Naruto 638 – The Sage of the Six Paths
A little while back, it was said that the tailed beasts would one day be united again and be lead on the right path. It’s obvious that person is Naruto at this point, but if this chapter demonstrates anything, it’s that the right path is something that’ll have to go right through… Obito. As it turns out, the signs Obito performed last week was never the Rinne Tensei in the first place, and his becoming of the Ten-Tails Jinchuriki makes him arguably one of the most powerful ninja in history. As Madara points out himself, Obito’s now essentially equivalent to the Sage of Six Paths, and it’s quite interesting because there’s a lot that’s up in the air at this point.
For one, it’s a fact now that even the revived Hokage do not possess the power to combat the new Obito. One assumes Madara entering the picture (and probably the current generation’s Kages as well) will help balance things out slightly, but if any of the legends surrounding the powers of the original Sage are anywhere near accurate… one really wonders if that means anything—especially if the Moon Eye’s Plan can theoretically be activated quite soon (presumably when Obito reaches his final form). In that context, one can argue he’s still vulnerable because he’s not in his final form yet, but it really begs the question of who exactly is capable of combating him in the first place (even now).
With that said, Naruto jumps to the forefront due to his role as the main character, but to combat someone with Sage-level abilities would require something of the same scope, and last I checked, Naruto was still missing the chakra of at least one of the tailed beasts (and the eye abilities too). To this end, it’s notable that people possessing the necessary eyes are around, and one wonders if there may be yet some development regarding Sasuke and his Sharingan—especially considering the fact that Madara himself supposedly acquired the Rinnegan (from the Sharingan) near his death. Still, despite the potential feasibility of this theory (which I’ve seen floating around), it doesn’t seem likely that Naruto’ll end up gaining some kind of eye technique just to become the Sage, which then makes you wonder if there’s some way to combine skills between two people (say, Sasuke and Naruto) to get the same effect.
Regardless, the ultimate conclusion is that this chapter opens up a large can of worms, and it’s really going to be interesting seeing how Kishimoto gets this next part done. It seems like at the very least, someone’s going to get some epic powerups soon though…