Actually, I would like to say that Kishi could have done a great job if he had planned or stick to the original story. This is because I think Kishi had a story, but he blown up because of either the fandom or the lack of decision maker in his team. Yeah, I think Kishi lack the gut to said what he think, and keep trying to serve allthe blabbering and whining of the fandom. I will give some example, but let review another story where the author think about telling his own story and letting the fandom appreciate.
One Piece, it is. While I don't read the manga consistently, I have watch every single episode of the anime, and I can say that both the anime and the manga agree for almost 99%. Oda ( I think he is the author) did a pretty good job in my opinion. He has many characters, and each character has a clear defined role to play. He created Ace and Luffy, but though each one of the two had his fandom, Oda made a great decision by making their paths clearly defined. It was clear that if WhiteBear had to become Pirate King, then ace and Luffy would have had a fight,and the decision of who to make the winner would be tough. The reason is that when the time comes, both character would have become very famous. Thus, Oda removed Ace from the plot so that he can build Luffy to full power without interference from Ace. Moreover, Oda did the job very well, and gave Whitebear and Ace a glorious death. This is my opinion.
On the other hand, Kishi did a mess with his story. Maybe, he can try to patch it and reach a clumsy redemption,but I wonder how he is going to do it. The two great flow I have seen about Kishi are: (1) lack of clear definition of the role of his characters, and (2) a great dependance of his plot on the reaction of the readers.
Concerning the characters, there is a bunch of characters with overlapping role. While One Piece shows clearly who is the Captain in a pirate crew, who is the main protagonist and who is the true villain, none of these is correctly defined in Naruto. Reading Naruto and deciding who does what is a gamble. Example are the pairs Madara & Obito, Sasuke & Naruto, Jiraya & Orochimaru, etc. No matter how Kishi plays them,he has never made clear who does what, who is the strongest, or who is the main character or the villain. It is as if Kishi was afraid of telling his story to the readers. It is as if Kishi was scared of losing is fandom after killing a major character. On the matter, Neiji's death was the most pointless and useless death in the story unless Kishi explain why he picked him. As far as I am concerned, I believe that the manga would have been better if Kishi had made clear anyone one of these two choices: (a) Making Sasuke a clear villain and cutting all bound with Konoha, or (b) Killing of Sasuke in a battle against Naruto ( or the opposite though unlikely). I think so because in my opinion any of these decision would have led to better character development with clear direction. Whenever I read the manga or read the comments of the fandom, it is really difficult to see who plays which role in the manga. Due to this lack of planning and decision making, which always ties Naruto to Sasuke and vice versa, the two characters are always nerfed down when they found themselve on the same battlefield. As evidence, whenever Sasuke shine, Naruto is not around, and whenever Naruto shine, Sasuke is either in coma, or out of juice. I find this pathetic for a story. Such dualism does not even exist in reality and as we see is almost impossible to make it in a fiction.
Concerning the strong tie between the fandom and Kishi, today chapter is one among many that shows this tie. The chapter was for me a bunch of pages of bad and useless explanation of all the requests of the fandom across the discussion forums from last week. One may say that Kishi planned it, but I will strongly disagree with such assertion. Pages without text from clumsy Hinata. Worst, Kishi wasted precious page to let Hashi tells us that he is weaker than the Jinchuriki of Juubi - plain BS. Such thing is the result of poor writing, in my opinion. If Kishi had planned the arc very well from the start, Obito becoming Jinchuriki should have been smoothly rendered and no one would have complain. There are many other example, among which the famous Izanami that came against all odd after Kabuto was shown that he was closer to Rikudo. Actually, until today, it is my opinion that Kabuto is more powerful than Itachi and should have won this battle. I still believe that if KAbuto had taken Sasuke's body, the story would have become better because Madara would have been dismissed, and Obito would have fight a serious battle of leadership for the villain position against KabuSasuke. I could go with all the BS character destruction Kishi did to satisfy the fandom as follows: Hashi's fate tied to Madara's, Jiraya's fate tied to Orochimaru's, Naruto's fate tied to Sasuke's, and even Kakshi and Tobito. Clearly, from the generation of Hashi's father vs Madara's father, Kishi had done no subsequent character development. They are all bad copies of bad developments.
I hope I will be surprised at some point in a near future. This is my little prattling after seeing that Kishi reads the forums today. Some people might have like it, but I think it is the evidence that the fandom is writing Naruto, not Kishi.