Naruto Manga 432 is out! + Pics + Preta Pain, Man or Vegetable? + Further discussion and breakdown of 431
The new issue is out! Click on the translation link above to read it! Click HERE to read this weeks break down post for Naruto Manga 432!
-Breakdown of Naruto Manga 431 is below-
Did anyone else notice the parallels between this weeks issue of Naruto and the movie Rocky? I know that many Naruto battles have resembled the Rocky-esque formula of getting no respect, followed by getting his ass handed to him before making a miraculous come back but this one is special. He didn’t start off by getting his ass kicked, he just went directly into getting some ass. So before we get into it today, get that Rocky theme bumpin in your brain… close your eye’s and imagine… wait… if you close your eye’s you can’t read so forget I said that.
Just keep that song in your head, let it get you pumped… Dun Dun diddy dun diddy dun diddy dun, dun dun diddy dun diddy dun diddy dun, dun dun dun dun dun dun dunnnn dunnnnnn… That song should’ve been running wild in your head while you read this! And if it wasn’t, read it again that way ^_^ Lets do this!!!!
Just like everyone else I was sick and tired of waiting for the new issue of manga to come out. It seemed like months waiting to see what was in store for our favorite fox-frog hybrid. This issue did not dissapoint. Naruto relieved Tsunade of duty after she did an amazing job protecting Konoha with her slugs, she is at the end of her rope and has given her all. It’s Naruto’sturn and he’s pissed! Some people in the comments section were pissed that Naruto had the balls to take over and send Tsunade away but I have to disagree. She did an amazing job, she metaphorically jumped on the grenade to save the platoon if you know what I mean. So I don’t think Naruto did her any disservice by stepping in and taking over where Tsunade and the rest of Konoha left off.
This scene has also dismantled my Kushina or Rin being animal realm theory. Or at the very least killed the Kushina part and seriously damaged the Rin theory. If there was a time to have some special connection revealed it was right then in that panel. It had animal realm, front and center fighting with her summons, Tsunade standing her ground and Naruto appearing right behind her. This would have been that moment for the Kushina theory to come to light but it didn’t. This doesn’t kill the Rin theory. That would happen if Kakashi sees her and doesn’t react. Since I’m obviously being proven wrong I’m a little disappointed but I’m never one to deny or run away from a statement. I can admit when I’m wrong. It appears that animal realm may just be a random character…
I thought considering the connection to Jiraiya with the other paths of Pain that she would be at least slightly significant, but it seems as though Nagato has just been using the dead bodies from the previous nin war that Jiraiya fought in to supply his little army… hmmmm oh well.
Tsunade is taken away to meet up with Sakura and as Erosennin put it “it ain’t over till Chouji’s momma sings”, well Chouji’s mom is definitely warming up at the very least… if you don’t know what I’m referring to, I’m talking about the end of Tsunade’s run. Look at the age lines appearing around her mouth, look at her hands growing old and frail. She’s literally given everything she had to save Konoha from complete annihilation and it worked. She’s saved many lives but it appears that she may have given her own in the process. Some of you may be screaming at your computer screen at me like you have been for months “Stop saying she’s going to die!” She’s just getting really old suddenly, she’s only out of chakra, she’s…
I just don’t see her making it out of this… Kakashi has a better chance of living than Tsunade in my opinion… Doesn’t it seem like this is setting up for her to give her life to save Kakashi like Chiyo did for Gaara? (Green reminded me)
Naruto can now sense everyone’s chakra and realizes that Kakashi is not amongst the nin that he can sense in the village. He asks Tsunade if he’s out on a mission or something but Tsunade gives him the “….” answer, which is usually not a good sign. This probably means that Kakashi is just out of chakra, at least that’s what I keep telling myself. At any rate this enrages Naruto to Thriller levels and we can all tell by the look in his eyes that someone is about to catch one hell of a beating compliments of sage training.
We’ve all talked about what seems to be drama building by Kishi when it comes to Kakashi but are we starting to get a little worried here? The only thing that makes me feel a little better is that two different people have directly asked Tsunade about Kakashi now and neither time did she confirm his death. I would feel better about his chances if they had another couple pages of him talking to the White Fang at the creepy dead guy campfire family reunion… but they haven’t.
We have two characters lives hanging in the balance right now while Naruto tears into the paths of Pain… Who’s going to make it is the big question…
When Naruto took on Animal realm’s summons he decided that two balls in the hand were worth… complete pwnage of the summons apparently. The sage mode was obviously a giant leap forward for Naruto as we continue to see insane levels of power and skill improvement. Not only did he one hand Rasengan blast Laser head last issue but he has kage bunshins dropping R bombs on poor helpless animal summons now. All that potential chakra use is finally coming to fruition in these last couple issues.
