2009 Preview Awesomeness style
2009 Preview Awesomeness style is below…
Well, well, well… So another week will come and 430 chapters of manga but not a new drop to drink. If you havn’t heard already onemanga.com is reporting the following:
First off a friendly reminder that Weekly Shounen Jump is taking another break. It should be back next week but for now that mean there will be no Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Eyeshield, Reborn, etc. That is officially anyhow, so we’ll be on the look out again for possible early releases but they are definitely not expected to be coming out. –hyko
So the 2008 year end wrap up went so well that I decided to do a 2009 preview. Or I think its better to describe it as the top 10 things that I’m looking forward to in the up coming year from Kishi. So lets get right into it!
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10 – Samui, Omoi and Karui
There has been some confusion on the blog about this squad’s destination, if you read issue 417the Raikage demands the assistant to get Samui’s team, then says send word to Konoha that we’ll be dealing with Uchiha Sasuke… Does this mean that Samui’s team is going to Konoha to inform them that they will be taking care of Sasuke and they need info on him? Or does Raikage give to separate orders? One to get Samui’s team together and the other to send word to Konoha to inform them and get info? It’s a big difference.
One scenario sends Samui’s team to Konoha to inform and gather info before heading after Sasuke. If that is the case then not only could they possibly arrive in time to help fight the six bodies of Pain but they would run into resistance from Naruto if they said they were going after Uchiha Sasuke.
The other scenario puts them in pursuit of Sasuke, who is going blind apparently in one eye and a messenger going to Konoha to inform them that the Raikage is having Sasuke “taken care of” which really wouldn’t go over well with Naruto at all… So which do you think it is?
9 – Sasuke
I bet you all did a collective *gasp* when I listed Sasuke as one of the things I’m looking forward to in 2009 considering my constant bashing of him but how could I not? He’s got crazy cool new eye’s that may be going blind. He wants the power of the 8 tailed beast and he wants to crush Konoha… or at least the Elders of Konoha… and I’m totally ok with that because I dislike Danzo even more than I dislike Sasuke. I dislike Sasuke because he’s just not my type of character but I understand that he has a lot of fans out there and I respect that. He’s just not my cup o tea.
I also don’t think he stands a chance in hell against Naruto at the present moment unless he’s planning on getting the 8 tails sometime soon but we all know that’s not going to happen for a while. Wait till Madara finds out the 8 tails he’s got isn’t the real one. *big gasp*
8 – Kisame
In a recent interview Kishimoto said that he was surprised at how popular the character Kisame had gotten and that he planned on making him a bigger part of the story in the future. For me this was great news! I am also a huge Kisame fan and would love to see him in a much larger role… but is there room for him? The bad guy list is pretty long already and stacked with violently powerful uber strong bad guys. It did say in the manga that he had the most chakra out of any one in Akatsuki but does that alone do the trick? I’m hoping no…
Why would I hope no you ask? Because if there is no room for him on the bad guy list, which list might Kishi move him to???? I can see you rolling your eye’s as you read this but how far fetched is it really to say that he knew what Itachi was up to all along. They were tight. Even madara said that when Itachi returned to the village he was there to warn the elders that Madara was still alive and who was at his side? That’s right, Kisame… check out issue 401it’s mind blowing to think that Itachi was a good guy back then but there he is and there is Kisame attached at the hip. Kisame knows Madara as Mizukage, perhaps some bad blood considering he’s a missing nin from that country… he may be hiding it like Itachi did… Have I tapped that curious part of your brain yet? Just consider it…
7 – Nagato
This was the worst kept secret in the history of manga. If you didn’t know that the Yahiko wasn’t controlling the rest then you should do like 100 push ups or something. We’ve all been screaming it from the mountain (or in this case giant black chakra emitting tower) that Nagato was behind all this. Perhaps that’s why this isn’t higher on my list of things I’m looking forward to this year, because I saw it coming from so far away, just like most of the rest of you did.
It will still be cool to see him as an adult and see what he is capable of doing besides having the most tricked out remote control toys ever so I can get excited about that at least. If we havn’t even seen him yet does that mean he’s super super powerful and using his chess pieces to do the work? Or is he weak and his only power comes from his chess pieces (bodies of Pain for those of you lost in the metaphor)?
6 – Madara
This is my favorite villain hands down and I can’t wait for them to reveal more about Madara in 2009. How strong could he really be at this age? What’s the relevance of being Mizukage? Is he controlling Nagato or is Nagato controlling him? Is it itchy behind that mask? Why does he act goofy sometimes but serious in others? Did you notice how goofy he was acting when he ran into the Konoha nin in issue 395? Or even weirder is when in 396 he acts goofy one last time and then he appears to be pulled into nothingness… I know, I know… stop yelling at your monitor, I can’t hear you. I know what he was doing before but look at that panel, it’s different. And his legs even have the wobble sound effect like he’s being pulled in. And also note that he is dead serious from then on… strictly business… hmmm I know we’ve talked about it before but is it the same guy with a split personality or are Tobi and Madara two separate people and he just got pulled through so to speak when it was time to leave? Just a thought…
I don’t know the answers to any of these questions…
5 – Sharingan
Alot happened in 08 with the Sharingan. Itachi died and Madara offered his eye’s to Sasuke. Sasuke opened up his MS and Kakashi appeared to catch a nail from Pain to his Sharingan at one point before realizing that he had teleported it out of there. I’m still wondering what all that splash was in the last frame of the prior issue before he sent it bye bye was all about. Just lots of sweat? Anyway, you can see where I’m going with this I’m sure. Anything is possible with the Sharingan in 2009. And we may even learn more about why Madara only has one… if you hate Tobito theory then skip to #5 now….
