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Naruto Chapter 452 – Good Guys, Bad Guys

June 19, 2009
Danzo left his mark on Sais tongue as a reminder that he owns him.

Danzo left his mark on Sai's tongue as a reminder that he owns him.

Sai receives an order from Danzo. Team Kakashi discovers that Sasuke is now a member of the Akatsuki.

Last time, the people of Konohagakure were working to rebuild the land that the Akatsuki destroyed. Team Kakashi learns of Danzo being promoted to Hokage and his first act as Hokage.

Naruto and Sakura were shocked to hear that Danzo had become the new Hokage. Kakashi doesn’t seem surprised that the elders could not wait for Tsunade to wake up and select a new Hokage. It’s also a fact that Sasuke is a Missing-nin, only through Tsunade’s unwillingness that keeps him from being assassinated by official order.

Of course, Naruto and Sakura doesn’t approve of this. Kakashi tells them to calm down but they both can’t be stopped when it comes to Sasuke. Doing something irrational to Danzo will result in a bad situation, after all, he is now the new Hokage, whether they like it or not. If they get imprisoned, Naruto will be playing by Danzo’s game, as he is the host of the Kyuubi. Danzo would want to keep an eye on him at all times.

Meanwhile, Sai gets called by Danzo. He receives his new mission. He is to report any irregularities with Naruto. Sai asks Danzo what he intends to do with Naruto and Danzo says that he cannot do anything bad to him as he is now perceived as a hero by the villagers. Any wrong decision will prove fatal to the upcoming election as it seems the Jonins still need to vote. Danzo is just standing as a Hokage in the meantime. Danzo says that he will be not as weak as Tsunade.

As Sai was walking around, he gets spotted by Naruto and Sakura. They ask Sai about Danzo but Sai says that he cannot do it. Or rather, he is not able to do it. A seal was placed in Sai’s tongue that if ever he says anything about Danzo’s plans, he will become paralyzed and unable to move. Everyone in their squad has the seal. Sai does explain that Danzo’s acts are all for Konohagakure’s sake. He is another one of those well-intentioned extremists. But when Sakura tells Sai about Danzo’s order to kill Sasuke, he becomes surprised. Wait, why? Didn’t Danzo also order Sai the same task before?

Anyway, the Kumogakure ninjas sent by the Raikage had overheard this and confronts Team Kakashi.

I challenge you to a Shaolin Showdown!

I challenge you to a Shaolin Showdown!

They start a street fight but they still do not have the intention of inflicting serious injuries as one of them had switched their blade to the blunt side. As Naruto’s Kagebunshin stops one of the swords, Sai and Sakura attack from different directions but Sakura is hit by another ninja. Naruto runs to Sakura as she was thrown away by one of the ninjas. Naruto’s Kagebunshin then gets defeated. The Kumogakure ninjas jump back to a nearby pond, facing Team Kakashi who had regrouped in a small distance away.

Sakura begins to wonder why there are Kumogakure ninjas there. One of them blurts out the fact that Sasuke Uchiha attacked their village and captured their master, the Hachibi. They can’t believe it. The other party doesn’t know either. But they do know one thing…

The Akatsuki are desperate now, arent they?

The Akatsuki are desperate now, aren't they?

The trio sent by the Raikage proudly proclaim that they will kill Sasuke Uchiha, as they have been granted permission by the new Hokage, Danzo.

I still say kill him.

I still say "kill him".

Seems like Sasuke’s in for a lot of trouble. Least the trio didn’t look too stupid in this chapter.

So is Danzo a good guy or a bad guy? Does the end always justify the means? Is it really right to use an iron hand to set things straight? I’d like to see what happens during Danzo’s reign as Hokage. It’s a good change to have a sort-of “heel” Hokage, unlike the goody-goody old ones.

This is the Bunny Chief, over and out!

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