The trip down memory lane continues and it’s pretty much a given that Kabuto’s dead end is coming. I can’t say I liked this chapter, but at the same time, I can’t say I disliked it either. The same view from the last few weeks still apply, but there was definitely something about this flashback that felt better than any of the previous ones. I’m not quite sure why this is the case, but it’s most likely due to the fact that the focus was entirely on his past this time, and there were no other interruptions and no Uchiha appearances to break the flow. Furthermore, when you bring back Danzo into the picture, a person whose personality and tactics make him even worse than Kabuto, I just can’t help but feel just a little bit of sympathy for him.
I get the feeling I should’ve expected Danzo’s involvement in some way or form though, as situations like these are pretty much his specialty. I guess I can chalk that oversight to the fact that he’s been dead for quite a few chapters now and the fact that the flashbacks of the past few chapters weren’t quite expected, but still… In any case, this chapter manages to give us quite a bit of background on Kabuto’s past and assists greatly in developing his character and showing us the reasons he’s become the person he is now. But, if there’s one negative, it’s that his story turned out somewhat generic for the most part. I can understand that this is something that most likely results from the fact that his back story has been delayed until now and there’s only so much chapters available to phase out everything about him, as well as the fact not every character can have an amazing past, but it still irks me just a tad bit.
Overall, while there are a few random questions I do have in regards to why Kabuto’s orphanage didn’t attempt to contact the Third Hokage anyway, it doesn’t seem like there’s much else to talk about this time around. I reckon there may yet be some more flashbacks to come, but it seems that there isn’t much left to tell, especially regarding Kabuto. Though, I have to say that surprise seems to be the name of the game in terms of chapter content recently, so I may yet be wrong in this regard.