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NARUTO Ch. 700 Review [FINAL]

A conclusion that lacks any closure.

" With the finale chapter finally here, I have conflicted emotions. I feel both happy and sad. The only thing I'm completely sure of is the gratitude I feel toward the readers. Thank you for supporting me until the end. Otsukaresama, believe it! "

- Masashi Kishimoto

Life has had a lot of turns for Naruto and his friends over the past several years. What has become of the once hyper-active ninja and the others in Konohagakure?

The Good

Why was this even treated as a surprise reveal?
Why was this even treated as a surprise reveal?

I certainly appreciate the effort it must have taken to produce and publish this whole chapter in color. To the best of my knowledge, I believe this is only the second time that's been done. Now, if only this issue had a story that justified that level of production.

About the only real touch that surprised me out of this chapter is seeing how Guy didn't escape any consequence for what should have been a suicide attack. The once overly energetic taijutsu master is now wheelchair bound. I actually feel pretty sympathetic for the guy.

The Bad

NARUTO 2.0
NARUTO 2.0

If you came to this looking for some sense of closure on events over the years, you're going to be sorely disappointed. The entire chapter is dedicated to showing the couples that came out of the series and their children. It doesn't even matter how nebulous these connections even are. You remember that one time Saimade a completely insincere compliment to Ino that one time? Well, that was apparently enough of a connection to warrant marriage and procreation for the author.

Naruto apparently raised a violent brat who attacks bystanders.
Naruto apparently raised a violent brat who attacks bystanders.

The kids even read like poor fan fiction. They're all mash-up clones who have the same personality of the parent they most resemble. Back when Naruto acted out in the first chapter, I actually felt bad when I realized how he was alone in the world with everyone hating him. That was sympathetic. On the other hand, Naruto's son, Bolt, doing the same thing just paints the kid as a brat who wants daddy's attention. It's a poor premise for rehashing old story, and paints the protagonist as a neglectful parent.

The worse offense of them all is in how we're just told in passing that Kakashi simply handed the title ofHokage over to Naruto at some point. This is what the character had been working for his whole life, but there's nothing to explain how he earned it over anyone else. I guess it was just passed on to him when Kakashi got tired of doing it. Did Naruto ever graduate past Genin? Who knows? What became of all the Bijuin Naruto and out in the world? Orochimaru, who's that? There's no attempt made to clear up plot here. It's all empty fan service.

Verdict 1/5

Even if it is out of place. A nice nod to Oda here.
Even if it is out of place. A nice nod to Oda here.

Yeah, I'm rating this final chapter of NARUTO a 1 out of 5. This chapter had one job, to close out the events of the past fifteen years; and it completely failed at that. This wasn't an epilogue of a decade long series. It was a twenty-four page love letter to all the character shippers and slash fiction writers across the internet. This more deserved to be an omake published in the pages of the final volume edition. That would have been the appropriate place for this.

While I understand there is a new series starting in the Spring of next year that could potentially fill in some blanks, that fact is complete irrelevant to what happened in this chapter. That's what I'm reviewing here. In general, I've enjoyed reading the NARUTO series. In the case of action, Kishimoto does some really iconic scenes, but his character development is grossly uneven. It really feels as if this finale was just rushed out the door.

I've certainly enjoyed reviewing this series for you all, and thank you for reading my perspective. I may also review the new series when it debuts next year. Take care.

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Juubion Nov. 11, 2014 at 1:34 p.m.

Abominations of DA. That's what this kids look like.

And Sasuke and Sakura...god, talk about unfortunate implications.. Just...ergh, that's sick, man. That's really sick.

I think you answered my question, Remmell. The question I was asking the whole week and almost turned me mad: why I am so uncomfortable with this ending? It's because is sudden. Oh, Naruto and Hinata have a daughter so...how that happened? I'll have to watch a ******* movie to see it? And they will condense all that I want to see in 2 hours?

