If there’s one thing I love about Kishimoto Masashi, it’s how he’s able to create a story where you know what’s going to happen, yet you’ll still enjoy it. For instance, we knew that having the two Uchihas together would result in an awesome battle. We knew Kabuto had some tricks up his sleeve. Heck, I even wrote about the the latter in my previous post. Yet, I still found myself awed by what happened this chapter. I mean, it was definitely a given that both Itachi and Sasuke would pull out Susanoo at some point or another, but to actually see it happen, and to have them both summoned at the same time… I can’t even begin to describe how epic the scene was. And to top it off, it was a two page spread too! What’s more, this wasn’t even the biggest development of this chapter!
Rather, that honor goes to Kabuto this time around, as his new found ability to use Sage Mode definitely takes the cake. And gosh darn, was that a surprise. I mean, we saw that Juugo had the ability to interact with animals way back in Chapter 365, but I never would’ve thought that it’d lead up to this. But hey, leave it up to Kishimoto to build up on something he set up over 200 chapters ago! Still, I reckon the two Uchihas’ will ultimately win, but at this point, the more question is: Will they be able to take Kabuto alive to reverse the Edo Tensei? Was Sage Mode the only trick Kabuto had up his sleeve? I mean, the Sage Mode reveal was quite the surprise, but I reckon it’s a safe bet that we haven’t seen everything yet. Heck, I wouldn’t put it past Kabuto to have already have a plan in place to ensure he can’t be captured, or at least captured alive.
Regardless though, with three major battles occurring at the same time, everything’s building up toward the war’s ultimate conclusion. I reckon it’ll take quite a few chapters for the current battles to sort themselves out, but considering the amazing developments the past few dozen chapters, I’m just happy to be along for the ride.