Resuming after a one week hiatus, Naruto returns with… a bit of a whimper, as nothing much of note happens this chapter. We get a some 1v1 between Obito and Kakashi, as well as a quick discussion between the two, but the result ends up being overly dramatic than anything.
And well, it’s because virtually everything Kakashi does this chapter seemed a bit forced and out of character. Believing Obito to be a hero? Believing himself to be trash? Letting himself waver in the face of a few flashbacks and some select lines? I mean, nothing here just seems particularly right to me. Yes, the effect of Rin’s death and Obito still being alive would qualify as a big enough shock to knock even Kakashi off his game… but at the same time, if there’s been one character that’s been consistently able to get along despite his past and any emotional issue, it’s been him. And with the fate of the world at stake, somehow, I’d hesitate to think that a man like Kakashi would let the words of a “dead man” get to him at this point.
But that aside, the only real major aspect that seems worth discussing from the chapter is the quote Kakashi said quite a while back (and of which we find was taken off of Obito), which was that “Those who break the rules are trash, but those who don’t protect their friends are worse.” Since the first time I heard it way back when, this was one of those statements that intrigued me quite a bit. There’s just the nice commentary hidden behind it all, that rules are there for a reason, yet rules aren’t absolute. That there are things that are more important than maintaining some rule or standard, and it’s that kind of flexibility and the ability to think on your feet in a given scenario that just gave Kakashi’s character that added complexity to it. And while the method used to bring this back up wasn’t the great, it admittedly does set up nicely for the recovery at the end of the chapter. Kakashi gets his renewed resolve and overcomes his past trauma because of this, and it’s a necessary thing for virtually every character at some point in time, especially in series such as this.
Overall though, at the very least (despite the fact it wasn’t done particularly well and the result was a chapter where nothing major happened), we do get this development for Kakashi. The fact that it was done (albeit poorly), is better than the alternative of having never addressed it in the first place, which in turn made this chapter a necessary, although not “awesome” one. At least now we’ve set the foundations to move full speed forward, and hopefully the coming chapters will begin to tone down on the flashbacks and discussions, and lead to some actual progression.