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NARUTO Ch. 670 Review -- AV MOD Material

Let's just drop the pretense already and finally admit that NARUTO has become STAR WARS.

The more things change. The more they stay the same.
The more things change. The more they stay the same.

Naruto awakens in a realm between life and death. Although, he's not alone. Hagoromo Ohtsutsuki, the Sage of Six Paths, enlightens our hero to the origins of the world and his part in the cycle of destiny.

The Good

I now wish the Sage of Six Paths could be voiced by Frank Oz.
I now wish the Sage of Six Paths could be voiced by Frank Oz.

If you were looking for some of that intense action continuing over from last week, you're getting none of it. This is entirely focused on Naruto being educated by the Sage of Six Paths on the creation of this world and his cliche, chosen-one destiny. It does have a handful of cool visuals, but that's where a lot of the appeal ends for me.

The Bad

So, you're saying there's a light and dark side?
So, you're saying there's a light and dark side?

I give manga creators a lot of credit, but I wonder if Kishimoto really planned this idea of reincarnation from the start or just making this up. That's the vibe I'm getting as he chooses now to pretty much confirm what readers have been talking about for near on a decade. The world is cursed to repeat the same fate for all eternity due to some sin from the ancient past. The plot is the same and only the names ever change. Naturally, it will be up to Naruto to finally end this cycle.

I can tell you exactly what was running through my head as the Sage of Six Paths continued to drone on in his antiquated dialect. This dude reminds me of Yoda. Just imaging if Luke had shouted at Yoda to talk like a normal person was good for a laugh. Imagine my shock as more and more STAR WARS comparisons began filling my mind the deeper I read on in this issue.

It all starts to fit together as you think about it. Chakra/ninjutsu is the Force, we have the concept of false chosen-ones, who were meant to bring balance; the protagonist starts off as an orphan, he's trained by a master, who is betrayed and ultimately killed by the previous disciple gone bad; the villain for much of the series fell to the "dark side" after losing a girl he loved but makes an eleventh hour conversion against his manipulative boss, and the antagonists almost always come in pairs, a master and apprentice. One will often betray the other.

Verdict 2/5

This is basically a chapter that does little else but to add to the world building and nothing to the plot of the endlessly extending arc at hand. Just as this world is stuck in an endless loop, Kishimoto's story telling style has fallen into the same trap. It's one part action, and two to three parts of people standing around talking. He's seemingly lost a complete grip on pacing. Maybe this will read better when collected as a volume, but week to week this has become absolutely unbearable.

What makes all of this worse is that I have a strong suspicion that this is only part one. Next week will likely be how Sasuke is compared to Indra.

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zeemod155on April 2, 2014 at 2:02 p.m.

Woah. That Star Wars comparison kind of blew me away. Did Kishimoto seriously HAVE to make Naruto the chosen one and make sure there was absolutely no question about it? It would have been fine for the readers to think that all Naruto's actions were in service of his own beliefs. Now it makes me wonder if it was just Naruto's predecesor's subconsciously pulling the strings. I feel like that diminishes Naruto's accomplishment's. This is saying they weren't his own accomplishments that he figured out on his own through his own struggle. It was instead destiny that made sure it would happen no matter what. Why must stories do the whole destiny thing so often?

Destinyheroknighton April 2, 2014 at 3:44 p.m.

Sigh, that Neji fight feel like it was meaningless now. Naruto was always meant to do great things, so Neji was right all long.

This chapter would be a lot better if Morgan Freeman was their instead of Sage of The Six Path

Juubion April 2, 2014 at 6:29 p.m.

I'm not going to spoil the next chapter, but...I just realized now why people around the globe are exploding over it.

You talk about Star Wars just nailed the coffin. HARD.

Heh, Naruto is des.......OH god. What a piece of ****. What have become of this?

I lost my words.

PS: Obito is rank A compared to Darth Vader and Madara. I don't care if he's a clone of the first, he didn't capture the bijuus using an Diabolus Ex Machina. He let other people do it for him for almost 17 years waiting for the moment he could steal Nagato's Rinnegan. This is some decency. And Rin sacrificed her life for some empty doctrine, not simply died in childbirth.

LordTerminalon April 2, 2014 at 7:56 p.m.

Funny thing is, MovieBob talked about how overused and unoriginal destiny is as a story telling device in movies this week and now we have this mainstream manga that suddenly sinks to that same level out of nowhere.

Is Hollywood somehow corrupting the other countries of the world?

Kuma_From_Argentinaon April 3, 2014 at 9:54 p.m.

There is only a word to describe Kishimoto's ideas, and Naruto's story current state.

@Destinyheroknight: Yes, maybe he would have won a Freckle for explaining it to us

zaldaron April 3, 2014 at 11:18 p.m.

Ah so now we are completely going into the hero of many faces. Very good then..to bad its not more creative though. Ah well.

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