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.
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.
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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