Alright. I admit it. I got trolled a bit. I suppose I should’ve expected it by now, but gosh darn, the fight between Kakashi and Obito wasn’t ever really a literal fight at all. Rather, it was just a genjutsu the entire time, and I really fell for that one. Either way though, Kakashi’s opening remarks (“Let’s not drag this out anymore”) end up being the driving force behind this week’s rather well done chapter… as it’s high time that things start moving along.
And move along it does. After a flurry of moves and some rather nice overlays of similar, past fights on top of the current fight, the fight is over, and Kakashi comes out as “the winner”. That is of course, the winner of only the fight though, as Obito tries to run one last time… only to be taken control of by Madara and forced to execute the Rinne Tensei that would let him become a true Jinchuuriki. Suffice to say, things change rather quickly for Obito… and in ways, it’s a tad bit surprising just how brutal of a death it would be if things turn out the way we expect it. In ways it’s fitting, but at the same time… part of me had always kind of figured it’d be at the hands of Kakashi, rather than dying from the force use of his Rinne Tensei technique (in the middle of nowhere, no less).
I guess though, the point is that it highlights just what kind of person Madara is, and it looks like we’re getting the formulation of what’s likely to be what RPG fans would call the “final form of the final boss.” Still… it’s interesting to note that if Madara actually succeeds in becoming the Jinchuuriki… it’d theoretically be over for the Ninja Alliance then and there because all he’d need to do is use his Mangekyo Sharingan technique. There was the initial assumption he’d wait for a bit and spar off with Hashirama for a bit, but it suddenly doesn’t look like that’s happening, and one wonders if the Kages from this generation will play a part in preventing him from either being reborn via the Rinne Tensei or prevent him from becoming a Jinchuuriki. Indeed, there’s quite a few ways the story can go from here, and it’s admittedly a tad bit surprising how things ended up here.
Generally though, I don’t know if it was just me, but this chapter ended up pretty good. The drawings seemed to be a tad bit more detailed/crisp this week, and the use of old images overlaid on the side of the present day fights was a pretty nice touch. I’ll be the first to admit that at this point, I just kind of wanted Obito to get his arse handed to him and be done with it, but those additions actually kind of inspired a bit of an adrenaline rush while reading the fight scenes. Though… I suppose the rush might just be from be finally finishing some assignments that’ve been bugging me all day, heh. Either way, much to look forward to next week!