Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 695-697



At this point, we're not even three chapters from THE END OF NARUTO, and yet I'm left with little to comment on.

That's not to say that these last few chapters have been bad, or the ending especially shallow, but simply that as far as "endings" go, there's simply not that much "happening" in a narrative sense.

In a way, this whole huge, multi-stage war has done all the groundwork for us. The table has been cleared of everyone not critical to this last, final conflict between Naruto and Sasuke, and we've been with our two heroes long enough to know exactly why they're fighting and what they're fighting for.

Kishimoto seems aware of this fact as well, given that the most substantial "content" of these last chapters has been all this fighting. Really, just FIGHTING, between two heroes at the strongest they've ever been.

In fact, the fight itself amounts to a massively scaled-up continuation of Naruto and Sasuke's last major engagement, the knock-down-drag-out brawl at the Valley of the End. Sasuke won that fight, but couldn't bring himself to end his best friend. Now that they're both older, wiser (that's debatable in Sasuke's case), and fully committed to their respective courses of action, he's determined to finish the job.

But, of course, saying is easier than doing, and a giant conflict of multi-cloned Ten Tail Foxes and the most "human"-looking Susano'o yet rendered quickly bogs down to a much more personal, chakra-depleted beatdown, the two fighters reduced to simple punches and kicks.

It's almost thrilling to see this classic cliche play out, with these characters, in this style, though the fact that it's a hoary old cliche is more or less inescapable. And as per the plan, Sasuke once again gets the upper hand, the cliffhanger stuck on whether or not he's ready to deliver the final blow to his one and only "friend". Of course, it's telling that he's actually using that word without reservation, as Sasuke's always been a tsundere when it comes to that sort of sentiment.

Still, from the looks of things, it'll be up to Sakura, who's just woken up, to break the deadlock. She's failed to do so every time she's tried before, but hey, we're close to the end, now, so this would be the time to really give it a go once more.

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