For an eye battle, you’d figure there would be more poking involved, or at least that would’ve been my strategy going into it. In any case, I have to say that falling behind a week on my coverage of Naruto saves me from having to surmise whether Sasuke really took out Karin along with Danzou. For those interested though, that post would’ve went something along the lines of, “That must’ve been an illusion, right? Wait, maybe not. Hmm, yeah, definitely an illusion… or was it!?” In short, I wasn’t sure whether they wanted to shift Sasuke’s character down the dark path of no return by having him heartlessly sacrifice a subordinate, but I guess we all know the answer to that now. As for the fight itself, leave it up to Naruto (the manga) to go into lengthy explanations just to make sure that everyone understands exactly how it all went down. This is shounen manga after all right? Gotta do it for the kids. =)
Moving on to chapter 481, I have to say that slotting in some Danzou backstory this late in the game and trying to have me feel sorry for him just isn’t going to work. If anything, I was more concerned about Karin lying lifelessly on the ground than how that eye-farming, cell-implanting freak always felt inferior to the Third. It’s kind of ironic how he went all out with a last ditch effort too, but still wasn’t able to make good on it. At least Sarutobi got Orochimaru’s arms sealed up when he went down. Inferior right to the bitter end it seems. On a totally unrelated note, does anyone else think that Konoha Council member Utatane Koharu (far right) wasn’t a bad looker when she was younger? No? Just me? Okay never mind then.
With the conclusion of this fight, I wonder if the story will (finally) start shifting back to Naruto and the others. The Sasuke-centric stuff is cool and all since he’s an integral part of the story, but a certain protagonist who this series is named after is really getting sidelined as of late. For now, it sounds things are going to head back to Konoha, which hopefully means everyone of importance will be around.