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Thu, May. 11th, 2006, 09:32 am
Obligatory Chapter 306 Post

I am seeing this post leaping everywhere on my f-list. Alarming as it is, this is rather understanding from its circumstances. (However it is pathetic of me not to make another post since the last chapter of this manga series.)

To Sum It Up: Uchiha Sasuke's face has finally been shown. It is very likely the most important part of this entire chapter. Nothing is more important than this save for Team Seven's interesting reunion with each other after two and a half years. On a side-note, Sasuke is currently wearing a loose, chest-baring outfit alike to Kimimaro's.

* Sakura and Naruto's simultaneous reactions were altogether very realistic from my perspective. There is a lot of shock (no doubt), intense emotions (which can be interpreted as platonic or not), and also a trace of sadness. This is an arguable subject but that is what I am definite I saw within their eyes.

* The next chapter shows latent progress for the plot. Which is good in my books as these chapters were rather dull.

* And hopefully with the latest chapter out, this fandom can finally be redeemed somewhat.

Now, ignoring the fact Sasuke is back . . . is it still possible to hold neutral discussion for chapter 306? I would honestly like to hear neutral views on this chapter as it is beginning to grate on my nerves whenever I see these redundant over-reactions, caps lock galore, and gushing over on chuunin, and practically near everywhere else. (Or perhaps this is merely my neutral self speaking.)

Additionally, am I the only one is left generally unexcited at Sasuke's appearance? His attire is certainly amusing, and I am happy to see him back after all this time, but . . . I am still not sure why I am not wholeheartedly squeeing or fangirling over it like so many others have already done. *heavy sigh*

Edit: Pointed out by dragonsquee, I note that Sasuke and Momma Uchiha (aka Mikoto) are beginning to look very similar in physical appearance. Look below for your proof:

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Thu, May. 11th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

No need to apologize at all, dsdragonster. The over-reactions simply got . . . repetitive after a while, although I can understand your excitement to Sasuke's return in any case. :)

* That scene was very intense. (I wonder how the anime will portray it as?) And I agree with what you have said concerning Sakura. Have you ever read Wikipedia's profile of Haruno Sakura? While that encyclopedia site is generally quite informative, I am certain it was rather partial to Naruto/Sakura at the section about timeskip!Sakura and completely dismissed Sakura's feelings for Sasuke as "platonic" and more "comrade-like" after three years. *sigh* While it has become clear that Sakura has definitely grown more wiser with her love for Sasuke and her feelings have become milder (perhaps), it should not mean she has fallen out of love from him. :/

* How utterly sad to hear. Unfortunately I can also sense this foreboding Sasuke/Sakura-bashing as well for the near future.

I found your caps lock post concerning chapter 306 amusing, but when I kept seeing the same things said again and again . . . it began to irk my nerves. And frankly, do not mind me and my opinion a lot; I /did/ find that very scene/moment very intense and emotional, I suppose I merely looked at it from a more clinical viewpoint instead (...either that or I am really not a morning person).
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Thu, May. 11th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

* I found that fact rather sad. Especially when Wikipedia's policy is to remain as a neutral point of view. That certainly does not look "neutral" to me. However, I have a feeling if you try to edit that information, the other Wikipedians will jump in and stop it at once.

And I am glad to hear that. =) Your post also happened to be one of the very firsts I found, which was why I was entertained by it so much. And then . . . everyone else began to do the same. Which was funny at first, and then it got rather wearying. (I should someday do that as well. chuunin usually offers me nothing but daily spam, icons, silly questions, and a lot of fanworks in general.)

Hm, you are also correct on that other assumption; Sasuke after two years and his mother Mikoto look verrry alike now that I look at it.

I am rather blank in terms with FMA, but I hope you have a fun time reading it!

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
mithlin_megil

Please allow my sleepy brain to say two sentences:

1. Whooo boy. Sasuke's face=extreme fangirling.

I'll add more when I uhm, get more sleep. D:

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

Sasuke's face=Incredible fangirling. It's amazing how many have commented so far about his facial features.

