Mangaka: Masashi Kishimoto Title: Stop Nagato! Rating: 5.5/10
Synopsis: So basically, Nagato finally shuts up and starts kicking bottom thanks to Kabuto. Naruto on the other hand, is still afflicted with verbal diarrhea, sadly. Yes Naruto, you are a moron: Hey Nagato, how do you do that anyway? You gotta teach me. Yup, I stand corrected. Through the fully controlled Nagato, Kabuto plans to kill them temporarily with the Human Path technique and then bring their bodies and souls back there with the Naraka Path and revive them later. As if this whole reviving thing wasn’t stupid and complicated already. Thanks Kabuto. No really. Thank. You. Is that Anko lying on the ground next to Kabuto? She dead? Oh dear.
Moving on, we get some flashy moves from Bee and Nagato when the latter whips out his mechanical armour thing. Oooo! 😐 Just when Nagato is about to blow Bee to oblivion and suck Naruto’s soul and hopefully his stupidity out of him, sexy Itachi rolls in with Susano and saves the day! Damn you Itachi -_-. The incessant chatter in between every move continues and then the three try their best to take down Nagato using their most powerful technique. Nagato comes back to his senses (unfortunately or…fortunately? *gasp*) and to end off yet another disappointing chapter, he tells us that Naruto has become garbage and is an utter failure. Then he says: The third and final part is here…Wrap it all up! Be so stellar that everyone forgets how horrible Naruto has been! If only Nagato…if only.
Likes: The big flashy moves and super powerful techniques provided a modicum of entertainment from the chapter’s general failure. The person that looks like Anko surprised me. Was she always lying there? If so I’ve never noticed. I wonder if someone was trying to convey their true feelings regarding this manga’s abominable existence through Nagato. Ha. Morgoth, maybe Masashi’s scary money-hungry editor is now apologizing through the manga for screwing things up heretofore? Lulz (<- this is a joke for those who don’t know what the fudge I’m talking about: see comments for Naruto chapter 550 review)
Dislikes: Everything else. Seriously. Why was Nagato’s sentimental moment necessary? Why? Bee is friggin’ annoying. We get that. Fine. However when the most annoying character is in all of the chapters that suck, that just makes everything even worse now doesn’t it…. Naruto also annoyed me more than usual this week. There’s no balance. It’s just suck…with more suck! And all this crap about killing and then reviving later using xyz technique is not helping either Kabuto. We hate you. Please die. In all, I was not impressed. They’re going to ruin the whole Naruto-Sasuke confrontation with all of this chatty-chatty emotional bullshit *sigh* Can we have more chapters without characters analyzing every little thing, with less unnecessary chatter, less sentimental garbage, less massacring of Itachi’s badass image (which he maintained with perfection while he was alive and evil, and sexy), less crap in general?
More Chapter Ratings:
mu§e: 4/10 – So painful. So very painful to read. I literally had to FORCE myself to read this. I was reading like, one page every five minutes. I couldn’t do it all at once. It just hurt to much.
And now, it’s even becoming not only a plot issue (well, if there even is a plot anymore) but also it’s a stylistic/presentation issue. I mean, the dialogue in Naruto has been failing for centuries now (especially ever since Bee came in with his stupid nonsenscial raps) but today I just couldn’t. So much cheesy crap that really doesn’t flow and makes with wince with every word. And the explaining of every bloody thing that happens. Oh my god. Show Kishi. SHOW. Don’t tell.
Aside from that, the only reason I managed to pull a 4 from some depths of my heart, that I didn’t even know I had in me to be honest, was because there was some flashy graphics/moves and a fairly decent battle scene. I just really want this to be over though. This war is killing me. Literally.
§tranger: 4/10 – Well, it’s certainly better than last week’s chapter just by having more fighting scenes. I mean Kishi has less chances to mess up the story with fighting scenes so it’s definitely better. But every time the characters start to talk or the fight is about to get a twist… it just isn’t supposed to make sense, it seems or Kishi doesn’t care anymore.
I mean even Naruto seemingly doesn’t care about this anymore. Mistakes have become little cute comic-relief-scenes and being about to lose isn’t a problem because throwing everything you’ve got at the opponent is always a great strategy – that also works in Narutoverse.
Actually it really felt like Kishi just gave up thinking about this series… I can imagine how he sat over the script-pages of this chapter thinking about how to improve them, remembering what he had written in his last few chapters and then he just leans back sighing. Then staring on the pages again he just says: “Okay, I have no clue either how this makes sense.”
Random Hanky Panky: At this point, this is all I really care about. I hope Shikamaru and Temari get together though. Do you have a favourite Naruto pairing? For me it’s definitely Naruto and Hinata. Avada Kedavra to all who disagree ♥
What do you think of this chapter? Is it an improvement from last week’s crap chap? Send on those comments! Include your personal rating of this chapter out of ten.
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