Well it looks like the hunch I had last time proved to be true, plus another one I had back in chapter 546 that I had already dismissed. The more recent one was fairly obvious, where Itachi was pretty adamant that every technique has a weakness. Edo Tensei is no exception to that rule as far as he’s concerned and he’s now a (dead) man on a mission to prove his point. What he has in mind is anyone’s guess, but I think everyone was skeptical that Orochimaru’s forbidden technique is perfect. All it really took was Madara to have his doubts for that skepticism to catch on. The other hunch I had was about Naruto making an immediate impact on the battlefield. It wasn’t foreshadowed and was merely something that I thought of from a progression standpoint. I threw out the idea that he would help Gaara fight all the resurrected Kages, just to show what he’s capable of with his newly acquired powers, but that idea went wayside in recent chapters when Naruto and B ran into Itachi and Pain instead. Much to my surprise, that was the intention all along, as Naruto is poised to make his grand entrance next time. I can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction to his Kyuubi form.
More so than Naruto realizing that he should rely on his friends more, I was impressed by how quickly Itachi got his point across. While it’s kind of hard to ignore his words of wisdom when he uses Madara as an example, I couldn’t overlook the fact that Itachi would’ve been an awesome instructor. Granted, it helps when someone of his stature simply commands respect, but I like how Itachi doesn’t waste any time with convoluted explanations. I much prefer his approach to the more roundabout one Kakashi used to teach Team 7 about teamwork. Sometimes it’s better to let people figure things out on their own, but in cases like this, it’s almost better to lay it all out for them so that they’ll never forget. In any case, I suppose this is going to be a precursor of things to come, which means that all of Naruto’s friends will be involved in a fairly significant way in the chapters to come.