Alright then. Until then, Mithilin, have a good, long rest. I look forward to seeing your reply.

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
mithlin_megil

Off-topic but - Kagura, I actually made two Dark Mousy icons which are supposed to be for you, but I got uhmn, shy and decided to put it up for all. If you want either one, please tell me so I can take it off.

Also, would you like to request a colorbar? I need to also practice my graphic skills, however basterdized they may be. :)

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

...I cannot decide, Mithilin. They were both too wonderful; I snagged them both. I could not resist the temptation.

Eh? Are you truly taking requests? If it is alright with you, a colorbar dedicated to Naruto & Tenten would be brilliant for my admiration and for naruten.

Fri, May. 12th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC)
mithlin_megil

Great! I'm going to make Satoshi icons next - obviously, the more I read DNangel manga, the more I'm becoming a Satoshi fan. I'll just need to find some good screencaps and.. *grins*

Yes, I am - I've found that making colorbars can be really good for de-stressing. For naruten? Sure! Any preferences? Sizes?

Sat, May. 13th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

I should have expected this much, Mithlin. Nearly everyone who reads D.N.Angel manga falls in love with Satoshi or grows fond of his character. Nevertheless, I look forward in seeing these new icons.

/Yes, I am - I've found that making colorbars can be really good for de-stressing./

Is it really? Amazing. As for myself, I could not possibly make a colorbar or an icon for a life - but it is pleasant to see that making them relieves stress off your shoulders. And I do not have any custom preferences, requirements, or sizes for the colorbar (basically: go wild!) however, if you could fit a title as: "NaruTen is tough, dedicated love", that would be terrific.

(Hm, actually, for the size . . . if you can make the colorbar properly fit in the userinfo page of a normal LJ User or a community, that would be maginificent.)

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
a_white_rain

We waited over a year, so fangirling is a must. And not much really HAPPENED in this chapter. Next one, I may be more willing to do more then squeeing.

But I got Sasuke and SasuSaku subtext. ALL IS GOOD.

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

Yes, I suppose you are right. But, then again, I was always a moderately neutral reader, and I was also rather expecting Sasuke's great appearance after the blatant foreshadowing from the earlier chapters. Still, you are right; Sasuke was gone for far too long.

/And not much really HAPPENED in this chapter/

You have a point there. This chapter really was quite dull if you can ignore Sasuke's face, and Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke's meeting. Aside from Sasuke creating an explosion to stop Sai's jutsu, there really was no intense action or plot progression. It was really only emotional impact and drama.

*grin* But was there not NaruSasu hints as well after the intense staring contest between them on the last page?

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
a_white_rain

I think the SasuSaku shinned through more, but yeah, the NaruSasu was there too. Mostly just team seven love.

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
heronite

Actually, my honest to god impression of this chapter:

Sakura: Sasuke-kun...
Sasuke: ...
Naruto: Sasuke!!!
Sasuke: ...
Naruto: Sasuke-teme!!! Why don't you say something!
Sasuke: I just woke up... :(
Naruto and Sakura: ...

So far, there's been some vague staring. And... some more vague staring, though the text on the side states that Sasuke is completely calm (oh-hoh, completely unemotional. Could it be like... Sai?!? Oh EW).

I found this to be a rather boring chapter overall. I think Sai's sudden conversion also killed any anticipation I had for the coming few chapters, though I Am interested in seeing what the next chapter brings. And most probably, the next chapter WILL bring more elements to examine (other than well... staring).

Though yeah, I'm pretty sure supporters of this or that pairing will jump on these scenes anyway. Which is rather stupid. Considering that so little has happened, while more is Guaranteed to happen Next chapter. In the meantime, I'll personally sit out jumping on conclusions, since you really can interpret things a gazillion ways. As I see everywhere, SasuSaku supporters are already seeing signs of eternal love. In the meantime, an ex-SasuSaku supporter (but one who still hates NaruSaku anyway, except now he hates the possibility of SasuSaku happening as well =S) said this:

Her reaction was just fine.She was just surprised thats all there is to it.That was pretty weak reaction to even seeing an old friend.

