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Weekly Naruto Discussion: Chapter 493

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It is time to discuss Naruto chapter 493, almost time for the big 500th chapter. Starting today we are trying something new and formatting this review similar to the way they do it over at Comic Vine. Today we join Naruto as he battles his evil side within the Falls of Truth, but will he be able to decapitate his inner Darth Vader? Let's find out.    
     
 

The Good 

Every hero at one point in their lives has to fight their evil self, and this time it's Naruto's turn. Sitting under the Falls of Truth Naruto enters the world of his inner mind where he must fight the shadow version of himself. However, this is no easy task because this shadow Naruto has all the same abilities as himself, which basically cancels out everything Naruto can do. This is not going to be a pushover, and that is always a good thing. During this chapter it is also eluded that Killer Bee himself went through the same trials, yet Motoi states that he passed the Falls of Truth in no time at all. Why? Because when Killer Bee grew up, he had someone to look up to, someone there for him, and that of course is his brother. Thusly he he didn't care what people said about him because deep down he had confidence. Naruto on the other way didn't have that luxury, and grew up more emo than Sasuke himself. We also find out that Motoi is also a bad ass, because he at one time in his life tried to kill Killer Bee. Which brings us to next chapter which will be all about this flashback. Of course Naruto is going to learn some valuable lesson because of this story, and will be able to defeat his shadow self as a result; I'm calling it now.

The Bad 

Actually, this chapter wasn't too bad at all. It reminds me of the older chapters of Naruto, back when he was just a boy. However, I'm sad that they didn't show more of the fight with his shadow self. It could of been really interesting, with both Narutos using their intelligence to create crazy combos with their shadow clones. I'm sure they will show more in the anime. I also have a problem with Motoi's face, but that's just me.

The Verdict - 3/5

I'm really happy with the direction Naruto is going in this current arc, and I hope they can keep it up before Naruto goes back to his 'fight Sasuke' mentality.
Chengyon May 7, 2010 at 2:23 p.m.
I wouldnt of minded the chapter but what dissapointed me was i had to wait two weeks for this due to golden week and it didnt reveal anything interesting, didnt have any twists or surprises, it was just a pretty mediocre chapter. 
 
Though on the other hand it was slightly interesting to know the hachibi used to be evil.
InfiniteGeasson May 7, 2010 at 4:58 p.m.
This chapter reminded me a lot of Persona 4 and the shadow self thing.
Burntlettuceon May 7, 2010 at 5:02 p.m.
I really hope Kishi doesn't drag out this whole Bee's back story thing. Would really like it to last one chapter. 
FoxxFireArt moderator on May 7, 2010 at 5:38 p.m.
I'm quickly becoming tired of Naruto and Bleach. They both have ended up in a cycle of training and battle. I'm also tired of Naruto constantly whining about Sasuke.
 
One Piece and Detective Conan are two of the few things I'm reading that is published by Shonen magazines. I just find the story of the characters far more interesting in both these series.
GodLen staff on May 7, 2010 at 5:40 p.m.
@Burntlettuce: I totally agree, this doesn't need to be a story arc or something. Keep it to one chapter and move on. No, actually go back to Rock Lee.
Burntlettuceon May 7, 2010 at 6:19 p.m.
I would love to see the series going back to some minor characters. What happened to Rock Lee, Nenji and all of them. Such good characters that basically got shafted.
GodLen staff on May 7, 2010 at 6:57 p.m.
@Burntlettuce: if  Kishimoto wasn't going to use the characters later on in the story, he shouldn't have put too much emphasis on them in the beginning. I can understand why he is doing it, I mean are you still friends with your grade school schoolmates? But still, he has to mention them more. 
Helloson May 7, 2010 at 8 p.m.
@Burntlettuce said:
"I really hope Kishi doesn't drag out this whole Bee's back story thing. Would really like it to last one chapter.  "
I'm guessing it will, we don't need more than that.  

@Chengy said:
"I wouldnt of minded the chapter but what dissapointed me was i had to wait two weeks for this due to golden week and it didnt reveal anything interesting, didnt have any twists or surprises, it was just a pretty mediocre chapter.   Though on the other hand it was slightly interesting to know the hachibi used to be evil. "

Yeah the painful part is going to be the waiting game for Naruto control the Fox / defeat his inner evil. :P 
 
bustajibbon May 7, 2010 at 8:01 p.m.
I liked the chapter.  Part of it makes me think that Motoi trying to kill Bee may have been part of the whole "training/trials" and that Yamato might have to do the same.  Just a far out there theory.  I think we will see the anime expand on the fights.  I have noticed lately that Kishimoto seems to be leaving some of the battles a little open so material can be added into the anime to extend those sequences. 
 
And to the comments about the backup characters: I always thought it would have been a GREAT idea for the anime production team to leave Naruto out of the fillers, for the most part, and use those minor characters in different missions.  That way that great support cast could be expanded and deepened while Naruto was off training somewhere.  Just my two cents.
mr_mondayon May 8, 2010 at 1:07 a.m.
Mmmmmh, let me think: Each member of Gai's team had to fight his own copy. Every copy was exact as strong as the original. Each of them cried "I can't kill the copy, our strenghts are equal". Then they realsised that they can get stronger and defeated the copys.
 
Nah, I'm drifting off, Naruto vs. Naruto seems to be a total different fight and probably will have a total different end -_-"
Kuma_From_Argentinaon May 8, 2010 at 4:11 a.m.
I readed the chapter and the soundtrack of Persona 4 invaded my mind....   
I'm waiting for Naruto to colapse and to Yami Naruto to transfrom in the Kyubi
Little_Sparrowon May 8, 2010 at 5:30 a.m.
I think Naruto and bleach need a good kick up the story development ass
Newdeathon May 8, 2010 at 5:51 a.m.
Naruto wasn't all that bad but in my opinion it wasn't all that good either. I'm more interested in Sasuke's apparent "Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan". 
 
ND
Jeuston May 8, 2010 at 12:46 p.m.
@Little_Sparrow said:
" I think Naruto and bleach need a good kick up the story development ass "
Yep. As they aren't all that interesting... 
Naruto79on May 9, 2010 at 5:13 a.m.

Chapter was good, can't wait until next week... 

UsachanMaNon May 9, 2010 at 9:08 p.m.

the chapter was ok, its just that i was hoping for a more "BAM!" end of the chapter rather that just ....."lets go check out bee's past".....ya know?
Morita_Shunsukeon May 10, 2010 at 1:14 p.m.
I agree the fight against Shadow Naruto was a bit too quick I wish I could of seenmore of it :D 
 
But I bet we will soon
sasuke0447on May 10, 2010 at 2:01 p.m.

i kind of wish they would keep all the nonsense out but they make it to where u have to wait til the next chapter to find out something cool so u keep goin back to it and to make something interesting in the chapter they say all this stuff that is sometimes not very important so kind of dissapointed but i still want to see what happens
JThree47605on May 11, 2010 at 9:04 a.m.
They should have showed more of the Dark Naruto I think the chapter would have been better.
sasuke0447on May 11, 2010 at 5:48 p.m.

i just want to know what more power naruto could get if he can control the 9 tailed fox

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