I was under the impression that it does, but maybe that boost is offset by using the Sage Arts and said Nature Chakra. Recall how exhausted he was once he was forced out of SM or when he ended it on his own. However, I believe that was a result of using your body as a battery of Nature Chakra as opposed to continuously channeling it, something he couldn't given the fox's disposition towards the Nii Dai Sennin (Did I get that right?) combo.
Originally Posted by krazykwasi
I'm still a fan of this theory, but I can't overlook the possibility of him losing the fox, towards the very end if anything.
Originally Posted by TheJaggid
The only true innovation to that technique, imho, has been the addition of the Fuuton element, thereby granting it some blade character, but otherwise, it's still, essentially, the same thing. Like I said, I don't necessarily hate it and I do applaud his innovative flexibility with it, but I just don't appreciate that it took the Fox Cloak to bring out all the variety.
As for the critique towards the Fox Cloak, I happen to be very satisfied with it so far. It's easy to tell that there are still more uses for it to be shown to us, yet already we've seen more innovation with the use of rasengans in mere months than has been shown in the X years it was first introduced.
That's not entirely true. We've seen a whole sleuth of characters use some incredible strength without the requisite of a special technique or blood limit. These include Itachi, Sasuke, Jiraiya, Orochimaru, and Peins paths among others (sorry for not being able to site them all, but you're welcome to look into it) as well as Danzo, the Third, and Chiyo, all three of which are -aged-. Danzo maybe the only exception given that the First's cells in his body might have attenuated his strength. Ditto on the Pein Paths because we've seen strengthened zombies, which is why I wouldn't necessarily include the Second, here.
We've only seen Gai do that.
The regenerative effects of Sage Mode were apparent from the get-go when he fell from the tip of the rock formation and managed to stand back up again without so much as a scratch. Additionally, the explanation Yamato gave was to address the discrepancy between the force he applied and the speed he used, both of which got him stuck in the wall. But I agree that he definitely had more time to master the ins and outs of Sage Mode as opposed to the Fox Cloak and that he's improvising rather well, considering.
Remember the explanation given right after that happened: Naruto still needed more practice in order to control it. Naruto had someone teach him all the ins and outs of Sage Mode, but not for the Cloak. Hell, he didn't even leave practice until he had fully MASTERED Sage Mode.
Nothing wrong with it at all! I'm just contesting the dimensions of his approach. I get that this is a manga and that certain things need to be shown in a step-wise manner, but even the simplicity of his techniques can be given complexity when properly coupled. Seeing the new Rasengans in action was awesome, but why not couple them with the boost to speed? The kuchiyose was a nice touch, I'll admit. Something along those lines.
I don't see whats wrong with that at all. The Zetsu fodder was an excellent place to show that Naruto was advancing his techniques, while the Raikage encounter was perfect for showing off his speed. What better way to show that Naruto was now the fastest Ninja in the world than by outpacing the last fastest? Besides, remember that Naruto didn't truly beat the Raikage in speed until the end of their encounter, and remember that he needed the Raikage there in order for someone who had faced Minato in the past to be able to make that 'Flash' comparison between him and Naruto.
No argument, there.
I both disagree and agree here. I'm still not tired of the Rasengan. I know a lot of people are, and I can understand why (especially with Sasuke getting handed technique after technique), but I'm honesly more happy with it now that ever before. I love all the variations that can be done with it that Naruto has shown. The planet one and the horrifying Tornado technique rank among my 10 or so favorite jutsus/moves in the series. I mean, using the propulsion from multiple rasengans to send an enemy flying further? C'mon, that's cool!
There's the pipe-dream that Kwasi mentioned. :(
But I also would love Naruto to get some new jutsus... the thing is I can't see what he can possibly learn. A ranged technique? He already has an S-ranked Rasenshuriken he can throw practically at will (and that explodes!), and he was the speed to easily close the distance between himself and almost any opponent. Genjutsu? He sucks at it. Taijutsu? Yeah, I would love to see him use those claws to tear people to shreds, like they were meant to!! Ahh, if only Naruto (the manga) were seinen... this war would have been so much better.
Lets hope the upcoming wind technique shows off some flair!