Naruto is sweating only by looking that should tell the difference.

If I saw someone I love after 2,5 years I would break in tears not just look like Sakura does.


Boogah. I'll just sit all this out and wait for the next chapter. And be amazed at how little happened in This chapter. =\

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

Your sense of humor never fails to amuse me, Heronite-san. That little skit summed up the entirety of this chapter, sadly or not. :)

Ah, yes, wordless staring at one other does not provide a lot of susbstantial subtext, does it? I find that almost everyone has different perspectives of this scene, though. And Sasuke's dispassionate expression . . . could it be that he does not care for Sakura and Naruto any more? Le gasp. Though it is understandable with his circumstances (perhaps?). Living with Orochimaru for three years may have caused it. Additionally, I do believe it is rather silly to jump to conclusions so quickly. Although, Sakura and Naruto's facial expressions were interesting in any case.

Someone mentioned this on chuunin, by the way. Which do you believe the next chapter shall mainly show? A galore of Team Seven flashbacks or an all-out hit/hit/violent battle between these ex-teammates?

...I beg to differ with what that commenter said concerning Sakura's reaction to Sasuke, but I shall refrain for now. But I suppose it shows just how contrasting opinions are of this meeting. I personally thought Sakura's reaction was justified, though. And I know for certain that had she burst into tears, the Sakura-bashers would have immediately clamored that she is pathetic and weak-willed.

*sigh* I shall sit and wait with you. This chapter was dull overall, although it does foreshadow the potential for the rising action of the plot.

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
heronite

Oy, don't look at me. That commenter is rather interesting in that he used to be a big SasuSaku supporter, but then did a 180 on this pairing after the most recent events, HARD. So even while a number of NaruSaku fans still go "Not 100% certain, but come on, you've got to admit there's a possibility", This guy is going "SasuSaku has NO chances now. Kishimoto has made it Obvious that he intends to make it go NaruSaku, and I'm Very disappointed but I'll be even More disappointed if Sakura suddenly hooks up with Sasuke now! [blablabla]"

Me: "Okay... O_o;;" Guess it half-concurs with a theory of mine that ex-supporters tend to become the most rabid opponents afterwards [s]*cough*me and NaruHina*cough*[/s]. Still weird to watch though. XD

And yes, Sakura's reaction was the most normal one she could have. Basically I interpret it as conflicting emotions, not knowing what to think. In short, even from Her point of view it's probably unclear what her feelings are, nevermind Our interpretation.

As for next chapter: Oh ew, flashbacks. I hadn't thought of those, because I thought they might reserve them for cheesy fillers. If they fill out a whole Other chapter with nothing new via flashbacks, I'll get pretty annoyed. >_<

The second worst-case scenario for next week would be if Sasuke just leaves (perhaps after Naruto shouts at him a bit). So basically... nothing gets resolved. We just end up with a bunch of confused characters (Naruto and Sakura) and an emotionless Sasuke. Oh yey. How helpful. I hope it won't turn out this way. T__T

I don't think Naruto and Sakura will attack Sasuke outright though. They're both rather injured, and I won't be surprised if they at least Attempt to talk to him first. A possibility is for Sai to attack Sasuke instead, while mumbling about bonds as well.

And with a bit of luck, Sasuke might even kill Sai.

:) :D =D

*cough*

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
darkwindkaze

It is good to hear from you again, Kagura-san. Forgive me, I haven't yet read this chapter, and am having difficulty locating it. Usually I get my chapters from Narutofan =/ but when I read it, I'll try and post a somewhat 'in depth' reply or something of the sort!

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

I apologize for my lack of activity. I was fairly busy in the previous week and I had no time to spare for LJ or posts. The least I could do was drop a comment here and there.

I suggest Mangahelpers.com"> for the manga scans, as the people there are unusually quick in uploading the chapters.

And please do.
chuunin's responses have quite dulled me; and I wish to see another rational reply aside from the caps lock on Sasuke's return.

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

...Please do not mind my horrible linking skills.

