Originally Posted by Shrike
After being majorly disappointed in the Hidan and Kakuzu battle and the end of their possibilities of being a whoel characters, I had very, very high hopes for AL and BH.
Pein/Pain is probably Kishimoto's biggest failure as a character, especially for me, being such a hardcore Akatsuki fan and all. From his half assed status of being the Akatsuki-leader-who's-actually-not-really-the-leader to his stupid powers, not to mention the incredibly lame backstory that feels like something Kishi made up on the spot and was shoehorned at the last second, the whole character feels absolutely pointless and a waste of panel space.
He was supposed to be the all powerful Akatsuki leader, the big bad guy, the main villain. He's actually just some lackey with a run of the mill god complex and no individuality whatsoever. Terrible, terrible writing from Kishimoto.
I agree to an extent. I don't have much interest in Pein, but I didn't mind the backstory. xD It tied in with Jiraiya having met all of Pein's bodies in his past, and getting to see Jiraiya be compassionate towards orphans won me over. xD lol
I'm not ready to say that Pein's influence will stop at false-main villain. I think he and Madara have different agendas, which will most likely clash. And Pein will be Naruto's target, so hopefully he'll become more appealing once his secret is revealed and we learn what became of Nagato and Yahiko. (did I get their names right? lmao) And perhaps his relationship with Konan will be explored, as well as her views on... her choices and all...
Originally Posted by Shrike
Actually, all that shit about collecting Jinchuuriki sounds like a load of bull now. A nuclear bomb? What the hell, Kishi, what the hell?
And the Rin'negan...yes, supposedly the all powerful eye. When I heard it's origin, I felt sick. It would be better if it was just a powerful bloodline, like the Byakugan and what Sharingan was in Part I. Not some uber-pwnage eye that destroys the world and shit.
And finally, we come to the thing I was disgusted to see-the prophecy...
Holy shit, from a "Hard work can surpass a genius." and Naruto defeating Neji who believed in destiny, to a prophecy where Naruto is actually the "destined child". Really sounds like Kishi made that up on the spot. And miserably failed to make it go along his morals in the manga.
Yes, you've definitely got a point with that last paragraph. It is unfortunate. But I still liked the old frog sage... and destiny is malleable, which is why the 'destined child' will bring with him either destruction or peace... so in a way, it still works with 'hard work can surpass a genius'... hard work is the key to changing your destiny, or actively creating your destiny.. the outcome is not set in stone (the frog sage said it depends on Jiraiya's choice).
And the sage made me laugh. xD