And even if it happened, that's what I don't want to see. For almost five years I said: Sasuke needs to die, he had killed sympathetic people. These samurais were just neutral. They didn't deserve it. That was the Moral Event Horizon for Sasuke.

And Hinata.....Did she ever turn in the leader of the clan?

Yeah, I didn't like the outcome too. In the end, all I feel is a sensation of wasted plot and broken morals.

takashichea moderator on Nov. 11, 2014 at 3:48 p.m.

It was a twenty-four page love letter to all the character shippers and slash fiction writers across the internet.

Sorry guys, I had to put this pic
Sorry guys, I had to put this pic

Oh shoot, that really sums this final chapter. I'm pretty guilty of it. I'm one, too. Because in my head, I was like yes! Naru Hina. Sorry guys. Still, the ending was shallowed and rushed. I wish we got to see how some relationships began such as Choji and Darui. That came out of left field for me. I somewhat get Ino and Sai, but that wasn't enough for me. I do recall Ino just commented Sai look like Sasuke.

Oh, how the new kages got their positions is another question. What happened to Karin, Suigetsu, and countless others? Did Rock Lee, Shino, and others became teachers and why? Who is the mother of Rock Lee's kid? Is it Tenten since Neji is gone?!

The series has such a huge roster to tie up knots. Kishimoto picks the main group and go with that since he had to end it on 700 to make a nod to Naruto, the 7th Hokage. I guess we got to wait for the movie or the anime which may expand more than the manga.

Destinyheroknighton Nov. 11, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.

This ending really bring back bad memories, it remember of the Digimon Adventure 02 ending (I hate that ending). Nothing is result, Orochimaru, Kabuto, Karin, Suigetsu and Jugo are nowhere to be seen. Karin probably went on a rampage, when she found out about Sasuke and Sakura (she probably became the next Tobi). Also, why Naruto and Karin never met? They are family members, it would be nice if they meet each other before ending the Manga. They have something in common, they both crazy about Sasuke.

I feel so sorry for Hinata and her daughter. Knowing Naruto, he probably forgot about having two kids with her and probably think he still is single. Also, I feel that Sasuke probably disown Sarada, because she wear glasses

I guess Naruto have to change the name of the Village into Hidden City Village

Well, it finally over. Wish, the ending and the second half was done better. Oh well, it been an crazy ride.

Thank you, Kishimoto!! For all the good and the bad (mostly bad LOL!) memories.

See you space Ninja

Lurkeroon Nov. 11, 2014 at 5:20 p.m.

1/5 is too high of a rating for this chapter. It reads like fan fiction.

It is it silly that all of the previous characters had children AT THE SAME TIME. To make it worse the children have the same personalities as the parents. That is lazy writing 101. How old are those children anyways? I thought the movie was 2 years in the future. Those children look at least 5 years old.

Kishimoto didn't even bother to do something like give Baruto a personality where he looks up to his parents and aspires to be a respectable skilled ninja instead of a loudmouthed brat ninja looking for attention. The loudmouthed brat makes a lot more sense as Sasuke's child because Sasuke would likely be an absent father.

There is way too much unexplained material here. I don't care if 700 is a round number. This should not be the ending.

Donwunon Nov. 11, 2014 at 6:28 p.m.

It's like LOST all over again - you can take the time to drag out battles and plotlines with filler and fluff for years but you can't take out a decent amount of time to address core issues that are actually being teased at for explanation at a future point to end up with a...here ya go...thats all folks...gloss over the details....the end......

that is pretty shitty in my book and reeks more of business strategy rather than storyline writing....

Anyhow, Foxx, i hope we also get you're thoughts on the LAST movie...which takes place before chapter 700?!?

As for the next Naruto instalment....i think it's going the route of dragonball gt......should they really call it naruto anymore after this?

and honestly thats why once One Piece is done i hope the long running shounen trend will see it's end because it just does not work well in terms of storytelling anymore....it's just too focused on keeping things going for franchise business purposes first and story last, which i'm getting fed up with

Destinyheroknighton Nov. 11, 2014 at 8:25 p.m.