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
darkwindkaze

No need to appologize for being busy as of late, its perfectly understandable :) I'm relieved that goblins didn't eat you.

Thank you for providing that link as well! After having a looksee, I don't see anything terrible monumentous about the chapter. Rather, it seemed like transition towards a climax, where words will actually be exchanged, plot moved forward, and all of that. Regarding finally seeing Sasuke, he doesn't seem terribly different from before aside from his loose clothing which shows his sexy chest. Some had already said that little happened, and I agree to that. We see a brief glimmer of the mad skillz Sasuke will no doubt possess via that little boom. How anyone could gain SasuSaku or NaruSasu arguments from this chapter seems beyond me and why it would warrant ALL CAPS OMFG BEST CHAPTER EVER WE SEE A PANEL OF SASUKE is also a mystery.

The shock displayed by Sakura and Naruto seems believable to me, as they had spent years training for the day when they would meet face to face with him and hopefully return him home. After all that time, to actually see him again, I don't think the reactions were overdone.

That being said, I do hope the next chapter will have some good content. My hope is that they won't have Naruto totally pwned and a plot device has to come along to save him. Of course, it could go in a number of directions from here so I won't speculate or make any judgements until its all said and done.

and yeah!!

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

/Regarding finally seeing Sasuke, he doesn't seem terribly different from before aside from his loose clothing which shows his sexy chest./

Was that . . . sarcasm I sensed from your opinion?

I also agree with what you have said. Thank goodness for all the rational and neutral people of this crazy fandom. Your insightful comments have once again summed up the entirety of this chapter in better words than I can likely express. I add that this chapter was fundamentally nothing but foreshadowing for the next chapter, though. Should the following chapter prove to be just as dragging as this chapter is, then I am certain I will become very unimpressed with Kishimoto's skills for pacing the plot smoothly.

Where do people extrapolate SasuSaku and NaruSasu hints? Of course, it is from the emotional staring! (Although, admittedly, there is not very much that can be said of these two pairings from silent panel-flipping stares.)

The last pages, though, were quite intense and likely my most favored part. Hopefully this dead silence signifies an excellent chapter for next week?

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
darkwindkaze

/Was that . . . sarcasm I sensed from your opinion?/

A little, although you can't dent that when you saw it, you had the sudden urge to go 'omg squeee!!' ^_~

Heheh you're so kind and polite with your words, Kagura-san! Thank you, I am glad that my opinion is valued, although I think you yourself did just as well if not better in summing up the chapter. I agree that it was foreshadowing, and intended to make the readers (some more then others) die to see what happens next. Admittedly, I myself who have been mostly unimpressed with the manga as of late am also anxious to see how this plays out. Of course, should he drag the chapter out, I will slap him with a fish...a fish made of malice.

Ah yes, the staring! Well, Naruto has a bead of sweat which means that he is more in love then Sakura. But! If one measures where Sasuke's eyes appear to be looking with where he is presently standing, his field of vision leans slightly more towards Sakura by a few fractions of an inch, which therefore suggests he loves her. This would hint at a SasuSaku and Naruto is probably just sweating because Sasuke owns the universe and without Kyuubi Naruto sux0rz and SASUKE FOR THE WIN!

*cough*

Shifting back to being serious, I shall hope along with you that Kishimoto will not disapoint next week :)

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
bubble

Ditto about the latest chapter being practically everywhere, Kagura. As you already know, I'm almost always late on this sort of thing. I checked the chapter out just now. *sheepish grin* (And I was wondering why you weren't updating. :D)

Having finally looked at it, I'm afraid I'm not too excited to see it. *watches people come after her with pitchforks and torches* So here I am, willing to offer some neutral discussion about this chapter. Surprise, surprise.

Actually, you're not the only one who's unexcited about his appearance. I don't really like his outfit - it looks...I don't know, too strange for me. That's all I can say. And ohohohoho, I've been talking about the similarities between Sasuke and his mommy for ages. It's a shame that she had to die. She could've been his twin sister!

