Perhaps you too were baffled at how the Rasangan blasted the masked man’s arm? Fortunately, Kishimoto delivered an excellent explanation.
The last time an explanation was attempted in Naruto, it left people with more questions than answers. One may remember how complicated and complex the explanation of Itachi Uchiha’s Izanami was. The use of a diagram in that explanation made it way more complicated than just words and additional panels to walk us through an explanation. Perhaps Kishimoto learned from it, as this time, rather than having a diagram, we were instead guided through the process of how this attack landed an actual hit on the Masked Man.
The detailed explanation helped to show how everything in the previous chapter worked together to enable them to land the attack. However, the biggest revelation from this was that Kakashi and the Masked Man’s eyes were connected to the same dimension. Ultimately, that definitively answers the question as to where the Masked Man may have gotten his Sharingan. It seems that because both are connected and that we do know where Kakashi got his eye from. Does this mean that Masked Man is Obito, from Kakashi past? Perhaps, though I think it is still more likely that it is actually a time traveling Sasuke from the future who somehow got Obito’s eye from the past.
Rather than dwell on the origin of the eye or the Masked Man’s identity, Naruto kicked it into high gear and decided to share a few final words. His attempt to sway the Masked Man by his ideals of his dream and hope were shut down by him as he seemed quite jaded. Kyuubi took over and delivered an excellent scene on friendship. I really enjoyed this as it served as a reminder as to just how far he has come. If Kyuubi, the nine-tailed demon fox, believed to be a ball of hate, managed to see Naruto, and internalize his same beliefs of hope for a better future, then perhaps it may be true that not only Masked Man could see this and change, as well as Sasuke even.
The chapter was alright. The explanation from Kakashi was necessary; however for most people, they may have just read over it swiftly to get to the key reveal of the chapter. Beyond that, it seemed that this chapter was made for those, like me, who read their manga for stories of friendship. Kyuubi admitting his feelings clearly and sincerely was really touching and emotional. I found it to be wonderful. If Kishimoto can keep this up as well as deliver on the action as Naruto launched himself at the end there, he may just retain that high level of quality that we expect from Naruto each week.
GO Rating: 4/5