Is it just me, or is all this 'root', 'competing to be the hokage', elders bitching, 'sandaime was a an inflexible hardass', 'village losing control over Naruto', Dozou hating Tsunade, Naruto having a 'gift' for changing people getting emphasized all over the place, rogue anbu members moving about Konoha in secrecy being afraid of even cats... And...Now Naruto is on a trek to somewhere far off with only one reliable character, Sakura, and two characters we hardly know anything about...one of whom wears the faceplate of the character who Dozou supposedly hated, the forefather of Tsunade, whom he supposedly hates...and he initiates a plan to secure the future protection of Konoha... Something big is brewing, if you ask me. Definately something big. I don't think Naruto will be returning in a normal manner, and if he does, I think he'll be forced to flee, as a missing ninja. I think Konoha will somehow turn against Naruto in some kind of huge plot twist. I'm not quite sure how this'll all happen but...Right now feels a lot like the silence before the storm.