Naruto 652 – Tug of War
Well, here we go. It seems like the end is here for Obito, and it all just comes tumbling down in an instant. There just ain’t anything like the awesome power of friendship after all, and there ain’t no better way to really just add insult to injury by literally tugging out the tailed beasts’ chakra out from Obito. And I gotta say, we’ve seen chakra used/modified/stolen/borrowed/exchanged like a few dozen ways up until this point, but this arguably takes the cake—especially when you consider the expressions Obito gives us as things start crumbling before his very eyes. Combine that with the rather epic drawing of Naruto for the last panel, and it’s just some priceless stuff that highlights how the one with weak resolve was Obito all along, and how he essentially just threw away what could’ve been a promising life for nothing. Just fitting stuff.
With that said, the way this chapter develops actually ends up giving us what’s probably the way in for Madara too, and I admittedly didn’t see that coming. Because at this point, there’s no one controlling the Tsukuyomi as a result of the grand tug of war going on, and it’s an opportunity that Madara’ll likely seize within the next chapter or two—or at least, I’d assume so. I still can’t really see the First Hokage just giving him his way so easily though—and one also can argue that if he does indeed succeed, there’d be literally no time left for the Shinobi Army to reasonably stop him before he can activate the technique. And it’s something that makes you wonder how exactly things would work out if that happens. I do suppose the power of friendship could let them pull off one more miracle even if the technique gets activated however… Guess we’ll see.