Naruto Manga Year end wrap up iareawesomeness style…
Naruto Manga 430 is out! Click HERE to read it!
Year End Break down is below…
Welcome to the year end wrap up, unfortunately onemaga is reporting that there is no new manga this week so we’ll have to make due with the best of 2008. Below we count down the top 10 moments of the manga chapters that were released during the year of 2008 which were voted on by you, the readers, in last weeks post. Things like Jiraiya’s death were left off because as far as manga releases go, he died last year. I know, I know, it feels like only yesterday but its true. Konoha may have found out about it this year but his death was last year. So what did happen this year? Well, quite a bit. Lets get right into it.
#10 Kono drops Rasengan
I’m not going to beat a dead horse here. We’ve been discussing this event in far too much depth over the last two weeks. The strange part is that so much anger and passion is directed at the technique Rasengan. People are seriously bitter that Kono pulled this off. And then there is the whole argument on what makes the Rasengan strong and who has produced the strongest. Regardless of the answer, this event easily beat out the other events to make the last spot in our top 10 of 2008.
#9 Tobi is Madara
Seriously? Only #9? I thought this was huge but this event fell to #9, edging out Kono and his baby Rasengan. I was seriously gripping the edge of my seat while reading this issue for the first time praying that Kishi would reveal his face. The fact that he didn’t just made everyone that much more suspicious. I think we all expected to see his face in 08 but we’ll just have to wait to either confirm or kill the theory of Tobito. This theory drives many crazy and will make a perfectly sane Naruto fan go ape S#!T at the drop of the theories mention. Don’t get Erich started on his Madara = Danzo theory but just for old times sake lets take a new vote…
#8 Sasuke unlocks his new MS and wants to crush Konoha
I have to admit that I’m not the biggest Sasuke fan but when I read this panel I got pretty excited. The new eye’s looked cool, his bold statement of crushing Konoha were exciting, it wasn’t gay at all… Very unlike Sasuke. Unfortunately for him, Pain has already more than crushed Konoha so there’s really nothing left for him to crush. So what does the future hold for good ol’ Sasuke.
#7 Itachi gives Naruto powers
This is another one of those incidents that has people debating for hours on end. What power did Itachi give Naruto? And how much? He said that he gave Naruto some of his powers, though some people state it as fact that Itachi gave Naruto half his power. Half his power is unlikely but possible but its more likely a single technique. But what that one technique is remains a serious point of contention…
#6 Sasuke vs Itachi
Itachi vs Sasuke was no doubt epic but we now know that Itachi had given some of his power to Naruto before fighting Sasuke and Zetsu comments to the effect that Itachi was not performing any where near 100%. This was a major event considering that it had been a goal of Sasuke’s ever since the manga started to fight his estranged brother to the death. Several times it was obvious that Itachi was playing with Sasuke and seemed capable of easily defeating him at any time but then the unthinkable happened, I’ll talk about this more below…
#5 Death of Itachi
Mother F#%king Sasuke had to take out one of mine and many other readers favorite characters… Well he didn’t actually… Itachi took himself out. He weakened himself to the point where Sasuke could kill him, allowing his brother to achieve MS. For those of you still thinking that Itachi gave Sasuke the MS by poking him in the head you still can’t see the forest through the trees. Itachi planned for Sasuke to kill him the whole time so that he would be a hero in Konohaand achieve MS.
He did transfer techniques to Sasuke, just like he did Naruto. Yes, he did give Naruto a technique but thats not unlocking MS in Naruto. You need to 1) have sharingan to begin with and 2) kill someone close to you. Itachi knew this and intended Sasuke to kill him all along so that he could achieve that level of MS like Madara did. It says it HERE in the manga and HERE .
He sets a booby trap for Madara as well but that is seperate, explained HERE. Like Naruto, he transfers techniques not MS. Having Sasuke kill him unlocks MS, the poke was transferring techniques, unless he gave Naruto MS too but that would be pretty stupid.
