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Ten Most Heartbreaking Deaths in Naruto

The end of Naruto is drawing near, so before that happens, I decided to make my second list about Masashi Kishimoto‘s most popular manga. So here goes my top 10 saddest deaths in Naruto, just in time for All Soul’s Day.~

10. Chiyo and Sasori

Since they are related to each other, I decided to tie them together in the last spot. The background story about the two of them provided enough reason for me to be saddened by their deaths. Poor Sasori was killed by the puppets he created a long time ago that resembled his parents. He could have dodged the attack, but it seemed like he intentionally let himself be killed for some reason. Grandma Chiyo, on the other hand, sacrificed her life to revive Gaara who died after Shukaku was extracted from him. I would like to comfort myself by believing that Chiyo and her grandchild Sasori were reunited after their deaths.

“I’m the one who should have been killed.” -Chiyo

“Everyone, pray for Elder Chiyo.”

9. Neji Hyuga

Neji had been part of the story for a very long time, and when I heard that he would die, I expected it to be really heartbreaking. Well, it was…a little. I was quite disappointed because I thought there would be some flashbacks like with the other characters before. I feel like that episode didn’t pay enough tribute to Neji. Nonetheless, the fact that Neji is gone is sad enough, and no one else can fill that void in his team.

“Why would you go so far for me?” -Naruto to Neji

8. Hiruzen Sarutobi

This was taken from the first Naruto series. I really have a soft spot for old people, so when the Third Hokage died protecting Konoha from the hands of Orochimaru, you can just imagine how doleful I was. The funeral scene made it even worse.

“The Third didn’t die for nothing.”

7. Haru and Zabuza

You might wonder why they are only in number 7 when their death was one of the most sorrowful ones in the entire series. But you see, I was initially thinking to narrow down the list to those deaths in Shippuden only. However, I couldn’t just ignore these two especially when it cost me a few sheets of tissue back then when I watched that scene. Even the Demon of the Hidden Mist couldn’t hold back his tears as he lay beside Haru to be with him in the afterlife. I am starting to wonder. Perhaps Naruto’s emotions reach me close enough that I end up crying just like him in the anime.

“If possible, I want to go to the same place you’re going to.” -Zabuza to Haku

6. Asuma Sarutobi

Even though Asuma didn’t have a lot of screen time in the series, his death was woeful enough to affect me. The fact that he died right in front of his students was even worse. And do I even need to elaborate how his students, especially Shikamaru, mourned after his death? It was painful to watch, not to mention that he couldn’t even see Kurenai and their child.

“The smoke always makes…my eyes water.” – Shikamaru

5. Nagato, Yahiko and Konan (253)

These three died in separate instances but I decided to just count them all as one. After all, Yahiko, Nagato and Konan were good friends who grew up together to establish Akatsuki. Among them, I would say that Nagato “pained” me the most (no pun intended lol) perhaps because he played a much bigger role in the series compared to the other two. The last scene where Konan’s blood-soaked sheet of paper flew back to their old hideout pinched my heart.

4. Uchiha Obito

This guy had to die a couple of times in the series! The first one was when half of his body was crushed by a boulder. Well, he didn’t actually die there, though his speech back then was enough to bring his teammates to tears. A lot of things had happened to him since then, and he ended up being an ally to Uchiha Madara.

“I wish I had more time with everyone.”

*SPOILERS*

During the Fourth Shinobi War, he had to die again only to be revived later on to assist in the sealing of Kaguya Otsutsuki. Well, I’m just grateful that he at least managed to settle things with his friend Kakashi before he left the world to reunite with Rin. The poor guy finally got to rest peacefully.

3. Minato and Kushina

The love story between these two was only briefly shown in the series, but it left a good impression on me. The joyous expressions on their faces when they learned about Kushina’s pregnancy were short-lived when Uchiha Obito took out the kyuubi from her after she gave birth to Naruto. Namikaze Minato fulfilled his role as the Hokage by saving the village, but he had to give up his life for his family. And Kushina didn’t want him to shoulder the burden alone, as she also protected her newborn child from the nine-tailed fox. Both of them died at the same time, and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t shed some tears especially at the part where Kushina delivered her last words to Naruto. At least for some consolation, Naruto managed to reunite with his parents in the latter part of the story.

