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NARUTO Ch. 685 Review

In some ways, NARUTO is becoming the TWILIGHT of manga.

One of these things is not like the others.
One of these things is not like the others.

Kaguya faces a storm of Naruto clones as she tries to find the original among the copies, and Sakura provides Obito with the power to rescue Sasuke from his dimensional prison.

The Good

Seriously, what did Kaguya do to cause this?
Seriously, what did Kaguya do to cause this?

Now, I'll get to the TWILIGHT comparisons in a bit, but first let's put our focus on the more positive aspects of the chapter. It gets right to the point in clearing up the apparently demise of the hero. I can't say I was terribly impressed with just another shadow clone cliche, but it works just as much as anything else.

I enjoy seeing Sakura standing tall and being heroic. Even when it only lasts for a short period. I only wish she was this motivated in other events that didn't revolve around Sasuke. I want to see more of the Sakura that fought Sasori. She was a bad ass.

Kishimoto wants us to believe that Kaguya is this terrible danger, but he neglects to really show us why. Sure, it's super impressive to be shifting dimensions but now she can't even do that due to the power drain it causes her. Despite all that. It lacks the visual appear of say Madara's meteor attack. As ridiculously overpowered as it was, it made for an amazing sight to behold. We're just not getting that with Kaguya. All we ever seem to see is the aftermath of an attack. I'd really like to see more from her. Who know, maybe Kishimoto doesn't have any more rabbits to pull out of his creator's hat. I certainly hope not.

The Bad

Even still images are more expressive than Kristen Stewart.
Even still images are more expressive than Kristen Stewart.

Be mindful that I've neither seen nor read any of the TWILIGHT movies or books. I honestly didn't even know the names of the two male leads until I saw that Burger King commercial poking fun at the "Team" factions of fanatics. What I have read is some outside analysis talking about how the romantic plot of the series meets most of the criteria of an abusive relationship. To think there's an entire generation of young girls who idolize that.

Where NARUTO and TWILIGHT start to cross paths, from my perspective, is in the relationship Kishimoto has crafted between Sasuke and Sakura. The creator seems to be going for some kind of moment of tenderness between the two, but what does that tell readers? That years of physical and psychological abuse can be overcome by a single act of kindness. At least, if you're good looking. It was not that long ago in this story that Sasuke literally tried to kill her. I have to say that I'm incredibly tired of having Sakura and Ino talk about how they're over Sasuke then obsess about him. ONE PIECE has done a better job in creating relationships, and that's saying something.

Verdict 3/5

I enjoyed reading this chapter, but as I looked back on events, I noticed that not a lot actually happened. Naruto was apparently fighting Kaguya, but we're not getting to see any of it. I'm sure the anime will fill in some of these gaps, but it's Kishimoto's job to build her as dangerous villain. Not the anime that won't even appear for a year. The meat of the issue was focused on explaining last week's events and Sakura saving Sasuke. The content may be lacking, but I don't think it really lingered on any one scene for too long. I would just like to see more brawling and less shipping out of this series.

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Destinyheroknighton July 24, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.

It seem Sakura only get motivated when Sasuke is around, all the other times (like when Naruto dying) she'll put less effort into it. I really sick of her character, I feel if she wasn't in this arc I'll like Naruto a little more

Why Kaguya is taking orders from her son? I thought she have a mind of her own? Kaguya really need to step up and tell her son to shut up

LordTerminalon July 24, 2014 at 5:23 p.m.

And to think people once told me I was wrong to compare Kishimoto with Stephanie Meyer.

takashichea moderator is online on July 24, 2014 at 5:32 p.m.

I'm not up to speed with the manga. In fact, I dropped the franchise. Recently, I picked it up because of Kakashi's filler arc.

In some ways, NARUTO is becoming the TWILIGHT of manga.

The tagline got me curious. I don't read Twilight, but I do notice things at Church where the book club, mostly girls, would talk about this franchise. From what I remembered is that even though the love relationships between Jacob, Edward, and Bella is abusive, it has at least some form of reciprocation. Sasuke never reciprocated his feelings towards Sakura. Sakura is pretty blind that she thought she could kill Sasuke herself. Her confession to Naruto felt fake to most fans. I'm talking about the situation during that arc since I never read or watch the war arc. I don't want to bash Sakura since she is one of the characters that drives most Vicers in the community nuts. I seen folks defending her while some folks attack her harshly especially in the battle threads. Sasuke and Sakura's relationship is bad and the way they ignore what happened in the land of Iron (from what I seen in the review) isn't done really well. Why is Sakura forgiving towards Sasuke? She hits Naruto easily even during tense moments, but she never hits Sasuke out of spite.

Edit:

I made a list of characters in anime and manga that drove Anime Vice crazy, but only Sakura was on mind.

Characters that Drive Most Vicers Crazy

Sakura Haruno

To this day, Sakura has always been in our hearts.

SMXLR8on July 26, 2014 at 1:36 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight: the author is bad with female characters?

Destinyheroknighton July 26, 2014 at 2:49 p.m.

@SMXLR8:

Yes, most Shonen authors are. Naruto annoy me more, because all his female characters normally talk about Naruto or Sasuke or their dead boyfriend. That one of the things that will drive me crazy the most

SMXLR8on July 26, 2014 at 2:57 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight: a lot of them don't have boyfriends

Destinyheroknighton July 26, 2014 at 3:06 p.m.

@SMXLR8:

I know, I was just talking about one certain character with that. I was making a point

SMXLR8on July 26, 2014 at 3:31 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight: what point was that?

Destinyheroknighton July 26, 2014 at 4:36 p.m.

@SMXLR8:

That they basically only think about guys

SMXLR8on July 26, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight: if you are talking about sakura then no since she has changed in post time skip but we should end it here

Destinyheroknighton July 26, 2014 at 5:20 p.m.

@SMXLR8:

No, I have to disagree. Anyway, I guess we have to agree to disagree

FoxxFireArt moderator is online on July 26, 2014 at 7:18 p.m.
@LordTerminal
I had to look up who Stephanie Meyer is, and damn you becase now I know who Stephanie Meyer is.

@Destinyheroknight@SMXLR8
That's one of the things I loved about KILL LA KILL. It didn't have any romantic rivalry between the main characters. That's pretty rare for series with primarily female leads.

@takashichea
Are you talking about the Kakashi Gaiden flash back arc? That's not filler. It's canon from the manga. The anime just changed when it appeared. In the manga, it appeared just before the time skip.
takashichea moderator is online on July 26, 2014 at 7:23 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt:

Weird, I thought the Kakashi: Shadow of the Anbu Black Ops arc was filler. Thanks for correcting me. Kill la Kill didn't have that silly romantic rivalry or the love triangle because everyone loves each other mutually except for Ragyo and Nui.

siddarth0605on July 28, 2014 at 11:42 a.m.
Thankfully that relationship means nothing to me.

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