The poke was merely a symbol of a simpler happier time long since past and that’s what makes it seriously heart breaking. Mad props to Kishi for getting this death so right. The panel above is as close to perfect as any frame, ever drawn, in any manga, in terms of capturing a billion things in one action that has ever appeared in SJ! F&*king brilliant!
#4 Naruto achieves sage mode
The first time you looked into those eyes in that panel you had to be excited! So much potential for character growth. So many possibilities! We were all excited about what Naruto could do now with the newly achieved Sage mode. Not to mention all those who are hoping that Naruto falls in the foot steps of the great one, Jiraiya. But what exactly does sage mode do for our favorite half fox, half frog nin.
#3 Possible Death of Kakashi
I think this would have been number 1 if everyone actually believed that Kakashi was dead. Many of us think that Kakashi went to the hospital after every fight not because he was hurt but because he wanted to rest and take a vacation. Perhaps he’s just napping now here in the rubble cause Pain destroyed his usual resting spot, the hospital. If he really is dead dead then this will be in the top 3 all time, as far as events that have occurred so far in this entire manga. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… the reason why everyone is freaking out about Kakashi dying is because almost everyone likes Kakashi. Naruto fans love Kakashi, Sasuke fans love Kakashi, hell, even Gaara fans love Kakashi! Are we ready to bury him for good now that Deva Pain dropped the massive Shinra Tensei in the last issue, leveling Konoha?!
#2 Pain vs Konoha
We are still in the midst of this “battle”. Pain vs Konoha has really just become an un holy execution of nearly the entire city. Even the fan friendly Shizune got heartlessly pwnd by Human Pain. That wasn’t even a hero’s way to go down, she got the info on Naruto ripped from her brain and then she got jacked of her soul right in front of everyone. Geez, that’s harsh. Kishi must have really hated that character… Are you happy with the way the Konoha invasion has gone?
#1 The truth about Itachi
Well, here it is. Your number one event of 2008 and I have to agree. This was the conclusion to the epic story between two brothers with a lot of twists, turns and heart break. A part of me really wanted Sasuke to say Fuck You to Madara and take up his brother cause of protecting Konoha side by side with Naruto. But unfortunately my prediction of Itachi’s death driving Sasuke further away from Konoha was correct. But we have much to look forward to in regards to the Sasuke/Konoha/Naruto relationship dynamic this year, so let’s all hope for an equally eventful 2009. As we look back on 2008 it was a year of massive change within the manga. We said goodbye to Jiraiya a second time, we saw the Sasuke/Itachi story come to some sort of closure, Konoha brutally destroyed by Pain, the goofy character Tobi reveal himself to be Madara and make his return to prominence, may have seen the death of Kakashi, a new realm of Pain, Konohamaru rise up and grow a pair, Naruto achieve sage mode, Sasuke achieve MS and we said a long goodbye to an insanely cool character, Itachi. Thank you Kishi for another great year, it was an amazing ride and I can’t wait to read for another year in 2009.
TOP 5 WTF?! Moments and inside jokes of iareawesomeness in 2008
For those of you who are lost every time that one of us references an inside joke, here is a quick list of the 5 most referenced or crazy moments of 2008.
#5 Tsunade Cosplay interview
I warned many of you before posting this post that we were going to do something very different for one week just to switch it p a bit. This happened during the WordPress glitch that lost almost all of our original posts and it also lost nearly 150 comments off this Cosplay interview with Kelly the Tsunade girl. She was insanely cool and nice about the whole thing and a great sport. Thanks again Kelly. Click HERE to read this post. P.S. I have a couple very cool and interesting interviews lined up for 2009… Stay tuned.
#4 Captain Planet
Captain Planet had already become an inside joke in the comments section by this point with most people assuming the obvious that Captain Planet was Patrick Swayze. I think we all know this to be true but we’ll let him keep his identity a secret for now. Click HERE to see the weak ass bitch post of Captain Planet.
