Surprisingly, there wasn’t a whole lot to take away from this first clash between Naruto, B, and the new “Jinchuuriki” Six Paths of Pain, other than the fact that “Tobi” — whom I’m going to refer to as from now on — wasn’t aware that Kabuto spilled the beans on the fact he isn’t really Madara. I gave Tobi the benefit of the doubt five chapters ago, but it turns out it was Kabuto whom I didn’t give enough credit. Outside of that revelation, this chapter is somewhat disappointing given the break last week, plus the Five Kages vs. Madara battle that’s just started to pick up. The resurrected Jinchuuriki didn’t really provide anything different than all the other Bloodline Limit ninjas we’ve seen already or anything remotely close to the complementary abilities seen in the original Six Paths of Pain. However, more so than the action, I wanted to see them divulge more about Tobi and instead, was simply “teased” about his true identity.
If there’s one detail that’s somewhat “concerning”, it would be how Tobi has all the Jinchuuriki chakra gathered in one place. He hasn’t harnessed the power of the beasts within Naruto and B per se, but all the pieces he needs for his Moon’s Eye plan is literally within his grasp. It’ll be interesting to see if that’s the direction the next chapter takes, seeing as Naruto’s acceptance of the Nine-Tails raised a bit of a flag there about how their bond would be tested. The Nine-Tails has already explicated stated that he’d much rather be imprisoned in Naruto than be controlled by Madara, so this comes off as another step where the two of them nudge ever-so-closer to the kind of relationship that B and the Eight-Tails have. I don’t think the Nine-Tails will ever joke around with Naruto like those two do, but it would be progress nonetheless if he’s not constantly trying to escape and allows Naruto to use his demonic chakra more freely. Whatever the case, some mask-ripping is definitely in order next time. I don’t know what Tobi’s mask is made of, but I had money on Naruto’s head being harder last time.