Hey, fellow shinobi. This is my second chapter review, which I am very motivated to write after reading your comments on last week’s post. This chapter was truly epic, truly memorable. Once again, Kakashi makes the show. This character, in my opinion, is the most pivotal in this manga due to his many contributions during and outside of battle. Kakashi’s brilliant analytical thinking saved Konoha from Pain by testing the limit of his attractive force powers, which ultimately helped Naruto defeat him. Now, it appears that his analysis of Tobi’s jutsu might lead our heroes to victory.
Last week, we were overcome with bewilderment when we saw that Naruto’s Nine-Tails-mode punch had only made a scratch on Tobi’s mask. As it turns out, Kakashi asserts that the damage does not correspond to Naruto’s punch and rather seems to have been made by a sharp object. Now, that makes sense. Right as he starts deliberating, Bee goes batsh*t crazy to get to the Gedo Mazo, only to be impeded by Tobi’s barrier (“Uchiha Kaenjin”… hmm… Uchiha…). The barrier burns Bee’s beast-mode hand, and for a moment, I thought, “Sh*t, AMATERASU!” Thankfully, the fire is put out, and the hand is cool and ready for the team’s next movement. At this point, attacking the Mazo is out of the question.
Kakashi proceeds to explain his hypothesis. You know he’s up to something clever and awesome. What I found interesting is that he said that he has “never heard of Kamui being stopped.” Unless the translation distorted his utterance, this suggests that Kamui is a technique that people have known about over time, meaning other Sharingan users may have used it as well. I wonder if Kakashi has read the Uchiha stone tablet. Before I try to break down the connection between Kamui and Tobi’s space-time ninjutsu, let me continue to analyze the narrative.
Bee sends Kakashi, Naruto, and Gai flying in such a fashion that reminds me of the Powerpuff Girls for some reason (uh… three different hair colors?). Gai demolishes a huge rock with his kickass nunchucks, fakes to aim for Tobi, and tries to surprise him from behind with a silly taunt. Tobi grabs the nunchucks, starts to absorb them, and Naruto in Nine-Tails mode attempts to strike him with his Rasengan. I feel kinda sad about the apparent fate of Gai’s nunchucks. Anyway, Tobi becomes intangible once again. Naruto’s Rasengan disappears, which it is later revealed that Kakashi sent it away with Kamui. Tobi does not perceive that, and seconds later, sh*t happens. Kaboom. Tobi’s right arm is damaged (man, really… only his right arm?!). Tobi then realizes that what happened to his mask earlier was caused by Kakashi’s lightning-infused kunai that had been sucked away by Kamui. Finally, Kakashi proves his hypothesis and states the theory behind Tobi’s intangibility and space-time migration–both are not separate techniques, but one jutsu.
Let’s analyze Kakashi’s theory behind Tobi’s technique and its connection with his Kamui. Please follow my bullet-point progression of thoughts.
- We know that Kakashi’s Kamui sends stuff away to another dimension, and so far, we have not seen it bring anything back.
- Remember that Kakashi had sent away his kunai to save Naruto when Tobi kicked it in his direction after it had phased through his body. Whether Kakashi tried to test his hypothesis at that point is not clear.
- At first, Kakashi is puzzled and does not know that his kunai scratched Tobi’s mask. This means that he did not purposefully throw his kunai at Tobi at the time of Naruto’s punch, nor bring it back from another dimension.
- Then, as far as we know, his Kamui can only send stuff away to another dimension. This brings up this question: How the hell did a kunai in another dimension hit Tobi?
- Before we answer the former, let’s answer this question: Did Naruto miss hitting Tobi because the latter narrowly dodged the punch by a few millimeters or because Tobi was intangible?
- Everybody thought Naruto laid a punch on Tobi’s mask, which suggests that they did not see Tobi dodging it in a way. In addition, if the kunai was able to damage the mask, the super-powered punch should have caused visible damage as well. It can be thusly inferred that Tobi was intangible.
- If the kunai caused the scratch at the time of Naruto’s punch, during which Tobi was intangible, it means that the kunai in another dimension was able to interact with Tobi’s body, which was supposedly present and intangible in the real dimension.
- The new Hatake space-time migration theory states that intangibility and space-time teleportation (of living beings, objects, and self) are connected and produced by the same and only one space-time jutsu. A corollary to this theory is that both ramifications of the jutsu differ only in its application and share the same alternate dimension.
- Given the evidence in this chapter, it is safe to conclude that Kakashi’s Kamui and Tobi’s space-time ninjutsu share the same alternate dimension where they send objects away. Perhaps all space-time techniques share that same dimension.
- If Kakashi sends stuff to the same dimension (in this case, the kunai and Naruto’s Rasengan), then how does Tobi get hit? The theory assumes that Tobi’s body is warped to the alternate dimension when it becomes intangible and therefore interacts with anything found in such dimension.
- In other words, Tobi’s body does not become intangible; it simply goes to another dimension while projecting its image in the real dimension.
- Thus, when Kakashi sends the attacks away with Kamui, they interact with Tobi’s body in the alternate dimension. Tobi’s surprised reaction implies that while his body is away, his consciousness remains in the real dimension.
- Kakashi seems to have no control on the trajectory of the attacks, so that makes me wonder if anything that goes into that dimension will always hit Tobi on random parts of his body when it becomes “intangible.”
- The theory does not quite explain why the Mazo’s head was not absorbed, except that while Kakashi was absorbing it, Tobi was sending the head back to real dimension or maybe closing the alternate dimension.
Now, I’m just wondering what kind of strategy Naruto, Kakashi, Gai, and Bee will implement based on this theory. The only thing I can predict about it is that Kakashi will keep using his Kamui, which makes me very afraid for his life. An amazing idea would be using Kamui on a Tailed-Beast bomb in order to hit Tobi’s warped body with fatal outcome in the alternate dimension. Maybe send one of Naruto’s shadow clones to bitch-slap Tobi’s warped body? However, Tobi knows that his jutsu has been analyzed correctly. How will he respond? Is Tobi using an advanced version of Kamui? I have no idea, so, in Kakashi’s words, help me out.
Thanks for reading this review. I would like to hear your thoughts on the comment section below. Itadakimasu.
Last week’s comments recap:
Orochimaru’s preference for Sasuke’s body over those of other shinobi is something we do not understand completely (other than the obvious Sharingan and Uchiha body benefits). We have yet to learn from the events that will follow. Also, non-Uchiha Sharingan wielders have been able to cast genjutsu with their eyes. Kakashi did cast genjutsu with his Sharingan on the Root ANBU spying on Naruto, and Danzo used Shisui’s Sharingan to cast genjutsu on Mifune during the Five Kage Summit. Lastly, based on Kishi’s latest interview, we know that Tobi and Madara know each other and have some sort of relation. Thus, I think we can say with a high degree of confidence that Tobi is not Obito.