Naruto Manga 437 Confession is out!!! + discussion + Naruto Manga 436 breakdown
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-Break down of Naruto Manga 436 is below-
This is Ibiki T with your weekly manga breakdown, and let me tell you this issue was pure AWESOMENESS! I’m so excited I can’t even sit still to type this.
We’ve all seen this pic in the spoiler, but now we can see the detail. WTF? Did Naruto and Yahiko Pain go swimming? What IS that?
Yeah, looks like rain to me, too; why isn’t it raining in the rest of the manga?
Are these Nagato’s tears? Did he bring the rain again?
Or sweat? Ew, that might be a medical condition or a symptom of Nagato’s extreme lifestyle…more on that in a minute.
In the world according to Pain, tho…you can’t be too rich, too powerful, too thin or…too sweaty.
Seriously, take a pill; it’s a medical condition.
There were two main parts to this chapter: Inoichi figures it out and the great Pain-Naruto debate on Justice and Peace–then in the end a little peek-a-boo bonus for the fans. (Patience, my young padawan, I will eventually get to the money shot of Nagato we’ve all been drooling over, barfing on and screaming about.)
Inoichi laid it all out so we wouldn’t have to research and post ten onemanga links to follow his logic; it’s all right there in the first couple of pages of the chapter. Remember these golden oldies from the moldy past?
1. Last time on Naruto…Shikamaru mentioned gathering the bodies for information and Inoichi said “Eureka!”
Is it just me or did Inoichi just gain about 20 pounds in his face? Jeremiah said manga adds 20 pounds, but I wonder. Is this a set up for the Nagato reveal in the end? Plump the regulars up so the freak looks freakier?
2. Inoichi remembered going into the prisoner’s head, how the tower was tall and people talked about how bodies were brought in by the ghouls. Yes, that’s a recap of Manga 424, we discussed it here and Kyouto (nee: outlaw) was the first to mention the key to Nagato was the tower–as a chakra transmitter into those damnable piercings. Don’t believe me…go here and read his comment. If anyone can find an earlier mention, I’ll offer up the props. From there it caught on like wildfire and even people like me, Alec, Jeremiah and punxed were claiming the same thing by the end of November.
3. So Inoichi thinks out loud about the tower, and comes to the conclusion we did LONG ago…
…(early November, uh huh)…
…Pain broadcasts from his Tower of Power.
Catch up Konoha nin.
If this is news to you, you might be a dumbass–or you might need to read the comment threads more.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news.
Live it. Work it. Own it.
We should sell the real Ibiki a special awesomeness bingo book and some covert ops briefs (they have balloons on them, thanks to Renzy). Question is, are they finally right or have we had it wrong the whole time? O.O
4. Closeness of transmitter (Nagato) to transmitee (6 feces faces of Pain) makes sense, so Inoichi and Shikamaru realize at the same time that the ‘real one’ is close by and they set out to search all the high spots for Nagato’s leg chair (thanks, Osensei).
Jeez, Shikamaru, Dad took you down a peg and now you’re dumb as hell. Thank you, Captain Obvious. Quick, someone get Shika an infusion of Swayze, I think his brain has flailed.
Great…now on to the good stuff. Pain spouts off, Naruto counters..ah, the great debate about Peace, Justice and the American Way!! No, Imperialism? er, Fascism? F it. They jaw about Peace and Justice.
Pain starts to spout and about this time…my throat closes up. I want to scream that Pain is a monster. He’s a douchebag with megalomania…but no…what does he say? He says something very sensible, something a lot of Nobel Peace Prize winners and Pope John Paul II said (and I’m paraphrasing here): if you want peace, then bring on the justice baby. k. Holy frack.
Nnnnuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!! Stop twisting me Kishi!!!! I won’t switch to the dark side!!!! Pain is evil!!!!! Or is he?
WELL…yeah…ass kickin’ that’s what we came here to see…but here’s the catch…(’bout now my knees are shaking…’coz Pain’s about to talk sense again)…ass kickin’ always leads to more ass kickin’. OMFG! Jeremiah and I had THIS off page discussion last week about…ass kicking, justice and lasting peace…it could have come straight from these pages. So I’m going to share.
(Look at me…no…look at me, serious as the grave now, if I was Jeremiah I’d start this by saying ‘dude’, but when I’m serious, I swear…so let me start with F%#K!)
Pain said er, I said: Sinking to [the bullies’] level, and claiming the ‘right’ to do so, only allows them to make the same argument. AND perpetuates the hate that makes sure the fight will survive for generation after generation. (This means taking revenge always leads to more hatred and revenge.)
And Naruto, I mean, Jeremiah said: …Why not have a scorched earth policy against the oppressor? …Give an inch and the oppressor will take a yard. Tyranny is emboldened by passive behavior, much like a bully is. (This means, kick some ass, kids, kick it hard and leave no opportunity for come back).
