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NARUTO Ch. 696 Review

Sasuke isn't the villain we want. He's the villain this series deserves.

You know it must be true, because he said it.
You know it must be true, because he said it.

Naruto may be looking for a fair fight in this grand rematch, but Sasuke only wants his friend's life.

The Good

Don't ruin this with words.
Don't ruin this with words.

You know, when this chapter focuses on the action and I sort of ignore what they're saying, this all isn't so bad. The scenes where they actually start fighting are great. Too bad you have to filter through so much double-talk to get it them. I now have a better understanding why the kaiju should never talk in those monster movies. It would just ruin the fun of it all.

The Bad

Does this plan sound familiar? It should.
Does this plan sound familiar? It should.

If you've ever watched a long running TV series, you can almost always tell when the writers knew the series was coming to an end. They start throwing out there such bizarre themes and plots, because what are the higher-ups going to do about it? Cancel them?

That's the same vibe I'm getting from this. I say that because apparently Sasuke can just have whatever power he wants at this stage. I mean, the guy is given -- not earned -- one Rinnegan eye, and he suddenly knows how to use it to channel the Bijus' power into himself with zero flaws.

It gets worse as Sasuke tries to elaborate on his grand scheme in more detail, and he only comes out of it looking even more delusional than I originally thought. He is proposing the "exact" same plan that Madara had, but apparently missed the news that it doesn't work. He's also wrong on the facts. The world wasn't united against Kaguya. They never even saw her. To top it all off, he somehow plans to manipulate everything from the shadows while being Hokage. How do you do manipulate people from the shadows and be the focus of the world's scorn at the same time. That's like having your cake, eating it, then saying "F*** cake!".

Verdict 3/5

If this chapter was more action and less dialog, I would be far happier. It seems that the more Kishimoto tries to explain in his sprint to the finale the less I'm understanding. It honestly appears that the only reason Sasuke wants to be Hokage is because the writer needs him to be. For nothing more than the sake of being opposed to Naruto. As if they don't have enough drama between then as if already stands.

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Lurkeroon Oct. 23, 2014 at 3:10 p.m.

Kishimoto could have spent time developing a legitimate opponent to Naruto for the title of Hokage...but nope. Sasuke has no reason to be Hokage. Everything he wants to accomplish can be done without the Hokage title. And I won't even bother mentioning why what he wants to do is foolish. It was just shown why that would fail.

One of the things I hate most about plots is when characters attain new powers and suddenly have complete control over them.

Acura_Max moderator on Oct. 23, 2014 at 6:34 p.m.

I don't know about you guys but I gave up on making sense of the narrative a long time ago. I'm just here for the fireworks.

Juubion Oct. 29, 2014 at 5:39 a.m.

The fireworks are not entertaning me. Fight for the sake of fighting don't entertain me. There must be a valid reason.

katmicon Oct. 29, 2014 at 7:25 a.m.
Enjoying naruto comes down to expectations; and by that i do not mean reducing your expectations to enjoy Naruto. Rather Naruto fans enjoy it because it  gives them the exact story they want. They are the ones who are enjoying Naruto up to this point and aren't reading it just for the fireworks. Non Naruto fans are those people that expected the series to be something else, but it wasn't, so they read it for the fireworks.
Personally, after watching four hundred something episodes of the series, am still enjoying it, not just the action but the story and what it stands for; and i am yet to see the confusion or plot holes non-naruto fans keep talking about. Looking at the story as a whole, i am yet to find anything that isn't well explained or backed up in the story.

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