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 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.
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.
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.
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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