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The Ultimate Eye!

Post Author: Kisuzachi

This is a tribute to Nagato since we’ve seen the last of him :(.

What is the most powerful dojutsu? This is a somewhat frequently asked question, so I decided to dedicate an entire post to it. Here’s how this post works. The dojutsu will be judged in three areas; insight, battle effectiveness/maneuverability and raw power.

Insight: this is how effective the dojutsu is in detecting things the average eye would miss.

The Rinnegan has shown that it gives the user advanced eyesight, but I don’t think its on the Sharingan or the Byakugan’s level in that department. When Pein first arrived in Konoha (or outside Konoha as the case may be) before even attempting to enter the village, he was able to see an otherwise invisible barrier. When he was about to fight Tsunade, he was able to see the chakra being channeled to her and the A.N.B.U’s feet. Now this could be Kishi forgetting about the Rinnegan’s improved sight or Pein just didn’t care to look, but Naruto was able to surprise attack him by transforming (a Transformation Jutsu would have been easily detected by the Sharingan and the Byakugan) into rocks. So for insight, I give the Rinnegan 6 out of 10. However, if the Six Paths of Pein are included into the mix, the Rinnegan gets a score of  9 because there will be no blind spot. So on average it would be 7.5.

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The Sharingan, or should I say a fully mature Sharingan has exceptional insight. In the Forest of Death, Sasuke was able to see who were the clones and who were the physical humans, thus ruining their whole combat strategy (and at the time this was only a level 2 Sharingan). Another example of the Sharingan’s insight is when Sasuke fought a Kyubi-enhanced Naruto. His level two Sharingan was no match for Naruto’s speed, he just couldn’t see Naruto’s fast movements, so (way too luckily) his Sharingan evolved to level 3 and he was easily able to keep track of Naruto’s movements. There are no downsides to using the Sharingan in battle except it uses too much chakra, and only for a non-Uchiha. So, I give it 8.5 out of 10.

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The Byakugan is easily the best in this area. Neji’s Byakugan can see up to 800 meters and he isn’t trained to be a tracker, Hinata, who has been trained to be a tracker, can see up to 10 kilometers (8000 meters). Other than seeing in one direction, the Byakugan can see almost 360 degrees (though the Rinnegan offers the full 360 as long as the individual bodies can see each other). So for insight, I give the Byakugan 9.5 (not 10 because of the blind spot).

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Now let’s go to battle effectiveness/maneuverability.

The Byakugan is effective to an extent in battle. It offers its user constant surveillance of the battlefield in almost all directions. It allows the user to carefully monitor the foes body and detect any changes that might be disastrous for him/her (change in chakra, and the body systems). When coupled with the Gentle Fist, it becomes a serious and deadly weapon, so for effectiveness 8. However that’s about all it does. If the opponent pays close attention (like Kidomaru in his fight against Neji), the Byakugan will be basically useless, so for maneuverability 5. All together it gets a 6.5 out of 10.

The Sharingan is a Ninjutsu-user’s nightmare. As demonstrated by Itachi, the Sharingan can create many different types of Genjutsu to fit any situation. However, there is a way to counter the Sharingan’s Genjutsus, a method that Chiyo discussed with Sakura (I don’t remember the chapter) in which a teammate either attacks the Sharingan-user or attacks the victim to wake him from the Genjutsu. Gai also has a method, don’t look into the Sharingan-user’s eyes, which is easier said than done. If the Genjutsu aspect fails, there’s always Ninjutsu. The user can copy the opponents jutsus and use them against the opponent, other than putting the opponent in a world of hurt, it also demoralizes them (imagine how Zabuza felt being hit by an attack he trained really hard to master). Zabuza found a way to counter this aspect of the Sharingan as well, by using The Hidden Mist Jutsu , he cancelled the copy effect. The Mangekyou Sharingan offers even more powerful Genjutsus, Genjutsus that only Gai’s method can counter. The Ninjutsu it offers is the Amaterasu which can burn anything to ashes, the Susanoo which is a giant flaming warrior that can withstand even lightning and seal away foes in its sword and the Kamui, which sends anything into another dimension. But the drawbacks to these Mangekyou techniques is the users eyesight and eventually their life (if chakra gets too low). So I give it an 8.5 for effectiveness and maneuverability (just because of the drawbacks).

