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NARUTO Ch. 668 Review -- AV MOD Material

And I looked, and he opened the eighth seal, and behold, there was a mediocre flashback. And Guy's youth became as crimson as autumn leaves, and the vapor became as blood.

So, teaming up with Lee wasn't an option?
So, teaming up with Lee wasn't an option?

In honor of his father's sacrifice, Might Guy finally opens the forbidden Eighth Inner Gate to sacrifice his life to protect those most precious to him. Autumn is about to fall on Guy's everlasting youth.

The Good

He defeated the Biju, but Madara's shocked by a green leotard.
He defeated the Biju, but Madara's shocked by a green leotard.

The art in the chapter looks really good, but most of it is spend on an unnecessarily long flashback about Might Guy and his father. I would have liked to have cared about this relationship, but the design choices made by the creator makes it hard to take seriously.

The Bad

Am I reading NARUTO or the ROCK LEE spin-off?
Am I reading NARUTO or the ROCK LEE spin-off?

When I've had the pleasure of reading some of Tom's thoughts on the few times he's dipped his toes into the canon-NARUTO franchise, I've often seen him making direct references to the comedic spin-off ofROCK LEE AND HIS NINJA PALS. It wasn't that I couldn't see his point, but I never imagined that we'd ever see the day where the wall separating these worlds would share to wear down to the point of crossing over. Well, that day has apparently come.

Guy's father just reminds me of many of those silly skits that we'd often see in ROCK LEE. He looks just like Guy but with a goofy mustache. I kept expecting Neji to walk out in a dress. It completely undercuts all the father and son drama Kishimoto is trying to create when I spend the whole thing waiting for the punch line. It doesn't help matters when the flashback just happens to have all the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist gathered together in one location. One or two would have been more than enough. All seven is overkill.

To make matters worse, what is all of this leading toward? Not only do flashbacks normally herald a character's death, the entire theme of the Eighth Seal is that it's a suicide technique. Maybe I'm just being cynical, but how could this possibly threaten Madara at this point? Now, if Guy doesn't die, you've completely undermined the entire premise of the technique. It renders this entire chapter pointless.

Verdict 1/5

Maybe I've missed it some reporting. I don't follow a great deal of the behind the scenes action of many manga publications, but has there been an "official announcement" for the end of NARUTO? This chapter puts out the same vibes I get when watching the final season of a TV show that knows it's closing up. You can always tell, because the writers start throwing in absolutely crazy ideas they couldn't pass at any other time. What are they going to do, cancel you? That's exactly how it feels for the Eighth Gate to be pulled out at this stage of the series.

For all the people that would criticize ONE PIECE for all its flashbacks. It seems as if Kishimoto is making up for lost time by fitting as many within a single arc that's humanly possible. If Kishimoto had either cut out or drastically shortened the flashback of this chapter, and instead focused on the actual action between Guy and Madara. This would have been drastically more entertaining.

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Halberdierv2on March 19, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.

well, it makes sense for him to release the final gate with arguably the final or penultimate battle in the manga. however, I do think that flashback was weak and should've been done better.

Dream moderator on March 19, 2014 at 2:14 p.m.

Typical Kishimoto. If he wants to give characters depth and have the reader care for them, you think it would have been better to provide it long before said character was about to die since he seems to love doing this storytelling approach enough?

Jinbeifan1on March 19, 2014 at 4:05 p.m.
Get over to the next chapter and watch the sparks fly! I may not be the biggest fan of the series and I have serious reserves against it but I have always loved Guy and Lee, and now they're finally getting the face time they deserve, even if it leads to his death it's still amazing :,)
Destinyheroknighton March 19, 2014 at 5:19 p.m.

Why are the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist wasting their time with little children? I think one of them is enough to take down some kids

Also I kind of getting the vibe, Might Guy's father was trying to live through his son

Juubion March 21, 2014 at 7:42 a.m.

I know that was done cannot be undone, but let me have this moment. It's just......it's been so long.

Madara looks....RIDICULOUS as the jinchuuriki of the Juubi. It took me five chapters to have the courage to say this. To the video reviewer that repeated badass six times, this, my friend, is no badass look. Hair metal is a relic of the past for one reason.

Also, I want his ego to get COMPLETELY crushed. I had enough of this guy's arrogance for this last two years.

LordTerminalon March 26, 2014 at 7:54 p.m.

I think Kishimoto can be described as Japan's version of how South Park depicted George R. R. Martin. I just picture him constantly padding things out while constantly saying "they're coming, they're coming!" and it shows with these chapters.

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