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Naruto Chapter 700: Uzumaki Naruto!!! (ENDING)

=SPOILERS AHEAD!=

The last chapter is set a few years after the Fourth Shinobi War. Naruto and Sasuke successfully dissolved Infinite Tsukuyomi and saved everyone who was put under the genjutsu. The first page of chapter 700 takes us back to where everything started: Konoha.

The class of Aburame Shino has finished earlier than usual since a Gokage meeting will take place in the village later. Bolt (Boruto) plans to do a prank and he invites his classmates with him. However, Inojin and Shikadai refuse to come while Chouchou goes with Anko-sensei to eat some dango and anmitsu. He walks out of the academy and complains how no one came with him. He is unaware of his other classmate, Sarada who pursues him secretly.

© Masashi Kishimoto

L-R: Shikadai, Himawari, Inojin, Chouchou, Lee’s son, Kurenai’s daughter, Bolt, Sarada © Masashi Kishimoto

Hinata and her daughter Himawari visit the grave of Neji, while Rock Lee continues to train arduously and passes his belief in youth onto his (presumably) son. Tenten, on the other hand, establishes her own weapon’s shop, but her business doesn’t seem to be going well since the world has already become too peaceful. Gaara and Kankuro drop by Temari‘s house before the meeting and there, they see their nephew Shikadai who has just gone back home after the class. Kiba is shown chatting with Tamaki, who used to work with her grandmother Nekobaa. 

© Masashi Kishimoto

L-R: Hinata, Tenten, Shino, Chouji, Karui, Ino, Sai, Rock Lee, Shikamaru and Kiba © Masashi Kishimoto

Meanwhile, Sai, Ino, Chouji and Karui are waiting for the children to begin their training but upon seeing his mom’s fury for them being late, Inojin gets scared to come out especially without Shikadai and Chouchou. Kurenai‘s daughter informs her mother about her trip with Kakashi and Gai after she offers some prayers in Asuma’s altar. Kakashi visits Gai who is now on a wheelchair and tells him about the nostalgic tour that he plans to take after quitting his job as the sixth hokage.

Kakashi and Gai © Masashi Kishimoto

Kakashi and Gai © Masashi Kishimoto

The Fourth Raikage points out how Onoki, the Third Tsuchikage, has become weak over the years that they can’t even conduct their ex-kage meeting properly. The meeting, however, seems to be just a mere get-together of the former Kage where they simply drink and complain together. Tsunade tells Mei that it is already too late for her as the latter complains about the scarcity of nice men. Gyuki (Eight-tails) tells Killer B how busy Naruto is nowadays compared to him who is just playing around. He is thinking of visiting Naruto since he is bored.

The former Kage © Masashi Kishimoto

The former Kage conducting their own meeting © Masashi Kishimoto

Back to Konoha, Shikamaru informs the seventh Hokage about the meeting. However, before they can even leave, Udon and Moegi rush to the room and tell them about an emergency. The Hokage instantly understands the situation and he immediately goes to stop Bolt from ruining the Hokage Monument. He talks with his son and orders him to clean the mess. He explains his situation to his first child and tells him that he needs to endure it because he is also a ninja. They both climb down and Bolt is scolded by his teacher, Konohamaru.

Sarada returns home after stalking Bolt and she complains to her mother Sakura about how stupid guys are. Sakura instantly knows that she is referring to Bolt, but her daughter added that she feels like she resembles Bolt a little when it comes to their relationship with their fathers. It is shown that Sasuke continues to travel around the world.

Sasuke with his wife, Sakura and daughter, Sarada © Masashi Kishimoto

Sasuke with his wife, Sakura and daughter, Sarada © Masashi Kishimoto

The Gokage meeting has finally commenced, and the four leaders of each village are waiting for the arrival of the Hokage. The last Kage enters, and apologizes for being late. Kurotsuchi, the Fourth Tsuchikage and the Sixth Mizukage Chōjūrō both complain but Darui, who is now the Fifth Raikage tells the other two to just forgive him. Gaara signals everyone to stop with the personal chat and begin the summit. Uzumaki Naruto, who has finally achieved his dream of becoming the village’s Hokage, starts the  Gokage meeting, as Kurama is shown lazily napping somewhere in the village, and the page zooms to the statue of Naruto engraved in the Hokage Mountain.

