It’s not all that unexpected for Naruto and B to get some backup against Tobi and his Six Paths of Pain given the Jinchuuriki’s sudden surge in tailed-beast power levels, but it is somewhat interesting to me because I was calling for backup three chapters ago before this fight even started. The disparity in numbers alone suggested as much, plus Naruto and B would likely have their hands full against Tobi alone. The question then was a matter of who would come to their aid — especially with all the Kages preoccupied with Madara — so you can imagine my surprise when I found out here that it was two of my favorite characters in the entire series, Kakashi and Guy.
While the two of them look kind of beat up from their earlier run-in with Zabuza and the other Swordsmen of the Mist, regardless of any emergency treatment they may have received, I don’t know if I could’ve asked for a better duo to show up. I had originally ruled them out because of the battle they were just in, so I was anticipating Naruto’s friends — Rock Lee, Neji, Kiba, etc. — to show up, similar to the Sasuke Retrieval Arc where they faced off against Orochimaru’s Sound Four team. Against Tobi and the resurrected Jinchuuriki, I much prefer this duo consisting of a former Hokage candidate and arguably the strongest Taijutsu user out there. Exactly what Kakashi and Guy can do against the Jinchuuriki and their scalding armor remains to be seen, but they did deliver a blow to Tobi for the first time. They could very well focus on Tobi while Naruto and B keep the Jinchuuriki preoccupied. If Kakashi has enough chakra in him, he can start sending a few of them off to another dimension with his Kamui technique too. If not that, this is the perfect stage for him and Guy to whip out some new techniques they’ve mastered.