So with the fight between Sasuke and Danzou well underway, let the speculation begin. This series has a tendency to keep us guessing what a character’s abilities are early on, only to pull a handful of surprises before a given fight concludes. In some cases, it even purposely leads us one way just so it can throw us completely off on what’s in store. As such, anything suggested between now and then should probably be taken with a grain of salt, even though some theories are a lot better thought out than others. In Danzou’s case, they’ve thrown us in for a bit of a whirl by having Karin hint at the possibility that his ability to elude Sasuke’s attacks isn’t genjutsu. However, both her and Madara are fixated on the Sharingans on Danzou’s right arm, which appear to close every time he uses the technique(s) in question.
While I could easily theorize that the eyes act as a chakra reservoir of sorts for his technique(s), I’m still at a loss on what he’s actually doing to fool everyone. I’d imagine that Madara has the best idea, although Sasuke seems unfazed during all the exchanges as well. I can’t help but wonder if that’s because Sasuke doesn’t feel threatened by Danzou’s techniques so far, or if he’s simply so focused on getting revenge. He hasn’t really given us any indication on what his thoughts are, but it looks like he’s pulling out all the stops by using Amaterasu right away, as well as his new hawk summon. As for the appearance of Itachi at the end of it all, any guesses as to whether this is something Itachi left behind in Sasuke or just a clever genjutsu on Sasuke’s part to throw Danzou off?