All right, its just us whack jobs left right? Good. Wouldn’t it be so freakin awesomeness to get some kind of Obito connection now that Kakashi’s life hangs in the balance and he’s calling out their names just before he passes out… *day dreams for a second* Tobito theory will never die until Kishi kills it for good and doesn’t seem like he’s willing to do that. Sanity check time…
4- Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaitooooooooo Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiii!
Dude. If I say “dude” then you know I’m serious. Look at my face… this is my serious face… After the destruction of Konoha and Kakashi’s life hanging in the balance I need a huge dose of comic relief. And that always comes in bunches when Maito Gai is on the scene. Not only do I want him to come back, sling Kakashi on his back and carry him to the hospital like he usually does, I want him to fight Kisame and not realize who he is while he’s doing it! All hail Maito Gai! Awesomeness comic relief and Kakashi’s battle buddy till the end. If the most popular answer on this survey isn’t that you are looking forward to Maito Gai coming back then I will do 1000 push ups!
3 – The women of Konoha
(For those of you who don’t know Ibi (AKA Mollie, AKA Ibikiteishi) is our Editor here at iareawesomeness and in the below caption she plays a role in which I will probably get punch for writing ^_^)
There is alot that could happen with these three or saddly nothing at all. I’m hoping for a lot. Tsunade has spent all her chakra saving the villages and Kishi has hinted that Sakura needs to grow up soon and that she will be a focus soon. Read into that what you want but I think it spells the end for Tsunade. She could always just hand the title of Hokage over to Naruto like the 3rd did but do any of us really see that happening? Danzo hopes not. He’s hoping to sneak into office during the funeral… but who knows now that naruto is here.
Hinata has been put on the back burner for now much to my dismay and I hope Kishi remembers what he started in the Hurricane Chronicles with the whole secret love thing for Naruto which since Shippuden has started has only had a very brief mention. Call me what ever you want, but I don’t mind a Hinata Naruto back story, I think it added depth. Kishi seems to have added Sakura into the mix or am I crazy? It seems like she’s seen him in a totally different way over the course of Shippuden. I say it makes for an interesting aspect of the manga, what do you think?
2 – Kakashi
When last we saw our hero conscience, he was sitting around a campfire talking to his dead father, Konoha’s white fang. That’s not a good sign that you are alive when you are at a campfire with dead people, in fact it usually means your dead. If he was Swayze he would posses the body of Anko and go make pottery with Rin until he had the chance to off Deva Pain who is now trying to bang Rin (If you don’t get that reference, watch Ghost… do it now!)
It appears a slug covered Kakashi during the giant Shinra Tensei and why would a slug do that if he’s already dead? I mean, come on, nothing is smarter than a slug! They crawl on the ground… eat leaves… and… oh crap! Kakashi!!!!!!
In all honesty I’m pretty positive he’s not dead. Kishi had said that he was going to have something major happen to Kakashi and if he could describe the color of the event it would be dark blue. Nearly dying and talking to your dead father at a creepy camp fire counts as dark blue right? Ummm yeah… So any time now I’m guessing we’ll see a little more discussion with pops and a “its not your time, you have more to do” line dropped and then a triumphant return! That alone is enough to make 2009 complete awesomeness!
Drum roll please….. and the number 1 thing I’m looking forward to in 2009 is….
1 – Naruto dominating and following in the footsteps of Minato and Jiraiya
(Note: The caption below contains the character Ibi who is known as Mollie AKA IbikiTeishi here on iareawesomeness and I’m probably going to get punched for the following caption)
It was an amazing thing to Naruto arrive with skills to match his confidence and his chakra pool. We all cheered as he PWND laser head and we all are dieing to see what the Deva Pain vs Naruto fight further reveals about his skill level. It was awesomeness to see Naruto perform Rasengen with only one hand and without clones with the sage coat on. I’ve been waiting for this for so long, through all the beat downs, through all the believe its, through all the potential speeches. This is it! This is the year Naruto throws down the hammer and gets recognized!
Hopefully we’ll get to see what power Itachi gave him in issue 403 and find out if the space time jutsu that made his father the yellow flash of Konoha can be learned by Naruto. Possibly a bloodline limit? Which sage techniques will we see from Naruto? It’s all happening so fast that I fear the end is coming but look at the previous 9 things that were brought up. It seems like there is so much more to cover, almost like… dare I say it… another time skip is coming… perhaps. What do you think? Let’s not vote on whether you think it will happen but rather…
P.S.S. In the men of Konoha subtext I was talking about Rasengan and Kisame’s sword, jeez, you guys are messed up! @_@