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Old 2012-02-04, 07:22   Link #24
Vorenus
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Wow. Excellent episode again.

First, the Sage-Mode Massive Rasengan Barrage certainly looked awesome and unexpected. Naruto sure knows how to come up with awesome techniques in the brink of a moment...

Now, it felt a bit like cheating as Naruto isn't supposed to be able to control so many Shadow Clones in Sage-Mode. It was stated back in the Pain arc that he could only handle an handful of them and there are certainly more of that.
Considering he didn't have much opportunity to perfect his mastery of Sage Mode since the Pain battle, the only explanation is that he could do it because it was a battle in his spirit, where conditions are a bit different...
I'm not sure we could see the same attack in the outside world unfortunately... since it looked awesome...

I'm not sure how much Naruto actually "controls" the Kyuubi right now...
At the different of Killer-Bee and the Hachibi, who seem to share a friendly bond, it doesn't look like so for Naruto who seem to just have stolen his chakra rather than tamed it like Bee managed to do...
Again, it looks like the Kyuubi is a significant more malevolent bijuu than the Hachibi anyway...

I find it a bit surprising considering the weak point of women jinchuriki that Kushina was chosen as she was a woman like that Lady Mito.
You would think they would get a male for the job since you're sure they wouldn't give birth...
Maybe the Uzumaki clan was too decimated for this to be possible though and that only Kushina could do it, maybe it was also because of her special chakra, but that was certainly taking a significant risk which would be taken advantage of later on...

At any rate, even if Kushina was the only one up to do it, you would think the Third Hokage and his advisors, including Roots, would have forbidden her to have a children, and frowned upon any intimate relationship she might have.

The Hidden Leaf has been painted as a more humanist village than most others so far, but the Shinobi World is very cruel and Konoha has also committed its fair share of atrocious acts for the sake of the greater cause, power balance, and peace... most noticeably the Uchiha massacre, killing civilians from other villages like Nagato's parents, or even sealing bijuus in young children for that matter.
Preventing a young woman to have intercourse (or making her sterile) or force her to an abortion seems something pale and insignificant in comparison, especially considering the associated risks...

The other interesting thing is that Naruto so far took the fact he was the Kyuubi Jinchuriki for granted, like a curse... like some are born with disabilities...
Until recently, Naruto and the most other characters always assumed that the Kyuubi was still running wild at that time and possibly manipulated by Madara, but even without Madara, there were probabilities the Kyuubi would have attacked the village if he was in the wild sooner or later anyway...

However the fact that Madara extracted the Kyuubi from Kushina makes the matter even worse.
If not for Madara, the Kyuubi would have remained in Kushina's body and Naruto would never have become a Jinchuriki, but also lived an happy family life as a bonus.
In other words, Madara is the one who destroyed Naruto's childhood and family, rather than the Kyuubi: the Kyuubi was the tool rather than the root cause.

Naruto has put all the blame for his bad childhood on the Kyuubi so far, and relatively few on Madara, but now, he could divert it towards Madara and have more reasons to take him down than just him being the Akatsuki leader and main villain of the show.

It is interesting that it is also the same for Sasuke... if Kushina didn't lose the Kyuubi, there would have been no attack on Konoha, and thus no preemptive strike against the Uchiha's clan...
Once Sasuke finally accepts to see the truth, maybe they would team up against Madara...
Sasuke still probably wouldn't forgive Konoha though, he would just want to take both of them down...
I like the moment between Kushina and Sasuke's mother and what Kushina said to Baby Sasuke... it re-enforces the idea of fate between Naruto and Sasuke and that their destinies were intertwined right from the start.

We can also wonder if the real cause for Naruto having been ostracized by the village, in addition of being the Jinchuriki, isn't also due to his being the root reason for the seal weakening...
How many villagers knew about the seal's weak point and how many knew that Kushina was the Kyuubi Jinchuuriki is not really clear at this point...
Kushina seemed to be well known in the village though, especially as the Hokage's wife (I mean, everyone knows who Michelle Obama is) and Naruto's last name was thus well known, so you would think they would see the relationship...
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