Given enough time, it’s inevitable that the older generation gives way to the younger generation. A new wind blows so to speak—and that’s really the gist of what we’ve been getting here throughout this fight. In many ways, the fact that Orochimaru doesn’t seem to be plotting anything aside from just seeing what Sasuke ends up doing is just the latest of such examples, and it’s exceptionally notable how many of the supposed “older” ninja are really starting to take a back seat now. Of course, it’s like that quote—you gotta go out with a bang—and it seems like the return of the Kages will make sure that they won’t just let the new generation hog all the fun.
Either way, the general feeling I get this week is just how odd it was to see Orochimaru actually helping out rather than threatening to tear the world apart. But I suppose at this point, his dialogue just says it all. He’s already tried and failed his fair share of times and it looks like there’s nothing like dying half a dozen+ times to finally get the message through that you’re probably better off doing something else (heh).
As it turns out, that something else is merely observing Sasuke—who’s really setting himself up to play a big part in the remainder of the fight and the post-fight developments as well. As we see this week with his take no prisoners approach toward the Bijuu, he seems more than content to erase all traces of what he considers an antiquated system, and it’s something that seems likely to be the catalyst that leads to the inevitable fight between him and Naruto. Interestingly enough, that fight’s likely to also decide the next Hokage as well—assuming all things go according to plan—and it’ll be interesting to see that develop… even though it’s probably a given who’s going to win at this point.
And well, generally it was a solid chapter this week. We get some answers as to what the other guys under Orochimaru are up to, how the current generation’s Kages are doing (phew* Tsunade was in terrible shape), and we see Kakashi delivering the potential finishing blow to Obito as well. There’s a lot going on along multiple plot points now, and it’s really starting to hammer in just how “close” we are towards some resolutions regarding these points. Admittedly, some of the material recently has been a tad hit and miss, but at the whole “you’re abnormal” banter between Orochimaru and Co. was actually kind of entertaining despite it making it so that not much else happened as a result. With that said though, I reckon that’s pretty much it for this chapter… and I guess I’ll catch ya guys back next week.