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
heronite

Having finally looked at it, I'm afraid I'm not too excited to see it. *watches people come after her with pitchforks and torches*

That makes two of us at least. =\ We've been waiting So long to see Sasuke and to see a team 7 reunion and this... This was boring. T__T And personally, I Can tell why I'm not excited, for those curious.

1. The incredible build-up over Sasuke's return had been mostly exhausted in chapter 300. Since then the newer build-up had been minimal.
2. Minimal or not, there Had been some built-up there (with the shadow scenes mostly), but then Sai came to the forefront and in my opinion kind of distracted from Sasuke.
3. Okay, so basically, no more felt build-up. Now for the chapter itself. All of us had still been waiting for a team 7 reunion since forever, and well... yay! We've seen them stare at each other! Stay tuned for next week! ... what? That was one of the most Empty chapters Ever. >__< So the impression is: "Wait... that's it? This is what I've waited 1.5 years for?"

Basically, major disappointment. >_>

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
bubble

Yay for us unexcited people! ♥

Ditto for major disappointment, Heronite. *sighs sadly* There was nothing in this last chapter that could have evoked a squeal or shriek from me. I'm only going to be optimistic and hope that something will happen in the later chapters. Am I being too positive?

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
heronite

I'm hoping Sai will attack Sasuke in the next chapter while Naruto and Sakura are busy staring! =D Maybe Sasuke will kill him off this way!

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

You should check chuunin, then Ladii. It is literally overflowing with 306-related posts. *sigh* Which is getting redundant and silly. (*nervous laugh* My apologies for the lack of activity. I hope to make new posts later on, and on the weekend when I will be less stressed out.)

You, Heronite, and I must be odd people then. To be unaffected by such an action-packed/Sasuke-appearance chapter. And Sasuke's current outfit resembles a hybrid of Orochimaru's and Kimimaro's costumes. He even has that silly assbow.

/It's a shame that she had to die. She could've been his twin sister!/

I concur, Mikoto should never have died so quickly in this series. (Not only because I grew quite fond of her character.) The poor woman--she was never able to learn of her similarities with her youngest son. :( (Twin sister, eh? But wouldn't that be . . . siblingcest, then? ;D)

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
bubble

Oh, I did. I've seen many of the posts, but didn't check them out for fear of the repetitiveness I might see. (That's perfectly fine, Kagura. You're human, after all!)

Odd people unite! *shudders* I think I saw someone rant about that assbow over at dragonsquee's LJ. That's when I had check the latest chapter out.

Yay for us Mikoto fans, then! This makes me want to search for any Mikoto-centric fics there might be. (Siblingcest is love, though. ♥ At least, that's what all the Sandcest and Uchihacest fans tell me. ;D)
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Fri, May. 12th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
bubble

Thanks for the fic rec!

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
heronite

Oh yes. So much action. So much dialogue. So much um... everything! There's something wrong with us I tell you!

\.o_o.\ |.o_o.| /.o_o./ |.o_o.|

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

Unfortunately, I am unable to form any coherent sentences to what you have just stated. And so, instead I shall watch your little emoticons. It is the emoticon dance!

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
heronite

=.=.o_o \.o_o.\ |.o_o.| /.o_o./ o_o.=.=

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
myth720

is it still possible to hold neutral discussion for chapter 306?

impossible, imo. Sasuke is a large part of the manga - tho he is ever hardly in it, he's the core essence of the manga, whether ppl like it or not. these chapters are all about Naruto chasing him, this chapter was even timed that way with Sasuke's face revealed only when Naruto makes the dash to see him. i thought it was a perfect timing. not as a sasunaru fangirl (sadly Sasuke's appearance might be too late to rekindle my flame for the manga), but because of how big a part Sasuke takes in Naruto's heart/mind/whichever.

i may have squeed, but i wasn't as excited as i would -and should- have been, and it's all kishimoto's fault, the pacing was slow, too much dragging and the wasted gaara arc resolving issues that were already resolved, not to mention Sasuke is my favorite in the series, so 18 months with him gone certainly didn't help and my interests have swayed. i just wonder if i'll be swayed back.