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The Rinnegan offers the user the ability of ALL the Six Paths, need I say more? Shinra-Tensei (push), Bansho-Tenin (pull), Chibaku-Tensei (big moon creator thingy), Ninjutsu Absorption, rip souls out of bodies, summon the giant statue thingy, having dozens f animal summons at your disposal etc. So I give the Rinnegan a 9 (not 10 because if one body uses all the powers, the result is extreme aging.)


Next is Raw Power!

The Byakugan doesn’t offer much in this department so it gets a 4 out of 10.

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The Sharingan offers much in the way of raw power. Amaterasu, Kamui, and Susanoo, so it gets an 8.5 out of 10.

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The Rinnegan controls life and death plus all the other things mentioned above; so it gets a well deserved 10 out of 10 for raw power

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Which is the best?

Byakugan total; 20 out of 30

Sharingan total; 25.5 out of 30

Rinnegan total; 26.5 out of 30

However these are just my thoughts, you decide which is better. May Nagato find peace in death……



Zep’s Naruto Japanese Lesson.

It has come to my attention that some people don’t know what certain Japanese words in the Naruverse really mean. Sure we’re familiar with them because of the manga/anime, but do we REALLY know what they mean? So, I have decided to make blogs dedicated to those words. Aside from my fanfics, which I’ve haven’t had a chance to get to do to other projects (sorry, SU), I’ll be doing these Japanese word lessons. Hope I can teach you guys something new.

This blog will cover the word Kage, and anything with the word attached to it.


Kage = Shadow
(as most of you might already know)

Other words that can mean Shadow, though used in different contexts: kumori, shadou, bikou, shado-, anei.


Kage is a frequently used word in the Naruverse. It can be seen almost anywhere in the Naruverse. Many techniques have it in their names. Naruto’s most used technique has it in it’s name: Kage Bushin no Jutsu = Shadow Clone Technique. Pretty much all of Shikamaru’s techniques have it in there name: Kagemane Jutsu = Shadow Imitation Technique, Kage Nui = Shadow Tendrils, etc.

As we all should know, the leader of a village has it in their title, after the element of their respective Country. Hokage = Fire Shadow, Raikage = Lightning Shadow, etc.


I hope you enjoyed this Lesson. There are more to come. If you have a certain word that you don’t quite understand, just let me, and I’ll make it the next post. Thanks again for your time.

Naruto Chapter 449 – The Flower Of Hope

Post Author: J-chan

Aaand.. Pein’s dead! Alas, he died, as expected, but not without showing us his most powerful technique – Gidou Rin’ne Tensei (Heresy: Samsara Nature) to revive the people he killed in Konoha. But, everything in its order, so let’s start with the beginning.

Nagato is touched by Naruto’s determination to stand up against all the suffering in the world and decides that he, too will, for the last time, believe in Jiraiya’s philosophy. He warns Naruto that the path ahead of him is a dangerous one, filled with pain, sacrifice and war. In his last moments Nagato wonders whether his meeting with Jiraiya and Naruto was just coincidence or the work of  a greater force.
Pein’s decision comes at the cost of his own life, because his ultimate jutsu sucks up all of his chakra. I suspect it can only be used to revive people, who were killed by Pein himself and whose souls still haven’t passed on into the afterlife completely (like we saw what happened to Kakashi). Meaning that there probably is a time period in which the jutsu can be used. Or perhaps the bodies of the dead must still be in tact, so that the soul can return to its original body. A body like Jiraiya’s which has already decomposed probably can’t be ressurected.

Even though Konan tries to stop nagao from using Gidou, his mind is made up. That just leaves one option for Konan – to explain Pein’s abilities. His six bodies represent the six realms in the Buddhist cosmology and his real body – the seventh path that links them all together – the controller of the re-birthing process. Nagato’s jutsu is quite interesting – he uses the demon statue that we saw fixing up his other six bodies, to release the souls of the people who were killed.


And so everyone is revived, everyone is shocked and everyone lived happily ever after. Or at least for now. Katsuya is going to explain everything to the villagers, which will surely be the cause for celebration. There will probably be those like Danzo, who won’t be very happy with the outcome of the battle, though.

