Remember when Dragon Ball Z became a story about Super Saiyans and… everyone else? Well there’s no need to pinpoint exactly when it happened in Naruto, but I think it’s safe to say we’re in similar territory now. Except here, you’re either “Kage level” or not. And when you’re not, you get kicked away without a second thought like Karin did in this week’s chapter. Sure it’s nothing new with shounen manga nowadays, but that recurring thought popped into my mind when I saw her get snubbed so easily. It was like Danzou’s way of telling Karin that her sensor butt isn’t worth his time, let alone his chakra.
Anyway, kudos to those who noticed that Danzou seemed to have a head on his right shoulder back in chapter 459. Admittedly, I didn’t take notice to it until someone kindly pointed it out to me. In any case, I’ve wondered what Orochimaru did with corpses of the First and Second after using them to kill the Third back in the Chuunin exam. There was never any talk about Konoha trying to retrieve them and I guess now we know why; Danzou acquired them afterward. Minor details aside, it seems a bit overpowered for someone to possess both Uchiha and Senju abilities, since this is the (ultimate?) blending of the founding clans of Konoha.
As for Sasuke’s side of things, the appearance of Itachi turned out to be his Tsukuyomi like most people were suspecting, but I don’t think anyone could have foreseen the sudden change to Susanoo. However, it still doesn’t look like Sasuke’s figured out what Danzou’s technique is as he continues attacking away relentlessly. It’s very un-Sasuke-like to say the least, so I figure his emotions are getting the better of him this time. Unsurprisingly, Madara’s been analyzing their fight all along and comes to the conclusion that it’s a forbidden technique amongst the Uchiha. Izanagi? Darker than BLACK 2 is still fresh enough in my mind to think of it when I hear that. Given all the twisted ways that the Uchiha upgrade their Sharingans though, “forbidden” is a mere afterthought as far as I’m concerned.