, yes, it interrupted the whole battle, that's true, but I kind of feel that there was no other way to do it (after all, when Naruto's battle is over the Shinobi alliance will go back to their villages) and also, I think this (and this week's chapter) were quite necessary, because right now Naruto is way stronger than Sasuke so they need some plot twist or random shonnen explanation (like the one Kishi gave us this week) to make the Uchiha strong enough to put up a real fight against the hero.

You can argue whether or not the explanation for the Uchiha powers convince you (it didn't convince me, I found it weak and way too random -but we'll have to discuss that next week I guess) but you can't argue this interlude was sort of necessary

(sorry if my english is bad)

Kuma_From_Argentinaon Feb. 6, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.

This comment is for chapter 619

The First Hokage is hilarious..... He is like Ninja Goku, while the Second is a douchebag

but the thing I loled the most at was the explanation behind the evolution of the Magenkyo Sharingan....

Example:

"OMG my cat died! I loved him! Now I'll rage against the world! MANGEKYO SHARINGAN ACTIVATED!"

"OMFG this milk is past it's expiration date! I wanted a milkshake so bad! I will have my revenge! MANGEKYO SHARINGAN ACTIVATED!"

In short words "UCHIHA CLAN EMO POWER ACTIVATE! MANGEKYO SHARINGAN ACTIVATED!"

sickVisionz moderator on Feb. 6, 2013 at 5:18 p.m.

@Username_Undefined said:

@sickVisionz: Have you read this week's chapter? You're right in that there aren't friendship talks, but it explains why the Uchihas are always surrounded by angst.

Just for emphasis, there is an in-world rationalization for Uchihas being walking bags of angst, revenge, and hate.

There was a time where I really cared deeply about Naruto and that reveal would have just pissed me off. Post-Pain fight where they brought back everyone who died, I've come to expect the ruining of anything dramatic. I thought the reveal was dumb, but I've come to accept that Naruto is dumb so it didn't really surprise or upset me.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Feb. 7, 2013 at 10:07 p.m.

Much about this chapter I found to be underwhelming. However, I might have liked it more if it hadn't cut off the drama of last week. I mostly this this chapter was very poorly placed.

Orochimaru escaping the consequences of this jutsu is irritating. Isn't that technique suppose to effect the soul more than the body? Then the fact no one has ever done anything with that shrine, and the mask just happens to be there. It's just outside the village.

@sickVisionz:

I really don't have a problem when these series talk about the power of friendship and bonds. Remember that these are shonen series targeted toward young kids. That's a positive message for that audience.

That said, Obito rambling on and on about it did get tiresome. That's part of the reason I found this week's chapter so frustrating. That dragged on for so long. I've been looking forward to seeing him finally shut up. Also, Rock Lee looked so bad-ass chopping Madara in half.

@Username_Undefined:

I really don't like Sasuke. Kishimoto has done an absolutely terrible job in making this character in any way sympathetic. He wants to wipe out a bunch of innocent people who had nothing to do with what happened to his clan. In fact, if they knew the truth they would be shocked. It feels as if Kishimoto wanted to end this series with a big fight between rivals, but he threw away the plot. Toriyama did a better job with this theme between Goku and Vegeta.

Can we just kill Sasuke and get Itachi back?

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