Trinity’s trademark line from The Matrix was just begging to be said by Konan when she whipped six billion explosive tags out of the ocean, so I’m admittedly disappointed that all her efforts were for naught in the face of the “get out of death free card”, better known as the forbidden technique Izanagi. While some people may feel differently, I still find the use of a technique that allows a user to overcome death by essentially believing it never happened a tad bit overpowered and a convenient cop-out as well. Even with the cost of losing the use of a Sharingan forever, it seems like a pretty fair trade-off for outright dying. I can’t even imagine it being a difficult decision to make in the heat of a battle either. When presented with the, “Oh shit, I’m going to die” scenario, would any Uchiha who can use Izanagi really hesitate and think, “Hmm, do I really want to give up eye to save my life?” I think not, especially when eyes can be swapped in and out not only without consequence, but actual benefits as well (i.e. the Eternal Mangekyou). In Danzou’s case, it must have been just a routine thing for him, grabbing a bottle out of the back room containing one of the many Sharingan he harvested after Itachi’s massacre of his clan. It was like he had a bunch of extra lives stored but only kept ten or so on him at a time.
Semi-sarcastic observation aside, it did look like Konan killed Madara with her ten minutes of continuous explosions, so I figured the “dodge this” post title was still appropriate. Unfortunately for Konan, her sudden reintroduction to the series ended up being a mere plot device to stress the belief that Naruto is “The One” and to get Madara to divulge a bit more of the history between the Uchiha and Senju. The cost of course was Konan’s life, since information from Madara never comes cheap. We did however learn that he does in fact have two Sharingan, which raises the question as to why he’s chosen to wear a mask with only one eye hole all this time. In addition, he inadvertently revealed that Nagato is one of the remnants of the same Uzumaki clan that Naruto is a part of, which suggests how he was able to “give” him the Rinnegan. On that note, the revelation that the reuniting of the Uchiha and Senju bloodlines does kind of explain why Rikudou Sennin’s legendary Rinnegan is so rarely seen. The two clans have only been fighting one another since well… forever, so I’m it’s probably safe to say that Senju boys and girls haven’t been trying to pick up Uchiha ones or vice versa.
At this point, it’s hard to say if transplanting a Sharingan into a Senju descendant along with some DNA manipulation is enough for it to evolve into a Rinnegan, but that’s definitely one possibility on how Madara “gave” Nagato his eyes. With that in mind, it’s kind of a shame that all the Uchiha in Konoha were killed off, because I’m willing to bet that a quiet and seemingly unreliable one like Hinata would have fallen for Naruto’s headstrong personality. I can just imagine the little Rikudou Sennin running around now. They would be pretty much gods of sorts too, seeing as the legendary sage has now been described as having the power to create life. That was a bit of a “whoa” moment for me, since all this time he’s only been made out to be the “father” of ninjutsu. I guess with everything that chakra can do, he would have had to be a god though. As for Madara’s interest in Nagato eyes, this new info makes it seem like he purposely developed them in a Senju host with every intention of taking it back at some point. Evidently, he has a closed Sharingan that needs replacing, so it looks like the Nagato’s Rinnegan may find its way into a new host soon enough.