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    SamDaPsy is offline Senior Member Respected Member
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    Ehh...that felt pretty bland, uninspired, and misplaced. :/

    I wasn't sure what to expect, given the escalating feel and pace of the manga so far, but this definitely wasn't it. Really? An update/expose right in the middle of what could arguably be one of the most important battles of the series? It felt like hitting a brick wall after the drop on a roller coaster. I mean, an update on another battle would've been forgivable, even expected, but this just seems to throw a wrench in the pacing.

    Oddly enough, I was actually excited to see how Sasuke's developed since that last run-in with Naruto. While I've taken issue with Sasuke's progression in the past, it was only because I felt it came at the expense of the main character's. This time, however, I couldn't wait to see how far Sasuke had gone towards bridging that gap between himself and his rival. When that opportunity finally came (albeit, I still believe the timing is all wrong), the experience was underwhelming. When Naruto ran into his own pack of aloe vera-nins, we saw him utilize his new-found powers with the utmost creativity and command. I figured he'd use a mix of speed and a dash of Rasengan, but a Rasengan vacuum?! A chain-linked Rasengan AND a frog-summoned smash to seal the deal? Very nice.
    Now, it's Sasuke's turn, and although I definitely expected eye lasers and other nonsense, I was hoping for some variety as well. Now, while those 'things' resembled Ameterasu shurikens, it was only just barely... Plus, Sasuke's all about agility and grace! What's with the stiffness? Didn't sit right with me.

    Team Taka? Don't know. Don't care. I was hoping they'd be Sasuke's anchor to reality, keeping his feet firmly on the ground with the camaraderie that he knew he needed, but wouldn't admit...maybe even being the reason why he fully embraces hatred when they perish to protect him against the Leaf's (or any other village's) assassins. But, they seem to be the ones in need of a reality check, themselves; they're downright delusional!

    I was honestly expecting the focus to return to the Kages and Madara, leading up to a surprise drop-in by Sasuke to facilitate the evolution of his EMS to a full-fledged Rinnegan before his meeting with Naruto. But now, Itachi is a possibility? I really hope not, considering he kinda made it clear that he passed the reins of his brother's salvation to Naruto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueDemon View Post
    Yeah. That. Will surely turn the tide in this war :/ Really dumb.

    And did those clones say Sasuke killed the original? Did he do that when he woke up? I forgot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by black flash View Post
    Well we all know he's a nerd but he's a married one so he must of spoken to women.
    I picture it like Goku and Chichi, she wears the pants he just trains and fights or draws in Kishis case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qbsenuef View Post
    It was possible but I didn't expect it. A rematch between brothers?
    You didn't? I saw it coming as soon as Itachi was revived.

    It should be interesting too. Sasuke has, through concerted effort, managed to make himself into the complete antithesis of Itachi in every single way. Itachi sacrificed everything he had, even his own family and honour, for the good of Konoha. The only thing he couldn't bear to sacrifice was his own brother, so he even sacrificed his relationship with Sasuke, making himself a villain to disassociate Sasuke from him. That way, even if he spared Sasuke he'd be able to grow up without suspicions or rumours of collusion affecting him, able to grow up ignorant of the shame of the Uchiha to become strong and maybe revive the clan some day. Sasuke, on the other hand, threw away EVERYTHING in the name of revenge, disgracing himself, betraying Konoha and even being willing to waste the life Itachi went to such lengths to preserve. Now he knows the truth about the Uchiha massacre he's resolved to DESTROY KONOHA (the village Itachi sacrificed everything to protect) to restore "the good name" of the Uchiha. When Itachi discovers what Sasuke's done, he'll be devastated by how Sasuke has wasted his every sacrifice, dragged the name of their family even further into the mud and even made himself an outright enemy of the village Itachi sacrificed everything to protect. It'll be tragic.

    On the other hand, I love Karin's stuff this chapter. I love the way she continues playing the fool to make her captors underestimate her- and hiding a set of lockpicks in her photo of Sasuke and acting like a crazy tsundere to keep them from taking it? Let's be honest, annoying as she can be, the girl's brilliant. If only Sakura had a fraction of her cunning she'd be a MUCH better female lead.

