Hey guys! We’re in the last few arcs of the Naruto Shippuden anime, and this time we’re going into the Fourth Shinobi World War – Climax. Seriously though, it’s anything but, considering it still continues after this arc.
This has a lot of action packed into it, so I’ll go through each of the main parts and kinda just give my opinion on them.
Who the heck is Madara?
Honestly I’m thinking that it’s called the ‘Climax’ because it’s the last arc in which the Allied Shinobi Forces is structured into companies, and everyone comes together to defeat the instigator, ‘Madara’. Except, Madara has been reanimated, so is Madara Madara or is Madara really Madara? Nobody knows at this point. Does Madara know? I don’t know. Does Madara know either? Guess we’ll find out. In fact, we actually will.
Although to be fair Kabuto’s back-story makes it so that this isn’t the weirdest paragraph you’ll find in this post.
Elsewhere, Naruto’s been making his rounds, and also making fine work of forestation, I suppose, and it definitely turned the tide of the battle. I doubt that the Allied Shinobi Forces would have won without him.
Reanimated Madara has made an appearance, featuring everyone getting their asses handed to them, it’s not even funny. It’s kinda inevitable that the Kage kinda wind up near dead after facing him.
This Isn’t Dragonball…
Of course, Not-Quite-Madara, who we’ll call Tobi from here on in, arms himself with the dead Jinchuriki – because of course he does. And after getting eaten alive by the Four-Tails, Naruto meets the gorilla-like entity, who is called Son Goku. Yes, we have an ape named after a Dragonball protagonist, and our wonderfully cheery Kyubi is actually called Kurama. Hilariously enough, once all of the Tailed Beasts are introduced by name, we get a little catchy song introducing them to us watching this unfold.
The result of Kabuto being around Orochimaru so much is that eventually, Kabuto decides that he wants a piece of Orochimaru insisde him. Now if that’s not just a little bit gay, I don’t know what is.
(I low-key ship it tbh).
We got the battle with Sasuke and Itachi vs Kabuto, where Itachi takes advantage of his zombiness and uses forbidden Jutsu that pretty much forces Kabuto to finish off his Edo Tensei, plus flashback to his childhood where he was happy but then basically fucked over by Danzo. Fucking seriously? Danzo is the literal worst.
Urgh, why does Madara have to be overly powerful? Like, this just gets…urgh.
The Tobi Conundrum & Tragedy
Of course, I’m going straight in with the reveal that Tobi is in fact Obito, who survived the crushing defeat back in the backstory, and basically turned evil because he misconstrued the time when Rin impaled herself on Kakashi’s Chidori.
The only way to a person’s heart is a Chidori through the chest, isn’t that right Kakashi?
Of course, we theorised a while before that Tobi and Obito were the same, so it didn’t really come as a surprise. From the use of Kamui to subtle hints with the mask, along with the change from the silly personality to much more serious, it kinda just added up for me.
A couple of notable incidents happen during the assembly of the Allied Shinobi Forces that make you go ‘holy crap’. The first is the death of Neji, which happened when he sacrificed himself to protect Naruto and Hinata. I cried, but also left frustrated when it meant that he basically fulfilled his original destiny by protecting the main Hyuga family as was his duty.
The second incident was the destruction of the HQ, resulting in the deaths of Inoichi and Shikaku, as a military tactic (I mean, from a military standpoint, it does work), and it forces Shikamaru and Ino to strategise and communicate with the rest of the forces.
Stuff That Happened That I CBA To Write Up
Honestly, there is so much in this arc that it’s hugely overwhelming, and I don’t want to go through it all because the post will take far too long.
- The Kage get boned by Madara.
- Sasuke decides ‘hey, I killed Orochimaru, let’s revive him so he can revive all the dead Hokage so I can talk to them’.
- The Ten Tails is revived which is major in the grand scheme of things, but still…
- Madara becomes properly alive again. Great.
- To be fair, the backstory between Hashirama and Madara was pretty awesome.
- Sasuke barges in wanting to be a Hokage.
- Sakura is now more powerful, at long last!
- Obito starts becoming a Jinchuriki for the Ten-Tails.
There was just so much that cluttered up the arc, it could have done to be chopped in half just to make this easier for me to handle. I wouldn’t have complained in the slightest, but seeing the length of the arc, even with it lasting only 39 episodes, it just didn’t warrant me to sit through it all.
Maybe the next arc would help…