Hey, I will make this post short. I am going to be at Anime North on Friday (22nd May), so if any of you are coming, you can hunt me down, but I think this notice is too late to be relevant. Sorry bout that.
We had some friendly banter at the beginning. It was nice. I liked seeing the crew act like the crew. Ichigo’s little supporting conversation with the Fullbringers was cute and it is always when he gets to act like himself and not as a convenient, failing plot device.
The rest of the chapter was meh. It was all spent on emphasizing moustache-kun’s terrible landscaping skills.
Okay, I will get to the wow a bit later.
Naruto got to be real cool this chapter! He started of totally owning the dumb kid with the Sharingan. It is a pity the kid got away and we didn’t get to end this right here, right now.Chou Chou was still hilarious with her “are you sure you are not my dad” bit. Her banter with Naruto had me rolling.
The best part of the chapter though was seeing Naruto act so mature and dad like to Sarada. She really, really, really, really needed those conversations with him. It is so nice seeing the little Naruto I grew up with turn into this incredibly mature adult who is capable of being so frank and nice with children. Naruto is a great father figure and as this chapter demonstrated, he is more than just Boruto’s father figure, he can be one for the other kids as well. I love the fact that Sarada noted how relaxing and calming it is to be in his presence. It is a bit different from younger Naruto who was so energetic, he got everyone fired up. This older variant is completely reliable and easy to be around. I really like that.
Hilariously enough, Sarada activated her Sharingan at an interesting time. Naruto just told her it would be bad if she activated it! (I doubt she even realized she activated it.) Anyway, I was going WOW because of the bit at the end.
WOW, SASUKE YOU DIPSHIT. You held a sword up to your daughter and threatened her. Naruto is a better dad than you. Well, we already knew that, but he is a better dad for Sarada than you! (I really liked the contrast shown here. Naruto is calm and listens to the kids and talks to them even if it is an enemy kid. Sasuke jumps right for the jugular.)
Yes, yes, he hasn’t seen her for a long time and yes, he wouldn’t be expecting to see her with a Sharingan…, but still! It was hilarious and terrible. I am really enjoying these extra chapters. I am enjoying them a lot more than that final arc at least.
Sabo is still awesome. Burgess and the rest of BB’s crew are still horrible. It was nice seeing Burgess get owned a little. The little situation setup this chapter was pretty cool! The cage will close in and kill everyone in 3 minutes. Luffy needs 4 before he can supposedly finish of Doflamingo. It seems hopeless, but everyone is helping out and trying to stop the cage from contracting. Good old Zoro. He is the only one who could have thought of something so simple. Sometimes, we let our overpower us and we need to be reminded that you can push back. Zoro’s little comment on how “it was insane to think that something started by one man cannot be stopped” was dead on and quite motivational. I am expecting Zoro and the others to buy Luffy a minute or two, just enough time to beat Doflamingo into the ground.