Naruto 614 begins with Shikamaru reminding Ino and the others of the true sacrifice of those at the Shinobi Alliance HQ and helping Ino recover to grasp the monumental task before them.
It appears the central factor in Shikaku's plan to defeat the Juubi as expected was none other then Naruto. Neji along with Hinata and another member of the Hyuuga clan take to the front lines to protect Naruto so he can gather chakra and reach Sage mode, in what appears to be a plan to distract the Juubi with Naruto's Rasenshuriken.
It's possible the plan was not directly enforced in this chapter, and due to the Juubi's constant onslaught of piercing wood brought that plan to a halt with the exception of a few Rasenshurken's Naruto was able to throw at the Juubi along with Kitsuchi's awesome technique that seemed to catch the Juubi between two large rock barriers.
Before we get to the brunt of today's chapter, we see Obito standing up to Madara and even reminding him how much Madara is at his mercy. As I've mentioned in the previous chapter, we will see whatever is left of their alliance completely disintegrate before the Juubi's next transformation. I honestly believe Madara was expecting Obito's betrayal and likewise, Obito himself had no intention of bringing Madara back, so now he is in a quagmire on how to deal with both the Shinobi Alliance and Madara as well.
I guess we'll have to wait and see who will take the first shot at the other. Now, unto this weeks character death.
If this is going to be the new status quo, in which every week we have a new character death, then Touche' Kishi, Touche'. You've adopted the George R.R. Martin standard of perfection yes siree. Maybe that's what you've been reading lately.
I have to admit and say, I was one of the many who complained about the result of this "World War" and how no notable characters became causalities in its wake.
Ever since Obito's reveal, it seems character after character were dying left and right. From the Kages in their bloody aftermath with Madara and the Shinobi Alliance HQ with Shikaku and Inoichi. Quite the impression your giving us Sir Kishi.
Now that we have one of the first of the Konoha 11 to die in this conflict, I'm sure that will open even further the flood gates of minor characters deaths. I cannot stress any further that we might get Kakashi or even Mighty Guy being the next casualities.
I might be a NaruHina fan but in this chapter, Neji reveals he is the biggest shipper and he gave his life as a gift to bring this union into fruition. Yes, dear NaruSaku shippers, your boat if it didn't sink back in the Pain Arc, well consider it sunk. We got Neji sealing the deal for us. Who do you have? A filler episode?
Now, Neji was by far one of my favorite members of the Konoha 11, second to Shikamaru. If truth be told, he was a natural born genius and with the help of Naruto, he reached his full potential. Sad to say, this is how he had to go out, but now looking back, I'd say go as far as saying I can't see him going any other way.
He died like a true shinobi, following the footsteps of his father. Now the question lies, will Shikamaru do that same? If so, how many of you guys are Shikamaru fans? Are you angry that there will be no more Tenten x Neji?
I'd have to comfort those few Tenten x Neji shippers that if Shikamaru follows suit, you have Shikamaru x Temari shippers will soon share your fate and you guys will be able to share your woes together.
My final word to Kishi: O Kishi, you bastard, take Hinata and Sakura, who are both absolutely useless in these recent chapters and give us back Shikaku and Neji. Sincerely, Eli madafakin Roki.
Written by Eli.