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AV MOD MATERIAL: NARUTO Ch. 642 Review

Those who can, do. Those who can't, raise a legendary beast from the dead and become its Jinchuriki just to make them feel self important.

In the face of what seems like a hopeless battle against Obito wielding the Ten-Tails' power, Naruto discovers a rather convenient opening.

The Good

Fanservice at its best, as defined by Tom.
Fanservice at its best, as defined by Tom.

The only thing that's worse than having a grossly overpowered antagonist is for your hero to be just as overwhelming or more so. Once your hero overcomes god-level enemies, how could anyone following pose a reasonable threat? It's just not that fun reading a story about a hero that just runs over all in their path. We want to see them persevere and win out in the face of what seems to be impossible odds.

Ever since Obito gained control of Ten-Tails' power, we've been dealing with chapters that had the sole purpose of showing us how much of a threat he has become. This week, Naruto really impresses by finding a unique vulnerability in Obito's armor. The Senjutsu comes across as an overly-convenient weakness, but it makes for a great strike in the final pages of the chapter. However, we all know that Naruto's time in Sage Mode is limited. That keeps things tense and exciting.

The Bad

You make it easy to be annoyed.
You make it easy to be annoyed.

I preferred Obito when he wasn't talking and reminding us of what a man-boy he can be. Do we really need yet another reminder about his childish motivations? Add to that Minato spending a page of this issue wallowing in self doubt because of Obito. We already had these moments with Kakashi. That was grating enough, and now we're dealing with a repeat performance.

Verdict 4/5

Foreshadowing, maybe??
Foreshadowing, maybe??

The chapter could have been an easy 5 out of 5 if we didn't have to deal with more of Obito's whining and Minato's page long self pity. I really appreciate that Naruto is finding a smart way of getting around Obito's incredible defense in place of trying to overpower it. Just don't be under the impression that Naruto has reached his peak for the arc. This chapter reminded me that Minato sealed half of Kurama's power into himself before he died. That's screaming to become a major level-up for Naruto sooner or later.

It's time for the Obon Festival in Japan, and that means WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP goes into the Summer break period. There will be no NARUTO chapter next week, so that means no review. We'll be back on August 26th.

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

The Stegmanon Aug. 15, 2013 at 6:33 a.m.

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