“I wish I could stay with you longer. I love you.” -Kushina to Naruto

2. Uchiha Itachi

Uchiha Itachi was, and will always be, my favorite Uchiha member. The guy was undeniably good in almost everything, not to mention his fine looks. He was a villain who perfectly portrayed his role as a ruthless murderer and traitor. Even then, I already liked his character. Then when the truth about Itachi was revealed, darn it. I just loved him even more. His death brought a lot of things to light and the reality behind his actions moved the audience to tears. The guy took all the blame and reproach by himself for the sake of the village and his younger brother. He died a heroic death, and if there is one thing I regret, that would be the fact that his heroism was never exposed to the public. And yes, he was reanimated later in the series only to make the fans cry once again as he bid farewell to his beloved brother, Sasuke.

“And no matter what you do from here on out, know this…I WILL LOVE YOU ALWAYS.”

1. Jiraiya

The previously mentioned deaths caused me sorrow or made me shed a tear or two, but with Jiraiya’s demise, I was extremely grief-stricken. He is one of my favorite characters in the series, and I felt affiliated with the bond he created with Naruto. All the flashbacks that were shown before he drew his last breath only aggravated my distress. I knew that his death was inevitable, with all the foreshadowing that was shown in the earlier episodes. (That part alone already constricted my heart.) My misery reached its peak when Naruto learned about the somber news. I was just thankful that I was watching that episode alone, because my family would surely get puzzled when they saw me crying in front of my  computer. And I blame Naruto and Tsunade for that.

“You fool…”

“I wanted him to keep watching over me.”

And I’m finally done with this list! This is the second list that I have made as a sort of tribute for Naruto before it ends on November 10. A lot of characters have died in the story, so it was really difficult for me to narrow them down to ten. If I were to include some runners-up in this list, that would be the deaths of Deidara, Inoichi, Shikaku and Rin. (Did I forget someone?)  However, I’m pretty certain that the loss of our favorite characters have somehow stirred our emotions. After all, even in the world of anime, death is an inevitable thing.

So, whose death pained you the most?

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Free! Eternal Summer Final Episode: The Eternal Summer of Beginnings

Haru and Rin return to Japan and they are welcomed by Makoto at the airport. Haru is a bit timid to speak to Makoto since they had an argument right before he went to Australia but Makoto seems to have fully disregarded their earlier fight as he welcomes Haru back to his home country. Both of them meet Nagisa and Rei (who has been worried about him since that incident during their previous relay). Haru narrates his trip to his friends and his decision to continue swimming to reach his newfound dream which he discovered thanks to Rin. While watching the rehearsal for the national tournament, Haru plucks up the courage to apologize to Makoto for what he said before. Makoto shakes his head and tells him that he is the one who’s sorry for not telling him his plans. He explains to him how he came up with his decision to quit competitive swimming and just continue being a swimming instructor to children. The happiness and sense of achievement that he felt when he was able to encourage Hayato to swim inspire him to continue teaching more kids the fun of swimming. He wants to be a swimming teacher and to achieve that dream, he will attend a college in Tokyo.

“Rin-senpai! Can I have my souvenir, please? Koala! Kangaroo!”

The night before the competition, the four of them watch the glowing scenery of the ocean from the bridge as they reminisce the memories they have spent together from the moment they started the swimming club up to the recent times. However, the fact that they can no longer swim together next year weighs them down. Nagisa and Rei burst into tears as they realize that Makoto and Haru will be graduating soon. Makoto comforts them by saying that they should not cry since nothing’s over yet, as they still have to swim together for the competition tomorrow. Haruka agrees, and assures the other two that no matter what path they choose to take, they will always be connected to each other because the swimming relay is what binds them together.

“I want the four of us to keep swimming together forever!”

On the day of the national tournament, the four of them see a brand new sight as they delve into the pool competitively which earn them a loud cheer from the crowd. It is then shown at the end of the episode that their team won sixth place in the competition.

