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Taking the good with the bad are the facts of the shinobi life.

I'm trying, Hashirama. I'm trying.
I'm trying, Hashirama. I'm trying.

The First Hokage struggles to keep up the heart of the Shinobi Alliance as the Infinite Tsukuyomi looks to be inevitable. Though pushed into a corner, Naruto finds the will to continue the good fight and stop Obito's plot.

The Good

My favorite part of the chapter.
My favorite part of the chapter.

Just to start matters off, this chapter had a lot negative points, but we'll get to those in the next portion of the review. The strongest part of this chapter for me is actually the scene that comes completely out of left field and makes little sense. I'm speaking of when Naruto's memories and emotions are being bridged across the alliance via Ino's jutsu. While I'm tiring of the see-saw pacing we've found ourselves stuck in. This moment created a lot of scenes of emotional connection to those surrounding our hero. One of the more touching must be Hiruzen finding out this way that his son has died in his absence. I wish this had been more of the focus.

The Bad

Obito, how many times are we going to have this same discussion?
Obito, how many times are we going to have this same discussion?

It's becoming incredibly difficult to endure this this back and forth pattern that Kishimoto has created this arc. This scene of Naruto rising from despair to have the will to fight should be both incredible and exhilaration. At least, it would have been if this hadn't been the 'third time' this arc the very same thing has happened. Things go bad, Naruto loses heart, Obito says a bunch of annoying prattle, someone else does something to inspire Naruto, then dramatic power-up scene.

What annoys me the most is that it undercuts Hinata's great scene connecting with Naruto, and it replaces it with Sasuke...yet again.

Then there's Karin. Amazing how a character can appear for such a small amount of time and still create such a negative impression on a chapter. She's in a war zone and surrounded by death. Yet it's all she can do to contain herself from wanting to lick the guy who stabbed her and left her for dead. Her level of sycophantic behavior would make Harley Quinn look like a militant feminist.

Verdict 3/5

Don't be under the impression that this is a bad chapter. Many of the moments in the context of this issue are good, but I also can't ignore that we've had these very moments multiple times within this very arc. We may be able to take solace in the idea that this could possibly be the last time we'll have to go through this cycle. With so much of the Shinobi Alliance at death's door, things couldn't get too much worse -- knock on wood. Kishimoto may have finally set the stage for the classic come back from behind scene to put a lid on this arc.

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Lurkeroon Sept. 24, 2013 at 5:39 p.m.

It would be a lot easier if Naruto could just inject friendship directly into his veins.

I've still been keeping up with Naruto, but I have been skimming though the panels with increasing swiftness. I really hope something interesting happens soon. For a series that seemed to be approaching an ending Naruto is long past the optimal time for a climax.

Destinyheroknighton Sept. 24, 2013 at 6:03 p.m.

Karin need some help or she'll be the next Tobi

Anyway, I hope this is the last chapter of Naruto falling and getting back up (but I have a feeling it isn't)

Donwunon Sept. 25, 2013 at 9:24 a.m.


Man just reading the summaries are painful tbh....sad to see this franchise chugger on like this...but anyhow this comedic vid is in all honesty what many fans are expecting to see in the finalish episodes

FoxxFireArt moderator on Sept. 25, 2013 at 10:53 a.m.
Good lord that's hilarious.

As I say in my review. The events in this chapter are mostly good. The problem is that this is the third time stuff such as this has happened.
LHWKnighton Sept. 25, 2013 at 1:35 p.m.

Man I swear Karin is the thirstiest bitch in anime besides Yuno.

Why the fuck was she thinking about licking Sasuke.

better yet where was she planing to lick Sasuke.

jj_jacksonon Sept. 30, 2013 at 3:51 a.m.

i agree gettin tired of the old "power back up" scenes either have naruto stay powered up or stay powered down its getting old. like how much excitement can come from ending the chapter the same way for the third time. smh

AFGMon Oct. 1, 2013 at 1:52 p.m.

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