I am going to be honest here, but I seriously can’t come to like this battle, be it because it is a battle between friends or just because it feels so dam forced or both, I really am not enjoying it. I would have enjoyed it much more if the final antagonist of the series was the Shinju and the Naruto and Sasuke conflict was settled much earlier. The Naruto and Sasuke battle may have been fated, but relative to the weight the Shinju fight held, this battle feels so weak and forgettable. It doesn’t feel like it connects with the rest of the story, I just can’t help but feel that it is only included in the story because Kishimoto-sensei forced it in rather than it arising naturally through the flow of the story.
Out of the pot and into the fire, what an extreme development. Madara himself was powerful enough, but now we have Kaguya who has taken over Madara’s body and chakra and transformed it into her original form. Whatever jutsu she used goes beyond even what the Edo Tensei is capable of, to carry out a complete resurrection like that, how outrageous. And what’s even more shocking is the fact that she is able to contain chakra within her body that exceeds the amount which even the Juubi holds. Just how powerful is Kaguya and why does she need an army of White Zetsu? What does she plan to battle against?
Well dam, how many more twist can there be within this arc before it ends, because I really was not expecting Kaguya to pop up. Out of no where, a new element has been thrown into the conflict between Ashura and Indra, and this time it is their grandmother, Kaguya. To think the Infinite Tsukiyomi was just a set-up for Kaguya to entrap the people of the world to the Shinju. Despite Madara’s intentions of wanting to create a “peaceful” world or at least the illusion of one, Kaguya has other ideas and people happiness and the illusion of “Heaven” is far from what she is intending. Given that we know that Kaguya was twisted by the powers she wielded once she consumed the Shinju fruit, it is safe to say that with her return, things do not look good.
So it has finally happened, Madara has activated the Infinite Tsukiyomi and with it he has entrapped all of the worlds population inside a genjutsu save for the Edo Tensei Hokages, Sasuke, Naruto, Sakura and Kakashi. I also have a suspicion that Tenten may have also avoided falling under the Infinite Tsukiyomi’s genjutsu. With the Treasured Tools of the Rikudou Sennin becoming a necessary element in Madara’s demise, Tenten will have to find a way to utilise the tools or at least deliver it to someone who can use it.
I was wondering if Kishimoto-sensei would take on the challenge of focusing on Sakura and have her join in on the fight against Madara as she still boast an incredible level of strength and it seems that there is still some hope that Sakura may in fact still prove useful battle-wise within the story. Having Sakura unleash her Byakugou no Jutsu and charge straight for Madara was a badass development, and even though it may not have been a smart move given that she knows nothing about how the Rinnegan functions in Madara, it was still great to see Sakura take the initiative and have something still up her sleeve. The battle progressed by fading Sakura into the background as Naruto and Sasuke became the focus, but hopefully as Sakura deduces what is going on she will be able to lend her strength in helping the two of them stop Madara.
So we finally learn what “Limbo” is…some sort of ability that allows Madara to separate himself into two forms, one capable of being seen and the other only able to be seen by the Rinnegan and felt by Sage/Bijuu Mode. It was an interesting chapter seeing Sasuke get used to his Rinnegan and analysing Madara’s abilities in order to derive a strategy Naruto and he can use to get a hit in. The end of the chapter was a shock though, did not expect Kakashi to be targeted, but in hindsight, it makes sense.
I was worried that the battle with Madara would be similar to the one we seen against Obito, but it turns out that won’t really be the case, especially with Madara boasting his control over the Rinnegan is at levels of the Rikudou Sennin. Also with Madara versing the Bijuu instead of only a person, that is a new element to the battle which wasn’t present in the battles before the war, though I do wonder how long this type of battle will last until it does come down to person vs person.
Well I admit it is impressive that Madara is able to take on all nine Bijuu and only come out with an arm lost, but the amount of questionable methods he used is concerning. Firstly how was he able to absorb Sasuke’s Amaterasu last chapter and how is he able to summon Susanoo this chapter when he had no Sharingan eyes? Can Uchiha actually utilise their jutsu without the need for their sharingan? I can’t really say the prior 657 chapters support that but who knows, Kishimoto-sensei may have some logical explanation to crease out these plot-wrinkles.