As for Samezuka Academy, Rin appoints Nitori as the new captain of their swimming team prior to his retirement and instructs them to become the ultimate team which will carry their dream in the future. When it is just the two of them, Rin encourages Sousuke and tells him that he will be waiting for him to come back in the world of swimming.

Before Rei, Nagisa, Haru and Makoto meet Rin, they first drop by the Iwatobi Swimming Club to bury their letters where they wrote the sights they saw during the relay competitions. They all agree to open the time capsule when they see each other again a few years from now. But for the meantime, everything will remain as a secret. Right after that, they meet Rin at Samezuka who greets them with a pool covered in cherry blossoms. Everyone gets excited upon seeing the incredible sight before them, and they all run toward the pool and swim to their delight.

As the episode nears its ending, it is shown that Makoto and Haru are still meeting each other from time to time. Makoto is busy with his studies, while Haru is diligently practicing and improving his swimming skills. Nagisa and Rei continue to manage the swimming club in their high school and they have surprisingly recruited a lot of new members for their club. The same goes for Samezuka Academy with its new captain Nitori.

Is this a swimming club or a modelling class? HAHAHA!

Towards the end of the scene, both Rin and Haruka are shown competing against each other in the professional swimming tournament. And the moment the “go signal” is given, Haru is seen jumping in the pool, towards the fulfillment of his dream…

For the future…

Free! Eternal Summer Episode 12: A Swim-Off in a Foreign Land!

(NOTE: This is a “nosebleed” episode for Haru. HAHAHA!)

“What is he saying?”

Haruka Nanase and Rin Matsuoka arrive in Australia together after the latter invited Haru to come with him. Rin tours his friend around the area and brings him to an ocean to help him relax. However, Haru is not in the mood to swim so Rin sits beside him and shares his experiences with him during his first time in the said country. He had difficulty adjusting that time but knowing that Haru and Sousuke were just beyond the ocean, he managed to cope with his new life in Australia together with the help of his swimming coach and his host family.

Russel and Lori are surprised and delighted to see Rin once again together with his friend Haru. They were Rin’s host family and they are excited to finally meet Haru since Rin had mentioned him a lot when he was a kid as someone that he looked up to. After dinner, the couple drive the two to their hotel. When Rin and Haru enter their room, they are shocked to find a single bed inside. The hotel receptionist must have mistaken their names for a girl and they both blame each other because of that LOL. Rin tries to fix the issue but the front desk officer refuses his request since all the rooms are already occupied. His only option is to cancel his reservation but he needs to pay extra charges for that. So without any other choice, Rin and Haru share the same bed. (HaruRin ALERT! XD)

But both of them cannot sleep so they just chat a bit more as they recollect their memories of their first meeting and their tournaments. Rin once again affirms his admiration for his swimming buddy and the same world that they will enter together. The following day, he brings Haru to an aquatic center that also serves as the venue for international swimming competitions. He asks him if he wants to swim and he lends him one of his swimming trunks. However, they are not the only ones in the area. Rin spots the members of the National Team who also use the pool for their swimming practice. With a challenging tone, he tells Haru that there is another recreational pool available for those who don’t have the guts to swim beside the National Team. In the end, they decide to use the same pool and as Haru readies himself, a guy from the National Team positions himself beside him. He briefly greets and prods Haru as he jumps in the pool. Haru, on the other hand, envisions himself standing in the very same stadium in front of a big crowd and makes up his mind. He is overcome with his desire to keep swimming as he spreads his wings toward his dream. Haru and Rin chat with each other outside after swimming. Rin informs him about his coach who used to train him while he was studying in Australia. He said he plans to formally join his coach’s team before he heads back to Japan. And Haru, with a renewed spirit and sparkling eyes, tells Rin that he, too, has already found it.

Kyaa! The amount of “feels” I have for HaruRin is too high! HAHAHA! I really like Miyano Mamoru’s English dubbing here. Cuteness overload. And congratulations to Haru for finally realizing his dream! LOL.