Re: Naruto Manga 577 Discussion and 578 Predictions
Ah, hmm. You know, I never actually reviewed this chapter the day it came out. I guess now, while there isn't a serious discussion going on — back and forth with constant replies, I mean — is the time to squeeze in my post without disrupting anyone's discussion with someone else. At first, I didn't have enough energy to post about this chapter when it came out on Wednesday. Thursday, Friday, and all day today, I just didn't do it, but now I will. It was a good chapter.
The first thing that caught my attention wholeheartedly was Madara's second sentence. "Power has nothing to do with will." I suppose someone like Uchiha Madara would think like that, as it just seems like that is part of his character, but I strongly disagree. True, you have a set amount of power to being with, a base amount, but your will and determination can help to amplify that power and help it go from a small spark to a blazing fire. Through experiencing desperate times and acquiring comrades and precious people to protect, a person becomes stronger. Haku said this a very long time ago, in different words, but I believe this is what Kishi was trying to restate with Tsunade, just with very little words on her part. She seems to understand where true power and strength come from and it would seem that the will her grandfather left her, that she inherited as both his granddaughter and the Fifth Hokage, is something she has a lot of faith in, as she herself says after Madara's statement.
The next thing I liked, although the fourth rule didn't really dazzle me like I suppose it was supposed to, were the rules Tsunade stated that she'd made for medical ninjas to follow. I thought the rules themselves were sort of noble and my favorite of the first three was, personally, the third — that medical ninjas are to be the last ones to die on a team. I feel like it references the first rule, which was that medical ninjas shall never give up on treating their teammates so long as they still have a chance of survival. It means a medical ninja will support their comrades until the end.
Side Note: I like Madara's facial expression and last statements in the last panel on Page 2. I can't tell, really, if he's curious about the Byakugou or, because he doesn't know about it, feels unimpressed. Lol. Perhaps a little bit of both? I think that panel gave off mixed signals.
Tsunade, Page 3. "I'm not just a medical ninja!" No, Tsunade, I don't believe you are, either.
I liked seeing Madara go with Katon and Mei counter with Suiton. It was a clash of the natural elements, if you will. And then A, Onoki, and Tsunade went at Madara with their own attacks. Oh, and it wasn't until Page 6 that I, really, remembered Gaara was still there. Lol. Glad he is, though. Glad he is.
Madara, Page 6. "They're nothing compared to you..." I feel like Madara has some deep respect for Hashirama, durr. He, obviously, only feels like the First would meet his standards.
Page 7, first panel: I guess this means Izuna cannot be the face behind the mystery that is Tobi?
Madara, Page 7. "Anything that can be passed down to you... is hatred." I suppose he thinks hatred never dies and it's the only thing that will survive through humanity, from one legacy to the next, forever. That was how I saw it, although I don't quite think that's right. That's the fun of having an opinion.
Oh, dear. I just rediscovered Pages 7-8. Now, look, I got really psyched about this chapter when I first read J PREVIEW Wednesday morning when the spoilers for Naruto Chapter 577 came out. I read something about two of Tsunade's old teammates and thought, "Jiraiya?! Orochimaru?!" I was thinking that somehow, someway, Kishi was going to add the two of them in, if he had to have them doing something cheesy like watching from whatever afterlife there is. Seeing Dan and Chouji's father... I was both shocked and somewhat disappointed, I'll admit. But now, I'm thinking that I'm glad it wasn't Jiraiya and Orochimaru, regardless of who it actually ended up being that the spoilers were referring to. I do hope Orochimaru and Jiraiya somehow manage to come back and fit into the storyline one day, though. Somehow. Just a side note.
Page 10. Oh, nope. It's Uchiha Madara, people. He won't be sealed so easily. Good effort, Gaara. Good effort. Page 11. Oh, ow. No, no, OK. So, when I first read about Tsunade getting stabbed in the spoilers I pictured the scene from Final Fantasy VII when Sephiroth kills Aerith. I pictured her being stabbed with something thin and pointy, a katana, at a spot in the center of her chest, where the attack would be concentrated and percise. Then I saw Page 11, seriously, and was just like... well... "Ow." I didn't expect her to be stabbed like that — through the stomach with something thick like that.
I have nothing to say, really, about Page 13 or the first row of panels for Page 14.
Now Itachi's Crow Summoning... I kind of laughed. Not only because I didn't see the point in him summoning those, aside from stalling Sasuke for, like, five seconds, but also because of what he said as he sent the crows for Sasuke. It just seemed like a big brother line and I must admit I loved it.
Page 16. So... Even if someone sends Kabuto's weird ass to his grave, the jutsu won't end, eh? He has to release it... Well, well. I wonder what Kishi is planning? What will Itachi do? How could Sasuke look so "Whoa!" in the background of the last panel, just as a shadow? Well, he's not so great there, because he is just a shadow, but we all know that we're glad Kishi put him in the background like that, somewhere deep in our hearts. But Itachi...
Itachi, Page 16. "Geez..." Is that just a translation deal or has Itachi gotten a little more laid back? I didn't know that word was in the vocabulary of the Uchiha, except maybe Sasuke during his genin days. Hmm.. Well then! I like a Uchiha Itachi that says "Geez..." every once and a while. Just let that be the only new word Kishi introduces into his vocabulary, please and thank you.
So, overall... I really liked this chapter. Sure, not enough to be so motivated as to review it right away, but... well... that doesn't mean anything! Hee~ No, but really. And as for the next chapter, Chapter 578, which I am very much looking forward to... I don't have any specific predictions, as I never do, but I think we'll either be staying with Kabuto or going back to Naruto's fight. I'm not sure which of those, but I don't think we'll get much of, if any, of the Kage fight next chapter. That's only a thought of mine, though.
Some quotes I liked from this chapter — may have been mentioned above:
"One can become stronger by inheriting the will of the deceased!" Tsunade, Page 1.
"Those are the rules I made for my students." Tsunade, Page 1.
"Byakugou...? Never heard of it..." Madara, Page 2.
"Hashirama... I don't know what exactly you have left them... but look at them! They're nothing compared to you..." Madara, Page 6.
"After my brother died, he only left me his eyes and their power." Madara, Page 7.
"Tsunade is Hokage...?!" Dan, Page 8.
"You're a dead man... so don't spread the hatred anymore." Tsunade, Page 9.
"I'm afraid nobody but the deceased First Hokage... can defeat Madara." Dan, Page 13.
"...You stay here." Itachi, Page 14.
"The jutsu can never be stopped if I'm killed." Kabuto, Page 16.
"...It turns out to be much worse than I expected." Itachi, Page 16.
My Rating for Naruto Chapter 577: 5/5. Kukapow.