Resuming from last week, the flashbacks continue demonstrating Obito’s disconnect from the real world following Rin’s death. His comment about not caring about the world anymore just hammers in the point and well, things are finally running full circle. We follow Obito’s assumption of Madara’s identity and his attempt at courting the members that would make up Akatsuki… ultimately leading up to the Nine-Tails attack on Konoha. By now, most of the gaps in events are now pretty much filled in (aside from the reason for Rin’s death at Kakashi’s hands), and the story’s really moving along toward its ending.
Looking back just a for a moment, it’s just amazing how far we’ve come in these 600+ chapters. The series has gone through its share of ups and downs, with controversial moments mixed right in with some great ones… and it really just hits you this chapter that in a way, Naruto’s almost over, and regardless of how you might feel about it, it sure seems like it’ll leave quite a void when it’s all said and done.
But that’s enough of that. There’s plenty of time to reminisce when the series actually ends, so for now, we’ll move on… and well, that’s pretty much what this chapter did. The flashbacks continued on to a point where we pretty much already know what happens next and we’re thrown right back into concurrent fight between Obito, Madara, Naruto and Co. Nothing much quite happens aside from this, but it was admittedly surprising that the flashbacks actually ended this chapter rather than stretching another… but I suppose with a break next week, you just can’t quite leave viewers hangin’ with more flashbacks can ya?
At this point, there’s quite a bit of possibilities as to how Kishimoto can go from here, and it’ll be interesting to see how he chooses to resume Naruto in two weeks. Part of me feels like this would be a good time to shift back to Sasuke/Orochimaru for a little bit, but it seems like it’ll be just a tad awkward to shift at this point. I reckon we’ll get perhaps another chapter or two of fighting, then the shift in viewpoints, followed probably by more fights and the ultimate joining of Sasuke and the Kages into the fray for one final showdown. Guess we’ll see how that works out eh?