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NARUTO Ch. 690 Review

This fictional war has lasted longer than WWII. Just let that sink in.

Is this what closure feels like?
Is this what closure feels like?

Obito beget Madara, and he was followed by the resurrection of Kaguya. All these foes have been defeated by Naruto, who has saved the world; but what of his destiny to bring it into balance? Is that the next challenge for our hero?

The Good

You've just saved the world and defeated the greatest peril the world could possible have faced. Now what?
You've just saved the world and defeated the greatest peril the world could possible have faced. Now what?

Four years, people. Four bloody, long years this war has been going on. Sure, we may be a month or so short. I'm unsure what month "The War Begins!" chapter was originally published, but the closing moments of this arc could continue until we get a better idea of where this story is heading next. That's at least another two week.

Wow, I actually had to sit here for a few minutes and think about that. That NARUTO could actually have a future story that doesn't involve this war saga. What could that be like? It's been so long. It even sounds too good to be true.

With that issue aside for now, Kishimoto does a spectacular job in the art for this chapter. It actually looks like something he's been wanting to build to for a while now. Things move at a really good pacing, and I wasn't bored at any point. Yeah, Naruto's little self-righteous moment with Black Zetsu was kind of pointless, but it wasn't that big a deal. The quality of the visuals more than makes up for all of that. This is a chapter worth reading and enjoying.

The Bad

No, no,no,no, NO!!
No, no,no,no, NO!!

Okay, the one thing in this chapter that I can not accept is what's revealed near the end, and that's the appearance of Madara Uchiha. What is Kishimoto doing?! Last we saw him. He was shattered into a thousand pieces by the return of Kaguya. Hashirama found his legs, remember? Now, one of the Tailed Beasts just spits him up, and he's right back to be a potential pain in the side. He was made into a Jinchuuriki, and now he no longer holds that power. He had better be dead or dying....for good this time.

Who knows, perhaps Kishimoto if going to try and pull a redemption for Madara the way he has for so many others. He could try, but there's no way I could accept it. I still don't accept Obito's.

Verdict 4/5

I am incredibly hesitant to call this the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War. This war has had so many false endings that I fear I'll be suffering from a fictional equivalent of post-traumatic stress for as long as this series is published. Always on edge for the war to pick up again.

I think NARUTO will have a place in manga history, but maybe not in ways that even the creator realized. Have you ever heard of the concept of "war fatigue", where the public loses support for wars when they go on for too long? This series is testing what we could refer to as reader fatigue. What happens to the audience if an arc it stretched out for this long? It all ties into with morale, and mine for this manga has dropped significantly.

I know I'm sort of rambling here at the end, but you'll just have to humor me. I'm still trying to process that this particular journey in my reviewing of this series could be coming to an end. It's been a disturbingly long time since I've enjoyed reading a chapter of this series. Maybe that's due in part to the potential of moving forward instead of fighting the same old wars again. The problem is with where this story can go. All the loose ends have been pretty neatly tied up. I guess we'll just have to wait for next week to see.

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waybig1010101on Sept. 4, 2014 at 2:35 p.m.

well the war has been going on for too long, but in the war itself there are "different arcs"

Shinobi World War Arc

Main article: Shinobi World War ArcThe Shinobi World War Arc spans from chapter 515 to 592 and in the anime from episode 256 to 289 (with the Chikara Arc going on from episode 290 to episode 295) and resumes from episode 296 to 340. It covers the Fourth Shinobi World War where the Five Great Shinobi Countries and the samurai all unite into the Allied Shinobi Forces to oppose Tobi and Akatsuki, all to protect the last two jinchūriki,Naruto Uzumaki and Killer B. The arc began with the war finally starting with both the Allied Shinobi Forces and Akatsuki moving out for battle. The arc ended following the defeat of Kabuto Yakushi, and the release of Impure World Reincarnation. This arc is preceded by the Confining the Jinchūriki Arc and is followed by the Ten-Tails Revival Arc.

Ten-Tails Revival Arc

Main article: Ten-Tails Revival ArcThe Ten-Tails Revival Arc spans from chapter 593 to chapter 656 and in the anime, from episode 341 to 348 and later resumes from 362 to the current. It covers the climax of the Fourth Shinobi World War and the revival of the Ten-Tails, which Tobi and Madara Uchiha plan to use for their Eye of the Moon Plan. This arc is preceded by the Shinobi World War Arc and is followed by the Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc. In the anime, the Shadow of the Anbu Arc takes place in the middle of it.

Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc

Main article: Infinite Tsukuyomi ArcThe Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc spans from chapter 657 to the current. It covers the official revival ofMadara Uchiha, the completion the Eye of the Moon Plan and the casting of the Infinite Tsukuyomi after the defeat of Obito Uchiha. This arc is preceded by the Ten-Tails Revival Arc.

even though that doesn't change the fact that 4 years of real life time went into one event (4th Ninja war)

Juubion Sept. 4, 2014 at 3:11 p.m.

Look, I know you're american, but WWII begun in 1 September 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Germany

So it was six years.

Second, Kaguya isn't the War. The war was about avoiding Infinite Tsukuyomi. The war ended when Madara finally executed the jutsu.

Third,Madara was taken over by Kaguya after regenerating after Sasuke cut him in two. Remember? He wasn't shattered in a thousand of pieces, he was possessed.

Naruto 515,tituled "The Great War Breaks Out!" was published in YOU KNOW WHAT in 2/11/2010, or 11/2/2010, depending from where you are. YEAH.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Sept. 4, 2014 at 3:13 p.m.

@waybig1010101:

I know it's been various arcs stacked together, but the line between them is so thin that they might as well be nonexistent. It's all just been different stages of the war.

I don't even want to imagine how long this is going to stretch on through the anime.

waybig1010101on Sept. 4, 2014 at 3:36 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: Yeah I share the same opinion with you about that. It might as well be one massive arc.

I follow the anime and it's not that bad honestly.

zaldaron Sept. 5, 2014 at 8:17 a.m.

@Juubi:Can it really be called a World War until the most important country in the world joined? Not really a world war until all the first world countries become involved...

Destinyheroknighton Sept. 5, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.

It have been 16 volumes, wish Kishimoto would have cut it in half. It started out great, but end in disappointment. Kaguya could have been interesting, but sadly she become one of the worst villains in Naruto history. She could have been great if she was built up. I'm so glad the war end, now it time for Sasuke to stab everyone in the back and turn heel LOL!

@Juubi:

Well, Madara doesn't look like he being possessed LOL!

He look like he explode into Kaguya, the Manga didn't make it clear.

Second, Kaguya isn't the War. The war was about avoiding Infinite Tsukuyomi. The war ended when Madara finally executed the jutsu.

Kaguya still part of the war, the war was against Akatsuki and to regain the tail beasts. It wasn't just the Infinite Tsukuyomi

Anyway, I can't until Sasuke stab everyone in the back. I just want to see there faces when Sasuke betray them again :)

Jgameson Sept. 9, 2014 at 8:35 a.m.

Kaguya has to be one of the worst final villains of all time. People like to compare naruto to dbz, but I take offense to that, bc would mean the villains they facing is a threat. She was so underwhelming, and the fact that sakura was useless against madara but useful against kaguya is just terrible. I was so pumped up when sasuke and naruto got their power up and was about to faced madara, but nope, instead we get a 200 yr old mom with mood swings.

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