#3 Wookie Porn
I think this confused us all but it exposed a dark side to the Wookie nature that none of us knew existed. Chewie’s creepy cousin needs to be heading back to Virginia now… Click HERE to be emotionally scared for life.
#2 Japanese toilet training
Just when you thought that the Arnold post put the Japanese people as lock for the absolutely craziest people in the world, this one took the baton to that finish line with flying colors. Click HERE and see if you can be pants man!
#1 The Swayze
Number one has to be Swayze, it’s got to be. No one is more referenced or more dominant in the comments section than the Swayze. No more needs to be said than that. Long live the Swayze. Click HEREto read the rules of the Swayze.
My thanks to the readers…
I wanted to say thanks to all of you who have supported the blog and made it what it is today. If I forgot you, I totally didn’t mean to, there are just so many awesome commentors that its impossible to remember you all. A big thanks goes out to:
Of course The Legendary Sannin; Erich (Danzo is not Madara ^_^), Alec (even though you hate me) and LastScorpion(all hail Lelouch!). You guys dominated the comments section for a reason. This blog would not exist without you guys. These 3 guys pretty much decided the attitude of the blog and the direction that it took through their early input and continued contributions and participation.
The missing nin (Uber vets that we miss); Skyhigh (The OG Sasuke of iareawesomeness), Martin (I hate you), Dudeihatesasugay (The OG anti Sasuke of iareawesomeness), Lalulilalo (The craziest), Akatsuki Rules and several others…
The Super Hardcore Vets Babyfox, Renzy, EroSennin (performs secret “off shore” missions for anbu), and Schy (PS3 Loyalist)
The OG Vets 9tailedsage, Jamesthegreat (where you at?), Microtube/Pain (even though you get crazy sometimes), Kingcam, Charzelo (even though you defended danzou ^_^) and Whostolemytaco (I did).
The Awesomeness Vets Repairmanjack, Glen, Arrrun, Vered (spoiler watcher), Mitsos, Outlaw630, Nighthawk(get an icon!), Losers (same thing, icon!), Kusiman, Cdog, Iamlegend, HermitofNaruwisdom, Tony, Mitsos, Maricoz, Chris, Mosesgun, Iamnotreallyhere, HarshyT, Jonn, Blackorean, Bendercu, Blackhearted, Shodai Hokage, Punxed, Jackalofdoom, Lunachik, jjjjjjjj, Orion, Anon, Ranish, bari, elasticatedninja, avidphan (sorry for leaving you off!) and to a bunch more that I can’t think of, you guys are amazing and without your contributions in the comments section this blog is shit. I mean that! You guys are awesomeness.
Last but not least, our Editor, the priceless Ibikiteishi who has really made iareawesomeness multi dimensional with her awesomeness fan fics, theory posts and site work, we would be only half as awesomeness without you. Our site Admin Russ who moderates a large portion of the comments on the site, putting up with all your crap and making my life generally easier (even though he’s been slacking since the arrival of a new girlfriend @_@) and with Ibikiteishi teamed to make things much easier for me during finals. Fahim00717 for uploading spoiler videos every week with amazing quality and accuracy. And finally to the genius Kishimoto without whom we would not be so entertained in our spare time in between classes or during breaks. P.S. I know you read the site @_@ and I think you are BONO!
And to all you readers who comment once in a while or never at all but read on a regular basis, thank you so much! Naruto fans are a tight community and even the quiet or silent ones are greatly appreciated. I hope everyone listed above, those I forgot and those who are Anonymous, have an awesomeness 2009 and although we don’t all fit in where we are from, you are all always part of our world hear. F&%K the haters and refuse to conform in what ever country you are in. See you next year ^_^
Here is your Christmas present or Chanaka present or whatever your religion’s present is. Enjoy ^_^
Here is the original version that aired