@Donwun:

and honestly thats why once One Piece is done i hope the long running shounen trend will see it's end because it just does not work well in terms of storytelling anymore....it's just too focused on keeping things going for franchise business purposes first and story last, which i'm getting fed up with

They are a business and I don't see the shonen trend going away after One Piece. One of the reasons they run so long is the fans voting. Also, Hunter X Hunter, Jojo and One Piece doing great with the long running style (hope they end good). But I think it be better if more Shonen do the Jojo style, having new main characters replacing the old ones. So it won't get old that fast

FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 11, 2014 at 8:28 p.m.

@Juubi:

I've already seen some promotional stuff for the movie that shows Naruto and Hinata's kids. That was revealed a week before this chapter was even published. So, that movie story may actually be taking place a short time before this final chapter.

It's so bizarre to have promotional ads for a movie spoil events in a manga before it can even appear. Trailers for this movie were coming out even before the finale was officially announced.

@takashichea:

Shino was on the first page of this chapter.

I find it more confusing that there is no information given on what part the Biju now play in this world. There is no post Sasuke fight scene between Naruto and Kurama.

@Destinyheroknight:

I guess Naruto have to change the name of the Village into Hidden City Village

I know. Tolkien would have hated that ending. I don't get why they're modern skyscrapers either. I thought the architecture of the NARUTO world was actually really beautiful. The city scape sticks out like a sore thumb.

@Lurkero:

It is it silly that all of the previous characters had children AT THE SAME TIME. To make it worse the children have the same personalities as the parents. That is lazy writing 101. How old are those children anyways? I thought the movie was 2 years in the future. Those children look at least 5 years old.

I almost wrote about the issue of them all marrying and having kids at the same time, but took it out of my review. I wanted to focus the review on the more important points.

I'm pretty sure those kids are closer to 10-12 years old. They're easily older than 5.

@Donwun:

Anyhow, Foxx, i hope we also get you're thoughts on the LAST movie...which takes place before chapter 700?!?

That might be difficult. I haven't seen a lot of the post time skip NARUTO movies. I'm also limited by official releases.

takashichea moderator on Nov. 12, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt:

I almost didn't recognize Shino.

I've already seen some promotional stuff for the movie that shows Naruto and Hinata's kids.

Me, too. I saw on Kotaku about the movie promotions as well as shots of the 700th chapter. I thought it was a prank fan art but the quality of the art was pretty good.

Dekkenon Nov. 12, 2014 at 5:23 p.m.

Despite all the contras this chapter has, for me it was still a fun read (Karui X Choji FTW). I just hope the movie answers the important questions that this chapter ignored.

taichokage is online on Nov. 12, 2014 at 5:27 p.m.

Definitely better than 699 but far too rushed. For reference, Soul Eater had a longer finishing chapter and it was only about 113 chapters long. A series this long should have at least more than one chapter to wrap it up. I don't care if the Last ties some of this up. We already know what happens.

Jgameson Nov. 12, 2014 at 6:27 p.m.

Does anybody here find it weird that out of all the kids, sakura daughter looks nothing like her or sasuke but instead karin with black hair. Because all the kids are simply a mash up of their parents except for Salad (hope thats just a literal translation error). But yeah, rushed ending is rushed. But it was a fun trip, even though kaguya was a thing. And finally finish my essay yeah.

reiyoon Nov. 13, 2014 at 1:06 a.m.

Well, all is well. Maybe not.

MasterAsiaon Nov. 13, 2014 at 7:20 p.m.

Even with a movie made to fill in the gaps and a mini series I'm sure Kishimoto will leave his fanbase continuing to scratch their heads over the continuously growing mountain of unanswered questions.I wonder with so many kids running around if Orochimaru will make a come back as main villain lol?

Orochimaru-I want your son Naruto!

Sasuke- What about my kid?

