Wow so I was wrong about Madara and his motives for leaving the village; the past few weeks I have been assuming that Madara was angry at not being made the first Hokage (mainly because this is what Tobi implied when he told Sasuke the story) but that was wrong. Just when I think I’ve got a read on Madara’s character I get surprised, kudos Kishi.
This chapter starts where the last one ended, with Madara demanding that Hashirama kill himself or his brother; let me just say U hated the way this turned out. It was very corny and out of place, it just didn’t flow well with me. I just found it hard to believe that Tobirama would stand there and watch his brother kill himself for a person he hates; I mean if my bro was going to kill himself for someone that has been trying to kill me for years no way would I stand idly by; I would shove a sword down Madara’s throat so quick and wouldn’t give a shit if my bro hated me. I didn’t like how Kishi did this, it was very unnecessary; everybody and their grandmother knew Hashirama wasn’t going to kill himself, but just the mere thought that Hashirama was made to look like he would do it pissed me off. Wasted pages, wasted panels.
The many faces of Madara!
Back to Madara, I did not expect such a sudden change in heart from him, well I did not expect such a dumb act by Hashirama to be what convinced him to join the alliance, after everything that had happened. I think I would have preferred a talk no-jutsu to be the deciding factor here.It turns out that I was indeed wrong about Madara’s motives, he was not power hungry as I originally thought, it seems he really did care about his clan. I have gained a measure of respect for his character now; don’t get me wrong, I always respected the guy but that was for his power, not his compassion. That being said, you still don’t understand why he felt the need to destroy the leaf and kill Hashirama, it all seemed sudden and out of place. One second he is talking up Hashirama and how much he values him, then the very next second he promises to kill him. Madara himself saw that Tobirama was the real threat to the Uchiha, but instead of working with Hashirama to help settle all their differences he chose the easy path. Maybe Madara was able to see something no one else could because I still can’t understand why he continues to want to kill Hashirama. I (jdogg) sort of sympathize with Madara, because well his change of heart was like Cecs said “sudden and out of place” I can some what understand why he just wants to play the ‘bad-guy’ role. He tried to do his best to protect his clan, but each time he gets slapped in the face again and again, so he was feed up with it and just wanted to play the role everyone around him, (Tobirama, the Senju and his clan) view him as a villainous person, so he plays that role and he plays it well.
Hashirama’s behavior came across as a bit fake to me this chapter, the way he so quickly decided to give his life, and how he just chose to make Madara Hokage and take the back seat was just too much for. I am sure Kishi meant for it to be sincere, but I felt it was a bit much, Hashirama comes across as too much of a nice guy here. I have liked Hashirama’s character up until this point because he just appeared as someone that could actually exist in the real world, but Kishi just pushed it a little too far for me this chapter. Or maybe Hashirama is just making himself look like he did absolutely nothing wrong because he is the one telling the story after all. I think that Hashirama knew for sure that if he would actually go with the whole, “I’ll kill myself for you” but Madara would stop him like he did because Hashirama knew that there is still good in Madara. But like Cesc, I agree that Hashirama given Madara too much appraisals and showing him too much compassion to the point of wanting to fallow Madara himself. Like Cesc said it is not that believable, no matter how nice Hashirama’s character is.
It was a good chapter still, and we got a lot of progress in the story although it wasn’t filled with much detail. We are getting a much better understanding of what on way back then, and we should look forward to learning more next week; and as said last week it’d be cool if we get to hear Madara’s said of the story as well.
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