I’m gonna leave that sit right there, and not talk about it. About half of you are muttering WTF?! And the other half are rocking back and forth wanting to suck your thumb–regardless of which side of this argument you tend to sit. I don’t want to break you or bore you…so let’s just…move along.
Thank goodness Pain started to sound like a bad Yoda impersonation, because I needed the chuckle. You know the quote, right: fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. And right about now, only Orion’s laughing.
I was never so glad to see a flashback as when the Gallant Jiraiya appeared in Naruto’s head. (Whew! there WAS a flashback, but Pain had no reason to go there; this is Naruto’s time for honesty and enlightenment). Trouble was, my favorite perv had no solution for our boy, except ‘figure it out, kid’. Idealistic hunches, without a way to put them to work…well that’s where they always go wrong. I mean, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, and nobody thinks they’re starting one. It just…seemed like a good idea at the time.
And Pain, like Socrates himself, recognizes that Naruto doesn’t have an answer. He asks that leading question that has put students in the sandtrap since the beginning of mental golf: oh yeah, if I’m so wrong, smart ass…how would you do it differently…?
Our beloved hero was never fastest in the wit department. Oh, he ain’t dumb, but he thinks with his body and muscles. Pain’s got him pinned. This is the worst possible battle for our guy…only genjutsu would make it worse: an argument of ideas and words. Even worse, Pervy Sage left him no clue.
Pain sees Naruto’s defeat, and jumps into the monologue with sudden and complete honesty.
HELL YEAH!!!!! We’ve waited weeks for this and now he gets cocky enough to spew. Baccikoi (bring it), baby!! Let the evil bragging begin!
I’ve seen a lot of overconfident blowhards in other forums spouting off about Madara being the Akatsuki leader, and I think a power struggle between Nagato and Madara would make a good story. But now you know the real story as it currently stands: Nagato founded the Akatsuki and the whole ‘track down the tailed beasts’ thing is his idea.
We’ve been wondering exactly what was planned–whether the beasts would get doled out to Akatsuki members, whether they would meld together to make a single beast, whether they would just live in that funky rock like a set of nine eyeballs and be like a super-chakra computer?
Now we know. Sorta. The beasts are a doomsday device, an a-bomb hovering over Hiroshima in the mist of WWII’s end (thank you EroSennin). None of this is earth shattering, but it’s HUGE to finally get the straight poop right from the source. AND…make no mistake. This is the source. This is the poo.
Something about that wakes Naruto up, and he sees Pains are after silence and ordered behavior–not peace. Peace if more than silence and obedience (see the Dalai Lama quote).
And I almost yelled right along with the knucklehead. You tell him! F#ck that guy, he’s so full of SH!T…
Naruto counters and we slip further into Pains identity until–finally!!!–we see Nagato. Perhaps he’s at some nearby mountaintop retreat. Day spa? A little wheelchair-ready bungalow just right for two?
(Just Konan and me, and chair-y makes three…in my blue heaven…).
Time for the money shot…we’ve waited months…ANNNNNNDDDDD NNNNNnnow (ow-ow-ow-ow) the head villain (n-n-n-n) and Akatsuki leader (r-r-r-r), the steal the bijuu mastermind (d-d-d-d), supreme master of hunger no jutsu (u-u-u-u)…in the red corner: Nagato (o-o-o-o)!
Six arm tubes headed to some contraption behind him (if he’s in Konoha, he sure don’t travel light).
Six hydraulic legs connected to what seems to be a trash can. A skirt?
Knowing Nagato’s past work with laserhead, don’t rule out a jet or rocket engine. (I still say the little bitch is going to turn tail and run before this is over, maybe he’ll fly out on his jet-powered-rocket-pack-metal-skirt-o-doom. I hope so, that’s almost as good as some wick-ed, sick-ed jutsu. hmm. Sick-ed. It’s a thing. Tell your friends.)
Hmm…let’s take a closer look, shall we; then we can really see how carefully Nagato follows the strictest regimen of diet pills, diuretics and laxatives to maintain that healthy muscle-tone and sleek, skeletal physique.
Then let’s blow things up and look at the side view, and you’ll see it…the chakra tubes connected to his arms are plugged into a CROSS beam at his back. Hmmm. Coincidence? Or is Kishi finally bringing another world religion into the symbolism? O.o If someone doesn’t tackle the Bible parable here soon, I’m gonna hafta…
So, you’ve invaded Konoha, lost your bodies and pinned Naruto to the ground. Headed to Disneyland, yet? Hmm…maybe not. Still, looking, er, good there Nagato, like a real winner. Konan’s not concerned at all and that cough, well, really, I’m sure it’s nothing.
So where is Nagato headed from here? What do you think? Here’s some ideas to get you started, but I can’t wait to read the comments.
An incredible issue, and it was great to crack it open with you.