Re: What if Jiraya was recarniated at a time of 4th great ninja war
Originally Posted by ninjarasengan
^ He gets it.
Originally Posted by Amenotejikara
Death is a very tricky thing when it comes to any form of fiction. Whether it comes to literature, comics, film, television, etc. If you abuse Death and kill off characters, Death as a tool will loose it's significance. Likewise if you never utilize Death as a tool, nothing negative will become of that story however there may be a lot of missed opportunities to give a character a much larger purpose that can only be achieved through Death. It's a give-take relationship when you decide to utilize the power of Death in a story. When used properly, characters who may not have had much development prior can suddenly be some of the most developed characters in the story if their death becomes symbolic or otherwise means something significant to the story.
For example: A great use of Death is in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (the book). More specifically: Snape's death. Snape throughout the Harry Potter books up until the Deathly Hallows really wasn't a very well developed character. Now before Harry Potter fans start putting me up to hang, let me explain - Snape was a great character but had little character development. We were given just enough information about Snape's backstory to either sympathize with him or hate him. However when Snape died, he was given some of the most wonderful, enlightening, gripping character development arguably in any of the Harry Potter books. The information learned about his character completely changed how people perceived him. You may be tempted to counter my point however by claiming this wasn't tied directly to his death - but that is incorrect. It was because of his death that we learned so much more about who he was and what lengths he would go to for the one he loved. That is a great use of Death.
Now on the flip side, for an example of the abuse of Death: Honestly, just think of any slasher/horror movie. It's a bit of a cop out on my end for not referencing a specific story for an example of how not to use Death as a tool, but to be honest I'm in a bit of a time crunch right now so this is the best I can give at the moment. In a typical slasher/horror movie, usually nearly every character dies. You could make an argument for that being the point, but nonetheless it diminishes the impact of a character death when you go into a story knowing and expecting everyone to die. Again, in some cases this can also be used cleverly enough and Death can be impactful, but I think you get the idea.
Now, going back to Naruto.
A great use of Death: Jiraya. His death was the single most impactful moment in the entire series - there's little debating that. Not only could you make the argument that it was Jiraya's death that began the 4th ninja war, but his death symbolized so much and it was only because of Jiraya's death that Naruto grew as a character himself. Had Jiraya been revived, the other guy had it right; for Naruto as a character it probably would have had a slight effect on him. But to us, the reader, Jiraya's legacy and emotional impact of his death would never be the same on repeat viewings knowing that he would be revived once again to tie loose ends. Loose ends that were very significant to both Naruto and Tsunade.
The counter for this can also be said for everyone revived during the 4th war. Even if they were characters we had never been introduced to prior (such as Sai's brother) - it was a very cheap and easy way to force character interactions and force character development. No exchange between an Edo Tensei and the person who they impacted was nearly as important as when they were alive. Another example is Itachi and Sasuke. Sure, Itachi got to say goodbye to Sasuke and they had that closure -- but the whole point and the entire significance in Itachi's death was that Sasuke didn't get that closure. It added to his struggle and frustration. It added a new layer to his wicked way of thinking.