And this week, we have Itachi deactivating Edo Tensei… not quite.
As expected, Kishimoto shifts back to the fight between the Kages and Madara after a brief exchange of words between the two Uchihas. And well, nothing much has changed on the battle front, as the Kages are being pushed to their limit by Madara’s insane abilities. It’s kind of ridiculous how overpowered the guy is… but at this point, I suppose it’s not really surprising. I mean, after Akatsuki, I’ve gotten used to people with insane abilities. And heck, with the past few chapters alone, I’ve seen so many new techniques that you could argue there’s at least one new one every chapter. As such, it’s definitely not surprising that there’s yet another Sharingan ability, but it’s starting to feel a bit “meh” that the Sharingan has so much powers in the first place. It’s like: “How in the world did the Uchiha not take over the ninja world back then!?”
Half joking comments aside, if there’s one plus about the new technique, it’s the fact we’re probably going to get another few chapters of the Kages trying to fend off the new “Ultimate Susanoo” before Itachi deactivates the Edo Tensei. Kage fights have been quite the highlight throughout the series and I’m definitely expecting some great battle scenes and techniques before it’s all said and done. Sadly though, it sure feels like there’s a high possibility we may see the death of one or two of the Kages too… as Onoki seems to have drawn Madara’s bullseye at the moment. Considering how much they’ve emphasized his age and the generational shift in the ninja universe, it definitely seems like at least the Tsuchikage will not survive.
On another note, I have to say that if the “Ultimate Susanoo” has the effect I’m presuming—total invulnerability at the cost of an eye or something—it might not actually be a technique that came out of nowhere per se. See, I remember quite a few comments from a few chapters back noting how Susanoo does have quite a few weaknesses for it being such a powerful technique. Thinking from that standpoint, it makes quite a lot of sense that there’s another more advanced version that covers the rest of the weaknesses that the original Susanoo does not. Considering the Susanoo already draws an insane amount of chakra, it’s probably not surprising that this technique ultimately costs an eye and is in turn another forbidden jitsu. And considering how few people have utilized this technique in the first place, it’s highly probably that only Madara knows this technique. Another possibility is that his combination with the infusion of Senju’s abilities gives him enough chakra to activate this technique and that Susanoo only possesses weaknesses because of the chakra cost.
And last but not least, a quick shift back to the discussion between Sasuke and Itachi. As expected, Sasuke mentions how he still can’t forgive the village for what they did… and well, there really was no real alternative to this I suppose. There was the possibility he’d stop his revenge against Konoha, but that’d pretty much render most of his actions the past hundred or so chapters quite moot. And I doubt Kishimoto would want to do this at this point.
In any case, with Sasuke intent on continuing his quest for revenge against Konoha, the pieces for the ending of Naruto are coming into place. Here’s my epic prediction: Itachi deactivates the Edo Tensei. Sasuke enters the fray and attempts to attack Konoha or the weakened Kages. Naruto steps in and they fight, resulting in Sasuke’s defeat. Tobi attempts his Moon Eye Plan. Naruto and the remaining ninja attempt to stop him, but are pushed to the brink. Sasuke returns to give them enough of a boost to fend of his plans. Naruto becomes next Kage. Story ends. No? Too farfetched?
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