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Naruto Chapter 440

I think every 50 or 100 chapters I go into spazz mode and all I can do is flail and smash my keyboard in hysteria at the awesomeness that is Naruto.

First I must explain the brilliance via a single inspirational poster that someone posted on DeviantART:




From here @ DevART

BEST. REACTION. EVAAAAAR!

(( Srsly, there is no way this scene could PWN any harder ))


FYI: You can read chapter 440 online here or download it superfast here

I spent yesterday reading this post @ capslock_naruto and getting increasingly spazzy.

Also came to realise there was only one person on the flist to go nuts about the chapter with *hugs bloody_american to death* So I guess I'll be hitting the naruto comms soon XD

Moving on to the fabulous chapter, I want to revisit the two scenes at the start that made everything perfect..

When Yondaime said "If people knew you were my son, there might have been trouble. I'm sorry Naruto" there was no way any reaction other than a punch would have worked because DUDE, WTF. Naruto's childhood plain sucked and yeah, the 4th might be the epitome of Legendary Hero but - her\'s still a frickin' asshat.

But that punch works in a way that words would not. Things kinda feel right. And then Naruto seals the deal:

"It's okay...I'm the son of the 4th Hokage, so I can deal."

AND THE EXPRESSION. And Yondaime being all ^^

GAH.

*please pause for flailing*

Okay :3

rilina pointed out that Kishimoto tend to use "spearpoints with full knowledge of all the weight of story behind them." And I was just like, YES YES YES.

'Cause when we get to chapters like 439 & 440, especially after 50+ chaps of fighting, its these moments that have everyone spazzing like crazy and going nuts. Kishimoto pwns in these moments and you can't help but hug the characters hard against your chest and just LOVE THEM.

There are suprisingly few animanga that hit me this hard at the spearpoints. While Naruto may be a pretty standard shonen title - with the constant fights and build up of powers etc - its those particlar moments that set it apart personally. The Sasuke and Naruto battle, Naruto pulling Gaara from the brink etc. Those scenes had an emotional impact on me that very few stories have ever managed to do.

And seeing Naruto talking to his father - who may forever be Yondaime in my head, 'cause Minato seems weird IDK - had me going HOLY CRAP, YES.

It's wasn't so much ORGASMIC like with the Sasuke/Naruto scenes but it was all LOVE LOVE LOVE in that FAMILY!LOVE kind of way. The Father/Son moments killed me.

The sudden punch symbollized all the WTF-ness from Naruto's side and even the love (sort of like in Avatar where Toph explains that her punch is her way of showing affection to Zuko XD) but also because HOW DO YOU REACT IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT.

Still, it just worked perfectly. It was so Naruto and just so damn appropriate. How on earth would you greet your father who turns out to be a big ass hero but also the reason your life has been absolute shit most of the time?

But then the "I'm the son of the 4th, I can deal."

OH NARUTO.

There's so much in there. He's grown so much from the loser everyone thought he was and there's pride in that statement and confidence too, and there is SO MUCH STRENTGH I KINDA LOST IT FOR A MOMENT. I was yelling YAAAAAAAAY and waving my hands in the air 'cause BLOODY HELL, THIS IS NARUTO AND DAMNIT I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.

*wheezes*

While I wish so much there had been more Father/Son bonding, the explanations fromYondaime, I mean Minato, were sorely needed and felt so right. Naruto's whole life has been building up to this and its all there. It's taken 440 chapters to get here and its such a relief.

When Naruto reveals his hopelessness I just want to hug him so bad. "But if you and that pervy sage couldn't do it, how can I? That's not fair! I'm stupid! And I'm not a great ninja! And.."

No bravado, nothing. Just anger and anxiety and BLOODY HELL. I want Father/Son fanfic now. bloody_american said it best: Now I desperately want AU fic where Minato's alive and they argue and fight like crazy people all the time. *makes grabby hands*

YES. And if there's a moment like this:

"You will find the answer. I believe in you."

YES YES YES.

The way Naruto goes "Really? Can I really...?" Oh man. That someone believes in him. That his father trusts him and believes in him. There's this reaffirmation in the sense that he knows he wasn't abandoned and there was a POINT to it all. And that there's LOVE. GOD. VJDABVJKADHFV

You can tell how much it all means to Naruto with those final words "Thank you...dad." The determination in his expression *_* He's gonna kick Pain's ass.

Though I don't think this is the last time we see the 4th. I don't think ALL his power is gone - maybe he doesn't have enough for another seal restoration, but maybe there might be one more scene with him and Naruto somewhere at the end or if Naruto is at the brink of being defeated.

