Sure, as I was working on this review. I could have gone less classic with the Sharks vs. Jets comparison. The state of conflict may have been more appropriate, but I wanted to go a tad more obscure. It was also the touch of how in this past you couldn't even share your clan name with strangers. Don't think that I missed that the river where Madara and Hashirama met would be the ultimate location of their final battle.
For as critical as I've been on these past few chapters. I actually really enjoyed this week's edition ofNARUTO. The look into the world before the united nations of shinobi were formed was enlightening. The lesson is solid, and it calls to mind the turmoil we've seen in areas such as the Middle East or even Ireland. It's the idea that combat must continue if only for the sake of those fallen. Even if that means sacrificing the children. Poeple have been harsh about Tobirama'sattitude, but his cold pragmatism makes sense when you see the environment he grew up in.
Something that lacks is a stated goal of this era of war. I have no doubt the goal is unreasonable, but it would give some sense of direction. So far, it just seems that the target is to wipe everyone out. That's a bit too cliche. Even if those are the real motives. In the real world, people make up something else as their justification.
If the sharingan becomes activated when one suffers loss. I take it Madara didn't care much for his lost brothers. He hardly even seems bothered. Though, when you're that young, and you're expected to fight in war. I imagine that must harden one. Madara must have been especially close to his remaining brother for him to be the cause of he Uchiha angst curse. Not sure I want to know too many details there.
My criticism still stands that this side story suffers from extremely poor placement in the plot. This is still a good lesson for the shonenaudience that the dead bare no grudges. It should be more imperative to build the future than constantly avenge the past. Kishimoto even balances the drama well with his touch of Oda-esque humor. I just wonder how this will play out when these two have their ultimate fall out?