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NARUTO Ch. 677-678 Review

NARUTO-EX MACHINA: REVOLUTIONS

Is it really too late to take the Blue Pill?
Is it really too late to take the Blue Pill?

Even as the influence of Madara's plan has reached far and wide, we have still have more mysteries to be unearthed.

The Good

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.

The Bad

Yes, everyone looked shocked. It's not as if this isn't the third time you've seen this in this arc alone.
Yes, everyone looked shocked. It's not as if this isn't the third time you've seen this in this arc alone.

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.

Verdict 1/5

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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MasterAsiaon June 3, 2014 at 12:40 p.m.

I think the main antagonist will either turnout to be Dio Brando or possibly

Destinyheroknighton June 3, 2014 at 3:37 p.m.

@MasterAsia said:

I think the main antagonist will either turnout to be Dio Brando or possibly

That will make Naruto a lot better, but I feel Crab People will be the new twist.

Any who, who is Kaguya? They never talk about her before this arc, it always been Tobi or Madara. She isn't built up to be a main villain. Their was no foreshadowing for this. At lease, with Madara he been built up for all of shippuden and was in the background

I really don't like the dreams of all the female characters, they pretty lose all of my respect for them

Glad, Killer Bee is alive. I feel sorry for him, that no one care about him

Man, I can't believe I agree with Sasuke. If I was him, I would have throw Sakura out

I have a feeling that Hagoromo's brother was behind everything and make the Manga go on for another year or two

TheRealEagalon June 5, 2014 at 3:41 p.m.

"the dream world for the women shows most of them giving away their power..."

This seems to be a reference to Tsunade. I concur with the ideas implied here. Truly it is more important for a woman to hold a high level position she never wanted in the first place, and which she only got in the first place because of nepotism, than it is for her to be happy, surrounded by her friends and loved ones, numbered among which was her boyfriend/future husband, whose dream it was to become Hokage.

zaldaron June 5, 2014 at 4:21 p.m.

wait...dues ex machina didn't originate with Ghost in the Shell? I thought it meant god from machine or something like that? Well have to research this...

zaldaron June 5, 2014 at 4:26 p.m.

@TheRealEagal said:

"the dream world for the women shows most of them giving away their power..."

This seems to be a reference to Tsunade. I concur with the ideas implied here. Truly it is more important for a woman to hold a high level position she never wanted in the first place, and which she only got in the first place because of nepotism, than it is for her to be happy, surrounded by her friends and loved ones, numbered among which was her boyfriend/future husband, whose dream it was to become Hokage.

OK.....WOW.....did you REALLY not see the issue here. Yes being happy is important BUT giving up everything that makes you EQUAL and becoming a slave is not the way to be happy. The problem here is that it shows the only way for women to be happy is not to be independent if I understand what he is saying it does correctly (I don't read this so have no idea if he is correct or not) but really...you come off like a major sexist here. The 1950's called - they want their ideal of womanhood back.

Dream moderator on June 6, 2014 at 8:48 p.m.

Well I said it would take a massive deus ex machina to off Madara with how overpowered he was and it looks like that occurred with yet another supposed "true" villain popping up. Egad, Kishimoto's dragging this arc out enough.

Destinyheroknighton June 6, 2014 at 10:49 p.m.

@TheRealEagal:

But, that was his dream. Her dream is supposed to be what make her happy, not what her dead boyfriend want. I think it would be a little better if she was show winning a lot of money at gambling with her boyfriend and brother by her side (that would fit with her character more) or show both her and Dan as old couples by the Hokage head mountain with both of their heads on it and have her brother be the new Hokage (that show that she grow in character and enjoy being Hokage). I thought she have a dream for herself, but I was mistaken

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