Hola, mis queridos Narutardos!!! After an unexpected manga break last week, we are compensated with a similarly unexpected early release. Pardon me if I butcher this and the near-future reviews; I recently enrolled in graduate school for the physical chemistry program in Madrid. You know I’m a high school teacher, but I’m fed up with teaching little brats. Thus, I’ve decided to become a college professor, for which I need a master’s degree or a doctorate. So yeah… Don’t worry, folks; I’ll post something every week, even if it’s sh*tty.
This was an awesome and partially revealing chapter, except for Naruto’s super cliché speech towards the end. It’s cool and all that Kurama is helping Naruto, but they need Kakashi in order to cause Tobi any damage. Right now winning the battle is not a matter of raw power and sheer strong will, but of calm and coldly calculated strategy. But I digress… Let’s jump into the juicy.
I know, I know… I kinda nailed it on the Hatake Space-Time Ninjutsu Theory. Give me the f*cking Nobel Prize in Manga. Nah, I was just a helluva lucky bastard. A lot of you guys had already thought the same anyway. Instead of regurgitating the entire working principle of Tobi’s jutsu in the last review, allow me to make these amendments:
- Tobi’s body is indeed warped to another dimension when he used his Space-Time technique. However, only the parts of his body that overlap with an object (attack, material, ground, etc.) are sent to another dimension. This is especially useful for avoiding pregnancies, if you know what I mean.
- Since only the overlapped parts of his body are sent to another dimension, his consciousness remains in the real dimension (whatever that is). In other words, if they want a Kamui-warped attack to be fatal, they must overlap with a delicate part of Tobi’s body (no, I didn’t mean ‘that’ part)–the thoracic cavity, neck, and unmasked head perhaps.
- The relative position of the attack when warped matters and must be with respect to the general area of the “intangible” overlapped region of Tobi’s body… All that to say… The attack must be close to the overlapped body in order to cause damage.
- The reason why Kamui-warped objects interact with Tobi’s warped body parts is because they share the same alternate dimension. The reason why they share the same dimension is not that all space-time techniques share the same alternate dimension. Rather, the reason is that, as it was strongly implied but not explicitly stated (there should be no doubt, though), Kakashi’s and Tobi’s techniques belong to same set of eyes–Obito’s Sharingan.
- The theory does not exactly elucidate the inner workings of all space-time ninjutsu. Rather, it specifically explains the powers and principles behind Obito’s set of Sharingan eyes.
Before people jump to conclusions about Tobi’s identity, let me make something clear. We still do not know for sure that Tobi is Obito. No such thing was ever mentioned in this chapter, even if it appears to be implied. When we finally learn the truth, we will be willing to accept whatever Tobi’s identity turns out to be. Until then, Tobi is not Obito because of the timeline issues. What we know for sure now is that Tobi’s right eye is Obito’s Sharingan. This would make sense given the previously stated facts about the space-time technique. Plus, although minimally important, if Tobi is a non-Uchiha that transplanted Obito’s eye, then it would make sense for his eye to be always activated. How do we know it’s Obito’s right eye? It’s the only eye that could share dimensions with Kakashi’s, not to mention that Obito would be the only Uchiha involved in the Battle of Kannabi Bridge. How did his eye survive the collapsing cave? I’m as baffled as you are. I have no f*cking clue.
Now, let’s analyze the Sharingan. We have observed Itachi and Sasuke using different techniques with each Mangekyo Sharingan. Itachi uses Amaterasu with his right eye and Tsukuyomi with his left eye. Sasuke uses Amaterasu with his left eye and Tsukuyomi with his right eye. Basically, each Mangekyo Sharingan eye has a technique of its own. While the connection between these two techniques is not as evident as that between Obito’s eyes, it is reasonable for Obito’s eyes to be similar in principle and still be different techniques.
Done with such a slightly quaint preface, I will say that I’m intrigued as to how or why Tobi obtained Obito’s eye. I get it’s a Sharingan. If I saw one myself, I’d pick it up and put it in my forehead to look like motherf*cking Tien Shinhan from Dragon Ball. Out of all the Sharingan Tobi could have obtained in history, I wonder why he decided to pick Obito’s and test it and use it up until now. He didn’t know the Sharingan’s great potential yet… or maybe he did if a young Kakashi used the Sharingan with exemplary skill to become the Hero of Sharingan (besides the basic abilities it grants the user). All of this is really foggy, so I don’t know.
If you wanna get technical, Tobi did say that he got the eye during the Battle of the Kannabi Bridge where Kakashi was made hero. During the battle of the bridge. Of the bridge. If you remember Kakashi Gaiden, Kakashi obtained his Sharingan not during the Battle of the Bridge, but when he and Obito were trying to rescue Rin. It was after that bittersweet fight that Minato, Rin, and Kakashi moved on to the bridge and destroyed it–the original mission. And I believe this was the place where Kakashi would have done something marvelous and heroic to be hailed as he was by Konoha, for there was no glory in Rin’s rescue. Whether spying the battle or disguised as an enemy, Tobi would have then been a witness to Obito’s Sharingan. Knowing that a non-Uchiha Kakashi wielded it so mightly (I don’t know how much at this point, pretty much in the test-drive period), Tobi may have become interested in the Sharingan and inferred that the other Sharingan was lying around somewhere. It also seems likely that Tobi was observing them all along, thus learning about their personalities, especially Kakashi’s. Otherwise, I wonder if there’s a connection between people using an eye from one set of Sharingan eyes. Again, I don’t know. Help me out. And Kakashi, because he is hyperventilating.
I could go on and on with speculations, but I would like to hear you guys. As far as Naruto’s speech, bleh. Not worth talking about. Same old story. At least I like the continued involvement of the Nine Tails. But why is Kakashi hyperventilating…? Due to his guilt or because he knows who Tobi is? Sh*t. I don’t know. Tobi is Obito… f*ck me, right? Sorry, kids. I’m a little drunk.
Last week’s comments recap:
I will just touch on the Second Hokage-being-Tobi hypothesis. First, it does not make sense because he was Hashirama’s brother, which makes him an enemy of the Uchiha, or at least an enemy of what their leader Madara stood for. Hell, Tobirama Senju created the Konoha Military Police Force to keep the Uchiha in check–not dead. Secondly, while he created the Edo Tensei, it is unclear whether he knew what Madara knew about undoing the technique. Finally, Tobirama was resurrected by Orochimaru to fight the Third Hokage. Sarutobi sealed away both Hashirama and Tobirama’s souls with the Dead Demon Consuming Seal. Thus, Tobirama couldn’t have been brought back (unless he had cursed-bit some mofo Oro-style, but we know by timeline extrapolation that Tobi was already active during that time).