© Masashi Kishimoto

© Masashi Kishimoto

© Masashi Kishimoto

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Naruto Chapter 694: Naruto and Sasuke

The confrontation between Sasuke and Naruto has already begun. The two decide to settle their affairs at the Final Valley where Hashirama and Madara’s statues are erected. Sasuke begins to explain his own definition of a “Hokage” and how his brother Itachi led him to his current resolution. He recounts the kind of life his brother had and why he still chose to protect the village that branded him as traitor in spite of the bitter experiences he encountered while living in darkness. Sasuke believes that Itachi was worthy of becoming the Hokage, though, according to him, his brother’s only flaw was leaving him alone in the dark. He grew up alone in despisal, and because of that, he believes that he can shoulder all the hatred by himself.

Naruto refutes by telling him that he shouldn’t deal with everything by himself even if he is strong. Both of them picture out the image of Itachi and the words he taught them when he was still alive. However, Naruto and Sasuke also have their own construals based on Itachi’s way of living, so they end up contradicting each other. Sasuke plans to eradicate the darkness of the past to start anew, and killing Naruto will be the last step towards the new beginning. But Naruto repudiates Sasuke’s ideologies and tells him that he will not let him erase the past which has thought him several things.

Meanwhile, Hagoromo is about to leave when Kakashi asks him what he should do. The Sage responds by saying that all he can do now is to believe in those two. Hagoromo recollects the time when he asked Naruto and Sasuke for their answers before bestowing them his powers. As expected, Naruto was optimistic when he said that he and Sasuke will become friends again. However, Sasuke was adamant with his decision to sever his ties with everyone to become the hokage that he wants. When asked why he is so determined to kill Naruto, Sasuke told the Sage that Naruto is the closest person he could refer to as his best friend. He believes that as long as Naruto is alive, he can never be alone and he can never accomplish his goal to become the darkness that he hopes to be. Naruto is the only bond left for him, and killing him is the only way for him to become alone in the dark.

“That guy’s the closest thing to a best friend I’ve ever had.”-Sasuke

(Excuse me while I go wipe my tears.)

Naruto Shippuden Episode 373: Team 7 Assemble!

WARNING: This contains spoilers.

The episode starts with Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura standing in front of the juubi which is still trapped inside the red barrier created by the four hokage. As they are about to attack, Hashirama stops them to see the Ten-tails going on a rampage. It fires out a tailed-beast bomb but fortunately, the barrier is strong enough to contain the bomb and instead, the attack is sent upwards. Hashirama then creates some Wooden Clones and assists each group of shinobi to the entry points in the wall so they can go in and out of it and attack the sealed beast.

HashiMada Alert: One of Hashirama’s clones goes to meet Madara to settle their score once again. However, Madara tells him that he doesn’t want to fight a mere clone. He will not be satisfied unless he fights the real Hashirama, so he will just wait for him to come. Teehee. )

Back to the battlefield. Even though the juubi is already restrained by the seals, it still manages to spawn some of its clones directly from its body to prevent the allied forces from getting near it. Team 7 prepare themselves to battle, as Sakura takes her time to reminisce the days when Naruto and Sasuke had to protect her all the time. Back then, she had to constantly look at the back of her teammates helplessly while they were fighting to shield her from danger. And to be a full-pledged kunoichi, she pleaded the fifth hokage to take her as an apprentice and she spent the next few years training to be stronger. And now, she is finally able to show off her worth as Tsunade’s disciple.

She unleashes the Byakugo no In (Strength of a Hundred Seal) and a mark on her forehead appears. She punches the ground and its impact sends the humanoid-like clones off, scaring Naruto and impressing the First Hokage with her strength that’s probably much greater than Tsunade’s.

Naruto gets frightened by Sakura's immense strength.

Naruto gets frightened by Sakura’s immense strength.

The power that the trio display in their attacks inspires and motivates the other teams to join the battle and show off their own techniques. Sai also finally makes his appearance as part of Team 7 (yey! I thought they already kicked him out of the group lol). However, before he can even attack the ten-tails from above, he gets assaulted by one of the clones and falls mid-air but is luckily saved by Naruto.

