The rebirth of ten-tailed beast brought a catastrophic disaster upon the five great shinobi countries. Within minutes of its re-existence, the alien creature (alien, even by Naruto’s standard) has took many lives, including characters we’re so used to seeing after following Naruto series for so long. As Uchiha Madara and Uchiha Obito counter attack in the seemingly one-sided war, it’s as if all hopes are lost for Naruto and his alliances.
Despair. Hope. Death. Living. Silence….yes, silence is the most appropriate response in these times.
(Warning: Spoilers Ahead)
When the ten-tailed was finally able to target accurately at Madara’s desired destination – the HQ, there was a moment of silence. I love that the scene had no audio. There was no dramatic music, no screams. Just shocked expressions of the many ninjas and a faint sound of explosion when the target was hit. Silence can say a lot in such moments, I believe.
The heaviness of the moment, when Shikamaru and Ino knew their fathers have just died, were deeply felt even if ever so briefly. There was no need to wail, as I’d imagined it would be for Ino’s case, because the pain of their loss was already established in that few moments of silence. Silence is the most powerful scream. It’s as if in one episode, the death of great minds are not enough, fans’ beloved Neji had bravely sacrificed himself for the sake of peace and brighter future of the nations.
There’s a lot to take in just one episode. For Naruto anime fans who never follow the series through other media were in for a shock. So many deaths. And yet so many still live.
Uzumaki Naruto, the central force of this war, had his moment of confusion. Confusion and despair. I can’t say he was angry. He was at loss and didn’t know how to respond. After all, the ones who just died in front of him aren’t just anyone. They were his comrades. Naruto had suffered the loss of many dear ones. His parents. Jiraiya. However, I bet the death of Neji hit him the hardest. It isn’t because he was closest to Neji, but rather the nature of his death.
Once again, Naruto was silent. Obito delivered his “speech”, but Naruto remained quiet. This is the guy who is always loud and restless. This is the guy who just a few moments ago was declaring bold statements against his enemy. And yet, he did not utter a single word. Because he was silent, we the audience were able to relate to his emotions better. His shock expression was enough.
I’d like to think that the use of silence throughout this episode strengthened the message it’s trying to deliver, which is the pain to lose people we care about. Yes, we all know that wars are always about life and death. Someone dies every other minute while some other person gets a second living chance.
And in these times, it’s important to stay silent for a few moments, to reflect and then move on.