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NARUTO Ch. 661 Review -- AV MOD MATERIAL

The suspense is terrible. I hope it will end.

This is how I'm starting to feel about NARUTO.
This is how I'm starting to feel about NARUTO.

The end of Naruto's life swiftly approaches as the Nine-Tails has been ripped from his body and absorbed along with all the other Biju byMadara Uchiha. Neither Tobirama nor Sasuke can stop him from reveling in his victory.

The Good

The suspense is quite literally killing Naruto.
The suspense is quite literally killing Naruto.

It's getting to a point where I feel as if I'm giving a very backhanded compliment as I mainly focus my positives for the chapter on the art alone. It's just that I can't find any real fault in the art. It all looks good. On occasion, this has even been some of Kishimoto's best work within this arc.

The Bad

People are the disease, and Madara's the cure.
People are the disease, and Madara's the cure.

I should be thrilled, worried and/or excited by these events. Naruto's Biju has forcibly been removed. However, this chapter undercuts itself by making it one of the smallest moments of the issue. There are two to three pages before the plot suddenly shifts to this idea of comparing Sasuke with Madara's younger brother.

I'm shaking my head at how uber-powerful Madara has suddenly become. He can just yank in all nine Biju with the ease of teacup Chihuahua on a leash. Yet even that isn't as silly as what follows. The author seems to want us to think that Tobirama was just waiting till Madara thought he succeeded to strike. Rather than say hit him while he was distracted for the past ten to fifteen minutes.

The two then start chatting about motives, and the revived Uchiha dips into one of the most overplayed clich├ęs in the antagonist playbooks. He feels that humanity, has seen my Hashirama, is a failure, so he plans to "cure" it with the Infinite Tsukiyomi. It never even really explains why he's so personally invested in trying to fix it. Aizen's motives made more sense.

Verdict 2/5

Kishimoto honestly seems as if he wants to end this arc but can no longer find the path to it. If he would just tighten the narrative a bit more and stop trying to settle old scores. Bring us back to Naruto, or the alliance members that have just suddenly disappeared. I know Kishimoto is better than this. I would say that he needs an editor, but I doubt that would help at this point.

For as long as his arc has been in the manga, it'll be a nightmare in the anime form. This is probably going to last five to six years, and that's if they don't add filler arcs in the middle.

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Jinbeifan1on Jan. 22, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.

Who else cheered when they saw Sausuke get run through? I know I did. DIE YOU SHITTY SHONEN CHARACTER!!!!!

Lurkeroon Jan. 22, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.

Kishimoto's art is usually understandable, but I didnt get what happened to Sasuke at the end. Telekinesis?

The captions for this write-up are really funny by the way. I think a lot of Naruto fans are so invested that even as the series declines or drags on they can't help but continue reading out of the need to feel complete.

I also agree that too much time is being spent on unsettled conflicts from the past. It seems like Kishimoto feels the need to tie up every little feud or emotional conflict that has been brought up no matter how small.

Destinyheroknighton Jan. 22, 2014 at 7:09 p.m.

Wow, I didn't know Sasuke is this stupid. I really hoping that was a clone not the real him, if that was the real him then I lost all respect for him

So, Sasuke is now Madara's little brother. It seem like every arc Sasuke and Naruto is compare to a ninja who have die

I still wondering what happen to the rest of the army, I pretty sure if they all jump Madara they would have a better chance

@Lurkero:

Madara was using Deva Path, the gravity power

Jinbeifan1on Jan. 23, 2014 at 12:11 a.m.

@Destinyheroknight said:

Wow, I didn't know Sasuke is this stupid. I really hoping that was a clone not the real him, if that was the real him then I lost all respect for him

So, Sasuke is now Madara's little brother. It seem like every arc Sasuke and Naruto is compare to a ninja who have die

I still wondering what happen to the rest of the army, I pretty sure if they all jump Madara they would have a better chance

@Lurkero:

Madara was using Deva Path, the gravity power

I'm surprised you have any respect for him at all in the first place, I lost that for him a loooooong time ago XD he's literally one of the biggest reasons I dont like Naruto as a manga, next to Sakura (I reeeeally was hoping she would die)

tximinomanon Jan. 23, 2014 at 4:12 a.m.

@Lurkero said:

Kishimoto's art is usually understandable, but I didnt get what happened to Sasuke at the end. Telekinesis?

The captions for this write-up are really funny by the way. I think a lot of Naruto fans are so invested that even as the series declines or drags on they can't help but continue reading out of the need to feel complete.

I also agree that too much time is being spent on unsettled conflicts from the past. It seems like Kishimoto feels the need to tie up every little feud or emotional conflict that has been brought up no matter how small.

My guess is that Madara used the same power Pain used against Kakashi: http://www.mangareader.net/93-427-13/naruto/chapter-422.html we need to remember Madara has the Rinnegan so he must have all Pain's powers.

Destinyheroknighton Jan. 23, 2014 at 6:35 a.m.

@Jinbeifan1:

He got some of my respect when he was the only one that was fighting Madara, while everyone else was doing nothing

@tximinoman:

We can't post pirate sites on here

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