Kishimoto’s Secret Technique: Time Skip Jutsu!
Renee here (aka, Elfarren), a newbie with too many ideas to keep control of. Jeremiah’s been nice enough to let me unload on all you people *LOL* This is my first time writing my own post, so enjoy! ^_^
Ever since I first read about another time skip, I haven’t been able to get the idea off my mind. The inner dork in me couldn’t resist, so I decided to see how many chapters Kishimoto would have left to write to equal part one, and the math may surprise you. As I write, there are 430 chapters total in the manga, and here’s how they break down:
238 – Part 1 chapters
+ 6 – Kakashi Gaiden chapters
= 244 Total Part 1 chapters
430 – Current chapter
– 244 – Total Part 1 chapters
= 186 – Part 2 chapters
238 – Part 1 chapters
– 186 – Part 2 chapters
= 52 – Chapters left before another time skip
Now ask yourself, how many weeks are there in a year? Coincidence? Perhaps … but what if it’s not? What if, by 2010, Naruto will be through with this chapter on his path to becoming Hokage and the manga takes another leap into the future? The threat posed by Akatsuki, which has been the pervading menace of part two, can’t last forever, and I believe 2009 will be a battle royale that sees the entire organization dismantled. They have it coming to them from every side, because let’s face it, you can’t go around stealing each country’s jinchuriki and not step on a few toes. Naruto has to take down Pain, of course, but Akatsuki have more to be afraid of than simply Naruto at this point.
They have ninja coming at them from Kumogakure (Thunder) to the east, not to mention Sunagakure (Wind) from the west, which is Konoha’s closest ally. I’m going to bet that when Gaara gets word of Konoha’s destruction he’s going to make another appearance to help lay a beat down on Akatsuki. Whether he does so alongside Naruto or after Akatsuki tuck their tail between their legs and run like b!tches is up to Kishi. We don’t know anything about the Kumo ninja’s abilities at this point, so I’ll wait to make any guesses about who will go up against who. I would, however, like to see someone take on Zetsu since we haven’t actually seen him fight yet. His ability to merge with objects and travel through them would make for one helluva battle. And don’t forget that Kishi said he was going to fill the posts left behind by Hidan, Kakuzu, and Deidara in the interviews, so there will be plenty of time for Naruto to hone his sage-mode skills on some new faces before another time skip.
Then there’s Sasuke, and before you groan, he is the only person evenly matched to go up against Madara with any chance of walking away alive. We’ve already heard from the 9-Tailed Fox that Sasuke has eyes comparable to, or even more sinister than those of Madara. If there was another time skip, I would guess Madara will take over Orochimaru’s role as Sasuke’s sensei. Like he did with Orochimaru, however, I think if that scenario plays out he’ll kill Madara once he’s learned everything he can. Personally, however, I’m holding out hope that Sasuke is only going along with Akatsuki for as long as they help him kill Konoha’s elders, and that when that’s over he’ll turn on Madara. Either way you look at it, Madara is going to die, and I think Sasuke will be the only one who can kill him.
And who is Madara anyway? From all the information we’re given, I don’t think anything we know is true; or, if it is, only on the most basic level. In chapter 404, he all but admits about lying to Sasuke to get him to join Akatsuki, so everything we know about the “real” Itachi isn’t necessarily true. The other thing that bothers me is that Madara waited until Itachi died to reveal himself to Kisame. Why would he do that if he was already on friendly enough terms with Itachi to kill off the entire Uchiha clan? It just doesn’t make sense. There’s more to the dynamic between them than we’re being told, and I have a sneaking suspicion Itachi’s mysterious illness might have something to do with it. Even Zetsu observes how he isn’t fighting up to par against Sasuke, commenting to his other half that over-use of the sharingan wouldn’t cause someone to get that sick. Knowing this, what would? If Madara found the secret to immortality, who’s to say he wasn’t stealing Itachi’s chakra – his life force – to stay alive, and that Itachi knew but couldn’t stop him? Is that the final secret of the sharingan hinted at in 385.
But I digress, because the point I was originally trying to make is that once Akatsuki is finished, it would be the perfect moment for a time skip. Konoha needs to rebuild, for starters, and putting forth an effort of that magnitude is going to take a long time; possibly as long as ten years. Think about how long it’s taking for New Orleans to rebuild itself (four years and counting), and the amount of devastation to Konoha is comparable. Plus, there are always more villainous villains just around the corner, and we’ve already been promised a return by Kabut/Oro. Given a few years’ time to master control of himself, Kabut/Oro could be a much larger threat than anyone’s giving him credit for. Right now he basically amounts to a mad scientist with uber powers of healing, and when combined with Kabuto’s knowledge of medicine and Orochimaru’s knowledge of forbidden jutsu, you’ve got the perfect recipe for a super villain.
Some years into the future, then, I’d really like to see Yamato, who can combine two elemental chakra types, teach Naruto how to master a second element. It’s the next practical step in his training, and Naruto’s just stubborn enough to make it work. Who knows, maybe he’ll create his own type of kekkai genkai! The trait has to start somewhere, and every theory about Naruto having a bloodline limit gnaws at me because it hasn’t manifested itself yet. With all the life and death situations he’s been in, which seems to be the requirement for awakening a kekkai genkai, Kishi will have some explaining to do if I’m wrong. Maito Gai should also teach Naruto how to fight against the sharingan, like he tells Asuma and Kurenai about in part one, in preparation for the battle we all know is eventually coming between Naruto and Sasuke.
I’d also like to see more of the supporting characters in higher positions, like sensei or jounin. Kurenai and Asuma’s son would be old enough to start at the Ninja Academy after a time skip, and wouldn’t it be great if Konohamaru was his sensei? I know Shikamaru said he would fill that role, but it would be so much more poetic if Kishi keeps it in the Sarutobi bloodline. It would also be strangely ironic if Konohamaru took on a role like Iruka’s since his grandfather was called the “Professor”. You know what they say about history repeating itself. Just saying ^_^ Seeing Shikamaru as a jounin would be really cool, though, as well as Hinata and Sakura. That would round out the four platoons as having two jounin each, but it would be even better if all twelve reached jounin level by the start of another time skip, especially if it was 10 years.
*I have to give credit to OneManga.com and Wikipedia.com for the pictures, though the editing is my own.