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NARUTO Ch. 681 Review

Sure, she's trying to kill you and wipe everything you hold dear off the planet, but at last she feels bad about it.

If you thought you knew the truth, you know nothing.
If you thought you knew the truth, you know nothing.

As Naruto and Sasuke are moments away from being absorbed by Kaguya, Black Zetsu tells the boys the truth behind this world of lies.

The Good

Well, I certainly can't complain when the writer answers the questions I was having almost immediately after I raised them. I'm not going to fault Kishimoto for going into more detail about Kaguya's motivations. Although, sometimes not knowing some answers are better when the truth is so poorly thought out and explained.

The Bad

Make up your mind. Are they the same as the Sage and his brother or the Sage's two sons?
Make up your mind. Are they the same as the Sage and his brother or the Sage's two sons?

"Auugh!!" That's the best reaction I can give you after finishing this issue. That's right, it's a Charlie Brown exasperation. This chapter exists to relay a ton of exposition all at once that explains that pretty much everything you thought you knew was just an overly complicated manipulation. Black Zetsu suddenly becomes a plot device to force feed us the "real" truth, but even that is filled with gaps. Kaguya and the Divine Tree are suppose to be one in the same, but when and why did that happen?

Let's try and get some of this mess straightened out. Okay, Pain was being manipulated by Obito, yet he was being controlled by Madara, and Madara was apparently the unwitting puppet of Black Zetsu, who is the bastard child of Kaguya and has been manipulating everyone against each other. You know what this all means now, don't you? Every single villain this entire series has raised you to hate/fear was never fully responsible for their own actions. I thought it was fine when it came to Pain. Every writer gets one or two, but all of them?

This was all just a giant wind up to resurrect Kaguya, a character who's name was never even mentioned until a few months ago. This is hardly the time to be pulling the rug out from under your audience. When Tite Kubo did something similar with the truth behind Old Man Zangetsu, that at least made sense. That's because there were always little hints spread throughout the years. Kishimoto is pulling this out of nowhere, unceremoniously dropping it into our laps, and expecting us to just accept it.

Verdict 1/5

Did Kishimoto go to the M. Night Shyamalan school of storytelling? Almost literally this entire chapter is telling you that one thing was actually something else. After ten-plus years of NARUTO, Kishimoto is both erasing and rewriting the series' history. If it wasn't for the quality in the artwork, I'd be sorely tempted to rate this a 0 out of 5.

All this negativity is really getting me down. I'm in no way happy about this, but what do you expect from me? At the eleventh hour, we're being told that everything the story has been teaching us about the series' mythos is false. I'm not feeling any fun reading this story.

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Halberdierv2on June 25, 2014 at 4:06 p.m.

Kishimoto's really going all over the place, as you shall see in the next chapter. Howver, I do think you're being a bit harsh here with 1/5.

zaldaron June 25, 2014 at 6:46 p.m.

Wellll if you are a good millennial liberal no one is ever responsible for their actions they are always simply a victim of circumstance and environment......thus free will is a lie..............*blinks*..........yeah I think it is a bunch of crap too.

Toxin45on June 25, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.

Well it's because she fused with it and it has no mind of it's own because well it's a tree kaguya at the fruit and became apart of it and when she fused with it she became the Ten-Tails.

Destinyheroknighton June 25, 2014 at 10:58 p.m.

Kaguya, why did you send ten tails after your sons and didn't tell them you part of it? They only seal you because you didn't tell them nothing, they have no idea you was part of the ten tails.

Sigh, so every villain was manipulated by Black Zetsu. That go another theme of Naruto

LordTerminalon June 28, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.

::sigh:: Is it wrong to ask the people in charge of the anime to just make their own ending instead of adapting this mess?

DevilMayhem666on June 29, 2014 at 8:16 p.m.

Kaguya's name was mentioned over a year ago by Madara at the same time the Juubi turned into a tree. And it was blatantly obvious that she was the Juubi. People have been saying this all over the internet ever since the Sage made an appearance.

The Divine Tree was well...just a tree. What's implied is that Kaguya fused with it after eating the fruit. The Ten Tails is the result of the fusion.

@Destinyheroknight:

She is the Ten Tails. Read the viz translation.

DevilMayhem666on June 30, 2014 at 3:55 a.m.

Oh and people having been saying that it was black Zetsu that helped Kabuto for a long time. I'm mean how else would he have told it? And why would the Sage put the moon's eye plan on the tablet if it was forced peace? Why did the Zetsu look nothing like Harashirama?

Destinyheroknighton July 2, 2014 at 8:48 p.m.

@DevilMayhem666:

I did read the viz translation (I the one who edit the English Shonen Jump wiki), I mean why did she use a monster form to attack her sons? Instead of talking to them like human beings

FoxxFireArt moderator on July 3, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

@DevilMayhem666:

Kaguya's name was first mentioned in WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP in CH. 646 "Divine Tree", which was published in September of 2013. That was not over a year ago.

It was never implied that Kaguya and the Ten-Tails were one in the same. It only said that Kaguya ate the fruit, passed chakra onto humanity through her children, then the tree came alive to attack humanity and reclaim its stolen power. She had this power long enough to of won a war by herself and have children before the tree ever changed. The story of Kaguya was either told from the perspective of Madara or the Sage of Six Paths. How could they have ever implied information that they were both completely oblivious about?

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