The enemies keep getting bigger in size and in numbers, so Sai asks Naruto if he can share his chakra with everyone again. Unfortunately, Kurama is still not yet finished amassing his chakra so it’s impossible to do it. This makes it even more difficult for Sai and the rest of the shinobi to get past the clones, and so Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura respond to Sai’s concerns by weaving their Summoning Technique. And poof! Gamakichi, Aoda and Katsuyu appear!

They are indeed the disciples of the Legendary Sannin

They are indeed the disciples of the Legendary Sannin

Oh yeah! It’s like seeing the new generation of the Legendary Sannin! Minus the recollection of Sakura, everything else is totally sugoi with all the action scenes and techniques being shown by the characters in the episode. I got really excited watching each team’s development and new techniques. Kiba’s got a new jutsu (Man-Beast Team Transformation Combo) and gives birth to a Three-Headed Wolf (which is pretty cool). Shino’s Parasitic Gigantic Beetle Infestation, from the name itself, infests the body of its host and devours its flesh if the amount of chakra given is not proper, thus, resulting to the abrupt growth of the parasites inside. (My initial reaction was very much similar to that of Ino’s. Gross. But still amazing. 🙂 ) Hinata, on the other hand, manages to surpass her limits and proceeds to use her Eight Triagrams Sixty-Four Palms. As for Team 10, their Ino-Shika-Cho Combination Attack just leveled-up and they form a Human Boulder Yo-yo (which reminds me of Ultraman lol).

Team 8: Kiba, Shino and Hinata Team 10: Shikamaru, Chouji and Ino

Team 8: Kiba, Shino and Hinata
Team 10: Shikamaru, Chouji and Ino

Well, the throwback scenes about Sakura were necessary to fully convey her growth as an average shinobi to a more powerful one, enough to be on par with her master, Lady Tsunade. Look forward to more awesome battle scenes in the upcoming episodes of Naruto Shippuden!

Next time on Naruto Shippuden: “The New Three“.

A Summary: Naruto Episode 372- “Something to Fill the Hole”

WARNING: May contain spoilers for those who haven’t watched the latest episode yet. 

After the short background story of Hashirama and Madara in the previous episodes, the scene is finally back to the battlefield. With Kakashi being driven to another dimension by Obito, Naruto, with the rest of the gang, was left with the 10-tails and Madara. Sakura was healing him since his chakra was depleted after trying to protect everyone from the Juubi’s attack. And finally. YES. AT LONG LAST, THE FOUR HOKAGE FINALLY MADE THEIR APPEARANCE. Minato first came as he diverted the ten-tail’s bomb and sent it to the sea.

Hashirama, Tobirama, Hiruzen & Minato

Hashirama, Tobirama, Hiruzen & Minato

Madara: “I’ve been waiting for you, Hashirama!”

HASHIRAMA: “I’ll deal with you later!”

With slumped shoulders and a pained expression on his face, he stopped short on his tracks, his heart crushed by Hashirama’s cold rejection. The four of them positioned themselves and performed the Ninja Art Four Crimson Ray Formation, creating a red barrier around the Juubi. Hashirama then did his Sage Art: Gracious Deity Gates, pinning the Ten-Tails on the ground with his ten seals. They were able to temporarily slow down and restrain the movement of the beast with that technique.

"It's a barrier that requires four Hokage-class shinobi together to create."-Gai

“It’s a barrier that requires four Hokage-class shinobi together to create.”-Gai

Right after that, Uchiha Sasuke made his grand and fabulous entrance to the scene. Obviously, everyone (except Naruto since he already sensed his chakra beforehand) was surprised to see the rogue shinobi all of a sudden. They were all suspicious of him. And much to their disbelief, Sasuke proclaimed his desire to become the next Hokage. (You guys must definitely watch their reaction. It was all hilarious.)

"...but you guys are taking too much time."

“…but you guys are taking too much time.”

Sasuke and Naruto both advanced to the battlefield, leaving Sakura behind. She later on followed them as well, informing them that she isn’t that weak to be removed out of the picture. After all, she is also a member of Team 7, and a student of one of the Legendary Sannin.

"Let's show them what we're made of, ya know!"-Naruto

“Let’s show them what we’re made of, ya know!”-Naruto

Oh yes! Team 7 is finally back! Watch out for the next episode: “Team 7 Assemble!”

Sai is not amused.

Sai is not amused.