After a small break, the fight vs. Obito continues and the Tsukuyomi’s activation heralds the countdown to the end.
With that said, it’s only fitting that we’ve arrived back right before the anniversary of Minato and Kushina’s deaths, as there are few things more appropriate as the backdrop for this finale. After all, Minato, Madara, and Obito (all key participants on that fated day) have all returned in some shape or form, and it’s no stretch to say that it’s just fitting that they’re all here, along with everyone whose lives were influenced by that original event. Furthermore, it’s just intriguing to note how this could very well be the day Naruto perishes too, and the entire war effort with him—bringing both a kind of cyclical repeat of another death in his family being the trigger of some major event and the end of the Naruto family line in general.
Still, if there’s one thing they really hammered in this chapter, it’s the fact that every end also heralds a new beginning, and that new beginning was the birth of Naruto—the event that got the ball rolling on this story in the first place. And although we can probably safely assume that Obito will be defeated in some way at the hands of the Naruto (and Co.) combination, it doesn’t change the fact that this chapter really brings a lot of plot-lines full circle, and I really have to say that Kishimoto added quite a nice touch here with the inclusion of that tidbit (not to mention he finally gave us the epic Minato x Naruto double Bijuu Mode combo we’ve been looking for too). Of course, this also means that a few other sub-threads still haven’t gotten answers as a result, but at the very least this chapter served as a fairly nice setup for what seems to be the final parts of “this portion of the fight,” which I assume will also involve some of the returning Kage too… and it’s something I can’t quite contain my excitement for to say the least.
Either way, I’d like to note one last thing of interest, and it’s the fact that Madara notably did not allow the First Hokage to intervene at all. While it’s entirely possible that what he says is true and Obito’s technique won’t effect them at all… I get this nagging feeling that he didn’t quite get the memo that Edo Tensei doesn’t quite mean anything anymore in the face of Obito and his Six Paths power. At this point I don’t know if reunion with the First Hokage’s finally thrown him off the deep end (not that he was exactly sane before then), but one wonders if this just might be the miscalculation that leads him to his doom as well. Lot to look forward to!