Naruto 602 – Ghost of the Uchiha
This week on Naruto, the flashbacks continue and the answers keep on comin’. And as it turns out, Madara’s method of saving Obito included the use of a Hashirama clone, which are quite similar indeed to Zetsu and his clones. It’s not exactly a Zetsu clone as people predicted before hand, but it is close enough for the most part, as it does seem like the Zetsu clones are more advanced versions of the bodies we see being created, and Obito may have even served as a sample from which to complete them. Notably though, Madara also sneaks in a comment about how Obito should have been killed, but that his body “seemed to have just slipped away.” And it’s interesting because it doesn’t seem like Madara had that much to do with Obito surviving the initial rockfall, suggesting that some of the time/space techniques may have been inherent in him to begin with, awakening along with his sharingan at the time rather than being taught/learnt from Madara himself…
Moving on, perhaps the most interesting part of the chapter is actually how determined Obito was to leave and return to the Leaf Village. I had expected some resistance to Madara’s nonsense spouting about making a world of “winners” and what not, but to see him literally crawling around in an attempt to get out… it was quite something. YEAH FOR THE BONDS OF FRIENDSHIP. Sadly though, it seems like there was just no way for him to leave where he was for awhile, nor was there the chance anyone would find him there either. I’m not sure if Kishimoto’ll continue off from here next week, but either way, it’s pretty obvious at this point that Obito’s inability to escape ultimately plays a big part in him accepting Madara’s philosophy and plan, as it’s pretty hard not to when you’re sitting there for a long period of time listening to the same thing over and over. And if he could detect outside chakra after a while, it’s not implausible that he ultimately sensed the death of Rin at a later point, but could do nothing about… further leading to him going down the path he does.
Either way, the explanations are shaping up pretty nicely, and more importantly, they’re viable ones (well, as viable as they can be in a shounen). And you just gotta give some props to Kishimoto, as he manages to actually give a decent explanation to something many considered pretty much impossible at one point. And with that, I’ll be lookin’ forward to the next chapters as always, and I hope to catch ya guys back here next week.