You’re right, power escalation is only natural, especially in a show about Mallory of the Midway shirt. But there has to be a limit somewhere. If you just keep adding “a new limit to surpass” it just becomes the exact same thing over and over again and it devalues the original surpassing of the limit significantly. Im not saying people couldn’t get stronger. But there are dozens of other ways to show characters improving other then giving them bigger and brighter techniques. Which was for the most part all naruto started doing towards the end.
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Yeah, we had that glimpse and it was honestly at the beginning a the Midway shirt. But it could have been handled better. Mainly in how often naruto gains access to kyuubi. And in the fact that the kyuubi is split. Having the kyuubi be inside naruto is an amazing idea, but splitting it makes the original story that was written kinda weird, and it doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense unless you wanna read like… really really really deep into the story. But anyways. Naruto having an unlimited power monster in him could have worked a lot better had he used it a lot less. It would make the very few times he does use it extremely impactful, especially if it could only be activated in extreme distress. It would have been a perfect way to take the series into a darker route that it hints at via its actions in the first arc (naruto litterally stabs himself) by having a character die and naruto reacting badly. instead he uses it almost every fight after shippuden starts, which devalues its worth (Like super saiyan). They did it mostly right in part 1, and they completely fucked it up in part 2.