Posted by: kitpotter | March 20, 2009

Chapter 440 – A Conversation with the 4th!!

Wow!  The scanlated manga came out early today.  I didn’t expect to come home from my night shift work and find the manga already posted.  It’s usually in the afternoon.  I was expecting the 101st episode of the anime and unfortunately, there’s not gonna be one this week.  However, it’s a double episode next week so I guess that’s just fine. But here’s the 440th chapter!

Chapter 440 Page 1

Chapter 440 Page 1

So, Yondaime Hokage appeared just as Naruto was about to release the Kyuubi’s seal.  Outside Naruto’s consciousness, Deva was surprised to find an eight-tailed Kyuubi Naruto broke out of Chibaku Tensei and said he might need a bigger one then.  So, fortunately, Naruto still hasn’t fully transformed even though it showed previously on Yamato’s hand the number “9”.

Eight Tailed Transformation

Eight Tailed Transformation

Eight Tailed Transformation in color

Eight Tailed Transformation in color

This chapter is mostly a conversation between father and son.  It’s just so sweet.  Kyuubi told Yondaime to come closer so he could rip him to shreds.  But Yondaime said that saying that will not make him come closer.  Naruto, still probably shocked and haven’t absorbed the fact he just heard, asked Yondaime how he knew his name.  He said he knew, of course, because he gave him his name because he is his heir.  He told Naruto directly that he is his son.   Naruto’s facial expression changed from confused to realization to happiness.  When Kyuubi tried to interrupt them again, Yondaime said they should talk somewhere else.  With a flick of a hand, they went from a dark place to a place full of light.

Yondaime Hokage telling Naruto he is his son

Yondaime Hokage telling Naruto he is his son

Naruto's mixed emotions

Naruto's mixed emotions

Yondaime then went to explain to Naruto that the 3rd didn’t tell him anything afterall to probably keep everything about the fox a secret because if people knew he is his son, there could be trouble.  He apologized.  Naruto then punched Yondaime in the stomach.  Crying, he asked how he could seal the fox inside his own son; if he knew how much trouble it has caused him.  Naruto told Yondaime he’s not sure whether he’d be happy or pissed off.

Naruto punches his father, the 4th Hokage

Naruto punches his father, the 4th Hokage

Yondaime was apologetic.  When he asked how old he is he acknowledged how hard it was for him and that he should not act like a father when apologizing.  But Naruto said it was okay since he is the son of the 4th Hokage, he can deal with it.  Yondaime’s expression was so cute here, he looks like a kid caught in the act of causing mischief.

Yondaime Hokage

Yondaime Hokage

Then the conversation turned serious.  He goes to explain his past actions to Naruto.  He explained the reason why he sealed half the fox’s chakra inside him is because he believed he could use it since he is his son.  Another reason is that when the Kyuubi attacked Konoha 16 years ago, he realized someone was controlling the Kyuubi.  And that someone is so powerful, there’s no way to fight him without some special power.  He told him he believes that that person will attack Konoha again.  Naruto told him that Konoha has already been destroyed.  Yondaime said he knows that because he saw from inside him.  He said he knows about Jiraiya as well.  When Naruto said if it was Pain who attacked Konoha before, Yondaime said it was someone else.  An Akatsuki member wearing a mask and they both thought of Tobi.  He said he’s using Pain.  Naruto said that Pain already hates Konoha.  Yondaime explained that because of that hatred, he is being used by the masked person.

Naruto asked why this is happening to Konoha.  Yondaime said that as long as the ninja system exists, there can be no peace and order.  He goes on to explain Pain’s question about peace.  He said that trying to save the things you love breeds war.  As long as love exists, there will be hatred and ninjas will be used by that hatred.  And as long as the ninja system exists, the hatred will create another creature like Pain.  He said Pain killed Jiraiya but the more he thinks about it, the more he believes that Jiraiya was really killed by the disorder that gave birth to Pain.  He goes on to say that ninjas fight that hatred and Jiraiya has entrusted him to end that hatred.

Naruto, crying more, said he could not forgive Pain.  He asked Yondaime what he should do.  Yondaime said he’s got to find the answer himself.  Naruto that it’s not fair.  If Yondaime and Jiraiya could not find the answer, how could he? He said he’s stupid and he’s not a great ninja.  Before Naruto could finish, Yondaime patted his head and said he will find the answer and that he believes in him.  He said parents always believed in their children.

"I believe in you."

"I believe in you."

After that Yondaime said his chakra is fading and he needs to go.  Before he disappeared, he restored Naruto’s seal but said that it will be the last time.  He told Naruto Konoha can be rebuilt and reiterated that he believes in him.  Then, he faded.  Naruto thanked him, calling him “Dad.”

The eight tailed transformation of Naruto disappeared then and reverted to Naruto in his sage mode.  And it says that the battle between Naruto and Pain will come to a head in the next chapter.

Naruto back in Sage Mode

Naruto back in Sage Mode

Well, now two of my questions in my previous post about the “Things I can’t wait to find out in Naruto” has been answered.  First, Naruto was indeed clueless about his parentage until now.  Though it still didn’t answer who Naruto thought his parents were, if he even wondered who they were.  Secondly, that it is indeed Tobi/Madara Uchiha who is controlling the “Akatsuki.”

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