In fact, his progression over the past 2 issues almost equals the progress he made in the first 429 issues. We are talking leaps and bounds, not baby steps any more. He used to be the fall behind early nin who’s sheer determination and inability to quit got him through fights. Now he appears to be the big angry kid on the block ready to destroy what ever gets in his way. Does this bother you at all? Or is it the pay off you’ve been waiting for?
I bet you all expected a “large balls” joke there didn’t you?! I think I pushed the limit last week when we found out Ibi likes it forced through the back door so I’ll tone it down for this issue ^_^
Size does apparently matter. To all those who took part in Ibi’s RASENGAN DEBATE a few weeks back, I’d have to say that this cinches the deal. I would think that Naruto’s Rasengan is even more powerful than Jiraiya’s giant Rasengan because it’s got that added kick of the wind element added to it that Jiraiya didn’t have.
Remember how lowly and weak his clones used to be? He really finally grew a pair… hehe couldn’t resist…
Preta Pain was just slightly more challenging than Laser Head. And by slightly I mean Preta actually saw Naruto coming unlike that poor dumb bastard Laser head, who’s last thoughts consisted of wondering what the other Pain bodies were looking at just before Naruto completely destroyed him from above. In case you were wondering what happened in that sequence, Naruto’s punch was so powerful that it killed Preta path in one shot because of the Natural energy that’s gathered in sage mode. (assist Narutopedia)
When I first found out that Naruto was going to go through sage training I thought that he may be able to learn to control the Kyuubi. I was excited about this because of the many advantages the Kyuubi gave Naruto in a fight. But its starting to seem that Sage mode gives the same advantages to Naruto without the side effects. So why would he even need Kyuubi anymore. Or if he does gain control over his beast will it only add to his power like with the 8 tails? Many possibilities… what do you think?
So this weeks final line from Naruto is just as wonderfully imaginative and original as last issues but he does tease the new move, though that is pretty text book as well. I do like the subtext to the left of the speech bubble “waves of rage!!!” , I’ll admit I’m intrigued. I was pretty sure his new move would be the Rasengan as a projectile but the “waves of rage” line makes me second guess that assumption. So among other things I’d like to hear in the comments section what you think it is. When he says “Waves” is he referring to like the waves of an ocean? Wind element + Water element? Just a thought. Or are you thinking the projectile Rasengan still? Let us know.
Well that’s it for this week. This issue was a really good one and at the rate we are going I think we are plowing toward a time skip this year. The hyper jump in power coupled with the huge number of unresolved issues leads me to think that the Pain story arc may signal the last story arc before a time skip. And to those who think Naruto is coming to an end, I whole heartedly disagree. Even in the face of what appears to be the soon to be crowned new Hokage Naruto. Sasuke, Madara, Raikage, 8 tails and a lot more stuff is left out there still to be resolved and that’s not going to all happen within the next year. This issue was awesomeness with him raising his pwning average to one path of Pain per issue, which is amazing but it leaves me wondering where does he go from here? I do thoroughly enjoy watching him finally get the recognition that is way over due… he’s still a Gennin technically remember… so I’m really looking forward to seeing this new move.
This issue had lots of visuals and very little talking or hints at other stuff so the review may have seemed a bit thin at times but I hope you still enjoyed it and I look forward to another week of discussion from everyone. Below are the winners from issue 430’s challenge on who could come up with something better for Naruto to say than Kishi did in his last frame and the winners are…
5) "Try to fia your lazza now!" Owtoe
4) “I feel no pain…” iDang
3) “Its time you understood the real meaning of pain, bitch…” Arrrun
2) “You’ve knocked them down. Now why don’t you try and knock me down!?” Elasticatedninja
And the most Awesomeness comment from the “I could have come up with something better” challenge is…
1) “IT’S OVER 9000!IMPOSSIBLE!” Real
If you don’t know Dragonball then you probably didn’t laugh when you read this comment by Real. But if you do then you got a chuckle out of it at the least or in my case made me spray the pepsi I was drinking when I was caught off guard by the power rating reference. The top two were both funny references to pop culture which I’m a sucker for. In case you didn’t pick it up #2 by Elasticatedninja was a Rocky reference, which was both very appropriate and awesomeness. #4 and #3 were straight up hard core and Kishi should have put something like that in there. #5 was funny cause I hate laser head. There were actually a lot of really good ones, some that would have been bad ass but this one actually made me laugh out loud, so that cinched up the top spot. Nice job Real, your awesomeness has been established.
Honorable mention: “Pain dont’ hurt.” The Swayze
That’s it for this week. So until next time…
P.S. Is everyone caught up on Bleach? Many of you have already noticed Yoroichi in the iareawesomeness banner…
And now your moment of Zen…
Thanks to Sleepyfans for the scanlation and Onemanga for the awesomeness.