For the most part, things go as expected this episode. We have Itachi escaping Kabuto’s fatal blow via his crow clone technique and we also have the reveal of the Izanami technique we’ve all been waiting for. But alas, with the reveal comes a load of questions as well.
But first, here’s what I managed to get from this chapter. First, Izanami does not require direct eye contact for it to work. Rather, it seems that only touch and proper time allotment for preparation of the technique are needed. Second, Izanami seems to be a genjutsu that works similarly to the Tsukuyomi technique. Both are genjutsu and both rely on “endless loops” of some kind. And here’s where the questions start coming in.
First, is Izanami is truly endless? Or is it “endless” per the Tsukuyomi definition, where the loops seem endless due to the manipulation of time perception? Also, what exactly is meant by Itachi saying “I hold your destiny in my hands, but you decide it”? How does it work exactly? Does this mean that the more Kabuto resists, the more effect this technique will have on him? Does it mean the technique works on the target’s mental insecurities and causes some kind of psychological effect that leads to their death? And does it make it so that there’s nothing that Kabuto can do to break the technique and/or harm Itachi? Also, I’m kind of wondering what makes this technique forbidden as well. Is it because it would normally cause complete blindness in the eye? Or is it too powerful of a technique?
I know some answers are potentially hinted at this chapter, but it just seems like there’s a lot still up in the air regarding how the technique works. I’m satisfied with the chapter due to the fact that the Izanami technique was finally revealed, but I’m hoping that the next or future chapters will elaborate a bit more on the technique. Though, I suppose that worry’s a bit overblown, as the manga’s done a pretty decent job explaining the basis behind each technique up until this point and there’s no reason to suspect it won’t do so this time. Regardless, that’s about it for this chapter. I can’t say much happened worth discussing other than Izanami and most of the discussion is just questions regarding how it works, as it just seems like a more powerful Tsukuyomi at this point. I tried doing some research into the story behind Izanami to see if it would shed more light on the matter, but I wasn’t able to find anything in the myths she’s been depicted in.
On another note, if Izanami does take advantage of the target’s insecurities, I could see Kishimoto linking this to Kabuto’s back story from the past few chapters. In fact it’s been hinted at this chapter already… and I’m starting to get this nagging feeling that everything will come full circle and explain why the segment about Kabuto’s past was suddenly put in. And from there, I’m probably going to need to write up a whole apology letter for slamming the awkwardness of the insert the last few chapters. Guess we’ll see. 😀