It was nice to see Tobi get some jitters in the face of Tailed-Beast-infused Naruto whom he still highly underestimates, and I didn’t even mind how the fighting came to a standstill while Inoichi rallied the troops until his brain almost burst — providing some great emotional build-up in the process — but then Sasuke had to show up on the final page to try and steal Naruto’s thunder. His appearance was used as a cliffhanger, so it looks like the story is gearing up for another fated encounter where the Sasuke whips out some overpowered abilities and push Naruto to his “seemingly limitless” limits. Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan or not, the mere thought of that is somewhat ridiculous given Naruto’s drastic transformation in recent chapters; however, I guess it would probably feel even more wrong if the Naruto x Sasuke rivalry didn’t go out with bang.
What I’m wondering now is if he’s only going to make a brief appearance to back up Tobi and help him retreat or if he’s actually going to scrap it out with Naruto for a bit. I’m guessing it’s going to be the former, considering the massive reinforcements on route, as I really can’t see a one-on-one battle happening with that huge of an audience. Whatever the case, all the focus on Naruto, Tobi, and now Sasuke has kind of made light of the Five Kages’ ongoing fight with Madara that we haven’t seen too much of yet. On the plus side, with both fronts lined up for some pretty big clashes, we can’t go wrong with whichever one is going to be focused on next. If I had a choice, I’d actually pick the Kage/Madara fight though, as it was just heating up.
Edit: Go Hinata! Sakura didn’t even think of walking hand-in-hand with Naruto in that way.