Kishi returned with an early release yesterday after 1 week break, and he picks up right where he left off last chapter. The two friends force to choose between family and friend as their brothers and fathers duke it out. I had hoped that the two would actually stand up for their friendship against their families, but they both quickly went to defend their brothers. I expected them of course to go to their brother’s aid but I didn’t expect Madara to have such a quick 180.
Madara’s Weak Resolve!
We all knew Madara would stray from the path of peace; the only question was when, and why. I think it safe to say I was not the only one that was disappointed at how easily and suddenly Madara turned. If people were angry at how Tobi became evil I can’t imagine how mad they’d be at this revelation; or perhaps no one else will care. Speaking for myself though, I find this to be much more disappointing than the Tobi/Obito incident; to me, Tobi had a better reason for turning to the dark side than Madara did here. I mean, in just the blink of an eye, he went from seeking peace to vowing to destroy his friend. I had also assumed that Madara knew Hashirama was a Senju and chose to ignore it, but now it seems he was not aware of that fact. But then Butsuma, Tajima, Izuna and Tobirama all seemed to know each other very well, so why is it that the two prodigies of the respective clans never once saw or heard of each other (a plot hole maybe). I am not entirely sure if that really is the first Madara awakened his sharingan, if it was then again I am disappointed. That being said, it does lay perfectly in line with Tobirama’s statement about sharingans being awakened when the Uchiha loses a loved one. In this case, even though Madara was making the choice to end his friendship with Hashirama, it still laid a big burden on him. It was a choice he felt he had to make, and he suffered emotional for it. I think that Cesc covered all and like him and many others is disturbed how quickly Madara changed his views, my first reaction to Madara’s change of heart was like “huh that quick, did Madara really become all dark and evil for that”. Now the more obvious answer is another of Kishi infamous faults at detail and logic. But there could be another explanation, could it be that Madara loved his brother so much that he was willing to dramatically change against his friends. This would make sense, but Hashirama did not threaten his brother, it was Butsuma, so this is another debate that I think we will have for a long time. So what do you guys think, did Madara sudden change of heart is a plot hole? or a more reasonable change?
Hashirama stays true!
Hashirama is the complete opposite of Madara here, even though the two were faced with the exact same situation, Hashirama shows that he is not just a dreamer, he stayed true to his goal no matter what. He suffered the same losses at the hands of the Uchiha that Madara suffered at the hands of the Senju yet he handled it much better; this alone is enough proof that he is a true leader. The more Hashirama losses the stronger his resolve becomes while the same cannot be said for Madara, it is this difference in character that determined who would be stronger. Another thing to note about Hashirama is how powerful the Senju became once he was the Head. Also (and Cesc already touched on this), I don’t know if this is another fault of Kishi, but for a clan (Senju) to be superior to the Uchiha clan, and so far we have only seen a handful of them, why is that? Also, what made them so powerful? Was it just the fact that they had Hashirama and Tobirama? What was their bloodline limit or did they have any? The more I learn about the Senju clan the more I feel like they are a long lost clan like the Uzumaki, for a the supposedly most superior clan in all the hidden leaf village, it seems that they are all gone, like the all backed up and left. I don’t know if I am digging into this too much because it is obvious that Kishi messed up with the creation of the Senju clan, because so far they are the all powerful clan, yet they do not have a bloodline limit or anything specific that makes them stand out from your average clan.
It seems Tobirama was right, Uchiha do get stronger and fall down a path of hatred when they lose their loved ones. I am also very happy to see that Tobirama is the one to take out Izuna, maybe you all can stop doubting him now. Also, it was nice to finally get proof that the Senju pwned the Uchiha (take that uchiha fan boys, even you Kishi)! It was also a little disappointing that we didn’t get to see Izuna’s last moments; maybe we will also get a Madara flashback. Seriously though, I don’t miss Naruto and the current situation right now, I want to know more about the past, more so about Hashi and his end.
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