Tad bit later than usual this week, but here we are. This week on Naruto, we have Obito having a grand time rubbing in the deaths of Naruto’s comrades, and things really aren’t looking particularly well. Interestingly enough though, as Madara points out himself, Obito seems to be quite interested in Naruto’s responses to say the least. There was also that whole “join me” bit too, and it’s actually a tad intriguing because what it seems to all come down to is that Obito doesn’t seem to be completely dedicated to his own cause either. There just seems to be this part that no matter how he refuses to show it directly, is clearly unnerved by Naruto not only being so similar to his former self, but possessing even more resolve and comrades than he ever did. And it makes you wonder… will this be the weakness that leads to his downfall?
But yeah, that’s enough about Obito for now, because if there’s one thing everyone will remember from this chapter, it’s Hinata’s significant role in it. Using Naruto’s own words on him, she pretty much single-handedly saves the Ninja Alliance here by giving Naruto that much needed motivational boost after Neji’s death last chapter. And well, it’s been a development long time coming not only in terms of her personality, but also involving their interactions with one another. Undoubtedly, this is the moment where many Naruto x Hinata fans’ll point to as the time where she proves with out a doubt she’s a better pairing than Naruto x Sakura… but alas… one does wonder what the chances are something actually develops here. Still, at least she finally gets her moment though… and what a moment it is. Holding hands with the guy you love and standing with him on the front lines leading thousands of thousands of others… phew* It’s a moment to savor definitely, but also makes me wonder if this doesn’t paint a giant bullseye on Hinata as a result. Though, Naruto’ll most likely do all he can to ensure she and everyone else survives past this point, so perhaps that’s not as likely a scenario than it looks.
Either way, this chapter turned out a lot better than I expected actually. The Hinata moments had more emotional impact than I anticipated it would and that stand at the end of the chapter (extra image included below) admittedly gave me a bit of the chills. Sadly though, another week awaits for the next chapter however. Shucks.