Naruto gives us a rather dialogue heavy piece this week after the last two have been detailing Nagato's life and the challenges he faced both as a youth and as an adult trying to stave off the dangers facing his nation. Much of what's happened is that Naruto wanted to hear his tale, to understand him, so he can decide what he thinks is proper for dealing with him. In a rather pleasant twist, at least for a series heavily focused on action and quick response by Naruto, he claims to understand Nagato and knows why he's chosen the path he has. Not that he can accept it, but he understands the reality that Nagato has faced and why he's on the path that he is on, even if Naruto doesn't believe it's the right one.
To try and shift his view even a little, the story that Naruto has is the one from Jiraiya of the Tale of the Gutsy Ninja. It's an interesting experience as we see it related with Nagato to the younger days when he and his friends were under Jiraiya's tutelage and how Jiraiya truly felt about them and their potential. As much as Nagato knew, there was always more he could not understand as a child and the scope of what it was that Jiraiya was trying to impart on him. It's a properly emotional piece that plays out with flashbacks as well as a growing understanding with Nagato in the present, though it's hard to see if he'd really make the change in the path that he's on because of what's in that novel.
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