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Review: Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring
Posted by Kaitou+ in Anime / Manga February 16, 2016 at 12:52:29 AM



It is important to note that Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring is the prequel to the movie so obviously you don’t need to watch the movie to enjoy it, but you definitely need to be familiar with the main series. Taking place after Chapter 700, this chapter focuses on the new generation, mostly Sasuke and Sakura Uchiha's daughter—Sarada.

Although meant as a prologue for the movie, and just a side story, this Gaiden wasn’t really enjoyable for many reasons. To address the elephant in the room, I feel like Cho-cho’s role felt rather forced and added no substance to story. While I understand that she was added for comedic relief, sometimes it was just executed at the wrong times and it just felt rather annoying more than anything.

Another big issue was the main antagonist of this Gaiden—Shin Uchiha, who easily is one of the most forgettable villains in the series with a lackluster motive, probably a lot worse than Obito Uchiha. His goal is to erase peace as he thinks it’s detrimental to human evolution. The only memorable things about the character are some of his attacks, like his Kamui-like jutsu and his Weapon Manipulation Technique, which I thought it was cool.

Kishimoto without a doubt is good at delivering fights,such as Sasuke vs. Itachi, Lee vs. Gaara, and especially the final fight with between Naruto and Sasuke.
Unfortunately, just like the antagonist, this fight was hardly enjoyable as well. However, seeing Shin’s Weapon Manipulation Technique, Sakura in action, and some of Naruto's and Sasuke's Teamwork was enjoyable.

Not everything is bad with this Gaiden as it does have its highlights that made reading this tolerable, this includes seeing Orochimaru with his new body, which many gender joke rose, the early interactions between Boruto and Naruto, the new generation and definitely, Sarada reuniting with Sasuke and learning the truth about her family. I find it interesting that Sarada wants to follow the path of Hokage, as opposed to Boruto who wants to be more like Sasuke.

I'll be honest and say that I wasn't expecting much from this Naruto Gaiden, but not to the point that it would be very disappointing. I felt like I was reading it for the sake just to be caught up and not for enjoyment purposes. Not even reading the entire Gaiden in one sitting made it more enjoyable. I was really hoping to see something feature the new generation but maybe next time.

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