Naruto x 679 Review: She of the Beginning

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Just when you think things can’t get any worse, Kishimoto proves you wrong. This week’s chapter showed the defeat of the most powerful male Shinobi in the world, and the birth of the most powerful female ninja. Things are not looking good for Team 7 and I can’t wait for next week’s issue.

First of all, the color page was amazing! The best part was Kakashi being a wizard. Sakura as a warrior with a very big axe was a pleasant surprise, I would’ve thought Kishimoto would make her into a healer.

The chapter opened with Madara’s chakra fading away. Sasuke saw his shadows disappear and Black Zetsu started to absorb an immense amount of chakra into Madara. According to Naruto, the chakra being accumulated was greater than the Ten Tails. The thing that caught my eye was the source of all the chakra. Turns out, it was the chakra that the God Tree was absorbing from all the people trapped inside the Infinite Tsukuyomi. The chakra shot from the ground sending Team 7 flying. Naruto and Sasuke decided to attack while Madara was still being transformed. This week’s chapter showed a comparison between the two. During the war we got to know that Naruto was the fastest ninja in the world. However, Sasuke had grown even faster. A panel showed Sakura watching Naruto and Sasuke run towards their foe. Naruto hadn’t even reached his target while Sasuke was already on the other side. I don’t think Sasuke’s speed has to do with running speed. I think his new eyes have given him the power of teleportation or time displacement within a certain range.

Their attack did nothing and Kaguya grabbed them with her hair. Yes, even her hair was strong enough to immobilize the two main characters, and she hadn’t even been reborn yet. True to her caring nature, Sakura ran to save the boys. However, she was stopped by Kakashi who wanted to come up with a strategy first. That girl can’t catch a break! First she tried to help and failed. Now, she isn’t even allowed to help.

Black Zetsu revealed something very creepy regarding the birth of the White Zetsus. If someone is trapped under the ultimate genjutsu for a long time, they turn into a White Zetsu, and serve under Kaguya’s army. Why would she even need an army of White Zetsus? It’s not as if they are strong.

The apparent death of Madara was very… meh. He had been hyped ever since the start of the war but his death occurred in seconds. I was looking forward to Team 7 fighting Madara. But a far more powerful foe entered the battlefield this week. All of a sudden Naruto and Sasuke’s new power ups don’t feel so awesome anymore. Kaguya sensed the marks on Naruto and Sasuke’s hands. She knew they were the reincarnations of Indra and Ashura. She looked annoyed and threw them into the ground. Why couldn’t she just crush their bones? It’s not as if throwing them into the ground was going to do any harm. Sakura’s nature came into play again. I could feel her worrying about the two boys and her desire to run and heal them. I guess Sakura has grown during the war. She was always reckless whenever she wanted to save someone. Kakashi even mentioned it in one of the panels. However, she stood still and assessed the situation this time.

Kaguya announced that the planet is her nursery and they should all stop fighting. Everyone should live happy lives, right? Wrong! All of a sudden the ground vanished and Team 7, along with a barely alive Obito, found themselves a few feet above boiling lava.

I have no idea how they are going to survive this. It’s not as if anyone on the team can fly. Maybe Sasuke will activate his Susanoo and save the team? But then again he might just save Naruto because he sees no use for Sakura and Kakashi. With Obito still on the scene, he might have role to play. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the chapter and can’t wait for next week after such an exciting cliffhanger.

What did you think of this week’s manga issue? How will Team 7 defeat Kaguya? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Masters in Psychology and an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Arousing the Legacy, Missing in Somerville, The Game Master of Somerville, and The Escaped Murderer of Somerville. He gives us insight on comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.



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