Sat, May. 13th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

*nods* I have already acknowledged that Sasuke holds a /very/ important role to the entirety of this series, what with Naruto and Team Seven, but with nearly everyone on my f-list and in several unnamed communities practically squeeing over Sasuke's face, the Team Seven reunion, joking about his "gay pirate" appearance, or otherwise treating this chapter like it was god. Oh, and not to mention after skimming over that silly, and pretentious chain reaction of responses in chuunin -- that was when it reeeally began to irk me.

Additionally, I actually thought Kishimoto executed the inevitable meeting a bit poorly after re-reading this chapter several times (though you are correct, the pacing was likely the best part of all). It's just . . . this chapter felt filler-ish, and rather empty and uninteresting. It was just basically long staring (emotional, of course) and then a great silence. Perhaps this was for the preparation of an upcoming battle (or the horror! a filmstrip of flashbacks), or mayhap Naruto attempting to convince Sasuke not to take this route. *rambling all over again*

As for me, I firmly believe that Kishimoto should not have shown Sasuke's face/shadow so quickly at chapter 300. (Especially when Sasuke probably did absolutely nothing in that scene save for briefly meeting Sai to display his Sharingan's formidable strength.) As much as it is wonderful to see Sasuke so early, for me I thought it took away a *chunk* of my excitement of seeing his face in this recent chapter. *sigh*

Haha, so it is not just me, is it? I also thought the last few chapters/arcs of the Naruto timeskip have been dragging on and on and I was beginning to lose a bit of my interest in Kishimoto's writing skills and in Naruto, the series itself. Of course, my lack of interest is not wholly because of Sasuke's eighteen month disappearance (but, wow, I never guessed it was /that/ long) I think it was mostly due to Kishimoto's poorer performance for the timeskip. Fortunately now that Sasuke has finally returned, perhaps the old enthusiasm shall resurface again? :D

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
_acerbitas_

He's adorable, really, and the expression on his face is cute. That does not change the fact that I detest his very soul don't like him all that much. Glad he's back though. Poor Naruto and Sakura can finally finish their quest.

Sat, May. 13th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

/He's adorable, really, and the expression on his face is cute./

His fashion taste, however, should really change. Has living with Orochimaru for so long changed *that* much of his sensibility? I abhor his current attire; or mayhap Kishimoto is doing this so for extra fanservice since his shirt is left wide open.

But, yes, you are right. Sasuke's physical features appears more fleshed out now with age and probably with vigorous training too, although I wouldn't necessarily say that his expression is very "cute". To me, he looked very flat and dispassionate--although luckily not even close to Itachi's almost-lifeless-or-other-wise-frowning countenance.

Aha! I saw that. xD Aw, you detest Sasuke's very soul? The poor dearie. *pats him*

And isn't everyone at least a little glad he has returned in the manga? Even the Sasuke-haters and Sasuke-bashers have to admit--grudgingly/reluctantly or not--that without this grouchy avenger boy, the manga gets rather dull sometimes. Also now that Sasuke has returned back in action, perhaps Naruto and Sakura can truly end their quest to return him back to Konoha.

I just hope that Naruto will not redeem Sasuke as mercilessly quickly as he did with Sai.

Mon, May. 15th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
_acerbitas_

I actually didn't see his outfit until after my post, because all I saw was your picture. I don't know where it came from. He is not that bad of a dresser. Is Orochimaru picking his clothes out for him now?

I'm very glad that he doesn't look like Itachi, abit Itachi is hotter then him. Itachi scares me.

I'm very glad he's returned. Poor Naruto isn't even a Chuuin because of him. That's very sad for the guy who wants to become Hokage. His caring for Sasuke reaches nigh impossible sights. I hope Sasuke comes to realize that. I hope so too. Sasuke deserves more then a "well it's all good now!" attitude. ^___^

Thu, May. 11th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
blouper

Yay! I was wondering where you went to complaining about Naruto is just not the same without you.

