Hello everyone!!! My name is Sylloge and I have the privilege of taking over the responsibilities of analyzing/summarizing the Naruto chapters in Bob’s absence. I am a huge fan of Bob but an even bigger fan of Naruto (and anime in general) so I’ll make sure to do everything in my power to do Bob, Naruto, and most of all you guys and girls justice while decoding these chapters from my perspective. I’ll admit I’m new to this and I’m completely open to any and all constructive criticism. Enough rambling let’s get started!
We open to a conversation between Itachi and Sasuke basically explaining why Kabuto was affected by an Ocular jutsu when technically he has no eyes. From what I understand by affecting the victims senses the justu creates an endless loop by creating the beginning and end of said loop and having the person affected by the loop essentially filling in what happens in their mind with the outcome never changing. Its how the justu affects the victim that makes it great for the situation.
We are then introduced to Itachi’s flowchart which confuses you a lot more than it helps in his explanation. Factor in the fact that the first version I attempted to read had a…..subpar translation. I digress though, Itachi then explains the purpose of this obtuse ocular technique and in turn sets up an admittedly interesting foreshadowing for kabuto’s character in the future of naruto. The possible redemption of kabuto not only helps us to reevaluate Kabuto but also forces me to consider Sasuke’s possible chance of redemption. I honestly am completely ok with sasuke being the “tragic hero” in this story. If used correctly it has given us an ultimate foil to naruto. Showing us the iniquities of the ninja world from the perspective of someone who isn’t interested in changing it; but bending its rules to his own will.
Sasuke then tells us how he sees Itachi currently by debunking Itachi’s revelation of making the incorrect choices in his life by blurting out how he believes Itachi is “perfect”. This was a…..perplexing choice of words in my opinion and it speaks to how twisted sasuke truly is. Itachi does correct sasuke and reminds him that is not the case.
By far the most emotional part of this chapter for me was to see Kabuto trying with all his might to overcome the loop set up by Itachi. Both this page and the chapter reaches its climax when the loop starts over and there Justus clash and Itachi changes his technique to a water based one instead of a fire based one. Now a wet, discombobulated and confused kabuto tries to gather his thoughts and figure out just what went wrong in his life. This immerses us into kabuto’s mind in the same fashion that I’ve become more accustomed to because of kishi’s way of writing characters. All in all this has made me excited to see how the “story of Kabuto” will be resolved by the end of the manga (especially with the introduction of his brother)
This chapter was a little bittersweet for me. Although it gave us some information about Izanami; said information was something that one panel could have explained. The lack of action was a turn off to. The sweet part comes in with kishi flexing his writing muscles like the old days and making us ask the “why” question about his characters. I’m seriously looking forward to next week and, if we’re lucky, that chapter will bring us ccloser to seeing more of the battlefield!
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