Commentaries – Sealkeeper Chapter 97

Similarities – Posted 2019.09.09

The following are the recorded responses of Eyazahrid to the feedback he received on the above listed chapter and the story in general for the week following. This document is to serve as a replacement to the traditional Author’s Note at the beginning and ending of chapters and will be kept separate from both the above listed chapter and any future chapters unless deemed sufficiently important.

Gaara

Gaara was one of my favorite characters in cannon and has usually been a favorite in other stories but something about keeping him broken has created the “Absolute weapon of fluffiness that is Gaara…” {Mr. Blackwood}. Admittedly it’s still not as strange as the support for Sakura we’ve been seeing recently, but I am quite happy with it.

Danzou

Granddaddy Danzou seems to have become another modified character to be met with overwhelmingly positive reception. As often as we see Hiruzen as Naruto’s grandfather figure I don’t think I’ve really seen any stories in which Danzou has a familiar relation of any kind.

Wait, don’t quote me on that. I think there was a story I read that gave him like an OC daughter/granddaughter for Naruto’s love interest and the idea that Sai is his legitimate grandson has floated around too, so that’s not completely accurate.

Still, you don’t see much of it.

The strange thing is that i can’t actually see Danzou settling down and getting married but I can completely see him adopting.

Maybe because he’s already abducting children?

Bah, must be a coincidence.

Regardless, it’s remarkably easy to see him as a grandfather which I found quite surprising. The thing is, when I look at the relationship between Naruto and Danzou it often feels like Danzou is Naruto’s grandfather rather than the Wolves which makes Danzou a great-granddaddy.

I don’t think I have to tell you how much I adore that wordplay.

Yagura

Oh, yes. Yagura. They aren’t really getting along, are they?

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Many of you have predicted that there will be a …shall we say “disagreement”?… between the two of them at some point in the future.

You may be on to something.

I’ll try to avoid spoiling anything but lets’ just say I’m of the personal opinion that Mizu no Kuni is far too small for three separate factions.

Make of that as you will.

Xager-the-Chaos-King seemed to expect an even more hostile meeting between Naruto and Yagura and he apparently wasn’t the only one. Dregus was disappointed that Naruto didn’t instantly rip out the Sanbi from him to give Karura a new roommate and {knowing my readers} sister-wife.

Patience, I have plans for the Biju.

Well, some vague ideas for them, anyway. Close enough.

I don’t know why Naruto razing Mizu no Kuni to the ground could possibly be considered “rash” after what’s happened, CamTheTheif, so no worries there. Naruto isn’t the kind of person to let that slide. Controlling his personal pride is one thing, disrespecting his children is a completely different story.

Opportunities

We have some suggestions that Naruto begins supporting the rebels in order to spite Yagura, recruits the rebels to increases his own strength, or cuts his losses and simply pulls from Mizu no Kuni completely.

Of those three, only one of them really makes sence to me. I’ve established that those on the bloodline side of the war aren’t particularly strong or skilled with the exception of a few so bringing them into the pack simply wouldn’t be worth it and if they pulled out now then the lives of the fallen Wolves would have been spent for nothing.

Joining the rebels, though, that’s something I’ll keep in mind. Not sure how receptive the rebels would be to him aiding them directly but I can definitely see him stabbing Yagura in the back and positioning the rebels to finish off the loyalists for him.

Using his enemies to eliminate other enemies? That seems like something Naruto would do, especially after Yagura’s comments about his children.

Favorite

I’m flattered to receive no less than three reviews mentioning that Sealkeeper is their favorite story on the site. My ego appreciates it, thank you.

As for making money off of it, I wish I could Drakensong24. Gods above know I would much rather make a living by enjoying my hobby. I’ll try my hand writing a book at some point, if only for the ability to call myself a published author, and we’ll see if it’s a viable career option for me.

Considering how many side projects I’m behind on already, however, I don’t expect to have that done anytime soon. It doesn’t help that I’m absolutely horrid at planning out a plot. I’ll need to work on that first.

And yes, Linksun, it’s pretty old. Sealkeeper’s fourth anniversary is coming up in December. I can hardly believe its’ been so long already.

The Response that Wasn’t Actually for the Story Itself

I normally reserve the last spot for negative reviews but we didn’t have any this week- fantastic- so I figured I’d use it to address the review on chapter 97 that was actually for something written on the site.

Because I’m lazy- erm, “Minimal Effort Inclined” I’m just going to paste the whole thing below.

Wicked.A brought up some points about one of my side projects, a Naruto/FemDanzou story I’m using to motivate Valkipher.

“Just read the responses naruto/fem danzo? While that sounds unique and I have read Naruto x fem orochimaru before this still sounds incredibly weird and if you make danzo born later it would not be danzo anymore… Maybe a danzo/tobirama obsessed granddaughter of danzo? Would make it narratively easier?


PS. Can’t wait to start reading it when it comes out but pls don’t burn yourself out if you need a week or two orcringes while looking violently sick… a… month…off we understand and can wait (even if we wouldn’t like it to wait a month waiting a month for Unordinary S2 is hard enough…”

Oh you of little faith, the resources at my disposal are limitless. Arranging things to allow this is a trivial matter, which I can rightfully say solely because I’ve already figured it out.

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Honestly, it wasn’t too hard. Expand on things left unsaid, blur some cannon a bit, and it all fit together surprisingly well. I hate that I can say that, actually, and I hate it more that what I have gotten around to planning out actually looks pretty damn good.

Damn you, Valkipher. Damn you.

Speaking of which, I still haven’t seen that chapter of yours up. There will be no Naruto/FemDanzou fluff until I do.

I have no idea when it will be out because I have very little time- because I’m bad with time management and not because it isn’t available- and I’m totally not using Valkiphers unposted chapter as an excuse not to start the actual writing yet.

I’d really like to get some reserve chapters for Sealkeeper done first but I don’t think there’s much chance of that happening. We’ll see.

General Response and Closing

I believe the following quote from Dreamer 7s sums up the general response to last week’s chapter; “Freaking wholesome end to the chapter and I love it.”

You all really seemed to enjoy it, which I’m very pleased to hear, and I can’t wait to post this so I can look at all the responses for chapter 98 that have been collecting in my inbox all day.

Until I next have your attention,

Eyazahrid

One thought on “Commentaries – Sealkeeper Chapter 97

  1. Glad my fears were unfounded. I just got the overall impression that you were really trying to take a step back with Naruto’s character given that you made him regret almost every antagonistic action he took towards others. It made me nervous about how tame his actions might be for the future. The recent revelations he’s add about the Wolves themselves and how they’re perceived have helped to assuage some of my concerns – but I’d be lying if I said they weren’t still there.

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