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NARUTO Ch. 662 Review -- AV MOD MATERIAL

The series is on life support with some hope of revival. A living will may be a bit premature.

Madara now holds all the Biju, and Naruto and Sasuke are at death's door. This is the world's darkest hour.

The Good

This should have been more of the focus.
This should have been more of the focus.

It took a week, but we've finally been given a chapter that focuses on what should be important. The near dying protagonist. Everyone is rushing in a frantic pace to keep him alive just long enough to pull some rabbit out of the hat. It's some genuine tension in a story that has been dragging on for far, far too long. It does fall a touch flat as Hinata abruptly trips over nothing. The author was trying too hard there.

Maybe I've been reading this series long enough, but I'm getting the distinct impression that I can see where this melodrama is heading. Mind you, this is just my own prediction, but I'm betting that Gaara is rushing Naruto to Minato. That way he can seal the other half of Kurama into Naruto. Doesn't sound too far fetched, right?

The Bad

It wasn't funny the first time.
It wasn't funny the first time.

It's almost as if Kishimoto had to think up a reason for the alliance's long absence on the fly, and his expositional dialog is incredibly heavy handed. Suddenly, every single one of these people are completely out of power. Yet no one has seem to have thought up the brilliant idea of spreading out or creating a smoke screen. To top it all off, we discover that the Shinobi Alliance is being held back by Spiral Zetsu, and the revival of one of the lamest jokes in the series' history. Poop jokes, seriously?

For as much as I enjoy the art, it sort of contradicts the plot. Several characters are talking about a lack of power, but they're still cloaked in the Nine-Tail's chakra boosting armor. While I'm on the topic. How do they even still have that protection? It was based on Naruto's connection to Kurama and his concentration. Neither of which he now has.

Verdict 3/5

For the first time in a while, I didn't feel the urges to skim the pages. It was a pretty entertaining read. The finer lines are where the chapter falters. He's not especially gifted and combining drama and humor, and this giant holding back the alliance feels completely made up as an excuse for why no one has been helping in the previous weeks. it's a certain improvement. Let's hope Kishimoto can keep this up.

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Lurkeroon Jan. 28, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.

I think that being deprived of a good story for multiple weeks makes any little bit of progress or exposition seem good. "Seem" being the key word there.

If the conclusion of this event is a deus-ex-machina type of plot then I may very well drop Naruto until closer to the actual ending. I have no idea how anyone could possibly defeat Madara when he has that much power.

Jinbeifan1on Jan. 28, 2014 at 1:31 p.m.

DIIIIIIEEEEE SAUSUKE!!!!!!

Destinyheroknighton Jan. 28, 2014 at 3:55 p.m.

For Ninjas, they don't act like ninjas. Sasuke's group have the right idea by hiding from the giant, I really wish Kishimoto call them something else other then Ninja

Where did Spiral Zetsu come from? This really feel last minute

I also wondering why everyone not using the free chakra Naurto give them to fight

Sasuke is a fool for attacking Madara like he did, I thought he was the smart one. Do Madara have the power to make his enemies dumb when fighting him?

zaldaron Jan. 29, 2014 at 6:43 a.m.

For the age group this is aimed at - twelve year old boys - poop jokes are the height of sophistication. (See way to many American movies) but yeah I agree Naruto should move past it.

Halberdierv2on Jan. 29, 2014 at 6:11 p.m.

I think you'll probably find the reason for Kishimoto's lack of overall performance in the past while when you realize why there was no chapter this week.

sergioon Jan. 31, 2014 at 2:46 p.m.

I think it's happeining for a reason but regardless Kishimoto has a surprise for us in the next chapter i see it hard but the will of fire we prevail.

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