Continuing off from last week, we get the long awaited (it’s been a painful week!) discussion between all of the past Hokage and Sasuke (and Co.)… and it’s both a mixture of the expected and unexpected.
As expected, part of Sasuke’s inquiries are indeed about the Uchiha clan—specifically about Itachi and the orders he was given by the Third Hokage. We (and Sasuke) finally get solid confirmation of the fact that Itachi was intentionally sent on a mission to eliminate the Uchiha, which was then linked with the a planned branding of him as a traitor in order to insert him as a spy in Akatsuki. By now, most of the above was already known before hand (or at least heavily hinted at), but darn, it’s still quite ridiculous how much they asked him to do and how willing he was to throw away virtually everything for the village. Truly a “dark knight” if there’s ever been one.
Unexpectedly though, we got a lot more than I ever expected this chapter, as we got some pretty priceless banter between each generation’s respective Hokages. Seeing the shock at there actually being a Fourth (and Fifth Hokage—IT’S YOUR GRAND DAUGHTER! NO WAY!) from the one considered akin to a God… phew* Just great stuff. It’s amazing how different each of the Hokages were though, and words just can’t quite express the amount of awesomeness in that one scene with them all. In addition, there was that very intriguing reveal about how the Sharingan gets more powerful the more emotional the Uchiha gets, and how as a result they would all inevitably embark along a “cursed path.” At that point, I was just like “WELL, THAT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING” and I gotta say, Kishimoto deserves some props for suddenly pulling this reveal out there and giving some actual reason for all the things the certain Uchiha have done through the years—things many had merely previous attributed to emoness or just bad character personality/development. Now that we know it’s actually a psychological ailment… it really changes the whole perspective behind it all.
In the end though, perhaps the biggest surprise was in the exclamation that Orochimaru actually has no intent to use the Hokages in battle at all. Arguably, that was the first thought I had when they were revived last chapter (and I’m slightly bummed that it doesn’t look like they’ll be fighting in any capacity), but I guess it just shows that Sasuke just doesn’t really give that much of a damn about the other fight ongoing at the moment. Given his final question about the legacy of the village and the purpose of the Shinobi… and what the possible answers could be though… and I can’t blame him. To say the least, the next chapter and the answer to that question could possibly turn everything as we know it upside down. Next week certainly can’t come soon enough at this rate!