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Naruto Chapter 699 – “Shinobi”

Naruto chapter 699 - Shinobi

This chapter took me a journey through Sasuke’s heart and allowed me to open up and gain a deeper appreciation for Sasuke as a character

It is quite unbelievable but prior to this chapter I was feeling detached and uninspired by the way Naruto was concluding and how the Naruto and Sasuke battle fitted in with the rest of the story, but just through this chapter, all those mixed emotions I had concerning the end of the Naruto came together and connected. This chapter dispelled the confusion I had towards the way Naruto was ending and put me in a state of mind where I could do nothing else but love the way Naruto was concluding. Sasuke expressing his true feelings was definitely the highlight for this chapter for me, it revealed a whole new dimension to his character I had never seen before and I found myself loving how he came around full circle again after his journey through the story of Naruto.

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Naruto Chapter 698 – The Fated Battle: Naruto

Naruto Chapter 698 - Naruto and Sasuke

With everything they have, they collide

One really does have to admire Naruto’s determination and guts to never stay down and give up, despite a situation seeming improbable and hopelessly devoid of any hope, he still manages to back himself and commit himself to the decision he has made. And through that belief he has in himself, he ultimately does find a path forward. Life itself can be filled with such despair that in those moments you can’t help but feel empty, numb and just plain depressed, so I have always seen Naruto’s ability to rise above his worries and continue forward with such energy as inspiring. Naruto grew up in tragic circumstances, but the way in which he embraced the situation instead of having it consume him has been one of the qualities in Naruto that I have truly admired. I guess deep down Sasuke also respected such qualities in Naruto and came to connect with him.

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Naruto Chapter 697 – The Fated Battle: Sasuke

Naruto chapter 697 - Goodbye my friend - colour by HikariNoGiri (http://hikarinogiri.deviantart.com)

Farewell my one and only friend – colour by HikariNoGiri

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.

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Naruto Chapter 665 – The Path Obito Has Chosen

Naruto chapter 665 - The chose Obito has made

Yeah you tell him Obito! Finally you snapped out from your despairing self!

I was hoping this would happen, finally Obito has come to terms with himself as well as what he has done and has seriously evaluated it all against what he really wants. I never really got the ‘fake Madara’ development and why Obito wanted to be Madara so badly, I guess it was because of desperation (to create a world in which Rin is alive), Obito’s desire to want to ‘save the world’ and Obito’s perception that he was giving his life in order to aid a comrade. Well all that doesn’t really matter now, Obito has chosen to kick all that to the curb and abandon the “Madara” name he had hidden behind for so many years, Obito has finally chosen to embrace who he is and continue walking a new path which he has just discovered as Uchiha Obito, the man who wanted to be called Hokage.

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Naruto Chapter 661 – Duality

Naruto chapter 661 - Sasuke - colour by Striplax (http://striplax.deviantart.com)

Light and dark dance together to form the existence known as man – colour by Striplax

Without war the concept of peace wouldn’t exist and without peace, the reasons for waging war wouldn’t exist. It is a cold yet embracing form the nature of humans take. Madara experiencing first hand the failures of normal methods now seeks to force his method, the Eye of the Moon plan, onto the world and bring about a world free of any contradictions. While it may erase the existence of war, what else would be erased in the process?

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Naruto Chapter 658 – The Force Known As Madara

Naruto chapter 658 - Revival - colour by NarutoPants (http://narutopants.deviantart.com)

Madara’s revival advances one step further- colour by NarutoPants

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.

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Naruto Chapter 654 – The Void In Ones Heart

Naruto chapter 654 - Obito's realisation

Within the palm of your hand you search for the answer to who you are…

It is inevitable that we feel some emptiness in our lives at times, something lacking, something missing, something inducing a feeling of incompleteness. Why we feel that way and what we should do to fill this emptiness we label “a void in our heart” is a mystery without an answer. Rather than a piece to fit into such an emptiness, it falls down to a state of mind and accepting you feel that way and moving on. Eventually you will find that “gaping void” not so empty anymore. As the master of our own souls we alone have the power to change who we are, but at times there is only so much we can do alone and this is where the support of others comes into play, holding you up and pushing you to continue to believe. Kishimoto-sensei has incorporated a lot of meaning and significance within this battle, highlighting messages that go beyond the related characters, messages that inspire and resonate with the reader.

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Naruto Chapter 652-653 – The Hand That Reaches Out

Naruto chapter 653 - Take my hand

Take my hand

In times of despair, pain and hopelessness you find yourself lost in a pit of darkness unsure of what to do and where to go. You lament over your weaknesses and insecurities and begin to pity the mistakes you’ve made and problems you’ve created and like a collapsing house of cards you fall apart and crumble. Thoughts of “what should I do?”, “I just don’t know…” begin to echo within your mind and engross your soul. You reflect onto yourself and the decisions you’ve made and reactionary you begin to reach your hand out in hopes that maybe someone or some celestial entity will grab onto it and pull you out of the pit of darkness and despair you find yourself suffering in. Right now Obito has a hand reaching out towards him, the power such a gesture holds to a person lost and confused is immeasurable and piercing. I hope Obito realises that he can stop running now…

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Naruto Chapter 618-628 – Curses And Dreams

Naruto ch621 - God vs God- colour by Tremblax (http://tremblax.deviantart.com)

Two shinobi torn between friendship and the paths of their dreams – colour by Tremblax (http://tremblax.deviantart.com)

So we finally get to see a flashback of Senju Hashirama and Uchiha Madara and find out just how those two are connected and how they ended up on such opposite ends of “peace“.

War wrought suffering, suffering led to pain and pain opened up the wounds to dreams desperately wished to become reality. The story of Hashirama and Madara was a much more unfortunate one than I expected.

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Naruto Chaper 597-614 – Reality Seen Through Eyes

Naruto Chapter 604 - Uchiha Obito

The life extinguished from the light into the shadows

Directional and overlooking, the limitation of understanding deludes judgement into a state of rigidity and presumptuousness. “Reality” grasped through individuals formulates itself through subjective experiences and restrictive outlooks encompassing the “life” central to the “present” experienced by each individual. When “reality” beckons and “existence” crumbles, assumptive eyes rush past reason straight to reaction ultimately painting understanding devoid of acceptance and openness.

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