The trust between two young shinobi is tested. It's a choice between their friendship or the fate of their clan.
I very much appreciate how the stone skipping theme pays off in a meaningful way this week. The touch of the warning messages I especially liked. The chapter raises the possibility of betrayal, but this level of concern for each other should only build their trust in one another. It's just a bit annoying when we know that it will only fall apart in some act of bitter rivalry over leadership.
It dawned on me recently as I was reading this chapter. The Shinobi World War arc has become a slipshod mess where a side-story is being shoved inside the main plot in ways that nature never intended. Just like a turducken. The arc started mostly solid. It trailed of a touch when we had the Kabuto fight. Now, the conclusion is being interrupted first by Sasuke's scene, then this extended flashback ofHashirama and Madara as kids. Are we really taking a break from the war for pee jokes?
You have to question why Kishimoto is showing this sympathetic side of Madara. It may give the character a level of depth, but seeing a side of him before the Uchiha emo-curse strikes seems fruitless. We all know going in that he's just going to become an irrational jerk. One who becomes responsible for nearly everything negative in this series. More and more, I'm finding myself siding with Tobirama's point of view.
This has honestly become an arc within an arc, within an arc. It's frustrating enough when the NARUTO and BLEACH anime series put filler arcs in the middle of the canon. Matters are just made worse here when for everything this flashback does right. It turns around and undercuts itself. I like seeing where these two came up with the idea and location for the Leaf Village, then it just over extends scenes using lame jokes. I've mentioned it before, but someone get Kishimoto and editor.
Just a bit of heads up that NARUTO is on break next week.