This Article Contains Spoilers that will not have been revealed in the Anime as of October 29th 2014.
Today the 698th chapter of Naruto was posted online, and with that, only two more chapters remain.
Firstly, I will recap the most recent events;
As you know with how Naruto goes; yes, these are the most recent events.
The fight between Naruto and Sasuke seems a little rushed, but there is only so much action and interesting material you can write when the two fighting basically have the power of gods. They both have also been fighting for 2 days straight, so a short battle is not exactly a foreign idea. The fight starts off strong with both using their most powerful techniques. As they use up most of their chakra, the battle resolves into nothing but fist fighting, until neither of them have any strength left. Kurama manages to work up some chakra to give to Naruto, but it is instantly absorbed by Sasuke using his Rinnegan technique. As Sasuke uses this chakra as a chidori to try and kill Naruto, he retaliates and punches Sasuke away. Kurama gives Naruto the last of his chakra, and Naruto charges up a Rasengan as Sasuke adds black flames to his Chidori. The two rush at each other and the techniques collide.
Some time later, both Naruto and Sasuke lay next to each other. Naruto states they are both going to die soon due to lack of blood. Sasuke asks why Naruto keeps standing in his way. Naruto says that its because they are friends and whenever he sees Sasuke upset, he feels the pain as well. Sasuke thinks about the past and admits that he was always jealous of Naruto and wanted to be his friend, but decided to be his rival instead. They both pass out.
They both awake the next morning and Sasuke admits that he lost their fight. Naruto claims that there are no winners or losers because this was nothing more than him trying to punch some reason into a friend. Sasuke says that the fight between the brothers ends today and resolves to die. Naruto says that won’t solve anything and asks Sasuke to help him in the world Naruto wants to create. Sasuke asks Naruto what he’ll do if he betrays Naruto and attacks him again. Naruto states that he’ll just defeat Sasuke again, but he doesn’t think Sasuke would do that. When Sasuke asks why, Naruto says “don’t make me repeat myself” Sasuke sheds a tear before telling Naruto: “Shut up, you damn total moron” while zooming out and revealing that Naruto’s right hand and Sasuke’s left hand are gone and the blood seeping from them makes it look like they are holding hands.
This long awaited battle had a recipe for disaster. Fans have been waiting for this battle for years, its safe to call it one of the most anticipated battles in Manga history. The story has been setting up a fight between the two since the 3rd chapter, and since their first fight, fans have been itching for more. Then there was the time table, as the fight was about to start, the Manga announced that it would be ending in 5 chapters, which seemed a little short for the long awaited final battle as well as the wrap up of this story. Then, there is also the problem of how it would be settled between the 2. The whole point of the story was to end the chain of hatred and resolve problems without fighting and killing, but everyone still knew that the two of them had to fight. So how would it be resolved? With one killing the other? Or with what fan’s like to call Naruto’s talk to Jutsu.
I was pleased that Kishimoto decided to do both. He had an excellent, not dragged on fight that resolved with both of them being unable to move and talking and resolving their differences. At the end, with Sasuke calling Naruto a “damn, total moron” it showed their reconciliation and their revived friendship (as this is what he used to call Naruto before he betrayed everyone, when they were still on the same team).
Now that the fight is over, there are now 2 chapters remaining to cover everything up, and even this close to the end, we are all still wondering how it is going to end. With the announcement of The Last Naruto Movie, which takes place several years after the end of the series, we wonder how things will go. From the promotional pictures, Naruto doesn’t appear to be Hokage, but we obviously can’t tell yet, and they won’t reveal anything for fear of giving up the ending of the Manga.
The Manga, therefore, could end one of two ways, with Naruto becoming Hokage, or him not. The plus side of him not would be that he would probably become Hokage in the last movie. Personally, I don’t want that. we have watched from the beginning hoping to see the day when Naruto would be made Hokage, and it should be contained in the actual story itself, not in a side movie we will have to wait another 2 months to see. Of course there is the possibility of Naruto not becoming Hokage at all…ever…but I don’t think that’s likely (and because of that, it’ll probably happen)
Regardless, we will more than likely know next week. I will update here will the final review on Naruto after I remove myself from the fetal position in the corner of my room over the fact that this series is finally over.