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AV MOD MATERIAL: NARUTO Ch. 640 Review

Ahhh! When did NARUTO go all HELLRAISER on me?!

Pull yourself together, man! You're freakin' me the heck out.
Pull yourself together, man! You're freakin' me the heck out.

Things have taken a dark turn as Obito manages to pull himself together and take full grasp of a power not seen since the legendarySage of Six Paths.

The Good

Jinchuriki Warehouse. You're going to like the way you look.
Jinchuriki Warehouse. You're going to like the way you look.

I was getting some serious chills going through this chapter. It was all pretty mundane shonen action up until the point Obito was being ripped apart. The visuals of it was something straight out of HELLRAISER -- which is among the list of films I was too young to have been watching. I applaud Kishimoto for really going for the gore in this scene. It's not something he's touched on very often. Which I think only serves to increase the impact of such a jarring image. I bet he had a hard time selling his editor on that one.

The Bad

They don't need to see you to know you're there, Obito.
They don't need to see you to know you're there, Obito.

The only problem I have with these events is that Obito pulled himself together far too effortlessly in the face of what's designed as an uncontrollable force. It's fine that he manages to control himself, but he suddenly has a mastery of these new abilities that just clicks. This is the same power that the Sage of Six Paths struggled to contain, and I'm expected to believe Obito can harness it becasue of his unhealthy fixation with a girl?

Kishimoto has been hammering the point home of Obito's obsession for Rin. So much so that I'm getting a tad sick of it. I almost wish someone would pull the Edo Tensei on Rin just so she could tell him to get a life.

Verdict 5/5

What could have been a cliche chapter about a villain reaching his "ultimate form" -- I hope --, was turned on its head by the creator making a bold choice with his visuals. It's nice getting this level of shock after the arc has been dragging out this long. Ultimately, this is a chapter with some really incredible art. It's something that I look forward to seeing animated.

I can't help but comment on the irony of the "Finally" chapter title this week. I'll be thinking the same thing when this arc ends. Having your villain reach this point gives us hope that a conclusion isn't far off. How could things possibly get worse? *knock on wood*

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Lurkeroon July 30, 2013 at 7:08 p.m.

I rarely ever enjoy moments when villains or heroes are able to gain a nearly unstoppable power and they are able to control it as if they have been practicing for years.

The last battle between Ichigo and Aizen in Bleach is a very good example of people mastering power much too quickly. I'm not sure if this trope exists in the interest of time or because its just cooler when someone instantly masters a power.

Destinyheroknighton July 30, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.

So the puppet gain a will for itself

Now, here come the annoying bond speeches. Sigh, already missing the mindless rampaging monster

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