In this chapter we see the conclusions to of the side-stories developed through the past 100 chapters. Pein’s death leaves Akatsuki another two members short, as Konan also decides to leave the organisation, in order to pursue her friends’ dreams. As a parting gift she gives Naruto a bouquet of paper flowers as a symbol of friendship in hopes that they might work together someday. She also takes Nagato’s and Yahiko’s corpses to give them a prepare funeral in their home country.
From a conversation between the injured Gamabunta and the Great Toad we understand that the child in the prophecy, which was foretold to Jiraiya, was not just one, but two of his students – both Nagato and Naruto are the ones who will bring a new order to the world.
We also find out that the most popular hero in the series Kakashi is going to be alright. He is ressurected along with the other citizen of Konoha, but just before that he has an interesting encounter. He meets his father – Hatake Sakumo in limbo – a place where a soul ends up beforeit can pass over to the other world. Sakumo has spent the last twenty years or so by himslef in this place, because he still had some unfinished business in the human world. That was to recieve his son’s fogiveness, so that he could transcend into heaven. There he can finally meet up with Kakshi’s mother, who has also passed away a long time ago.

Things right now don’t look too bad for Naruto and Konoha, but we still have no idea what’s going to come ahead.


Well, this chapter was pretty much the end of this ark, but Kishimoto decided to give us a taste of what’s coming next. And that’s Sasuke! The smexy emo-kid is returning after an absence of over half an year. Last time we saw him, some ninjas from the Thunder Village were about to attack his base. Could Sasuke’s plans for invading Konoha be delayed?

Naruto Chapter 449 is out !!


Some have die, others are coming back. A new arc is about to start. Enjoy Naruto 448.



Bye the way…. Can you Believe it? Naruto is about to turn 10 years. The first chapter was published in Japan in 1999. Naruto reminds on the top of popularity on the net, while in Japan has lost the top post compared to One Piece and others ongoing tales.

Minato Namikaze: Gorge of Solerus

Post Author: YellowFlash Naruto2

As Team Minato travels through the forest to the Gorge of Solerus, a group of Earth Ninja also heads toward the Gorge to the exchange point.

Minato: We are almost there you guys, so put your game face on, from here on out the operation will begin.

Kakashi: How long do we have until the exchange occurs?

Minato: According to the Hokages source the exchange will happen in about two hours.

Rin: We have to move fast but stay on the defense as well.

Obito: Yeah, I’m ready to prove myself.

Minato: Stay on defense huh? Well I guess you’re right because it seems we have a guest.

An Earth ninja suddenly throws a kunai that’s headed straight for Obito, Kakashi acts quickly and pushes Obito out the way, the Earth ninja dashes forward at high speed but Rin throws her iron wires and pin him to the wall but it’s just an earth clone and he appears behind Rin to attack, but Kakashi also appears and punches him in the face sending him flying. The Earth ninja recovers and his fists suddenly turns to rock and he once again attacks the trio off guard kicking Kakashi into the wall, he then tries to finish him off with his stone fists but Minato impales him through the chest with his three pronged kunai!

Kakashi: Minato-Sensei?

Minato: You okay?

Kakashi: Yeah!

Minato: Nice job Kakashi, Rin, you two did great nice teamwork, but what happen Obito?, you froze up!

Obito: I had something in my eye.

Kakashi: Yeah, right, just admit it you were scared.

Obito: Shut up, he just caught me off guard, if I wasn’t, that guy would’ve been toast!

Minato: Then that should show you all that we have to stay on guard at all times. I’m guessing since he came alone no one else knows we are here, but we have to assume that we have been spotted.

The scene changes to the Third Hokages Office where he has a meeting with Danzo!

Third: Well, this is a surprise, what can I do for you?

Danzo: I just wanted to let you know I will be forming a private Anbu of my own.

Third: Is this another one of your plays for power, to impose yourself on this nation or is it another way to get back at me for beating you out of the Hokage postition all those years ago?

Danzo: I assure you Sarutobi this is not a play for your position but it will  make our nation a lot stronger, this secret military will be called “Root” which means we will be the foundation of a new era,  we can accomplish a lot with this new organization no other nation would be able to touch us.

Third: Think for a second, we are in this war because others think we are too powerful, I think it’s time we help our allies understand us so we all can live in peace!

Danzo: Don’t be foolish Sarutobi, war will always exist and their is nothing we can do about it but the only way I see we can live in peace is if we crush our enemies with brute strength.

