Hello all! Before I get started I want to thank you guys for welcoming me into the fray like you have. It’s very refreshing to have an outlet as spectacular as this. Not to mention have it accepted by fans that are used to such an amazing analyst as bob-sama. Now that we got the mushy stuff out of the way let’s get to this week’s awesome chapter! Naruto starts to rejoice as he notices that Itachi delivered on his promise to eradicate the Edo Tensei thus making his bout with Tobi all the more easier. He does something very interesting next by seemingly leaving the battlefield or at least turning away from it. That’s confirmed by the statements by Guy and Kakashi respectively. I feel like teasing us is the reoccuring theme in this arc of Naruto. We are baited with bits and pieces of these grand fights only to be brought back to them after the major conflict is resolved. Granted we’ve seen some action but im still a little sore about kakashi’s statement pertatining to him being livid about seeing formers in the living world being used in this fashion. I haven’t seen it but luckily im patient. Getting back to the matter at hand….we switch gears to see the conclusion of the Kages Vs. Madara fight. A lot of you speculated that Madara Isn’t going anywhere and that he’ll use some type of loophole creating justu to sustain his tenure in this war. Although everything points to this not being the case; Kishi doesn’t show Madara dissipating per say but only his Technique loosing stability by reverting down to a skeleton. We all know that this normally means that the user is having trouble controlling the technique or that said user doesn’t have the ability to fully form the Susanoo. My speculation is that maybe Madara will survive through some unorthodox means but lose the abilities that were ordained to him by the rinnegan. This’ll give kishi a vehicle for us to finally hear what happened on the battlefield between the 1st and Madara directly from the horse’s mouth. Here’s hoping that is,in fact, the case. Switching gears to the finale of the chapter; Itachi drops his tough exterior with his brother and shows him exactly what he went through. This particular piece of the chapter answers so many questions but still leaves us with answers. As frustrating as these questions are. The sweet taste of answers balances out their bitter taste. I don’t know about you guys but I’ve been waiting to see just what happened on the night of the Uchiha Massacre for a very long time. Itachi shows Sasuke just what happened literally through his eyes. Before that we saw Itachi as a villain. Only after the goal of advancing his strength through Sasuke we then see that not only is this not the case but far from it. The story of Itachi is a complex one that simply boils down to one single solitary choice. His little brother Sasuke. After seeing that he made this impossible choose it is implied that he has hardened his heart and did said act with no emotion. The ironic thing is that the emotion that he is said to lack is the one that drives his blade. The pages were his parent’s accept their deaths at the hands of their son is extremely powerful. We see that Itachi didn’t plan on living after killing them. The only reason Itachi chose to live is because of Sasuke. This chapter brings a close to the story of Itachi in a way truly befitting a ninja of his caliber. He died once huddled over in a pool of his own blood and lies. Then dies again liberated; transcending this world and leaving the message that he wanted to leave. I will always love you.
This chapter was, In my opinion, one of my favorite of the 4th Great Ninja War Arc. It actually answers a question without introducing half-truths and eye-witness accounts. Although still giving us some sort of mystery (it wouldn’t be naruto without that) we got to hear directly from Itachi who Itachi is and what he truly stood for. I’m psyched for next week and I’m still crossing my fingers for Naruto. Think about it guys, Sasuke’s story is great but just what will our main character do against an evil of biblical proportions?
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