It seems, recently, people would contribute any defeat/win/survival of a character to something better known as "plot no jutsu". On the surface, it is simple: "Due to a certain plot (hole), this character is defeat/win/survival, with no or a weak explaination for it." Usually, the weak explaination included but not limited to attitude problems, some sudden higher-up calling back, luck, etc. But when you had think about it, none of these are plot no jutsu... or rather, it never truly exist. Attitude of a character, environment, sudden change of heart, etc... these are all important factors of a person's action, be it fictional or real. Let's look at some of the common "plot no jutsu"s: 1) Attitude problem One of the complain about Hidan's fight is that, had he not been such a jackass, then he wouldn't have let Asuma escaped. But then again, isn't this one of the greatest cause of downfall for people? If you believe in god, then hey, you have the seven sins, which is nothing more then seven attitude problems. If you are not christian, just consider this: is it not surprising that bullies often ended up living in the street, because they do nto have any skills? But when you think about it, their "lack of skill" is caused by attitude problem, not necessary their actual intelligent; the reason they fail at school is due to their unwilling to study, not unable to study. Likewise with many other discipline, such as music. Thus, attitude problem, by itself is a huge contributing factor. 2) Higher ups Yet another thing complain in Hidan-Asuma fight. Another claim, which seems more possible, is that AL call back Hidan and Kuzu, stopping them from killing our heroes. This one is solid because of the following: 1) Can't they just delay a little longer? 2) What happen with time management? 3) Why so suddenly?! However, some people had also forgot that Hidan had kept reminding Kakuzu about having to hurry up, so partially, it's also Kakuzu's fault. Besides, in real life, Manager are often as much assholes as AL. Watch the movie RV or Office Spaces - bosses can be like that. My boss had once let me off a weekend, but suddenly said I can't, saying he need help. Why? cause he let his nephew off. 3) Sudden change of heart One comment of Sasori's loss is due to his lack of will to fight; even though, yes his hundred puppet is his last trump card, and if that failed no other tump card exist- but those guys had stated he could still survive and kept attacking, especially since even with "dead" puppet he can still switch around. Thus, his sudden desire to let himself getting killed is a plot no jutsu. It would seems like people do not have something call "on a whim". However, what is "on a whim"? It is a "sudden". But when you done something "suddenly", is it so "sudden"? or, is there some percursor that just didn't show in action, but have happened? Many of our "sudden" actions always have purcursors, that we just didn't show, or cannot be seen, but is still there. One prolbem when people complain is that they assume they have all the informaion, but in actuality we didn't - for example "Itachi is something something since all his backstory is revealed." On the other hand, we sometimes just forget all the backstory —for example: what does Sasori want? perhaps he want to end it artistically. Perhaps he want to end it by his parent, whose puppet is his first creations - "beginning and the end". To me, that makes perfect sense, since that is partially what he wants. Conclusion Despite all these, one thing I have to say about plot no jutsu: EVERYTHING is one. Every character's develoment and action is to make sure the plot move toward for someway. So frankly, saying "plot no jutsu' or "plot hole no jutsu" is just an inability to analyze properly, and may even be irresponsible. Lastly, people that complain chapter is slow: it's gonna be slow if we read it one chapter at a time. Have you guys sometimes feel that a single volume (ton-something) is way too fast? That's what happen when they adapt to a weekly chapter-by-chapter stle.