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NARUTO Ch. 698 Review

The power of friendship can overcome time, pain, betrayal, and apparently...MASSIVE blood loss.

This one image shall inspire a decade of slash fiction.
This one image shall inspire a decade of slash fiction.

The feud between these two rivals is finally settled. All that's left is to take breather, and hope that everyone hasn't been turned into plants by now. I guess that's also important.

The Good

COMBO BREAKER!!
COMBO BREAKER!!

The chapter picks up some of the action from last week, and that's a highlight. I was especially happy that my internal worries that Sakura was going to pop up and take that hit of Sasuke's the shield Naruto never happened. Instead, Naruto got in a rope-a-dope counter that would make the great Ali proud.

A problem that I have is that Naruto implies that this isn't the fight he wants. I really hope this isn't some implication that there's yet another brawl between these two on the horizon. Save that for the movie that comes out next month, fellas.

The Bad

That's not how blood loss works.
That's not how blood loss works.

I can't really say that I was disappointed in this conclusion, because I pretty much expected a double-KO situation from the start. It's almost laughable that Sasuke could just cast aside what we were led to believe are his deep seeded convictions, because he loses this one fight. Sasuke then takes up several pages to reflect on his tsundere-level of bromance for his rival. "He only hated Naruto because he cared too much."What makes this ending even more eye-rolling is that their blood pools together to symbolize them holding hands.

I'm sorry, but no. They should both be dead, everyone will suffer to turn into plant-people, and it's up to Kakashi and Sukura to try and repopulate the world. If there is one thing you should never do when you suffer massive trauma is go to sleep. Let alone all night. Yet this chapter would have you believe that you could lose an arm and take a nap without the benefit of a tourniquet or basic first aid. That's not even taking into account any internal bleeding, and I'm not even going to question the issue of how they regrow those missing limbs at this point. I could have believed this a lot more if Kishimoto had shown that Sakura had arrived and stabilized them while they were both unconscious. It could have taken one or two panels.

Verdict 3/5

This comes across less like a shonen finale and more along the lines of something seen in yaoi fan fiction. The fault of that mostly falls on Kishimoto getting a little too cute with the symbolism, putting too much focus on revisiting the past, and not focusing on the current plot.

There's a certain level of satisfaction that this fight should truly be over with. Now that both parties have been disarmed -- pun intended. I can only predict now, with two chapters left in the series, that next week will be dedicated to undoing the Infinite Tsukuyomi, and the penultimate final chapter will be pure epilogue. That really doesn't seem to be enough time to give a proper goodbye to the large cast that we've gotten to know over these fifteen years.

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Destinyheroknighton Nov. 3, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.

I would love if this was the end, Naruto and Sasuke die and everyone on the planet (beside Sakura and Kakashi) turn into plant-people. Sakura have a broke down and start hallucinating about Naruto last movie. That would be a surprising and interesting ending, but no. It going to a happy ending, but one can dream :)

Anyway, I enjoy the chapter. But I keep thinking about the people who are the trees, that make it hard to focus on the fight. I think it would be better if Kishimoto would have told how long the people have before turning into plant people

takashichea moderator is online on Nov. 3, 2014 at 10:12 p.m.

I apologize in advance for this image.

It's finally over except. Fight was decent. The movie is issuing new concept pics. Let me post some.

Lurkeroon Nov. 3, 2014 at 10:15 p.m.

Kishimoto isn't even trying anymore.

Dekkenon Nov. 3, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.

@takashichea: Cool designs, I really like how Ino looks.

takashichea moderator is online on Nov. 3, 2014 at 10:59 p.m.

@Dekken:

Ino has grown up beautifully as well as the other characters.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 4, 2014 at 2:15 a.m.

@takashichea The only thing that really catches my interest here is that it almost appears to imply that Naruto and Sasuke won't be getting their arms back. That would be sort of impressive. I'm also guessing that the new character is the Sage of Six Path's brother. He's appeared briefly but never named in the manga.

EDIT: Never mind, I can see the bandaged hand. Now that I remember, that bandaged hand was shown in the original teaser. Those came out months before this was even published. It astounds me how much those movies trailers spoil.

Donwunon Nov. 4, 2014 at 2 p.m.

:( will miss these writeupa Foxxx - pretty much one of the few objective Naruto fans that seemed to stay objective through this whole endeavour

Naruto was a letdown and a very big waste in potential for a ninja story....even for a slightly milder shounen one, this could have been done alot better - interested to see next chapters and movie so i can look at this in retrospect and see it on a whole

@taka - why are you apologising for that pic....that is very mild humor...i've seen tons worst from that shot and to be honest you are pretty much just highlighting what Kishi was making painstakingly obvious

FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 4, 2014 at 9:52 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight: @takashichea: @Lurkero: @Dekken: @Donwun:

I thought I should give everyone a heads up on something I just learned. I hadn't yet gone to the end of my WSJ issue when I wrote this. They had a special announcement in the back.

Next week, they'll be double publishing Ch. 699 & 700 together. 700 is expected to be all in color. So, next week NARUTO is ending. They really are just rushing this series out the door.

Not sure if I'll be writing two reviews or a double review.

taichokageon Nov. 4, 2014 at 9:56 p.m.

Looking at the final designs it looks like Ino won the "looks" war but lost to Sakura and Hinata in the "relevance" war. Lol.

takashichea moderator is online on Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.

Looking forward to the review, Foxx.

Taichokage: Ino is not wearing anything to protect her.

taichokageon Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.

@takashichea: Nah. Sakura is still flat as a pancake. Lol. But to me Ino always looked the best anyway, just now more than ever. Hinata's ok. Like Sasuke's look too. Reminds me of Byakuya's new look.

takashichea moderator is online on Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:10 p.m.

@taichokage:

Well, at least Naruto goes for body diversity even though you don't have overweight girls unlike One Piece every girl is stacked up. One Piece doesn't do loli like Fairy Tail does.

Everyone keeps calling Sasuke, Senor Sasuke. Which I didn't understood until I realized they were talking about his pancho.

Juubion Nov. 5, 2014 at 5:20 a.m.

Seriously, the blood mixing was seriously disgusting to no end. It made me feel bad, very bad. Like I was assisting a murder or something.

I don't know. Just....Ergh. What is wrong with this guy?

The only other situation that I felt so disgusted was reading Gintama. I stopped reading the series because of the toilet humor. But that was very different from this. Gintama was just disgusting, but this feels like a glorification of suicide or something.

Now, if you excuse me, I will read 666 Satan. There are real characters in that manga. And women.

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