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NARUTO Ch. 657 Review -- AV MOD Material

Much like Madara, this arc just refuses to die, and it only seems to grow.

Burn, Baby, Burn. It's a Disco Inferno!
Burn, Baby, Burn. It's a Disco Inferno!

Returned to the flesh, Madara goes on a rampage to put forth his own plans, and it appears no one has the power to stop him from hunting the Biju before him.

The Good

Next week shows some promise.
Next week shows some promise.

I enjoy that this chapter addresses some of my issues of Madara choosing to return to the flesh, in place of an immortal Edo Tensei form. The best thing I can say is that the action is well paced. This feels more like a kung-fu action film at times. That's when NARUTO can often be at its best.

The art looks really good in scenes, and it explains the details well enough. It just over explains a tad when it comes to Black Zetsu.

The Bad

If I can take anything about of this manga experience, it gives me a good gauge of my own tolerances. I'm a patient person, and have no issues with long arcs for manga. However, this arc has crossed the three year mark, and the finale looks as if it'll be stepping into its fourth. Maybe this is my line? I often wonder how the Japanese audience feels about this.

Although, is this really me who's tiring, or are the events are just unbalanced? Ideally, your climax should be on a scale that dwarfs what preceded it. I'd ask you to go through the events of this war. Doesn't this battle against Madara feel 'small' when compared to everything that has passed?

Verdict 3/5

This chapter was certainly better than some of the previous weeks, but I'm not sure that's saying a whole lot. It really doesn't do anything that offends. In fact, it hardly does much at all but set up events for next week. That's not to say there's no fun to take out of this. It's pretty fast in its pacing, and leaves off with an interesting cliffhanger.

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Destinyheroknighton Dec. 12, 2013 at 2:27 p.m.

Sasuke just got my vote for becoming Hokage after this Arc (can't believe I said that), while every else was looking around he was the only one doing something

Anyway, I enjoy the chapter (make me like Sasuke a little more)

josai21on Dec. 13, 2013 at 4:33 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight said:

Sasuke just got my vote for becoming Hokage after this Arc (can't believe I said that), while every else was looking around he was the only one doing something

Anyway, I enjoy the chapter (make me like Sasuke a little more)

Your comment made my day. Honestly this manga would be alot more interesting if Sasuke was the main character. Make it more dark and gloomy like Death Note or something.

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