Half-way Point of the War: An Analysis
Considering how long the war has been going and how many battles are completed or still pending, I'd say that we are roughly one half of the way through the war. Both sides have now lost more than half their troops and we are getting to the point where the biggest battles are going to be waged soon. Personally, I think that the war will last another 35-45 chapters or so and the series will continue on after it. I also think either Kabuto or Madara will be killed before the end of the war and the other will retreat. But considering all this, I began to reflect on the battles and reconsidered the work Kishi has done on it thus far.
Now I'd be the first to admit that the war has been disappointing more often than not, but we have to be fair and look at it from a broader angle. Looking back now, I think Ksihi has done a very good job of focusing only on the essentials. I mean there has been countless battles waged simultaneously, and it would not have been logical, nor wise, for Kishi to show each and every battle in its entirety. A lot of people were angered by the fact that guys like Kakuzu were taken down so easily, but does it really matter? Keep in mind that the army has intel on a large percentage of the shinobi that have been revived. So guys like Kakuzu do not pose nearly as much threat as when their abilities were unknown. I mean I know we didn't see much of Dan, but don't forget that it was leaf villagers who fought him and surely the leaf had good intel on his abilities, so it does not surprise me that these kinds of guys were taken down fast.
To me, it seems Kishi has made one thing very clear about the war: He wants to focus on what he hasn't shown us. Instead of showing us another battle with Kakuzu, he focused on the development of characters like Chouji. In all honestly, I think every single Edo has been accounted for, except for the sixth coffin of course. More specifically, I mean every edo's most powerful techs have now been revealed. Can you guys think of any edo that has been shown that we don't know the abilities of yet? I mean assuming the Jin's best attacks revolve around their Biju and assuming the 7SM's best attacks are based on their swords, there isn't too much to find out in regard to these battles, only the details of how they are defeated. Granted, it is likely more time will be allotted to Madara and the Jins since he is still such a mystery, but I would not be surprised if all we see of Kakashi's rampage is the aftermath. In reality, the only edo's still undefeated are Chiyo, Kimimaru, Pakura, Gari, the Mizukage, the 7sm and the jins. All of which have had their abilities revealed, so there isn't too many more surprises to come.
Now while I agree that it is not fair that Kishi has taunted us with things like Kakashi's rampage, we have to keep the broader picture in mind. Like I said, there is really nothing left to reveal in regard to this battle, only its conclusion. The Kage battle, on the other hand, has been getting a lot of attention recently because we knew NOTHING about their techs. But the way I see it, every edo's best techs have been revealed and the only major battles left are the ones that will directly involve the main protagonists and antagonists, Ie Madara, Kabuto, Sasuke and all of the good guys (which includes Itachi).
So anyway, what do you guys think of the war so far? Are we about halfway through it? Is there any battles you are just dying to see that I didn’t mention or touch on? Do you guys like the fact that Kishi has mainly focused on showing us new stuff rather than harping on the old (with the exception of Kakashi vs. Zabuza and Haku and Team 10 vs. Asuma)? Are there still things you can’t stand about the war or want to see through conclusion? In reality I’m starting to respect how Kishi has gone about the war, I just wish I could read the rest of it all at once, not just week by week.