I'm think that unlocking the key to the 'yang' part of the kyubi's chakra will either allow Naruto to fuse, or better yet, allow him to use it on his own. Basically in order for Naruto to use sage arts he has to remain still, but Fukasaku does that for him. Now that we know that the bijuu can assist indepedantly (like when the 8 tails escaped the genjutsu thanks to his), maybe the unlocking the yang will enable Naruto to get the 9tails to remain still for this requirement.
As for the next chapter, I'm sure we will be seeing more flashbacks of kakashi's life, because he's telling his Dad about his life, which is the setup for us to also see it. I'm sure it'll explain what happened to Rin. As for whether kakashi's dead, I'm not so sure.. Not only have people been brought back from the dead in this series, but I think this journey we're seeing from Kakashi is just like the 'walking into the light' period. Besides, we also saw Jiraiya's imagination before he was officially dead.
I don't think Kakashi is going to die yet, his battle with Pain wasn't climatic enough. For a central character like Kakashi, who I arguable feel is more important than Jiraya, his final battle will be epic. Maybe Gai will step in to save him.
Konoha is getting trashed by Pain and I can't help but think the other teams and Jounins will step in soon along with Danzou and root. I would like to a Tsunade/Pain vengence battle as well.
Kakashi's not dead, he's only at the state of Near Death Experience.
Good ep again, lots of action. Ino mentioning the slugs does lead me to believe that they will find Kakashi too.
Just when you thought this arc was setup for a finale, they throw in Konohomaru and the 9-tails kicking the frog off Naruto's shoulder. Dang!
It's not even close to the middle! We're still missing two, maybe three big battles. At least a Tsunade v Danzo, maybe a Tsunade/Danzo v Pain, and finally a Pain v Naruto. And there's still Kakashi's final fate and the uber important look into his past to think about, as well as Sasuke.
Yeah, we're not even close to the end of this arc. And no one can go about saying Pain will just leave. He WILL comb the place looking for him, and if Naruto doesn't show up, or if Pain isn't stopped, he would likely kill everyone there.
May those who accept their fate be granted happiness; to those who defy it, glory.
They actually made a little mistake here.
In Obito's flashback showing his sharingan as he is dying,
He has 3 tomoe in his eye when we know he only had 2.
Minor but still fun to point out.
They also have the dead body there that is still sumoning jutsu.
Originally Posted by TheJaggid
I think Naruto's only way to enter sage mode would be to distract his opponent with shadow clones while his original stop moving.
Damn...the chapter's already out with three pages of dicussions...I was out in the dark because the internet line to my locality got severed. Now I'm posting from a Cybercafe.
a)Kakashi appears to be dead or dying, but my guess is he'll probably just have a 'conversation at death's door' like in the last Harry Potter book and then come back to life.
For Sasuke fans, I wonder if our <sarcasm>good-natured, misunderstood<sarcasm> Uchiha will suddenly reveal feelings of sorrow and regret(buried deep down inside for 150 chapters) if he hears of Kakashi's (apparent) death. My guess, which I'm sure is wrong<sarcasm> is that his face will remain emotionless and he'll make some comment about Kakashi's stupidity.
b)After all the drawbacks Kishmoto had already piled on Naruto to ensure Sage Mode would be of little use to Naruto except when the plot demanded it I was a little surprised to see the fusion failed. But with this Kishimoto now has two new choices regarding Naruto's development.
(i)He could do the good thing and unleash the Kyuubi that he's been holding back throughout Part II to maintain Sasuke's overwhelming superiority. Fukasaku should recover his failing memory and remember to give Naruto the Seal Key Jiraiya left for him.
(ii)*more likely* He could take the bad route and have Naruto fighting Pein with a crappy time limit that sees him running and hiding to recover Sage mode every 5 minutes or so.
I'M NO HERO, BELIEVE IT!
I want to know why one of Pain's guy's heads opened or something. Is that a sign he died or was released? Is there something inside? Is he going to take control of someone else? It is possible I totally missed something, but if Kakashi did die, which may or may not be the case, I don't want to end up seeing them have to fight him if Pain takes control of him.