Third: That’s why you couldn’t become hokage, because of your ignorance to believe that everyone has a place in this world!

Danzo: Enough Sarutobi, I will not rest until we have absolute power and the only way is through Root!

Third: I knew you would do something like this sooner or later, either you stop this foolishness or I will end it myself!

Danzo: Are you suspicious of me, Sarutobi?


Danzo:(smiling) I will leave you to your duties, Sandaime!

After Danzo leaves, one of his subordinates appears.

Root Agent: Sir we have found it!

Danzo: Nice job, as soon as we the a bijuu in our hands the entire fire country will follow me and cast that passive old man aside and I’ll become the hokage and complete power will be mine! Now move, send word to the squad to retrieve the two tailed beast no matter what!

Root Agent: Yes Danzo-sama!

The scene changes back to Team Minato they have reached the exchange point and are waiting for the weapons, suddenly a group of shinobi traveling with two carriages appears to cross the gorge!

Rin: Sensei, there they are!

Minato: Alright, you guys stay alert we will be attack….

A group of Explosive note tags  suddenly explode causing a loud explosion alarming the ninja guarding the weapons.

Minato: Looks like we are going to have to move fast, you guys.

Kakashi: How did they know?

Minato: They must have planted traps all around this place just in case, but that doesn’t matter now, we have to take them down and get to those weapons! You guys go for the weapons and I’ll take them down.

Minato takes out his kunai and in a flash dashes at the Earth ninja at full speed, the ninja senses his presence and form hand signs creating a barrier. Minato throws a kunai but the kunai is burned to ashes when it touches the barrier wall, then the Earth ninjas form more hand signs and summons giant Earthworms. Minato forms hand signs activating his Fire Style: Toad Flame Bomb but the worm wraps itself around the barrier protecting it! Kakashi falls out of the sky with his chakra blade in hand and stabs the worm but it knocks him out of the sky, Kakashi recovers and forms hand signs: Lightning Style: Thunder Fists, his fists are filled with lightning and he pounds the ground, lightning chakra charges and starts the shock the worm but the worm is not harmed.

Minato: It looks like that worm can absorb chakra from any attack, then i’ll try this.

Minato summons a large shuriken and throws it at the worms then uses the Shadow shuriken jutsu to create hundreds, the barrage of shurikens impales the worm, the worm then spits out a great wave of acid and then it dies. The acid wave completely washes Minato away, as one of the Earth ninjas looks on thinking Minato is dead he turns around and find all of his comrades completely wiped out except one. The ninja releases a transformation technique and Minato appears and instantly kills the last Earth ninja as he begs for his life.

Kakashi: How did you do that, I could have sworn I saw them use a barrier, how did you get inside?

Minato: Before they used their barrier I had already took out one of their comrades and transformed into him!

Obito: But you were talking to us.

Minato: I used a shadow clone because I need to make them think I was still on the outside.

Rin: I have a question, where did you hide the guy you killed to impersonate him?

Minato: I hid him in the carriage with the weapons.

Kakashi: (thinking) What speed, he’s so fast he did all that in a split second, he must be able to move at the speed of light, but that’s not possible!

Minato: Now, lets find out what’s inside these crates.

They open all the crates in the first wagon to find that its just the standard ninja tools, then they remove the sheet that is on top of the other wagon and they all are shocked at what they see. All three of the young shinobi fall to the ground in fear while Minato tries to hold himself together!

Obito: Sensei what the hell is that?

Rin: It’s a huge cat!!!

Kakashi: I’ve never seen a cat that big and that chakra, i didn’t know cats had chakra atleast not this much!

Minato: They don’t!

Kakashi: Do you know what it is Minato-Sensei!

Minato: I think that thing is a tailed beast or Bijuu!

Obito: What the hell is a Bijuu?

Minato: There is a legend that there are nine tailed beast in the world, these creatures possess massive amounts of chakra, more chakra than anything in the whole shinobi world. They have the power to destroy entire villages with a swing of their tails, though I have never seen one in person, I was told they would be much bigger that this.

Kakashi: Bigger?

Minato: Yeah much bigger!

Obito: If this thing is capable of destroying the entire Leaf village, we have to warn the Hokage!

Rin: You said that it’s suppose to be much bigger then why isn’t it?

