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NARUTO Ch. 686 Review

Things start to get heavy, but they just wind up falling flat.

So, I guess everyone wait your turn and no one attack her.
So, I guess everyone wait your turn and no one attack her.

Naruto and Sasuke may finally be reunited, but Kaguya has yet another death trap world to punish these shinobi who are out to spoil her long planned resurrection.

The Good

This chapter started off a lot better than they had been for a while. After weeks of teasing, we're only now starting to actually see some of the attacks Kaguya's been using to clear out the Naruto shadow clones. It's much more impactful to show me her abilities instead of telling me she's strong. The part that I really enjoy is Naruto being clever enough to pass around the Truthseer Orbs among his clones to avoid being an obvious target. I just don't understand why neither the original nor the clones don't use these openings to attack.

It's just unfortunate that we've seen these abilities before in Kimimaro. This only seems to reinforce my concern that Kishimotomay be out of original ideas. Nothing she's done to date really has the same impact as the ultimate attacks previous bad guys have used in the past.

The Bad

How could she miss in the first place?
How could she miss in the first place?

Kaguya, for all her immense power, sure makes for a rubbish antagonist. Her Black Zetsu son is constantly telling her what she should already know, and she keeps making ridiculous mistakes. Take this gravity dimension for example. We've already seen she has an acid dimension, but she selects the one we haven't seen for what I can only guess is the sole purpose of creating a stage for the inevitable sacrifice play at the finale. Why else would she select one that puts her at the same disadvantage as her targets?

Even the rules of this world are based solely around the current needs of the plot. Kaguya, a Sage-level Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura are immobilized, but somehow Kakashi and a half-deadObito manage to run into the path of mid-air projectiles. Why? Because Rin is apparently an inter-dimensional being. That's why.

I guess I'm suppose to feel something for the death of Obito. However, he's been 'dying' for months now, and I'm not forgiving all the thousands he's killed or betrayed over this eleventh hour conversion. Not when his initial motivation was so childish. I wonder if Rin would have anything to do with him in the other world after all the people he's killed in her name?

Verdict 3/5

The chapter starts off really solid, but Kishimoto manages to sour the fun of the action by trying to mix in some drama that wouldn't surprise anyone past the age of 10. Ultimately, I feel that Kishimoto spoils what could have been a pretty nice closing to the issue by his attempt to over dramatize it. All of Obito's internal dialog comes on so heavy that you know what's he's going to do far before it even happens. Sort of similar to that Samuel L. Jackson speach in DEEP BLUE SEA. I saw it coming a mile away.

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Destinyheroknighton July 29, 2014 at 3:19 p.m.

Kaguya is really becoming a joke of a villain, I really disappointed with her. Why is she letting her son walk all over her? It making it seem like she is a push over

I betting someone will save Tobi next chapter, until his body gets completely destroy I won't buy that he is dead

Also, I will forgive Naruto if the next we see Tobi, is him rotting in hell, asking why this happening to him? That be awesome, but it won't happen

I love how Kaguya don't use her portal to stab Naruto and Sasuke, I guess she can't think unless her son tell her to (I really hate this)

Dream moderator on July 29, 2014 at 6:18 p.m.

Guess it's safe to assume Naruto by this point has, pardon the expression... jumped the shark?

KingSolomonon July 29, 2014 at 7:46 p.m.

I love the reviews here but i just can not help but still enjoy the chapter. I never take the series of events to serious and I think thats why when "stuff happens cause of plot" i dont get too upset.

zaldaron July 30, 2014 at 5:10 a.m.

Ok this is a mild troll...but complaining that the drama is written for ten year olds when really...this is shonen and that is the level shonen is written for...seems somewhat foolish to me. I mean Naruto has never been above really Saturday morning cartoons in America. (Why it became so popular in the US so easily...and why I hate it has become the face of anime...which I will never call cartoons)

Destinyheroknighton July 30, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.

@zaldar:

Shonen target age is twelve to fifteen, it should be written in that age group in mind, not three or five years younger. No, Naruto have been above US Saturday Morning Cartoons, that why a lot of people watch it. Because it was different from western cartoons that are mostly comedies. Also, it teaching people about different culture, other then their own and have a message (that isn't force in) that western cartoons don't usually have

Also, Anime are Cartoons, it is ignorant to say they are not. One of the reason I think Anime is better then the western cartoons because it not just aim for kids, it aim for everyone.

Naruto isn't the face for Anime, Sailor Moon, DBZ, Cowboy Bebop, Speed Racer and Trigun are still.

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