I have no clue what Tsunade’s newly revealed “Byakugou” technique does, but I’m willing to bet that it’ll allow her to survive getting impaled by Madara. Even if it wasn’t for her new ability, I just can’t fathom Konoha losing their Fifth Hokage in such a sudden and anti-climactic way. Call it speculation based on Kishimoto’s view of the story rather than the story itself if you will, as this just doesn’t seem like a good point in the overall manga to kill Tsunade off. There weren’t really any death flags either, leading me to believe as much.
However, while the suspense on that front didn’t really tickle my fancy, my interest was piqued by Itachi’s side of things now that he’s found Kabuto. I’m hoping (really really hoping) that Sasuke just quietly watches from the sidelines to see what his brother does, as that would actually reflect well on his character going forward. I’ve never been entirely convinced that Sasuke’s loyal to Tobi or Kabuto, so this is the perfect opportunity to find out exactly how disloyal he truly is. After all, between Tobi, Kabuto, and Sasuke, all I see is a “I use you; you use me” type of relationship where everyone’s expecting to be betrayed at some point.
As for what Itachi can do to make Kabuto cancel the Edo Tensei, I seem to recall that he’s “pretty good” with illusionary eye techniques, so that’s definitely one way he could go about it. This of course relies on Sasuke not being a thorn in his side and breaking the illusion, hence why I feel this is just as much his time to shine by simply sitting back and doing nothing. Surprise me Sasuke.
Is it just me or is Madara a bit of a troll? He’s just trying to stir the “shit pot” with everyone.