Minato: I think it has something to do with this cage, these symbols on it are very rare, only the most powerful of shinobi can use these seals and it is encased in chakra that feels different that the cats.

Kakashi: If this thing is as strong as you say then why haven’t it broken out of this cage by now?

Minato: The cage is more powerful than you think but I’m guessing it will temporarily suppress it chakra, making it weaker, so we have to get it back to the village so we can seal it away as soon as possible.

Rin: Why can’t we do it?

Minato: You need precise chakra control and even I don’t have that.

Kakashi: Why don’t we just use this thing to destroy the Earth ninja?

Minato: I am not the one who decides that but, enough questions we have to leave now it’s too dangerous to keep this thing out in the open!

As Minato and the others get ready to take the tailed beast Root as spotted them!

Root Agent: It seems we have a problem, Konoha’s Yellowflash has the two tails, it won’t be easy taking it from him.

Root Agent2: We have to, Danzo gave us strict order to capture the bijuu without failure.

Root Agent: Then lets go!

The scene changes to a group of strong looking Earth ninja also heading toward Team Minato’s position!

Minato takes out two scrolls and crosses them then he writes some symbols on them and forms hand signs, Ninja Art: Storage Sealing! A force of chakra surround the cage and seals it inside the scrolls.

Minato: This will make it easier for us to take it back to the village, now let’s go!

Obito: Wait!

Obito forms hand signs, Fire Style: Dragon Flame jutsu, the jutsu destroys the other weapons and wagons.

Obito: Now our mission really is complete.

They all disperse.

Next: Battle for the Two Tails!

Part 3 The Rebirth Of Madara Uchiha

Post Author: Mart (and Kisuzachi)

Madara gets up and starts toward the light, but once again the colors blind him so he takes his headband and uses it to blind fold himself.

As he steps out into the light, Kakuzu makes the remark “Is it that bad? I hope I didn’t go through the trouble of saving you simply to have you be a weakling” and then he thinks to himself “I could always kill him later and after he has announced his survival and then collect the bounty for doing a deed even Hashirama couldn’t.”

Madara replies “Don’t worry, even among the Uchiha, I have always been a quick learner, lets start with the Earth element since you said that was his primary element.”

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Kakuzu replies “We are at the bank of the waterfall Hashirama created during your fight, I didn’t have the time nor strength to go very far with all of those bijju nearby waking up at any moment but they have all cleared out long ago.”

Madara thinks to himself “I must have lost control of the Fox along with my Sharingan, he would not have left otherwise.”

A few months later, Kakuzu has successfully taught Madara how to use both the Earth and Water elements. After months of slowly introducing himself to seeing the world with normal, non-Sharingan eyes, Madara has regained his sight, but it is nothing compared to his lost Sharingan which was at the height of its power. He is about to step out into the light for the first time. At first his vision is blurry, but then he realizes that what he is looking at is real, it is a giant statue of Hashirama. He yells to Kakuzu “What the hell is this!?”


Kakuzu emerges from the tunnel and says “Oh that… I was bored while I was training you, so I thought I would make something to commemorate my battle with Hashirama

Madara responds “This is unacceptable, I may not have won the battle, but Hashirama is not the winner, this place should reflect that I will fight him with all my might.” With this he forms a hand sign and in a manner of seconds, creates a perfect likeness of himself on the side opposite of Hashirama.”


Kakuzu exclaims “Incredible. It took weeks to create that statue, and I’m a prodigy in my village” then to himself he thinks “He will definitely have a huge bounty on his head eventually.”

Madara responds “I told you I learned fast.”

With his training complete, Madara calls Kakuzu over. He says “Kakuzu, I thank you for all you have done for me, without you, I would be a dead man, but now it is time for you and I to part until I need you again. I have a plan, first we will use a combination of semi-permenant transformation jutsu and your special ninjutsu to gain huge bounties and then collect on them by “killing you”, once we have enough money, we go to step two, the infiltration of the most ruthless Hidden Village, Kirigakure. With my new skills in water and earth ninjutsu I can use this village to regain control over a few Bijju and, when the time is right, bring the Konoha to it’s knees. I will have no  allegence to Kirigakure, but the illusion will be perfect, It will seem as if I love it more than I once loved my own clan, the best place to destroy the system is from the inside. You can’t some with me though, I’ll be inside, but I will need outside support and when I have to leave, I will eventually need your help. In the mean time, I want you to seek out others like us, who have been abandoned by the “village system” and show them how evil it truly is. I also want you to bring me some of the ninja with the biggest bounties, alive, they will help us acheive our goals. But I am no fool, I don’t expect you to do this for nothing. You will be greatly rewarded once I rule all of the Shinobi world, you will gain wealth and riches beyond your wildest dreams! You will gain a position of great power, and from this position, gaining hearts will be little more than child’s play and money will flow like a river.”

