Phew, nothing like suddenly stumbling upon a release of a chapter out of nowhere… on a Sunday no less! Well, no matter. Let’s get the three posts in 24 hours marathon on the road then eh?
Going right in, I just have to say what a great feeling it is to hit the nail on the head, as my prediction from the last chapter was right on. Turns out, Tobi indeed doesn’t really go transparent when dodging attacks, but merely teleports the part of his body under attack to another dimension. Similar to Kakashi’s Kamui, it links in with why Naruto and Co. were suddenly able to hit Tobi at all… though it turns out there’s also one extra explanation: The fact that Kakashi’s eye is linked to the one Tobi uses.
And thus, we can at least we can confirm that Tobi is in fact using Obito’s other eye. And well… at this point, there’s just an overwhelming amount of evidence saying it IS in fact Obito… considering all the details he’s knows about Kakashi and Guy and his mentioning of Kanabi Bridge, where Obito first gave Kakashi his eye and “died”. I can still see it possibly being someone who merely took his eye after the fact… but I’m finding it harder and harder to believe that the person under the mask is just some random guy who just somehow ended up being there at the same time and took the eye, let alone be able to utilize it to the degree he does…
Either way, it looks like we’ll definitely get a reveal next chapter… and it doesn’t look like it’s something that’ll please most people. Personally, I will admit that I don’t really mind if it is in fact Obito, especially if there’s a good explanation behind it all. Although… the one thing that would bother me slightly if it is in fact Obito is how long it’s taken for the reveal in the first place, because it’s something many people jumped on dozens of chapters back. But hey, you never know. Kishimoto’s occasionally thrown some interesting twists from time to time… so it may yet surprise.
Author’s Note: Took a bit to fix up, but blog’s back up! Take a peek if you have the chance and stay tuned for some previews of graphic novels and hopefully The Last Story artbook in the comings days!