I knew I could count on you Kishimoto! Ol’ buddy, ol’ pal, ol’ friend of mine! Okay false illusions of friendships with famous mangaka aside, you’ll remember there were quite a bit of loose ends/questions left over following last week’s chapter. And well, Kishimoto takes the time to answer virtually every single one of them.
First off, the question of how Izanami works. It took a little bit of effort to decipher all those A and A’ diagrams, but I believe I got the hang of how it works. I’m still not completely sure though, so take this with a grain of salt.
Next, why was Izanami a Kinjutsu? And what was it used for in the first place? Amazingly enough, the end result is that it’s not a kinjutsu because it was too powerful. Rather, it’s because of the threats it posed to the person using the technique and to the completion of their mission. It makes sense in a way, as well as how it’s an ideal counter to the Izanagi technique… but this explanation does bug me a little. I mean, I understand how it would make someone arrogant and so forth, but isn’t the Izanagi technique supposed to blind one of the user’s eyes? Thus, wouldn’t it limit the amount of times it could be used in the first place and prevent the technique from being overused? Furthermore, with Izanami also causing the inability to use one’s eye, wouldn’t that also limit the people willing to use this technique to punish the Izanagi users? I mean, unless everyone was busy transplanting eyes into each other back then (even then I’m not sure this would restore one’s vision), I don’t see how the Izanagi and Izanami techniques could have been used on such a daily basis.
In any case, I suppose the above explanations were adequate… but they do seem a little bit “meh” at the same time. Furthermore, it’s notable how many people managed to predict most of the answers last week already. I did like how Kishimoto linked Kabuto’s flashback to his current trials with Izanami though. And for that, I must apologize for being a bit too harsh on the sudden flashbacks of the last few chapters, as they turned out to be pretty influential in how things worked out with Izanami. Another thing I wanted to note was how Sasuke and Itachi finally get their much needed talk in. I was half expecting Itachi not to bother or that something’ll happen before he could have the discussion, but it seems like that was not to be. In turn, we get quite a look into Itachi’s character, and really, it makes me feel for the guy. Dealt a crappy hand by how circumstances worked out in his life, he still managed to persevere and live on. It took him dying and getting revived by Edo Tensei to actually spit this out, but hey, he did it, and he’s amazingly developed into one of the more deeper characters of the series.
Looking forward, it seems like Itachi will most likely deactivate the Edo Tensei next chapter… unless the focus shifts back to the fights between the Kage or the plan doesn’t quite go according to plan. I don’t see the latter happening at this point, but I won’t say it’s an impossibility. Regardless, the main thing to look for in the future though (especially after this chapter), is the effect of Itachi on Sasuke and his future actions. He now knows quite a bit about the Izanagi technique, potentially how to use Izanami, as well as the fact that he’s mis-understood Itachi to a degree. I suspect he’ll end up fighting Naruto no matter what happens, but this’ll definitely influence the result of that fight and the success of the “Eye of the Moon Plan” too. And well, I guess we’ll see how things work out. 😀