Orochimaru- I don't like Salad.

SaiyanPrinceVegetaIIon Nov. 13, 2014 at 9:42 p.m.

@Juubi said:

Abominations of DA. That's what this kids look like.

And Sasuke and Sakura...god, talk about unfortunate implications.. Just...ergh, that's sick, man. That's really sick.

I think you answered my question, Remmell. The question I was asking the whole week and almost turned me mad: why I am so uncomfortable with this ending? It's because is sudden. Oh, Naruto and Hinata have a daughter so...how that happened? I'll have to watch a ******* movie to see it? And they will condense all that I want to see in 2 hours?

And even if it happened, that's what I don't want to see. For almost five years I said: Sasuke needs to die, he had killed sympathetic people. These samurais were just neutral. They didn't deserve it. That was the Moral Event Horizon for Sasuke.

And Hinata.....Did she ever turn in the leader of the clan?

Yeah, I didn't like the outcome too. In the end, all I feel is a sensation of wasted plot and broken morals.

This helped to sum up my feelings about this manga in a spot-on way, this is exactly how I felt. Kishi just put random stuff there, some of which never even made sense to begin with. I guess he was just getting lazy.

@Lurkero said:

1/5 is too high of a rating for this chapter. It reads like fan fiction.

It is it silly that all of the previous characters had children AT THE SAME TIME. To make it worse the children have the same personalities as the parents. That is lazy writing 101. How old are those children anyways? I thought the movie was 2 years in the future. Those children look at least 5 years old.

Kishimoto didn't even bother to do something like give Baruto a personality where he looks up to his parents and aspires to be a respectable skilled ninja instead of a loudmouthed brat ninja looking for attention. The loudmouthed brat makes a lot more sense as Sasuke's child because Sasuke would likely be an absent father.

There is way too much unexplained material here. I don't care if 700 is a round number. This should not be the ending.

Agreed

FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 15, 2014 at 3:53 p.m.

@Dekken: @taichokage:

That's part of the problem. We should not have to watch a movie to get closure on the events for the manga. That's inexcusable. Movies should just be fun little side stories that you can ignore if you want. The way ONE PIECE had STRONG WORLD.

I had a rather startling realization today. NARUTO lasted for 15 years. Four of those years was dedicated to this Shinobi World War. That means almost 1/3 of this entire series was the war, and it was all summed up in a one chapter montage.

@MasterAsia:

I think the naming of Sasuke's kid was a nod to Akira Toriyama.

Ballistic_zon Nov. 15, 2014 at 5:25 p.m.

hmmm well I'm happy the Hinata fan base have what they wanted. but I can't help but wonder what happened with this plot http://naruto.wikia.com/wiki/Shizuka as the stated the trivia part

It is implied, though it wasn't stated, that Shizuka might have meant that she'll come after Naruto and try to win the love he holds for Sakura.

I'm surprise the head writer didn't have Naruto learn some more wind Jutsu from her to match up against Sasuke's lighting. I wouldn't have minded if he had ended up with her ether if not Hinata other the that this why I don't like Dangglers from writers there was so much to Explore when put plot like this i ad they they just leave twisting in the wind

but I agree alot of plot's aren't fill properly as to what another poster said about them all hi kid's at the same time I assume that happened with the 4th generation as well to a degree with the exception of Sasuke's which already had his older brother

sickVisionz moderator on Nov. 16, 2014 at 6:47 a.m.

I thought this chapter was an abomination. A really poor note to end the series on. This felt like Muppet Babies and not in a good way. The designs were stupid, the names were stupid, and even disregarding all of that, I think that in general the whole 20 years later thing only works well for comedies.

I totally agree with your take on Bolt. Naruto had a reason for his behavior. This kid just seems like a spoiled brat (most of which I'm going to blame on Hinata's ultra passive ass which probably provides absolutely no discipline whatsoever). It was also just stupid to me to have him doing the exact things that Naruto did. It was just cheesy.

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