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NARUTO Ch. 663 Review -- AV MOD MATERIAL

Sakura goes all Alan Alda on Naruto this week.

She&squot;s thinking, "He could have at least brushed his teeth before going to war."
She's thinking, "He could have at least brushed his teeth before going to war."

Sakura is not only Naruto's friend and team mate, she's also the disciple of the greatest medical-ninja in history. She's always been in Naruto's heart since they were children, but now Sakura literally holds it in her hand to keep his dream from dying with him.

The Good

Hawkeye would be proud, Skura.
Hawkeye would be proud, Skura.

Sure, when I was writing up this article, I could have chosen a more modern reference for my subtitle.GENERAL HOSPITAL, ER, HOUSE MD.,...SCRUBS; but the setting and the vibe of this issue just reminds me of M*A*S*H. I saw all the episodes of M*A*S*H in reruns when I was kid. While Alan Alda did play Hawkeye Pierce, he was also a frequent writer and director in the series. You always knew when you saw him credited as director at the start that things were going to get heavy.

Sakura's determination to keep Naruto alive no matter the risk reminded me of an episode of M*A*S*Hwhere Hawkeye, in a last ditch effort to save someone, resorted to direct heart massage. It was great drama then, and it still works today. This sort of character motivation should have been the focus a few weeks ago. Sure, I'd love to see Sakura take more of the spotlight in a battle, but this is almost as good. If not better in a few ways.

While I do love the scene, I think Kishimoto may have wanted to do a bit more research on anatomy before he drew this chapter. In this scene, he shows Sakura cutting through Naruto's rib cage to get to his heart. I don't have a medical degree, but I'm pretty sure you want to avoid causing more trauma to the body. Also, a bit extreme to go straight to that method before chest compression.

The Bad

Because he wasn't overpowered enough to begin with?
Because he wasn't overpowered enough to begin with?

Things aren't as enjoyable outside of the good aspects of the chapter, and it's looking as if Madara will be the final antagonist of NARUTO. They say you should never have your hero defeat a god, because once they've overcome such an enemy, it becomes next to impossible to create a credible threat in the future. It wasn't bad enough that he was so strong his in mortal revived form that he was bashing around all nineBiju like they were nothing. He's now made himself the Jinchuriki of the Ten-Tails. Thus making him more powerful than the God of the Shinobi.

I may only be speaking from recent memory, but Madara has to be one of the worst final bosses of manga. Who is he to the protagonist? He's nothing more than a name in the history books. Obito was a better choice. He was the one who was responsible for his parents' death, the slaughter of the Uchiha, and countless other massacres across the Shinobi World. Even in BLEACH, Yhwach's actions are what led to the death of Ichigo's mother.

Maybe this critique is a touch premature. It's likely that Hashirama gave Sasuke some tricky jutsu that will pull the rug out from under Madara, but will it also remove all the Biju from him at the same time. That in itself would be just as convenient as was the ease of their capture.

Verdict 4/5

After several weeks of annoyance, NARUTO really brought a great chapter in this edition of WSJ. Putting aside all the issues of Madara and Karin, this was an example of great character writing and drama. Connect the reader to the events, get us to care about what's going on, and don't be afraid to shock us. It hits all three points. It's even worth a second or third read.

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Destinyheroknighton Feb. 11, 2014 at 2:08 p.m.

The drama isn't working for me, because Sakura still have that three years of chakra in that diamond on her head. But, what Sakura did was awesome

I really dislike Karin, that scene was awesome, but why she didn't do that when Sasuke was at death door when fighting Killer Bee or Danzō? And you also telling me that the third hokage is stronger then Karin?

Anyway, I like this chapter

LHWKnighton Feb. 11, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.

No one cares about Sakura, it's Madara's time. Madara FTW

Lurkeroon Feb. 11, 2014 at 3:43 p.m.

Kishimoto has got to be kidding. Madara was so powerful before this transformation that he could defeat all 9 Jinchuriki, and now he is even MORE powerful while Naruto is LESS powerful?

Someone call me when this situation is over. I don't think anything that defeats Madara will be satisfying. It would be difficult to believe anything defeats him at this point. And I will NOT take friendship as an answer.

I get the feeling that either Obito or Sasuke will have some deus-ex-machina Uchiha technique that weakens Madara and allows Naruto to deliver the final blow.

I am also disappointed that Sakura hasn't had a role in a long time, and here we see her just healing Naruto's pitiful body. I was really expecting more from Sakura after her initial battle with Granny Chiyo.

Dream moderator on Feb. 11, 2014 at 6:11 p.m.

The opener pic's likely to get the shipping crowds talking or steaming. XD

tximinomanon Feb. 11, 2014 at 10:49 p.m.

@Lurkero said:

Kishimoto has got to be kidding. Madara was so powerful before this transformation that he could defeat all 9 Jinchuriki, and now he is even MORE powerful while Naruto is LESS powerful?

Someone call me when this situation is over. I don't think anything that defeats Madara will be satisfying. It would be difficult to believe anything defeats him at this point. And I will NOT take friendship as an answer.

I get the feeling that either Obito or Sasuke will have some deus-ex-machina Uchiha technique that weakens Madara and allows Naruto to deliver the final blow.

I am also disappointed that Sakura hasn't had a role in a long time, and here we see her just healing Naruto's pitiful body. I was really expecting more from Sakura after her initial battle with Granny Chiyo.

Madara might be powerful but Naruto has a power he will never have... THE POWER OF LOVE!!!! XD

There was a time when I loved this series. Not sure what happened.

zaldaron Feb. 12, 2014 at 3:53 p.m.

You know when I saw the picture you used I didn't think of the use of medical drama but I thought she was going to bring him back with the power of love (which would fit with the whole you better believe it feel of Naruto) and the refference to Alan Alda made me think of Scientific American Frontiers so I was all set to read about some strange justu of love with copious descriptions of how it worked. I suppose this should be better. I can say that open heart surgery does at times require cutting through the ribcage. I think it was only recently they found other ways to do it. I'll check with the medical school person I know though about that...

Dream moderator on Feb. 12, 2014 at 6:54 p.m.

Kidding aside with Sakura giving mouth-to-mouth to Naruto, anyone at the point where they think Madara is much worst than Aizen when it comes to being a God Mode Sue?

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