I think Kishimoto left this scene so short because there will be one last moment between the two and at that point, he'll leave readers in pieces. Whether or not that does happen...I CAN'T HELP LOVING HIM RIGHT NOW ANYWAY. HOLY HELL. THANK YOU KISHIMOTO, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

And now for the last bit:

OUR LITTLE HERO, ALL GROWN UP AND SAVING THE WORLD ;_;


Oh and this comment wins at EVERYTHING, LOLOL
lkejfqlwjfqlakfjalrkjdlskfgj THIS CHAPTER IS FULL OF SO MUCH WIN! OMGOMGOMGOMG SERIOUSLY!

I think I AWWW'd through the whole damn thing.

And LOLOL at Kyuubi being all pissed off cuz everyone is ignoring him. "GRRRR" xDDD

Also, Minato is a weird name. I think I liked it better when people were speculating his name being Arashi (this came from the anime (not sure if it's in the manga) where Jiraiya teaches Naruto how to summon the frogs and makes him sign the contract and right before his name you see part of "Uzumaki" and then under it says "Arashi".)

I think I teared up when Yondaime told Naruto he believed in him. He NEEDS to hear that, and I think that talking to Yondaime, even for the brief time that they did, will have a huge impact on him, especially since at one point in the beginning he looked up to Yondaime, and then to find out that that same person was your father. Epic.

The next few chapters I think will be exciting, amazing and possibly even a little sad, depending on the outcome.

Next week cannot come fast enough!
Reading your post made the shortness of that chapter seem ENTIRELY WORTH IT.

I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING. Seriously! FALCON PUNCH, OMG BELIEVE IT, MY DAD'S THE HOKAAAAGEEEE. >XD TOO MUCH. TAKE IT BACK!!

I was thinking about bleach, and how Ichigo's that main character, and why I didn't like him as much (even though he just went through this crazy badass transformation). It's probably because Naruto's the one we see grow up to *wipe away tear* SMACK DOWN CRAZY PEOPLE.

Whatever, good stuff. Wished they could have talked more about how the heck Naruto's going to be powered by crazy fox thing, but maybe IN ANOTHER 400 CHAPTERS OMG.
I WAS DOING EPIC FLAILING HAND MOTIONS AND MAKING WEIRD HAPPY NOISES THROUGHOUT THE CHAPTER, MY NEIGHBOURS MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE WTF? THE FATHER/SON MOMENT IS SOMETHING I'VE BEEN WAITING TO SEE IN LIKE FOREVER!

And IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Naruto made me want to laugh and hug him and *punch hand in the air* so badly! EPIC AWESOME, INDEED.
*hugs you back* DUDE. <3

First off? THAT IS A BRILLIANT MOTIVATIONAL POSTER. ABSOLUTELY BRILL. XD

Kishimoto pwns in these moments

He does! And I think that the fact that we get so few of them makes me appreciate them more (not that I would be at all averse to more of the awesome more often, who would? :3)

I think the first thing that really struck me about Naruto the first time I watched/read it was how lonely he seemed in the beginning. I mean, he played it like a pro and most of his classmates had no clue but. His loneliness was something I identified with (though not anywhere near what he's gone through) and it's part of why I love him so much.

So when I see chapters like this (and like the ones when Kakashi and Tenzou were training him) I get ridiculously happy for him. Because he deserves affection and attention. <3

Also, I saw this and knowing your love of fanart, thought you'd like it. A portrait of a scarred Kakashi. It's alksdjfslfkdj awesome. :D
Pffft- such a great macro.

Naruto's once again gonna be bringing me to tears again, I guess. DSAFAS I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH. <3
OMFG

THAT IS THE BEST MOTIVATIONAL POSTER EVER. XDDD

I just love the fact that even though he's so grounded, he's still himself and he knows he's trying but some of the obstacles are massive.

It's why I love Naruto cause even though he can't do things right away (like bring Sasuke back) he's still doing all he can.
GGGGGGGUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just, my brain just...! *dies*

My boy, my dear boy, I'm so damn flaily over everything. I do think I need to go back and reread everything (someday) but oh, how I've been waiting for something like this!

I love Yondaime so damn much but oh Naruto, how I completely adore you! And he's back in Sage mode. *expires again*

Srsly, I don't think I have much intelligent things to say at this point. Carry on.

P.S. Falcon punch. Just. Yes.

Edited at 2009-03-21 07:59 pm (UTC)