It’s ironic for a ninja to be concerned about honor, except Hanzou’s a special case since he’s a former samurai. This chapter spent a fair bit of time fleshing out his character and emphasizing how he made Mifune in leader he is today, which more or less disproved my hunch a couple of weeks back about how their fight may be concluded quickly. Granted, it sure looked that way last chapter, until this latest one went and showed an unexpectedly noble side to Hanzou. Not something I was hoping would get a bit more attention, but it was a lot more interesting than I would’ve given it credit.
If there’s one thing that this fourth ninja war has really opened up, it’s a seemingly endless amount of battles without any sort break in between. It’s a war and everyone has to fight, so story build-up isn’t needed. In the case of relatively unknown characters such as Mifune and Hanzou, we’re supplemented with flashbacks to help offset that to a certain degree, whereas for Asuma we have years of history that speaks for itself, making it even easier. As seen in Chouji, an emotional fight is in store for the latter, but I admittedly found it funny how Asuma was doing exactly what I talked about last week — telling his former students how to beat him. While it’s likely to prevent the battles from being completely dry, I almost wanted to cast off the decision to leave the original personalities of the revived ninjas as an oversight on Kabuto’s part. It’s more amusing that way.
Be that as it may, I can’t say I quite understand Chouji’s hesitation towards attacking Asuma. It’s a different story if he was still alive and simply being controlled, but he’s dead and wants them to stop him so that he doesn’t harm the loved ones he left behind. Chouji would be doing him a huge favor by putting his soul to rest rather than letting Kabuto continue to use it as one of his pawns. Stupid emotions. They always get in the way! *sniff*