The trip down memory lane continues this chapter, and well, I can’t help but point back to the comments I made last time. It’s nice to get additional background on a character, especially one so integral to the plot, but there’s a time and place for moments like this, and now isn’t quite the right time. I can see what Kishimoto Masashi has attempted to do with these past chapters, but the main plot’s progressed to a point where it’s too late to try and get the reader to sympathize with Kabuto, especially when you consider what he’s done the last few hundred chapters and the fact that many readers more than likely would just prefer plot progression at this point.
Granted, there was a slight development in the reveal of Kabuto’s “Inorganic Transmigration” technique, but there’s just not much information given as to how it works exactly, and whether or not it actually worked at all. Furthermore, while Kabuto seems quite confident that the technique cannot be countered, it seems quite obvious that his technique isn’t as fool proof as he thinks, and his powers not as great as he seems to think them to be. Combined with the potential emotional instability of Kabuto, it looks more than likely that Kabuto will lose this fight, probably via Itachi sacrificing himself in some way to ensure Sasuke’s victory. I won’t say it’s a definite, and I can’t say I have any sound reasoning for this prediction, but I get the feeling that Sasuke will probably learn the Izanami technique come the end of this fight, and utilize it in some way that’ll probably result in the end of the Ninja War, whether by defeating Kabuto or by combating “Tobi.” I could see a possible end of the series scenario at this point, but it’s a bit far ahead, and I’ll see how my current predictions work out first before saying more.
Overall, I’m a bit disappointed at the past few chapters, but it does look like there will at least be some semblance of development over the next few chapters that’ll bring things back up to snuff, so to speak.
Just a quick note, here’s some kudos to Ryudo, who brought up the possibility that Kabuto’ll use a technique that’ll involve taking back control over Itachi a few chapters back. It doesn’t seem that it’ll work out exactly as you predicted, but it shall be interesting to see none the less. Also, I can’t help but laugh a bit at the potential irony of the chapter’s title “Nothing”. I can see people laughing at how it’s a reference to Kabuto’s past, but also one that references how “nothing” really happens this chapter or how Kabuto’s still “nothing” worth caring about.