Sakura's efforts to keep Naruto alive may all be for naught if the other half of the Nine-Tails isn't transplanted into Naruto soon. However, things won't be so easy while enemies surround our heroes from all directions.
For as predictable as the Nine-Tails transplant was, I really have to appreciate that Kishimoto doesn't make it easy. I certainly didn't see that twist coming. It raises the tension up a few more levels and puts the hero's survival in question. That's some good drama.
Although, I can't help but chuckle at how absurd the situation turns out. Minato is moments away from transplanting his half of Kurama into Naruto, and Black Zetsu basically just leaps between them. You'd think transferring a Biju would be a touch more complex to be foiled so easily.
While my prediction may have been correct in intent, the outcome never came to pass. With the reappearance of the Sage's Tools, I may have another idea of where this could be going. Lee, Guy, andTenten will show up with the tools, and inside the urn are Ginkaku and Kinkaku, who both possess the Nine-Tail's chakra. It may at least work as life support.
The way this chapter started out, I could have easily mistaken it for a chapter of ROCK LEE AND HIS NINJA PALS. It's not that the comedy beats were all that bad this issue, but it crossed the line of an unwritten rule. You shouldn't make jokes about a character's death within the same arc that they died. Ultimately, I can't be too harsh about this scene. There's now hope for Samui's rescue, and that makes me happy.
It's not that the scene is bad, but I'm a bit tired of all of Minato and Kushina's flashbacks basically just always boiling down to "I'm his father. I'm his mother." every single time. While the setting may be different, I feel as if I've seen it three times by now. I get it. You're his parents.
We've had some good to decent chapters these past few weeks, but Kishimoto is really starting to drag things on for far too long at this point. I almost wonder if I'd like these events more if it hadn't taken this long to get here. The comedy is a bit misplaced, the flashback feels like a flashback of a previous one, but the heart of the plot is what's the most entertaining here. It's good to pull the rug out from under your reader's expectations. He certainly pulled it off in this week's edition. What will happen next now that the villains have everything they wanted? I'm actually looking forward to next week.
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