Eh, about the new chapter, one word to sum up my reaction to this chapter: Dissapointment.

No fangirl squeal from me after seeing Sasuke, nothing intense about him, no sexyness at all. I did a fangirl squeal for Chouji but not Sasuke. I actually laughed and rolled my eyes at his custome for goodness sake! It was just wrong.

(Am I the only one that believes that Kishimoto just didn't know how to dress Sasuke to look cooler and therefore dragged the shadowing of his face far longer than he should of have to give himself more time? )

His face is the same, although I was half-expecting/half-hoping that his face would be more like Orochimaru, instead it's looking more girlshish than Sakura's. (And thank you Kagura-san, the picture of Sasuke's mama made me smile)

Sai's sudden conversion did little to help the plot move, or make me like him, I just despise him more. I wonder just what exactly is his role in the manga if he is not going to be an antagonist anymore? Sudden good-guy trying to replace Sasuke? Pfft, his role in this thing is confusing me, and so is Yamato's. He seems to always be a step behind in everything.

Good thing about this was Sakura's reaction. Sakura's expression seemed to be shock, relief, and a hint of saddness if you ask me, and the whole "Still in love with Sasuke" seems (me anyways) to undermine her character a little.

I don't think she was "in love" with Sasuke (I don't think she really comprehends what being in love truly is) rather she was in the process of falling in love with him. Her intense stare symbolizes feelings that the reader can't quite conprehend because they cannot read her mind, it's reinforcing that the childish crush she had on him is morphing into something more meaningful.

Naruto's expression bored me though. Not at all what I was hoping for. It seemed like we expected that and were dissapointed to know what his face would be like. The beggining of this reunion is a flop, hopefully the next chapter is more dynamic, and I hope Kishi stops doing the silent panel staring thing. It felt like it came straight out of a Shoujo manga minus the floating bubbles.

Eh, that's my reaction to it (I tried to be neutral but it was hard!).It really let me down, but this manga IS meant to appeal to little boys so I can see why this isn't impacting us as it would a kid of ten. Damn.

Sat, May. 13th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
psyched_kagura

Aw, did you really miss me? *grin* Glad to hear so, and I hope to et more active later on when the rush of paperwork and stress dies down a bit. And I would not particularly call it "complaining" perhaps (or maybe I will) but perhaps 'nitpicking' is a better word?

Ah, how excellent it is to find another critic of this chapter! Although the ending of this chapter concludes with the possibility of great interest for 307, I found this one fairly unexciting. To give Kishimoto credit, the general reaction of Team Seven's meeting was portrayed in a realistic style, but it you are still correct, it was fundamentally made up with staring and silence.

(Ahahahahaha. XD That would have been a great explanation why he came out wearing such an odd attire, although personally, I think the fangirls may have literally roasted Kishimoto alive if they ever realized/found-out Sasuke's poor taste of fashion was due to poor planning. So, nah, Kishimoto probably *did* plan this scene out, just not in the best way possible.)

/His face is the same, although I was half-expecting/half-hoping that his face would be more like Orochimaru, instead it's looking more girlshish than Sakura's./

But isn't he a little more similar to Mikoto now? :-) We should also be a bit grateful that he did not appear without any make-up or lipstick. I would have been gawping if he had. Oh, the horror!

Sai is my current pet peeve as a character in this series. He had a lot of potential to change "realistically" and gradually as an actual human. Not *this* quickly. The redemption was executed sloppily, and done and over with in a few chapters. The only hope left for him now is if he still has ulterior motives. In other words, I am not expecting a lot from him now. SO much for being called "Danzou's tool" if he switches loyalties so quickly.

/I don't think she was "in love" with Sasuke (I don't think she really comprehends what being in love truly is) rather she was in the process of falling in love with him. Her intense stare symbolizes feelings that the reader can't quite conprehend because they cannot read her mind, it's reinforcing that the childish crush she had on him is morphing into something more meaningful./

....Wow, that is an interesting and impressive interpretation of this one-page, no-words Sakura scene. I can definitely see where you are coming from with this analysis of Sakura's somewhat ambiguous expression when she initially notices Sasuke. Unfortunately, we can only wait and see whether Sakura is in fact still in love with Sasuke and determined to bring him back by the next issue because this chapter does not have much substantial facts we can go by on.

