Naruto 596 – Stratagem
Continuing off from the previous chapter, it seems like the focus is going to stay fixed on the fight between Tobi and Naruto (Kakashi and Guy) at the moment. I have to say, some of the fighting the last few chapters have been a tad bit hard to follow. I mean, it’s not difficult enough to the point where I haven’t the foggiest what’s going on, but yeah. Anyway, at least that’s nullified this week a bit due to the fact that the main thing that this chapter revolved around was tactics and strategy.
Going back to the previous chapter for a moment, we were left off with the fact that the combination attack by Naruto, Kakashi, and Guy actually managed to do a little bit of damage (albeit only to the mask). With that, we find out this chapter that it’s impossible for it to have been a result of any of the specific techniques used by Guy or Naruto, but rather the result of Kakashi’s Kamui technique in combination with a kunai. After doing another round of strikes to test a theory in relation to that, it seems like Kakashi gets the proof he needs in terms of unlocking the secrets behind Tobi’s “time-space manipulation”… though sadly, we don’t get much explanation regarding this aspect this time around.
As such, combining that with the fact that not much theoretically happened… I think I’ll spend the rest of this post pondering what the theory is behind Tobi’s abilities. Note that from here on out, all of this is just supposition, so just take my prediction here with a grain of salt! :D
Anyway, what it seems to me is that Tobi’s ability is actually something akin to Kakashi’s Kamui, except he uses it on himself to “teleport his physical self” away so it’s as if he becomes transparent. And the reason is, because only the kunai thrown via Kakashi’s dagger hit and because he mentions how the technique has never been cancelled out before. As such, it reasons that only the same technique, or one of a similar category, would be able to fulfill these conditions. It would also explain the reason why he’s not able to keep completely transparent indefinitely (something that Tobi mentioned himself a while back), as the Kamui would put an immense strain in terms of chakra usage and concentration. So basically, he’s not necessarily becoming transparent or absorbing, but rather literally avoiding any attacks by not actually being there physically in the same dimension.
I don’t know. It all seems a bit hmmm… to me, but that’s the thing I came up with when pondering what happened this chapter. And that’s about it I guess. I reckon we’ll get the answer next chapter… though if I’m not mistaken, that next chapter won’t be out until the week after next, as it seems like it’s going on a one week break. So if you guys don’t see a post next week for Naruto, that’s probably the reason why.