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AV MOD MATERIAL: NARUTO Ch. 650 Review

Apparently you can be desensitized to awesomeness.

How about a little personal space, Sasuke?
How about a little personal space, Sasuke?

The combined Shinobi Alliance goes on the offense as Naruto and Sasuke try to break Obito's incredible defense.

The Good

Is Obito's plot-blocking finally coming to an end?
Is Obito's plot-blocking finally coming to an end?

This has certainly been one of the more active chapters of NARUTO that I've seen in quite a while. A lot of characters are being allowed their time to shine in some way. Heck, even Orochimaru has some highlights. You aren't going to lack for some great art in the chapter for this week. You can tell thatKishimoto put a lot of work into this one.

Naruto and Sasuke's beast-power modes look impressive, but I have to wonder if it was the best tactic against a normal sized target. They look like a giant trying to strike a buzzing fly. That does increase your area of attack, but it also makes it easier for your opponent to see the attack coming.

The Bad

I believe that this is the fifth count on Naruto being de-powered just to power right back up this arc. Just imagine how frustrating it would have been if Goku had lost Super Saiyan status every time he was knocked down. My eyes were rolling as I saw Naruto in normal-mode and Obito yammering. The chapter closing should be thrilling and dramatic, but we've had this sort of scene repeated to the point that I'm desensitized. You can have too much of a good thing.

The worst part of the chapter was Kakashi pondering on Obito's motives yet again. His monologue seems to imply that Obito, deep in his heart, just wants Naruto to stop him. Kishimoto really needs to stop trying to make Obito seem like some tragic figure. That ship sailed long ago with his childish motives.

Verdict 4/5

Please, stop teasing me.
Please, stop teasing me.

The chapter has a lot of excellent art and some really cool looking moments. I'm just struggling to be as excited as I know I should be. This should be the time I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next chapter. While I do look forward to the next edition. I find myself feeling more excited that this is finally looking to really end.

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Lurkeroon Oct. 16, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.

At some point power levels just get annoying. When I looked back at DBZ I realized that though Goku rarely got de-powered, the Cell and Buu saga relied heavily on enemies that could regenerate. It was an exercise in monotony because the enemies would get defeated and regenerate each time as if it was still surprising after the first time.

Since Naruto kind of avoided the regenerating enemy thing Kishimoto has to de-power Naruto each time he wants to try and make the battle exciting again. It's different, but just as annoying. It's also not awesome anymore. Kishimoto needs to hurry this up.

zaldaron Oct. 17, 2013 at 12:19 a.m.

We need a term for when a show does something (like they did in Dragon Ball Z) to mock it and no one catches it so they repeat it in other shows calling back to the original, that was mocking it - and in the process show exactly why the original was mocking it in the first place!

tximinomanon Oct. 17, 2013 at 12:29 a.m.

Well... you can't compare Naruto's fox state to Goku's Super Saiyan state because by the time Goku had a real fight in that state he did control it. You could compare to Goku's SS mode while fighting Freezer but back then, after he transformed, his enemy didn't put much of a fight so we really never saw if he could lose the state. To have a fair comparison this fight's more like when Ichigo fought Grimjow and was constantly losing his mask.

My guess is that Naruto's power comes back and forth because he can't really control it. When Obito beats him he loses concentration and therefore, loses his fox state.

That being said... I've always liked Naruto's "My ninja way" speech but this comes way too late. This fight has last forever, and even if we do see and end to it in the next couple of weeks I'm way too tired to care about it anymore.

Destinyheroknighton Oct. 20, 2013 at 7:39 p.m.

Just waiting for this war to be over with, really hoping Tobi don't pull a Pain and return everyone back to life

Also, I was hoping Naruto would try to give Sasuke a fist bump :)

That would make this war ten X better

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