With this, Madara and Kakuzu go their separate ways. For now at least…

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How will Madara regain the use of his Sharingan? Why did he call himself Tobi? Where did his mask come from? Tune in next time to find out.

Naruto Manga chapter 401 – Brainwashing 101

Post Author: Bob

More revelations about Itachi, and this chapter finally concludes Sasuke and Madara’s little talk session. I know this is an important revelation in the series, but this has gone on for over five chapters now, so I’m glad we’re finally going to move on. However, the end was a little cryptic and almost made me think another time skip had occurred. Well, we’ll get to that later, but first let’s talk about what Madara and Itachi.

Madara’s explanations to Sasuke about Itachi’s actions make sense. Itachi lied to Sasuke regarding wanting his Sharingans for himself in order to make Sasuke fight for his survival. By pushing Sasuke so hard, Itachi was able to force him to release Orochimaru, thus cleansing Sasuke’s body of the Cursed Seal. Another explanation Madara mentions is that the reason why Itachi returned to Konoha immediately after the Third’s death was because he wanted to make sure Danzou and the others knew that he was still alive to carry out his threats in case they tried anything with Sasuke. And lastly, he explains that Itachi planned to lose and die in his final battle with Sasuke in order to help him apply the Mangekyou Sharingan; Itachi’s own death filled the requirement for the user to kill a friend or sibling.


The title of this chapter is interesting: Illusion. Madara is telling Sasuke that Itachi had created an illusion over him through lies and manipulation. Itachi’s motive was to manipulate Sasuke’s actions as best he could in order to guide him towards a bright future. However I think the “illusion” in the title could also be hinting that Madara is actually the one who is trying to manipulate Sasuke by warping the truth and his previous perception of events.


Actually, what Madara has been doing is a text book example of how to brainwash someone. He first created the ideal conditions: 1. Isolation. Deprive the victim of outside support, making him dependent only on the interrogator (Sasuke is tied up and cut off from his team). 2. Limit perception. Eliminate competing stimuli in order to force victim to focus on the interrogator (ie. Pitch black cave). 3. Exhaustion. Weaken the victim both mentally and physically (Sasuke just finished a life or death battle).

Once these conditions are met, Madara then breaks down Sasuke’s previous perception of reality by flat out stating to him that he has spent his entire life pursuing a lie. We can then see Sasuke literally cracking up as he starts talking to himself. And immediately afterwards, Madara begins telling Sasuke the “truth” about himself, Itachi, the Uchiha clan, and Konoha. This is not to say Madara is filling Sasuke’s head with complete lies. No, the best lies are those that are fused with half truths.


Poor Sasuke, it seems everyone wants to control you and your future. But Madara’s actions are still somewhat confusing. On the one hand, since his goal is to destroy Konoha , Madara tries to bring Sasuke to his side by telling Sasuke about how Itachi was ordered by the Konoha higher-ups to wipe out his own clan. But on the other hand, Madara also seems to be implying that Itachi passed his powers onto Sasuke in order for him to carry out his legacy. Yet if Sasuke was to follow in his brother’s footsteps, one of his goals would certainly be to protect Konoha at all costs – but clearly this would be something Madara does not want.


The last scene may provide a clue on what path Sasuke will choose in the future. It is unclear how Sasuke got out of the cave and ended up by the ocean. He has new clothes and his wounds appear healed, so I’m guessing some time has passed by (though not a time skip). We see a panel showing Sasuke’s footprints in the sand, and shortly after they are washed away by the waves. To me, this is definitely some kind of metaphor that’s implying Sasuke has left his past behind him and is setting out on a new journey. I think we’re seeing a major turning point for Sasuke here in the story. My wish is that Sasuke will begin to follow his own path now and to rely on his own strength; yet at the same time, I’m sure Madara has his own devious plans for him set out already.