Well, that one week break felt much longer than it was. But here we are, back in action. Continuing on from last time, it seemed for a moment there that Madara was going to stay summoned for one reason or another, but alas, it seems like the cancellation of the Edo Tensei also works on him. As such, the Kages’ battle is effectively over, as are most of the other battles elsewhere. And I reckon things are going to get rolling in the coming chapters now as Tobi is officially the only thing standing between everyone and the end of the war. But before that…
We get one last interaction between the Uchiha brothers. For the most part, it was a straight forward moment where Itachi shows Sasuke of the events leading up to the massacre of the Uchiha clan… but I felt it was a pretty nice flashback this time around, especially in how it sets up the pretty emotional ending where Itachi states his love for Sasuke (the Yaoi fandom is probably totally giddy at this point). But for the most part, the flashback makes you realize that despite everything we’ve heard/seen from previous chapters, there were still some aspects we never actually saw… and this fills in all the blanks. And to say the least, there were some surprising moments in between it all. For one, there was the emotional dialogue between Itachi and his parents… who not only accepted that his views were different, but also told him explicitly to watch after Sasuke. I had originally assumed that Itachi just went straight up and killed them without talking or anything, but this goes to show the kind of person his parents were, as well as Itachi himself as a person. Another interesting twist was how Itachi actually met with Tobi behind the scenes, agreeing to spare his brother in exchange for him getting his revenge on the Uchiha clan. Didn’t quite expect that they’d met that long ago, but alas, it does make a lot of sense in the grand scheme of things though. Moving on, I have to say it was also a bit nice to see the Third Hokage for a few fleeting moments, considering how long it’s been since we’ve seen/heard any mention of the guy. I can’t help but think of the influence he could’ve had if he was still alive at this point… although it’s a kind of moot point considering many of the events stemming from Tsunade’s rise.
In any case, in the overall plot, I suppose nothing really happens this chapter… although that’s not entirely a bad thing. We get a nice flashback, some emotional content, and it sets up the calm before the storm so to speak. It would’ve felt slightly strange shifting immediately over to the Tobi fight, so this chapter provides a nice cushion until that, while also potentially pointing a reasons why Sasuke may not endeavor to destroy Konoha after all. Guess we’ll see. Things’ll definitely start rollin’ soon and I’ll definitely be along for the ride.
Author’s Note: Now on twitter! @ZephyrRC