Even in death, Itachi proves that he still had more techniques in his repertoire. He really doesn’t know when to stop showing off does he? Named the Yasaku no Magatama 「八坂ノ勾玉」, his latest technique looks a massive Sharingan-like shuriken, except it’s likely made out of pure chakra from Susanoo. It’s hard to tell if it has the same nerve-wracking destructive force as Naruto’s Rasen-shuriken, but I don’t doubt that it’s right up there with the explosiveness of B’s Bijuudama, a.k.a. Tailed-Beast Ball. Whatever the case, it’s a little hard to tell if Kabuto can release the Edo Tensei effect on Itachi as he pleases (going back to what I talked about last chapter), since he looked pretty intent on getting him under his control again. However, hopefully his attempt to do so means that Itachi will linger around for a good while longer.
Now is it just me or was everything leading up to the big explosion to counter Nagato’s Chibaku Tensei a big joke? B is always a given, but not once did I get a sense of urgency from Naruto even when he was getting his soul pulled out. I was going to jest about how it’s because he’s confident in his chakra tug-o-war abilities after making the Nine-Tails’ powers his own, but B already beat me to the chase. I really wasn’t sure if I was supposed to laugh at how nonchalant they were about facing a six-in-one Nagato. Even when they were caught in an “oh shit” moment, Itachi — Itachi of all people! — broke the tension by throwing a soft-spoken jab about how Naruto can attest to Chibaku Tensei being guaranteed death and be alive to talk about it. Looking back, I do hope that’s the comedic effect that this chapter was going for, since it was pretty amusing and I wouldn’t mind seeing more moments like that to cut the serious tension every now and then. It was almost like the silly developments that I’ve come to expect from filler episodes, except it was pretty cool because it took place during the main storyline.
In conjunction with the above, this chapter seemed to have a little bit of everything. Humor, epic action, and a bit of drama. Nagato’s last words before getting sealed away by Itachi’s Totsuka no Tsurugi were a little cheesy, though I did appreciate the sentimental effect the scene was going for. As for the action, I got a good laugh out of how intelligence still goes a long way for a ninja, after seeing how Itachi was quick to look for counters while Naruto and B were just going to wing it. His words about how every technique has a weakness also seemed to go back to how Kabuto claimed that Edo Tensei doesn’t and how Madara was skeptical of that. Whether or not they were meant to foreshadow a proper way to cancel the forbidden technique I don’t know, but it was the first thing that came to mind. I’d be all for it if that were the case, especially if it means that Itachi will get to fight alongside Konoha until that moment comes.