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AV MOD MATERIAL: NARUTO Ch. 649 Review

Leadership isn't just about commanding. It's also about inspiring others into action.

The Shinobi Alliance may be drained and beat down, but they've not been broken. Naruto's will of fire has spread through their hearts and ignited a blaze of action.

The Good

Naruto is recklessly selfless, but these two are Sasuke fan-girls?
Naruto is recklessly selfless, but these two are Sasuke fan-girls?

Alright, this is how Kishimoto should be mixing story and action. Last chapter, the battle for the fate of reality was interrupted by a flashback of a bunch of old guys arguing over a table. This chapter focuses on the will of the alliance to support Naruto.

Easily my favorite among these scenes is Shikamaru's desire to stay alive to be Naruto's Hokage adviser. To be the Tobirama to his Hashirama. In a way, to be his brother. Last week, I was annoyed by the meaningless comparisons of characters, but it's the sentiment behind this that makes it far more moving. Naruto's motivating Shikamaru into action by his example.

The Bad

Who are these people?
Who are these people?

The thing that confused me was the two pages that only showed random members of the Shinobi Alliance getting fired up. While I understand the purpose, why not add in a few of NARUTO's random cast in the mix? There are a lot of characters that have been AWOL for quite a while in the series.

Verdict 5/5

The level of sentiment is certainly rising, and this fight seems to be coming to an end. That's worth celebrating. However, don't think I didn't notice that this is continuing the cycle of one chapter of action and two of exposition. A veritable one step forward, two steps back pacing. It just didn't bother me this time since the emotions and motivations felt far more natural this time.

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Halberdierv2on Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.

things should get interesting in the next 2 chapters. I'd also like to see what Kakashi's up to. part of me is wondering if he'll somehow get Rin resurrected to shut Obito up.

Lurkeroon Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.

I can see Naruto being Hokage because of all the power and motivation potential he has, but I would seriously hope that the decisions are left up to Shikimaru.

I also have a joke theory that Shino has been planning something all along and will be the person to save the day. I love that Shino has everything planned out way before the actual event takes place.

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