Renee (aka Elfarren) here again, this time with a “what if?” that seems to have sparked some debate in the latest Naruto breakdown – will there be a rescue Naruto arc in the near future? His fight with Pain can still go either way unless someone intervenes and forces him out of his Kyuubi form, but if the worst happens, what next? Who will make up the rescue squad? And most importantly, how much time will Naruto have before it’s too late to be rescued?
I was sweeping the manga, searching through the save Gaara arc, when I found this little gem. If the caption wasn’t obvious enough, it shows Kakashi unraveling the mystery behind Granny Chiyo’s forbidden Tensei (life transfer) ninjutsu. It’s obviously a highly ranked, difficult jutsu to learn, but I’m almost willing to bet that Kakashi would have told and/or shown Tsunade about it after his return. He had a lot of downtime in the hospital and we already know she visited him there to have meetings, so it is a possibility. If true, I could totally see Tsunade dying (since we all know it’s coming anyway) to save Kakashi, thus giving us one person who will definitely be on the rescue squad. He’ll need time to heal, of course, but there’s a small window of opportunity thanks to Sasuke.
Because of Sasuke, Killer Bee got away with the 8 Tails, putting a serious halt on Akatsuki’s plans for Naruto since they have to seal Kyuubi last. I have a lot of questions about this slip, but I’ll only bring up a few here: who is Sasuke helping and who is he hindering? Is he a double agent, carrying out Itachi’s wishes while keeping an eye on Akatsuki just like his brother did? What if he knew he caught a clone and returned with it to help Naruto by giving him time? Of course, certain types of clones are apparently difficult to distinguish from the real McCoy, like Kakashi’s lightning clone technique (which fooled Pain), so Sasuke could just be a douche and that’s the end of that, but with his mastery of the Sharingan I find it difficult to believe.
While I’m on the topic of Killer Bee, though, I can’t miss mentioning his brother. The Raikage is on his way to Konoha with one of his best teams after declaring a summit of the Kages, and I dunno about the rest of you, but I was stoked about this because it screams battle royale. Don’t get me wrong, there will be diplomacy and long-winded explanations; however, if Samui’s team is part of Naruto’s rescue squad, you can bet on some awesomeness battles to come. And before you ask why the Raikage would do that, keep in mind that finding Akatsuki (and therefore Sasuke) via Naruto’s rescue kills two birds with one stone ^_^
And let’s not forget Gaara, who would not only be summoned to Konoha for the summit of the Kage’s, but who was also a jinchuuriki host and a victim of Akatsuki’s ploy for world domination. To say he’ll want vengeance would probably be an understatement if Naruto, who has saved him several times now, got captured for bijuu extraction. My earlier prediction that Gaara will be making a fighting appearance this year in the timeskip article suddenly seems a lot more likely in the event Pain actually succeeds in capturing Naruto.
Whichever way you look at it, I think Hachibi got it right when he told Killer Bee change is in the air, and it ain’t spring cleaning …
*Kudos to who figures out the Louie quote in the Naruto & Gaara panels first ^_^