Personally, I'm quite convinced Hinata's dead. From a storytelling viewpoint, if nothing else. After all, the main reason for her existence (Character who was Inspired by Naruto to Change) was accurately summarised in this chapter, and the lingering tension that kept readers interested in her (one-sided unconfessed love) has already been resolved. Therefore, she serves no function anymore, unless Kishimoto wants to pursue the romantic triangle angle with Sakura. The last thing she does is sacrifice herself to enrage Naruto enough to progress to the next stage of his evolution (devolution?) to fight Pain. Seems appropriate. And there's good angst value in having one of the 9 die early.
Then again, what do I know? The ramifications of Hinata's death on the village could be too profound to allow her to die. A new heir to the Hyuuga clan could result in power struggle between Hanabi and Neji. And I can't see any reason to bring Team Gai suddenly back in except as a rescue party for Hinata followed by support for Naruto.
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Still Pains calmness is wierd. He must have a plan to defeat the now enraged Naruto/Kyubi
narusaku for life ! loooollll
I don't know, that skeleton armor looks so cliche, didn't think the series would have something like that. Pein most definitely has a plan up his sleeve and from the looks of it was probably waiting for it to happen after what hes been saying.
^Pein shows no emotion.
the page showing Hinata's confession is one of the best in this chapter.
But of course, 6-tails transformation tops that
Hinata's dialogue was touching, sad to see her go. I really liked this chapter, you could really feel the emotion of the characters. Naruto's loosing it after seeing Pain murder person/toad after person he cares about. Pain's so calm because he's truly insane and engulfed in his role as god. I'm thinking the skeleton of the Kyuubi will grow flesh and fur as more tails are added. 9-tails for being the complete transition to Kyuubi form.
i was thinking that hinata won't stay dead, but...now i think she's gone for good. dizzcity got it quite right, it fits with the story. we're SUPPOSED to be sad about it, and that'd be a cheap was of doing it if they brought her back to life. we're supposed to feel like its a waste for her to die right after confessing. ah well.
6 tails...awesome. yeah. glad the chapter came out early enough for me to see.
Thank you for posting the chapter Black Flash.
"Pain’s chakra’s inside me!" <- I LOLed so hard...
But on a serious thought, poor Hinata...I really hope she is not dead...but I must say this chapter was amazing...