Re: Naruto Manga Chapter 618 Discussion and 619 Predictions
Excellent chapter, scenes involving Orochimaru and Sasuke never fail to add interesting plot elements (and quiet the mumblers.)
I am not surprised that there is a way to unseal those swallowed by the death god. The Uzumaki clan did invent the seal in the first place, and as Itachi said, there is a way to deal with EVERY jutsu. The most interesting thing to me in this chapter was the revelation of just how formidable Orochimaru truly is. His genius is not that of an Uchiha, who excel in battle smarts, or a Nara, that seem to excel in strategizing. Orochimaru is a genius in terms of how much actual book smarts and research he has accumulated. He is the Hojo of this manga (FF7 reference)
The Hokage were a very appropriate choice for Orochimaru to revive. Directly or indirectly, it is the Hokage of Konoha that have affected the ninja world more than any other single individual ninja, barring the Rikudou Sennin. Hashirama started the village system, was the leader of a clan was a first class shinobi, and seems to be the only one that could fight at and above the level of the epitome of Uchiha prowess, Uchiha Madara. Tobirama had even more of an effect on the Uchiha clan than his brother, because it was he that assigned the Uchiha to the role that they would play in the village until their massacre. His creation of the Edo Tensei kinjutsu is just a bonus. Hiruzen was the Hokage that Sasuke grew up recognizing as the leader of the village, and is also the one that has observed the village since its formation. Hiruzen is also directly responsible for the Uchiha clan's demise. Lastly, Minato was the second non-Uchiha to neutralize the kyuubi, and may have some knowledge as to why the Uchiha were not there on the night of the kyuubi attack. And these are only things that Sasuke superficially knows of. There are most definitely more surprising things that they know.
This week's chapter has only amped the expectations for next week's, and I am not yet sure if that is a good or bad thing. But I have come to realize that, while Kishimoto has Naruto as his main character and hero, he excels most when writing plots involving Sasuke. I am excited for next week.