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NARUTO Ch. 699 Review

The ending of a four year long war deserves more than a montage episode.

This is all the closure you're getting, folks.
This is all the closure you're getting, folks.

The conflict is over, and the people have been freed from their prison of illusions. Now, what will become of this world of shinobi beyond the war?

The Good

Lovely visual. If just a tad cheesy.
Lovely visual. If just a tad cheesy.

The quality of the artwork in this chapter is certainly deserving of praise. Even if I find some of the symbolism heavy handed in beginning, but...whatever. I think Kishimoto has a right to get a little sentimental in these closing pages. I only wish he had spent a touch more time on the characters than the imagery.

I've seen over the internet that many have been showering this chapter with glorious praise, but I don't see where it deserves the level of adoration that it's been receiving. While I'm as pleased as anyone to finally see this war come to an end, and on a personal level to see Samui was rescued. What actually even happened here to warrant praise? Other than just ending.

The only thing this chapter clears up in any form is where Naruto and Sasuke will be getting their new arms from in time for the movie that comes out next month.

The Bad

This is what passes for romance in NARUTO.
This is what passes for romance in NARUTO.

Many year ago in the early years of NARUTO, Kishimoto once talked openly in an interview about how he wasn't good at drawing heroine characters. After 15 years, his artistic skills may have improved, but his writing certainly hasn't. More especially when it comes to writing romance. Sasuke has done little else throughout this series but abuse Sakura both physically and emotionally. In some cases, both at the same time -- that genjutsu attack a couple weeks back. Yet we as the audience are suppose to just accept that Sasuke apologizes, taps her on the forehead, and all is forgiven? You have got to be kidding me. That really is TWILIGHT levels of romance writing there.

Point in fact, I think the creator may have issues with women that could rival even Frank Miller, the creator of SIN CITY. This chapter does nothing to explain why Kakashi is superseding Tsunade as Hokage. Kakashi no longer even has theSharingan, and she was shown to be perfectly fine by the end. Did she step down, or did she just no longer want to be the village leader? Who knows? It's never explained.

Step aside Tsunade. The less powerful Kakashi needs your office now.
Step aside Tsunade. The less powerful Kakashi needs your office now.

Some of these same issues extend into chapter 700, but that suffers from bigger issues that we'll get into later. Only two of this large female cast are shown to be something other than a housewife/mother, and only one of them are shown to have achieved higher office than what they once held -- Kurotsuki being made Tsuchikage.

Going back to Sakura for a second, she falls right back into the role of letting the boys move on ahead without her. She may have grown in power through the series, but emotionally she's the same person by the end. A wilting flower that sits around waiting for her man to come home.

Verdict 2/5

It's over. The war is completely and FINALLY OVER!! However, this chapter felt less as a closing to an epic four year saga, and more like filler so Kishimoto could end this series on a round 700 mark. The attempt at shoehorning in romance is completely inept, and he doesn't even try to focus on what a post-war world looks to be. Not even so much as a word between Naruto and Kurama is given here or in the following chapter.

Remember a few weeks back when I expressed concern that the longer this duel went on that it would mean less time for epilogue? Well, I was absolutely correct. Everything that happens in this chapter is little more than a montage of everyone waking up out of the Infinite Tsukuyomi as Sasuke narrates his repentance for his psychotic ways. The only death that's acknowledged is Neji. So, I guess everyone who died in the communication center and all the other Leaf Ninja who lost their lives in the war were just forgotten about.

Is this the ending we deserves after waiting over four years for this war to end?

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Lurkeroon Nov. 10, 2014 at 3:42 p.m.

Sorry for trying to take over the world and control everyone as I desire. Friends?

If Kishimoto wants me to read/watch anything else he does he will need to spend some serious time improving his writing skills. There doesn't seem to be a need to end Naruto at 700 chapters. Who cares about the actual number of chapters? Naruto deserved a full epilogue and this ain't it.

It pains me even more to see how the females of Naruto concluded their arcs. I mean seriously, what is up with Sakura? She started off as a strong independent character after the time skip, but Sasuke shows up and she becomes weak at the knees again. Hinata is the same. No romance between her and Naruto. All of Kishimoto's relationships are as shallow as the shore.

And where is Shino!?

jj_jacksonon Nov. 10, 2014 at 3:43 p.m.

dude lol you've gotta ease up on the Naruto chapters bro. the end chapter is 700 anyway there's one more to go.

Destinyheroknighton Nov. 10, 2014 at 3:58 p.m.

Ok, I get they friends now. Didn't need to be a visual holding hands

Sakura is so disappointing, why do she love Sasuke in the first place? He never been nice to her until now

Oh well, it over. I was hoping Kurama would punch Sasuke for locking him in a ball of earth for two days. That would make this end better

taichokageon Nov. 10, 2014 at 4:09 p.m.

@Destinyheroknight: I was mostly disappointed in the fact that he literally wrapped up everything in one chapter. This is 700 chapters long. That's insanely short closure to a behemoth series like this. That's more in regard to 700 but it pertains to this too. Had he spent more of this chapter tying into the next it could've been a little better.

There was no on-panel basis for many of the relationships for instance. Would've been nice to see some connecting first. However, I'm less disappointed with the ending as the final arc villains. I actually thought the ending was about as good as possible for 1 chapter.

Destinyheroknighton Nov. 10, 2014 at 4:23 p.m.

@taichokage:

I think if he take out Kaguya (who add nothing) he would have more time for a better ending. The ending could have been better

I didn't like Sasuke getting away with everything, if Kurama punch him the ending be way better in my eyes :)

Juubion Nov. 11, 2014 at 3:40 a.m.

Sasuke can get away with anything because the fans love him.

I didn't wrote that sentence.

This praise....Seriously, I can't understand most of Naruto fans anymore. They can overlook anything, ANYTHING that Kishimoto does, except when it concerns Uchiha. They were very happy with Madara being a Villain Sue, but freaked out with Kaguya. They were very happy with the free power-ups of Naruto and Sasuke, but they freaked out when Obito gave Kakashi temporary MS, and why? Apparently they take very seriously a line said by Sasuke years ago about Kakashi's power being "borrowed" from the Uchiha.

And don't even let me begin on Itachi. Also, something says to me that they don't like Obito because they consider him "filler" that keeped Madara from being the main villain.

Hell, I think that the score of the series in MAL improved since the ending. I bet things should be very different if Sasuke had been imprisoned or killed. He should have.

takashichea moderator on Nov. 11, 2014 at 3:42 p.m.

So, I guess everyone who died in the communication center and all the other Leaf Ninja who lost their lives in the war were just forgotten about.

Oh yeah, that's great point I forgot. I feel bad I did when reading this chapter. In the next chapter, Neji's death is taking spotlight above the others.

sickVisionz moderator on Nov. 16, 2014 at 6:58 a.m.

I actually like this as an ending. For me, the crux of the series was always Naruto and Sasuke with everything else being window dressing, interesting diversions, or simply things thrown in to fuel the Naruto and Sasuke relationship. This chapter put a nice bow on that.

It left some things open, but none of it was stuff I ever cared about so I didn't mind. Plus, I've never been one to need total and complete closure on every point ever brought up to feel that an ending was satisfactory.

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