What made the chapter for me was the focus on Hinata and Kishimoto-sensei actually making some effort to have her express her love for Naruto through action…such a dam shame he made her trip and fall. Hopefully though since she is reflecting on Neji’s death and how he left Naruto’s protection to her, she ends up getting back up and running to Naruto’s side. Apart from that, Spiral Zetsu surprised me, does he have himself wrapped around Yamato enabling him/his will to use the Mokuton jutsu and the five elements? Well at least now we know what the Kages and the Shinobi alliance have been up to since we last seen them.
Reflecting and anguishing over moments in a life that uncontrollably replays itself over and over within the mind, feelings of regret and sorrow reactionary begin to explode within the confines of the heart leaving behind scars that linger on emotionally. Those moments that cause us to lose spirit are the very moments that help support the courage we build up to tackle future moments. Naruto quite significantly expresses in this chapter how those moments in his life and all that he has endured have paved the path to the decision he has chosen to make. It was beautiful. I teared up and cried at the amazing journey Naruto has had up to this point and at the inspiring guts and determination he held continuously throughout those moments.
With the power to protect your comrades comes the curse of your failure to protect them; on the borderline of life and death, shinobi walk the narrow path of existence ever open to descend into the darkness below. Well that is how things should appear to a shinobi, but Naruto, he pretty much kicks that to the curb and rewrites the thinking into one where even if this “curse” were to tighten itself around his life, now that he realises that his comrades are fighting and willing to die for a purpose, for a future, he will look past this concept of “death” and continue on towards that future many hope for ever-remembering the dreams and actions of the people who fell in pursuit of it.
Lost is confusion, uncertainty and a reality perceived of what isn’t so; a hand of warmth, emotion, familiarity, and love reaches out shining the light of realisation onto the shadows of doubt, pain and fear; the hand of Hyuuga Hinata reaches out saving Uzumaki Naruto.
What an amusing and heart-warming special chapter, I love it. Now I’m looking forward to this movie even more! Great to see the main cast of characters back together again even if for some random fun, but hahah, what random fun it was, and you could say it was even more “revealing” then your normal Naruto chapter =).
How interesting, these recent chapters have been extremely cool. While the story of what Tobi exactly plans to do has been covered in bits here and there and has been progressing slowly this arc, I am quite content with Masashi Kishimoto’s pacing. The content of this Shinobi War arc has been of high quality. There may be certain characters some readers may not care about, but Kishimoto is handling them nicely. By Kishimoto concluding the stories of some of the secondary and tertiary characters, it may indicate that Kishimoto has started concluding the story of Naruto. If Naruto really is on its way to ending, Kishimoto may have already thought up the ending and is now spending time on constructing this Shinobi War into something memorable and fleshing out all or most of the characters in Naruto – it could explain why this arc feels like a lot of thought has been put into it. Though you never know, anything can happen, the manga may not end after this War O.o.