Even as the influence of Madara's plan has reached far and wide, we have still have more mysteries to be unearthed.
The work put into the art is up to Kishimoto's normal standards, and in some places excels. That can't be questioned, but we deserve a better story after all these years.
You'll quite frequently hear the term "Deus ex machina" tossed around in pop culture as a comedic reference, but it's astoundingly appropriate given the events of the most recent chapter. The original origin of the phrase is based around a god appearing in a Greek plays, but it's more recently defined as something the author suddenly reveals to rescue the characters from disaster or threat with no foreshadowing. In this case, it's both of those at once. Basically out of nowhere, the influence of Kaguya, the Sage of Six Path's mother, is coming into play, because...plot.
Would Kishimoto just settle on a bloody villain for this series? While Madara was a terrible choice as a primary antagonist for Naruto. Seeing as how they have pretty much zero connection to one another, past that ill defined reincarnation issue. Kaguya makes for an even worse choice. No one even knew who this person was until thirty chapters ago. What's the point of betraying Madara just as he's about to surround and defeat the only people who still remain to oppose you?
None of this is at all helped by the fact that the villains main scheme, Infinite Tsukuyomi, has a remarkable resemblance to both EVANGELION's Human Instrumentality Project and THE MATRIX. Think about it for a minute, and you'll start to see more and more connections to the story of THE MATRIX in everything that's been happening recently. What is Kishimoto trying to say as he shows us the fantasies people are living within? Most come off as comedic, thus destroying the tension of their situation. Are we suppose to feel bad that their happy in their perfect dream worlds?
Has anyone else noticed that the dream world for the women shows most of them giving away their power and fawning over a male? Even Sakura continues to wilt at Sasuke's criticism rather than shouting him down for acting like a sanctimonious ass all the time. To think that I used to dismiss Christopher Nolan for treating his female cast poorly.
This series has really disappointed me in the past few years, but this is just astounding. The story has completely gone off the rails and can no longer decide on who the bad guy should be. I'll give some points for the twist at the end being something unexpected, but I fully expect the explanation behind it to be ridiculous. Don't be surprised if we get some sob story in the coming weeks about how Madara isn't even responsible for his actions anymore.
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