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Now back to "business"
If it weren't for Umaken's recent poll I'd for sure have missed all the drama But thankfully; I've read the chapter in time to get the best impression of Kishi going into the berserker mode...
Looks like he's going to eliminate several more secondary characters (remember James Cameron's "Avatar"? Same here ) for the sake of Naruto punching Maddy's royal Uchiha ass.
Even though I can't help but fully agree with k1deki's desire:
Honestly i want madara to win and kill everyone who dare to oppose
But we all know here this won't ever happen for the sake of good guys This makes me even sadder than the deaths of Konoha's masterminds
ShikaIno Shipping Alliance
That last page panel with Shikamaru and Ino crying.... It was priceless! For now I can easily envision this scenario; however more deaths it implies:
... Shikamaru stands up tall and decides he's going to continue what his father did. The ninja crowd cheers in appreciation.
Shikamaru turns back to Ino whose role is to undertake Inoichi's position.
Ino doubts she could master enough strength and Chouji interferes musing she might die of over-exhausting herself.
Shikamaru gets angered and suggests it's rather their deaths than the elimination of the whole Alliance.
Desperate and doomed; Ino performs her special Yamanaka mind-intrusive jutsus to allow Shikamaru interact with their forces.
Next they're predictably pwning Mads; with or without Sasuke's _sudden_ appearance and Orochi's laughs at the background.
Afterwards; when Mads' ashes are dispersed into thin air; everyone is celebrating teh victory; Kishi swoons towards 100+ chapters of NaruSasu sweet reunion; and Ino just simply dies. Overexertion; you know.
The end of the shipping war. Who cares about secondary characters; after all. The ShikaIno shippers gather together and wail in agony. The ItaSaku shippers pat them with "I know this feeling; bro" Finita la comedia.
Been thinking about this... Shikaku was thinking about his favorite clans, you know Naras, Yamankas, and Akimichis, and then said that they didn't have enough chakra to do their blocking techniques. Then he came up with the idea. Either, he thought of another Konoha clan, a way to get more chakra, or thought of an attack that those three clans can do together. If he thought of another Konoha clan, the Hyuugas can block chakra or the Aburames can suck it out. The Hyuuga would have to get to the Juubi first and it all would have to lead to something permanent which their techniques aren't. If he thought of more chakra, Naruto is loaded with it. If it has to do with the Ino-Shika-Chou clans, then it will be a focus on Team 10 again.
I hope it is a combination of all the clans of the Konoha 11 personally. Team's 10's clans have had a lot of focus compared to Team 8's so I hope Team 8's clans will be brought into this. Maybe, this will be the Konoha 11 attack that many have wanted.
After that...I don't know. I think we will get a meeting between Sasuke and the one who knows all, and he will come back to help defeat Madara and Obito in the end. Then, since Sasuke walks his own path, he will then turn on everyone else. Then, we will get the Naruto vs. Sasuke fight. I wish that Sasuke will just turn around and be good but that wouldn't fit in with the drama of the story unfortunately.
I think they'll be saved at the last minute. Imo there's gonna be some twist like Sasuke & Oro appearing and diverting the Juubi attack. After all didn't they disappear looking for "the one who know everytime" a fuck long time ago? Which'd mean that they've probably been doing some mad traveling. As we now know, the HQ seems to be quite a good bit away so that'd fit in. Plus I can't help thinking of Shikaku's stratagising (sp). At this stage he probably he has a great deal of info on all the nations to co-ordinate things. He probably has numbers, jutsus etc. in other words he knows everything (they never specified what everything WAS so imo it's everything about the Allied Shinobi Forces). So I think Shikaku's the one who knows everything and at the very least, he'll be save x x x
Now that's one helluva question! I guess I'd make a poll about that mysterious 'the one who knows everything' because as well as it could have been Shikaku; it could have been.... ...Someone ELSE; but WHO?!
YUSH! And this isn't a question that we could be left too long wondering about realistically anyone whom it might be is on the battlefield. Anyone else is either dead or unlikely/not a hope in hell eg. Konahamaru, Hanabi etc. XD If it IS Shikaku which I'm now really starting to think it is, then he might be saved somehow x x x
I'm still in denial about their deaths and I still refuse to believe so, 'cause who's to say they aren't, oh, I don't know unconscious under the rubble? It's highly unlikely, I know, but I can dream, ne? Or, what if they missed? I'm just trying to cheer myself up just a little...
Nonetheless, my wild hopes incline me to adopt a "wait and see." I don't know what Kishi it's up to, but there's one thing I learned from him and it's that Kishi loves drama. He likes it so much that he's pretty much willing to torture us with his mind games... It's probably just wishful thinking on my part, but it helps ease up the pain and sadness just a little... ^^
Or, or, could it be possibly, maybe that Mabui took a gamble and transported them out of the site of danger? Who knows?! The possibilities of her abilities could be endless! And my bet is that Kishi just didn't introduce her that ability for no reason. We have to held onto some hope, ne?
However, if it happens to be truth that they are dead... (Did I forget to mention that Mei won't probably get her Ao? Or Ei/Mabui? ) I guess, we'll have to accept things how they are, but, damn it, Kishi make the next chapter good!
Dammit; you've just reminded me And we've all completely forgotten poor Ao It's breaking my heart to realize that you're probably right in your assumptions and there won't be any Mei/Ao eyecandy for us
Wait and see is definitely the best jutsu for us to use now
I'm gonna agree with the person who said they want Obito to live even though he's the villian. He WAS a good guy in the past, who's to say they can't revive the old Obito that might still be in there somewhere? I think winning him over would be better than killing him. Heck, wouldn't it kinda be awesome if Obito turned on Madara and the Juubi and helped the great Shinobi alliance beat the crap out of him?
Here's my theory:
Obito was probably brainwashed by Madara back in that cave. I STILL think there's something off about that whole scenario. Why did Kakashi attack and kill Rin? Surely Madara is AT LEAST keeping some information secret from Obito: information that'd change his mind if he knew it. Kakashi would not have killed Rin on purpose without an incredibly good reason.
This makes Madara the real big bad in the end, just like we were thinking before. ^-^
Also, Sasuke will show up at just the moment when he can do the most harm or the most good, and Naruto will have to fight him and/or convince him to help fight the bad guys. Sasuke will almost die, but Sakura will arrive in time to save him and prove her usefulness at last! (I admit it, I'm still rooting for SasuSaku ) And together, they will all go back...
...Just in time to find Tsunade dying of her wounds after saving the other Kages. Tears will be shed, but in her dying moments Tsunade will call Naruto over to her and proclaim that he is to be her successor (since, after all, he IS her grandson ) and Naruto will become the sixth Hokage!
So yeah. That's my current hopes for the ending. But I'll just wait and see...