Finally breaking the unexpected blog hiatus on The Four-eyed Journal, I’m back with more commentary on the Naruto Manga series. This time around, it’s all about the latest Chapter, Chapter 352: The Purpose. (This post’s title is for this post and a reflection of what I think of the chapter, the chapter’s original title is different and would be mentioned here instead.)
Picking up from where Chapter 351 left off, Sasuke has finally managed to complete his platoon with the much dreaded Juugo as the last piece. He did so after showing “who’s the real boss” now that Orochimaru is gone. Using his newly acquired skills and techniques from Orochimaru’s training, he exerts his dominance and control over his volatile team through a suave combination of diplomacy backed up by his raw powers, especially the Sharingan.
In the latest Chapter, Chapter 352 Sasuke convinces Juugo to join his team by referencing himself to Kimimaro and his words during his last stay with Juugo.
Juugo and Kimimaro goes way back, the two of them having some amazing yet horrifying powers and abilities found themselves a company and friend in each other. A bond has been forged between them. Something that is not taken lightly in the world of Naruto.
Of course friendship and bonds take on a new meaning or looked up from a different angle when a shinobi puts down his ‘professional’ foot. In chapter 352, Juugo only decides to join Sasuke because Kimimaro sacrificed a lot, even his life for him and that he is curious as to what Sasuke can really do.
Once everything has been settled, Sasuke proceeds immediately to brief his newly formed team of his intentions and plans.
This chapter contains lots of revelations; like why Kimimaro was willing to lay down his life just to bring Sasuke to Orochimaru, why Sasuke is not coming back to Konoha and instead formed a team of shinobi to aid in his goal; to kill his older brother Uchiha Itachi.
Even Naruto, Sakura and the rest of the Konoha shinobi has decided to join in the fray. They are now more focused on Akatsuki and in particular, removing another threat specific to Konoha; Uchiha Itachi. Of course, you can download the chapter here.
If this segment of the manga series has been exciting, the next chapters would be even more. Who will kill Itachi? Sasuke or Naruto?