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NARUTO Ch. 687 Review

Well, the guy that's been dying for months finally dies. Is anyone sad yet? Anyone?

Sorry. Still don't feel anything.
Sorry. Still don't feel anything.

Obito's time has finally run out. As his body slowly crumbles to dust, he has a few parting words for Naruto.

The Good

It's all drawn really nice. Other than that, you're basically just watching a man give a death bed speech while Sasuke is doing action elsewhere.

The Bad

I'd think an apology would be more appropriate.
I'd think an apology would be more appropriate.

One of my favorite moments in ONE PIECE has to be the time Luffy just clobbers Bellamy. I would occasionally go back and just watch that scene and take such pleasure in seeing him crushed. However, the current arc of that series has me more sympathetic to Bellamy. I was just as surprised as anyone to be cheering him on right along with Luffy. So, why is it that I can accept that turn, but Kishimoto's attempt at redeeming Obito is falling completely flat with me?

I believe the primary factor is screen time. Oda didn't spend eight-plus years building Bellamy as this big villain. He really just appears and vanishes until the Dressrosa Arc. On the other hand, Kishimoto has been conditioning us for years to hate Obito. We've watched him manipulate or murder characters we cared about over and over again. When it was time for Obito to no longer be a bad guy, Madara was brought in and Kaguya after him -- I only wish I had the time to discuss my concerns with her in this issue.

Luffy may have turned on Bellamy, but I don't even think he'd call him "...nothing but awesome to me!!", as Naruto does for Obito at the end of this chapter. He does remember that this is the man who got his parents killed, right? It would have been at least nice if Obito had taken some of his final moments to express some level of regret about that to Naruto directly. Going just by his words, the only thing he seems to regret is not becoming hokage.

Verdict 1/5

Other than the well illustrated art, this chapter is little more than an overly dramatic death scene for a character we've been told to hate for years. Yet the creator seems to want us to feel bad about it. If that was the intent behind this week's chapter, Kishimoto failed to do that with me. Even if you felt the tiniest bit of remorse here, you can't deny all the other problems with this chapter. Kaguya is once more just standing around letting the heroes chat instead of attacking, and when she does shift the dimensions -- an action she's suppose to be careful about due to the power drain. It's to a passive realm that doesn't put our heroes into any additional danger. Did she forget the acid ocean that nearly melted Sakura before?

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Lurkeroon Aug. 7, 2014 at 5:41 p.m.

Kishimoto has completely lost it. Kaguya is the most powerful being in the Naruto Universe with near God-like power and we are to believe Kaguya cannot defeat a few people because she needs to hold back a little bit? Your example in the above paragraph is a perfect example of what Kaguya could do to dispose of them quickly.

I don't even want to talk about Obito. That plot line should have been dropped a long time ago. Seriously, he tried to destroy the world and murdered hundreds of thousands (millions?) to do so. He gets no sympathy.

taichokageon Aug. 7, 2014 at 5:51 p.m.
I agree Kishi has kinda lost it. He used to be so attentive close to the likes of HXH. His battles were strategic and you couldn't rely on overwhelming power for most characters. That's all gone now. You can be as smart as Tesla and it won't do you any good. Ic you don't have hax or lots of raw power you're all but useless. I would say it could be appealing within jump if for no other reason then it becoming a mini DBZ where it's about over the top stats and pure destruction, but Toriko already does that better with an ongoing plot that's stayed true to its roots. I'll stay faithful and read on until the end but I'm upset. I accuse Bleach of the same thing but it's become eclipsed by Naruto in the random/PIS power up department.
takashichea moderator on Aug. 7, 2014 at 6:37 p.m.

When I got back into Naruto (anime only), I was pretty surprised fake Madara's real identity was Obito. I had a good impression of Obito. He died as a hero, and he wasn't like the rest of the Uchiha who are so caught with revenge and backstabbing each other. Now, he's dead.

I don't really feel anything for Obito's dead not like I did before fake Madara reveal his identity. It's a good thing I dropped this series. Seeing Sasuke declare revenge and destruction on the Leaf Village. And then, seeing him joining Sakura and Naruto's team. There is no sense of accountability anymore.

Jinbeifan1on Aug. 8, 2014 at 12:47 a.m.

I sure as f**k wasn't sad when he finally died. If anything I'm gonna start a fan site solely based around the fact that he's dead. This is more of my reaction to his death

EDIT: Click on it to see full effect XD

takashichea moderator on Aug. 8, 2014 at 12:49 a.m.

@Jinbeifan1:

To animate GIFs, one has to drag it or use Inspect Element. I can make it work for you.

Yeah, I didn't care for Obito when he finally died. Only when back in Naruto Gaiden, I felt sad for his supposed "death."

Like this.

Jinbeifan1on Aug. 8, 2014 at 12:51 a.m.

@takashichea: When he was a kid? Yeah, me too. That's when everyone didn't realize he was a total f**king idiot XD

and thanks, I'll have to remember that next time :P

FoxxFireArt moderator on Aug. 8, 2014 at 9:16 a.m.

@takashichea:

I was reading this series through a lot of the early years and in forums discussing it. There were actually a lot of people who suspected Tobi was Obito right from the start. It was the hair style and the mask revealed only his right eye.

I've never understood Sasuke's obsession with destroying the Leaf Village. Getting revenge against the people who use Itachi seemed fine, but how did that justify killing innocent people, who didn't know the truth?

I felt more emotional about the death of Zabuza and Haku.

takashichea moderator on Aug. 8, 2014 at 3:51 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt:

I was one of those folks who didn't think it was Obito until the flashbacks start hitting. I didn't guess Obito because the eye part tripped me a bit. It was the boulder that crush his right eye which stopped me from thinking it was Obito. Lot of folks mention the name Tobi -> Obito thing. I agree it was pretty irrational in Sasuke's plan to destroy the Leaf Village.

I felt emotional about Zabuza and Haku, Obito (presumed), and Jiraiya's death.

Toxin45on Aug. 8, 2014 at 5:11 p.m.

Heh then prepare to be shocked in the next chapter.

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