Well, I saw something amusing MobuSeka dub used Richie Rich to insult the future first wife of the main character. Also, the main character reaction to playing that game is very similar (though far less dramatic in my case) to having to read another one of these bloody chapters is for me.
Summary Time: Chapter 69. Captives...the chapter number is making me wonder if Shikamaru and Madoc going to be put in a sex dungeon or something?
The Cover is Mustard...OK. Does anyone else think this is a childish face? Why are all Ikemoto's female character seem to have very child-like traits and features to me? The fact they are often sexualized makes it even creepier to look at them.
Madoc is shocked at seeing Hime. Mustard goes in for an attack but Hime's stupid charm power activates that prevents her from finishing a kick. Hime makes a comment about seeing her underwear. Then she order her to release Punk...this charm power is now just as broken as her brothers reflection power. During the whole the scene art is bad and Shikamaru is wondering what's going on...Though in his case it isn't because he can't figure out what the hell Ikemoto is failing to draw again. Also, its nice he had an idea last chapter but it was bound to fail.
...Ugh. Now Bolt and Sasuke are having a talk. Ok. He apologizes for not being around during the last battle, it was his responsibility as Bolt's mentor to deal with Femmy, he regrets that Nail had to do it, and feels like no one but him should be hated by the village...wasn't the cycle of hatred suppose to have been ended? Wasn't he suppose to find some sort of peace? Why does Sasuke feel like he has to be the villages scapegoat? (yes yes I know some stupid thing from his light novel) Wasn't Naruto suppose to fix all that? One page of this and I can already see several examples of How Naruto failed off the top of my head. The rest is about how Nail should not be blamed because Bolt asked him to and they are 'Bros.' Oh good, they bring up that Bolt has/suppose to be wearing Sasuke's headband since the chunin exams and has to keep wearing it till he gets that scar. Bolt wants to return it to Sasuke. How long has it been since the chunin exam? Its has to been a few weeks/months since then in story; longer in the anime. Why does he only think of giving it back now? Why hasn't this come up sooner? Sasuke says to keep it if it helps him. Bolt is happy...when is he getting his eye scarred again?...soon, please. Sasuke mentions how soon it might be his turn to show his resolve...well we know he can't die since he needs to train Bolt during the time skip. Its Naruto that has the Grim Reaper hanging over his head.
Oh, Salad and Cups watch this interaction from afar and wonder what they are talking about....God, this art is awful; did he forget how to draw these two after not drawing them for a couple of years? Cups mentions how devoted he is to Bolt and he feels like he couldn't forgive if someone were to harm him...yes, give something to feed the anime shippers not like anyone really cares about Bolt & Nail. Speaking of shipping, Salad laments how useless she feels they both have been. Ok, this is likely an acknowledgment that they haven't been involved that much by Kishi and that is going to change...doubtful given his tract record. When a character stops being involved in the plot they might as well stop existing when Kishi writes something. Since, it is unlikely they will be re-involved in the plot after they start to fade from it. Cups in his Sai role ask about her clear feelings for Bolt that she has that she won't admit to. She ends their scene talking about she has to get stronger as her goal is to become hokage. Again, nice to see it mentioned, but unless this is back up by action; its meaningless fluff.
Nail wakes up with Naruto and the Clone still watching over him. This makes Nail recall this is how they met for the first time and ask is he going to start waxing nostalgically about his youth again. Naruto tries to get the Clone to leave the room so they can talk, but Nail cuts to the chase before she able to leave and ask about what's going to happen. Since, he thinks he killed Bolt. Naruto informs him Bolt is alive. Naruto considers the whole thing water under the bridge but it is clear the Clone doesn't feel that way.
Shikamaru/Ino inform Naruto and Sasuke what is happening in the lab.
Good news, Shikamaru can use his shadow possession to hold her. Since, it doesn't inflict harm. Shikamaru ask Ino to put him in a mental call with Madoc. Once, Madoc realizes he is in that call with Shikamaru he informs them they are all Hime's captives. Oh, wait. This implies Hime is not Madoc's daughter...maybe, and we start seeing the effects as Mustard falls for her. Punk is freed as Shikamaru's hold fades and he starts torturing Madoc. Shikamaru asks Hime what her deal is, and like a shy girl she wants Nail. Shikamaru then hatches a plan to bribe Hime over to Konoha's side giving her Nail...when did he become a pimp? Of course, that is going to backfire even if it works. At least, its nice he was allowed to have two ideas so far in this manga: making a trap to speed along the plot, and pimping out a thirteen year old.
Edited by Bail o' Lies, 19 May 2022 - 04:02 AM.