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AV MOD MATERIAL: NARUTO Ch. 626 Review

We have endured this director's cut flashback. Now, it's time to get back to the plot.

Then Madara's purpose must have changed week to week.
Then Madara's purpose must have changed week to week.

Hashirama Senju must finally draw a line between what is important to his dream and his friendship to Madara Uchiha. How far is he willing to go to protect his dream?

The Good

Look, Hashirama finally grew a spine.
Look, Hashirama finally grew a spine.

I do have to say that I'm a bit impressed with Kishimoto's idea of having his audience enduring the extended flashback to mimic the journey of Hashirama, but I wonder if that's actually intentional. For week after week, we had to watch as Hashirama put up with all the mood swings of Madara Uchiha but still offer him a hand. It seems that even the First Hokage has a limit to his generosity. I'm not sure if we'd have appreciated that change if we hadn't seen everything he had to put up with.

You just can't miss the humor in the fact it took Kishimoto eight weeks and seven chapters to basically tell what he sums up in the final panel of this chapter. It was a nice trip, it could have been a touch shorter, and it still doesn't make up for the lame pee joke.

The Bad

This whole fight was never explained.
This whole fight was never explained.

The concept of change is heavy in this final chapter. Hashirama has a solid character arc. We understood how he endured and changed, but Madara's mood seemed to change with the wind. We don't even understand his motivations for what would become their final battle. Though, I'm not under any delusion that it would be any more rational than the other things he's done. I now find him so childish that I don't see him as a threat. That's not great for what's ultimately the puppet master behind Obito.

Verdict 4/5

I actually took a few minutes sitting in my living room after reading this chapter to contemplate my rating. I wondered if I should include my level of pleasure in seeing this flashback coming to an end to the calculation. It's nice to finally see the culmination of Kishimoto's vision with this flashback. While I have a new appreciation for the creation of the Leaf Village and Hashirama's growth. I also came out of this with a sheer level of annoyance for both Madara and the Uchiha in general. The chapter has the content of a 3, but the payoff is what makes this a 4 to me.

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tximinomanon April 12, 2013 at 7:24 a.m.

I've been defending Kishimoto and Naruto all the way but after what has happened this week (for me this review is about last week's chapter) I've had enough. Fuck Kishimoto and fuck Naruto. This is the new Bleach.

Halberdierv2on April 12, 2013 at 8:44 a.m.

@tximinoman: good greif, so characters aren't allowed to change their minds about a decision that would have got them killed otherwise?

tximinomanon April 12, 2013 at 9:58 a.m.

@Halberdierv2: Of course they can, but not just because the author doesn't know what to do with them anymore. I mean... you've been pushing this character to this path your whole manga. Fucking 627 chapters, almost 14 years, telling us how he become this great villain that's going to kill everyone because he thinks ninja world deserve to die (or whatever reason he had, I don't give a fuck anymore really) and then, after he embrace the dark side to the point he actually try to kill his partner (Karin, wich, by the way, also changes her mind about Sasuke because the story needs it -like Orochimaru and like FUCKING EVERYONE IN THE LAST CHAPTER- WTF GIRL HE TRIED TO KILL YOU!!!) and says he's going to kill the main character, you make him change his mind just because he doesn't fit anymore in your manga. FUCK YOU KISHIMOTO. Seriously, this week's chapter is the worst thing that could have happened.

LordTerminalon April 12, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.

: See this is why I'm glad I stopped giving a shit about Naruto after the Pein arc ended.

The Stegmanon April 13, 2013 at 1:02 p.m.

I have no problem with Sasuke changing his mind, frankly I would be upset if he didn't, the course he was headed down was idiotic, I can understand if he wanted to take revenge on Itachi, I can understand if he wanted to take revenge on the village for making Itachi do what he did, but now all of that is resolved, Itachi even told Sasuke himself to let it go, he literally had no reason to be angry anymore.

Acura_Max moderator is online on April 17, 2013 at 12:02 p.m.

@The Stegman: I totally agree. It seemed like the author was just finding ways for Sasuke to get angry at the village.

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