i definately agree to the whole mgsplayer view of the plot. I have no problem with Naruto chasing after his friend, im a little anxious for them to meet up again and maybe have bit more of a fight this time to settle some emotions physically (not in a sexually way, ppl. i know how some of u are) but i think Jiraiya getting killed off would be good.
every epic story has had the teacher die. its just that simple. is it a bit played out? yeah, of course! but Naruto has always been based on emotion, and seeing him going out on a limb to avenge Jiraiya would be great, because we havent seen that side of naruto yet. and i want to see it. its about time to see Naruto show us why he's supposed to be the next Hokage instead of chasing after Sasuke. maybe chasing Sasuke is apart of a Hokage's policy of "once a resident of Konoha, always a reside of Konoha" or whatever, but... i am ready to see a different side of naruto. and maybe even see Sakura worry more about Naruto than Sasuke. she has already begun to show her sense of worry every since she learned of him being a jinchurikki and learning of the bijuu inside of him. and her worry, trust me, its well deserved.