Love that Dream Stretcher...
Love that Dream Stretcher...
Well, that explains why Naruto's still standing after all those clones he made. SO what, he knew the Kyuubi wouldn't eat him alive before he rashly cloned himself all over the place? Was it one of those sentimental gambles? Kishi didn't say anything about that, and the final part with Naruto saying the Kyuubi wasn't so bad wasn't until long after he made the clones.
Oh, and lol at the water kid's reason for joining up with Sasuke again.
Well at least Kishi finally made sense of why Naruto isnt dead by now. Next chapter: Kyuubi Tags out!!! The 8tail said it right, yea he may be stronger than all the other tails out there but he was just getting swarmed so bad that he alone isnt enough....time for the Kyuubi to come out and run and boast his own ego by showing the 8 "How its done".
P.S. Did the Kyuubi actually give someone a kind compliment? (About Bee and Hachibi?).
Pretty cool chapter, if for the dialogue between the beasts, alone. Makes seeing Naruto get swatted around a bit more bearable.
For the longest time, as I'm pretty sure is the case with most of you, I've had this running suspicion that the current version of the Nine-Tails Chakra Cloak was incomplete. Not only does it fail to resemble any of the other beast cloaks (especially now that we've seen them all), but it seems to lack a couple of their qualities as well, namely on the defensive and regenerative side (at least in so far as I can tell. Didn't look like 4 and 6-tails Naruto was sustaining any meaningful damage against Oro and Pein, respectively). The overall design for the cloak that Kishi chose to incorporate hints at this as well, given how it bears at least one sealing mark similar to that rolled up inside Gerotora (The Frog Key). Though purely aesthetic as far as we know, it gave me the impression that there was more to be unlocked.
Granted, we've learned that a Jinchu can separate a tailed beast's will (or hatred in the case of the 9-tails) when drawing on their chakra, indicating the possibility that the current Cloak is actually the 'purified' version, unsullied by the Kyuubi's will and that Naruto still hasn't gotten the hang of using it, yet. Though valid, I doubt this and believe that an ideal Jinchu must strive to find a balance between his will and that of the tailed beast, just as is done with the chakra. I believe that in the coming chapter(s), we'll see the true version of the Nine Tails Chakra Cloak emerge when Naruto and Kyuubi finally bump fists and prep to lay down the hurt.
Bah, I'm still holding out for that foreshadowed 9-tails/Sage Mode cloak to emerge. :P
Anyhoo. What do you guys think?
Edit: Also, Sasuke's back. Any ideas as to where he'll head off to, first? I was pretty damn sure that he would go Kakashi's way, given how his group was closest to Madara's base and that the fight between him and his former master seemed inevitable. However, with Gai and Kakashi over on Naruto's end, I'm not so sure, anymore. Maybe head towards the Kages? I find it a little hard to believe that he'd bump heads with Naruto so soon.
I've always thought that Sasuke would kill Tsunade, so I'm betting that he'll head over to the Kage's battle, maybe even have a little chat with Madara over what the fuck is up with his eyes.
And I couldn't follow most of what you said, Sam. It seems to me that Naruto's current cloak has all of the powers of his previous cloaks minus the skin getting peeled off part. Otherwise, getting hammered by f-ing beast mode jinchurikis would have killed him on the first strike. Naruto already has most of the potential his current cloak can give off, not counting any chakra the Kyuubi might still be holding back. The only thing left is for the Kyuubi to truly work together with Naruto instead of just handing over his chakra for Naruto to do as he pleases.
Also, the only reason I thought Naruto had his current unique 9-tails mode was for the comparison between him and the Rukido* Sennin. It wasn't just a matter of aesthetics, imo, but of giving Naruto a design similar to Rukido - in particular, the designs on Naruto's torso look like the Rukido's necklace. Also, the number 6 comes up a few times, like when Naruto made six Rasengans that hovered behind him way back when.
And I can't recall: Why exactly can't Naruto go into full beast mode? Is it solely because the Kyuubi would take over immediately?
I get what you're sayin SamDaPsy but I havent really though of it like that. When Naruto went into his previous tailed cloaked form it granted him superior speed, not as he has now but fast enough, the ability to use the bomb and a hell of a lot more physical durability.... however whenever he transformed like that in the past it was always a hinderance since the 9's malice would be in control of him (so he went rouge). So I guess what you are trying to say is that even though Naruto has control of the Kyuubi's chakra it is ultimately when a Jinchu finds that balance between Will and Chakra that they are able to use, and CONTROL, that mode (as well as full Beast Mode). Makes sense. Naruto, as it is, is just siphoning off the Kyuubi's chaka by itself, no will, so whenever he uses his cloak he's practically a human with a hellovalot of chakra, thats it. Since whenever he is in that mode the seal is physically visible on him then he may be able to do so only because of the intricacies of the seal his dad put within him? (Or as Jag said, because Kishi wants to just fricken make him look cool and resemble the Rikudo).
So yea, its true that the Black Cloak has more power however the transformation to that form itself is deadly. In order to transform like that his skin (and we see it with Killer Bee every-time he transforms) literally peals off and has to be repaired over and over, which in turn shortens his life span. Without the added bonuses of the Black Cloak mode Naruto's Cloak seems to be more healthier for him, makes sense since he is not ripping and repairing flesh and cells all the time. Seeing as how KB has had control of the Hachibi for a long time now though and he still seems healthy and find that whole "shorten lifespan" idea lost credence to me though. I could see KB growing old and grey despite his overuse of that cloak.
I hope Sasuke runs into his old teammates and kills them. Team Hebi is a sham that needs to be erased from the ninja world. And yea Jag, as it stands now Naruto can go full Beast since he's not kool with the Kyuubi. i guess it goes to his control of the Black tail mode as well, in order to go further down the transformation chain the Jinchu must not only have control of the Bijju's chakra, but at least have some firm control over it's will as well.
Wow it looks like Tobi can use the same chains to control Bijuu as Naruto's Mother, Kushina. I can't wait to read the next chapter.
Read chapter 498 and than 567
more signs to indicate that he's from the uzumaki clan. im telling you, the guy reminds me more of naruto than of sasuke.
"Tobi" is a Naruto from the future who travelled back in time in order to prompt the union of the 5 ninja villages and turn the past version of himself into the hero that the world needs. No... I did not just rehash the plot of infamous.....
^ You beat me to it.