*snerk* Naruto's expression bored you? I trust you not to march into a community such as chuunin and declare that there, otherwise I believe a hundred or so fans will immediately jump up and yell all kinds of indignations and denials at you. But, yes, I can see where you are coming from with your opinion. Expecting something so much to the point that when it actually does come it becomes predictable often dulls the entire exhilaration of said scene. We can only cross our fingers that the next chapter will bring more action! and drive! now that the reunion is vaguely finished at this chapter. So, yes, the silence scenes should be over by 307 as well (hopefully).

/Eh, that's my reaction to it (I tried to be neutral but it was hard!).It really let me down, but this manga IS meant to appeal to little boys so I can see why this isn't impacting us as it would a kid of ten. Damn./

Not to worry, Blouper; everyone has different reactions (or interpretations) of this most recent chapter. Personally, I also was not very impressed at all, but then again I know that it is still understandable for the next fan to be jumping on their heels in excitement to see Sasuke's face again.

Mon, May. 15th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
blouper

/Aw, did you really miss me?/

Yup. Your rants are awesome to read! And yes, let's stick with 'nitpicking' it's defenetly more appropriate.

/To give Kishimoto credit, the general reaction of Team Seven's meeting was portrayed in a realistic style, but it you are still correct, it was fundamentally made up with staring and silence./

To tell the truth I was actually annoyed by the bit where Naruto trips over himself to get to Sasuke. Worst of all was the stares yes. Don't let us down anymore Kishi!

/although personally, I think the fangirls may have literally roasted Kishimoto alive if they ever realized/found-out Sasuke's poor taste of fashion was due to poor planning./

Too true, but being the most favorite character you would think his outfit was, oh I don't know...Cooler, or more threatening. I don't know what I was hoping for Sasuke's new attire but I was not looking for a Pirate themed one.

/isn't he a little more similar to Mikoto now? /

Yes it is. I wonder if we are going to see more of her. I like her so much, not enough screen time for her. Maybe even a bit more of Itachi's relationship with her! After all as an evil man Itachi isn't that entertraining

/We should also be a bit grateful that he did not appear without any make-up or lipstick. I would have been gawping if he had. Oh, the horror!/

Or joy if you are a yaoi fangirl :)

/Sai is my current pet peeve as a character in this series. He had a lot of potential to change "realistically" and gradually as an actual human. Not *this* quickly./

Thank you! Sai was never my favorite and any chances of redemption are quickly fading away in my book.

/SO much for being called "Danzou's tool" if he switches loyalties so quickly./

Oh here's a thought; maybe this is all part of Sai's plan! Maybe he wanted to get Naruto's trust and is still faking everything. Maybe he found that Sasuke is too tough an opponent to take by himself so is going to need all the help he can get. So as soon as Sai defeats Sasuke with the help of Team 7 he can turn against Naruto, take Naruto out too and get Danzou the power of the Kyubi!

/Unfortunately, we can only wait and see whether Sakura is in fact still in love with Sasuke and determined to bring him back by the next issue because this chapter does not have much substantial facts we can go by on./

I'm not a Sakura/Sasuke fan at all, but I am hoping that Sakura has developed more in her emotions towards Sasuke, if I see her suddenly spouting things like "I still love you Sasuke-kun" I will be majorly pissed. Sakura's character does not need to be trampled anymore!

/*snerk* Naruto's expression bored you? I trust you not to march into a community such as chuunin and declare that there, otherwise I believe a hundred or so fans will immediately jump up and yell all kinds of indignations and denials at you./

Yeah, heh, that community does not impress me. The few things worth reading aren't always that great. I just think that most of the people there don't understand the dynamics and relationships in Naruto at all.

I am looking foward to 307, 306 left a bitter taste in my mouth and I am hoping that the next installment makes it more bareable. ::Crossing fingers::