Sasuke Versus. naruto is one of the most epic fights in all of manga, concluding the series of 700 chapters. Prior to its completion, this was probably the most anticipated fight, as the showdown between the two has been teased ever since they first fought in the Final Valley at the end of Part 1. New fanart depicts again that excitement and anticipation, this time in the ukiyo-e art style, which redesigns Naruto and Sasuke to have a mythical look.
Naruto and Sasuke’s final fight was the highlight of the series and was the culmination of everything the two had learned from the very beginning. They threw everything they had at each other, from literal ninja tools like shuriken and kunai, to traded blows in their monstrous states of chakra. The fight is also very symbolic, as Naruto and Sasuke’s attacks symbolize their character arcs. Even some of Naruto’s the harshest critics admit that the fight is a major highlight of the series and a fitting send-off to one of the most popular shonen series ever created.
The themes of combat are depicted with an emphasis on myth in ukiyo-e style illustrations by Chien Chih Kang (username @Justin96636) found at Twitter. The left side of the portrait depicts Naruto jumping on Sasuke with a Rasengan in hand, while Kurama towers over him with his bared fangs in the background. Sasuke is almost a mirror image of Naruto; except he’s holding a Chidori in his hand as his Perfect Susanoo looms to counter Kurama. This representation of the giant chakra samurai is interesting in its design. Susanoo’s mask is similar to how it’s drawn in the manga, only this time it’s drawn to more accurately represent a tengu – a type of yokai bird in Japanese mythos.
As cool as that naruto fanart is, there are two differences from the manga that are worth pointing out. First of all, Sasuke’s Susanoo is blue instead of purple, but that’s probably because purple isn’t a commonly used color in classic ukiyo-e style, and so the artist took a creative freedom in depicting Sasuke’s jutsu. The second is the positioning of Naruto and Sasuke. In their clashes throughout the manga, Naruto is always on the right and Sasuke on the left, a creative choice made so that their signature jutsus can align with each other. It also subtly hinted that Naruto and Sasuke were actually reincarnated brothers. Neither one or the other alters the quality of the work, far from it. These creative differences actually enhance the art as they give total sense to the style of the piece.
Kang is a truly remarkable artist as evidenced by his many legendary redesigns for dragonball characters like Majin Buu or Frieza. Even with a few slight variations, this mythical revamp of naruto and by Sasuke The final fight is amazing and perfectly captures the excitement and emotion that comes with it.
Source: Chih Kang Dog
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