    The Juugo/Suigetsu stuff, on the other hand, was just stupid and boring- although I did like the tidbit suggesting that Orochimaru can still influence the series even after he's gone (and hey, he MAY even still come back again, somehow). He casts a long shadow and I'm glad for it- he's ALWAYS been a better villain than anyone in Akatsuki (maybe he abandoned the group because he realised he was too cool for them?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcane Azmadi View Post
    It should be interesting too. Sasuke has, through concerted effort, managed to make himself into the complete antithesis of Itachi in every single way. Itachi sacrificed everything he had, even his own family and honour, for the good of Konoha. The only thing he couldn't bear to sacrifice was his own brother, so he even sacrificed his relationship with Sasuke, making himself a villain to disassociate Sasuke from him. That way, even if he spared Sasuke he'd be able to grow up without suspicions or rumours of collusion affecting him, able to grow up ignorant of the shame of the Uchiha to become strong and maybe revive the clan some day. Sasuke, on the other hand, threw away EVERYTHING in the name of revenge, disgracing himself, betraying Konoha and even being willing to waste the life Itachi went to such lengths to preserve. Now he knows the truth about the Uchiha massacre he's resolved to DESTROY KONOHA (the village Itachi sacrificed everything to protect) to restore "the good name" of the Uchiha. When Itachi discovers what Sasuke's done, he'll be devastated by how Sasuke has wasted his every sacrifice, dragged the name of their family even further into the mud and even made himself an outright enemy of the village Itachi sacrificed everything to protect. It'll be tragic
    Keep in mind that that would be good storytelling. With Kishi, I've learned to always expect something sub-par.

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    How exactly do you guys expect a confrontation between Sasuke and Itachi ending up? Itachi acting the bickering mother while Sasuke acts the arrogant son? Unless there's a plot twist concerning Sasuke's relationship with Itachi ("Lol, what 'Onii-san?' My Onii-san only had two eyes, and they're both right here."), the only thing that would happen in such a confrontation is a waste of time. Itachi vs Kabuto and Sasuke vs Everyone is hella better than a rematch between the Uchiha where the only new thing would be Sasuke's EMS -- which SHOULD be saved for later. Having Itachi and Sasuke meet up again after their excellent parting would just cheapen Itachi's death even further.And anyways, as someone already said, Itachi has already handed over his responsibilities to Naruto.

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    This whole fiasco could have been avoided if Itachi was a bit smarter and told Sasuke not to betray Konoha on the night of the massacre.


    I think Sasuke could say something ridiculous like that Jaggid. I also think they might talk about the masked man

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJaggid View Post
    How exactly do you guys expect a confrontation between Sasuke and Itachi ending up? Itachi acting the bickering mother while Sasuke acts the arrogant son? Unless there's a plot twist concerning Sasuke's relationship with Itachi ("Lol, what 'Onii-san?' My Onii-san only had two eyes, and they're both right here."), the only thing that would happen in such a confrontation is a waste of time. Itachi vs Kabuto and Sasuke vs Everyone is hella better than a rematch between the Uchiha where the only new thing would be Sasuke's EMS -- which SHOULD be saved for later. Having Itachi and Sasuke meet up again after their excellent parting would just cheapen Itachi's death even further.And anyways, as someone already said, Itachi has already handed over his responsibilities to Naruto.
    Well, keep in mind that during their previous encounter Itachi was actually letting Sasuke kill him, to give him closure. THIS time he's going to have to accept that Sasuke's beyond redemption, that everything he did for him was wasted and he's going to actually HAVE to seriously try to kill him.
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    @ Yazen
    I don't see much of a point to talking about the masked man when it looks like Naruto's about to beat down and unmask the guy. By the way, my money's on it being Madara's brother, if I haven't already said so.

    @ Azmadi
    He already said he would leave Sasuke to Naruto, and I doubt he would just decide to take that back in order to take Sasuke down now that he was conveniently right in front of him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJaggid View Post
    @ Azmadi
    He already said he would leave Sasuke to Naruto, and I doubt he would just decide to take that back in order to take Sasuke down now that he was conveniently right in front of him.
    Eh, I guess you're right, but they still should have an interesting confrontation now everything has changed:

    Sasuke: "Nii-san, look at everything I've done for you!"
    Itachi: "OMGWTF?! What the hell have you been doing?! I didn't want any of this shit!
    Sasuke: <sadface>
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