This week on Naruto, it’s all about filling in the gaps as we witness Obito’s gradual acceptance of Madara’s philosophy (and goals) and the events leading to his affiliation with Nagato.
And to say the least, while it ain’t quite the greatest or most surprising thing… it the very least is quite understandable why Obito decided to participate with Madara and his Moon’s Eye plan. I mean, after witnessing what he did, the concept of a dream world where the dead would still be living, where wars don’t exist, and there’s nothing but peace… just becomes that much more enticing. And it really makes you wonder. I mentioned this a little while back, but I’d just like to reiterate how I like philosophical conundrums such as this. On one hand, not subscribing to it ensures that you maintain your free will and do what you want with your own power. On the other hand, if everyone’s in an illusion and don’t realize that they’re in one… then the illusion becomes the truth and you’d wonder if anyone would have qualms about it if they never knew it was an illusion in the first place…
Anyway, while I would like to go into a whole philosophical thing, there’s just not enough time in the world for this kind of thing, so I’ll just leave it at that as some food for thought. In the meanwhile, more revelations galore to discuss! For one, we see that the black Zetsu was formed from Madara himself and that the white Zetsu are pretty much Hashirama clones. We also see that the Rinnegan requires both Senju and Uchiha DNA, as well as control of the Gedo Mazou. Combine all of these and the new details about the Moon’s Eye plan, as well as Obito adoption of Madara Uchiha as his identity, and well, we’re finally at a point where we’re pretty much fully informed about how everything’s worked out up until the present.
And what can I say? We asked for explanations detailing everything relating to Obito and how he survived to this point, and I dare say we received them. Granted, they weren’t the most amazing of reveals in terms of how it happened, and there were some events that were a bit far-fetched in terms of the probability of them happening, but they’re been ultimately rather satisfactory explanations for the most part. Furthermore, they haven’t been overly dramatic, nor involved any kind of “ret-con” or stretching of facts either. Sure, there’s some questions left regarding Kakashi and Rin and some confirmation needed for stuff like the Minato fight, but for now, it looks like Kishimoto’s managed quite nicely considering the pressure he was under to deliver in terms of Obito explanations, and that’s quite something if I do say so myself. And if my gut feeling is anything to trust, I reckon we’ll be getting the answers to many of the other questions we have soon too, potentially from some Kakashi flashbacks following Obito’s. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see how things work out from here.