Re: Naruto 618
So having had more time to reflect upon this chapter, I have a few...issues with the Sasuke plotline, ecstatic though I am to see its return.
Orochimaru just happened to have a scroll detailing a secret Jutsu that lets one cut open the stomach of the death God, freeing any souls and other sealed things inside like Orochimaru's arms. His arms that he needs for his jutsus, the thing he's spent his entire life acquiring. Rather than use this scroll, either to amass a legion of the most powerful shinobi ever assembled, sealed or no, or to just get his arms and jutsu back....he just stored it in some secret room in a secret base in the middle of no where.
Juugo and Suigetsu just happened to come across this secret room and find the scroll. Upon seeing the scroll, they immediately recognized it for what it was and could do, despite having presumably limited knowledge of Edo Tensei, and even less about what Shinobi have been sealed and whether it would even be possible to summon them (Remember when Edo's needed DNA of the soul to be conjured?) at all.
They give the scroll to Sasuke, who, admittedly would probably have a better idea about Edo Tensei's capabilities, especially after his very recent encounter with Itachi. Even so, upon seeing the scroll, rather than try to find and use the jutsu himself, he revives Orochimaru to do it instead. Not only did he just somehow know how to do this because fuck you, but he did this despite the fact that Orochimaru's one and only goal for the ENTIRE MANGA up until now was to take over Sasuke's body.
The group then heads off to Konoha, which has somehow been almost completely rebuilt, even Naruto's little "I'm home!" phone tower. In addition to just suddenly rebuilt, the town seems to be populated by Shinobi NOT at the war, which I guess makes sense considering the village wouldn't want to be totally unprotected, but why don't a SINGLE one of these guys stop our lovely group of criminals and super villains? Further more, the group needs a special mask from an Uzumaki shrine, which still exists despite Pain's little cataclysm, and is completely unguarded despite the apparently deity like powers it contains. Then they go to the Uchiha shrine, which also just happened to survive the blast.
....Does this fly for ANYONE? This is...bad, really bad. It's the kind of bad I can like, since I really want to hear what the kages have to say, and Orochimaru being back is one of the only things giving the story hope, but christ.