The talk-no-jitsu chapter is here as expected and what we get this week is Naruto shredding through Obito’s facade. Like Rin before him, Naruto exposes Obito’s weak resolve and flawed reasoning—forcing him to stop running and face the music. Whether he ends up accepting Naruto’s hand is still up for grabs, but it looks like the end of the fight is officially upon us either way, and it’s an end many viewers likely saw coming after recent chapters. With that said, this doesn’t prevent the chapter from being a good one—even if some elements are a hit and miss.
Because ultimately, this chapter gives us the final piece of the puzzle that is Obito. Via the flashbacks, we see how Rin was much more than just a friend—she was possibly his future wife—and in ways, it’s no wonder he turned out the way he did. This doesn’t excuse what he’s done or how he’s “twisted reasons” to justify what he does, but it does make him someone you can feel more sympathetic for.
Essentially, Obito’s a character who was so shattered by a loss that he strayed from his original path. But whereas other characters managed to find their ways back, he ended up straying so far that there was no longer any way to go back, and admitting he made a mistake would’ve just put the final nail in the coffin (and pushed him over the edge). The way I see it, he ended up only having one reason to live, and even though it was reason that was twisted beyond recognition, there was no option for him but to pursue it. In that context, I can understand why he ended up being the way he was, and this chapter did contribute to me changing part of my opinion regarding him. Again, it’s not nearly enough to completely change my opinion, but it does change part of it, and it makes this chapter a good one in my book—though I can see where many would probably disagree with this assessment.
Either way, a lot of these revelations—and the dialogue in general—come a bit too late in the game for me to feel as sympathetic as I otherwise would’ve. It’s just hard to feel for someone who has committed so many atrocities in the past few hundred chapters, and it makes me wonder if some of the content in this chapter wouldn’t have served better at some earlier segment. Alas, there’s no use crying over spoiled milk, so next thing to do is look toward the future—a future that will likely involve Obito taking Naruto’s hand and stopping his charade. At that point, I reckon Madara’ll try to seize the Tsukuyomi by force, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if Obito ends up sacrificing himself to take him down. It wouldn’t be the best of endings, but would be consistent with what we’ve seen so far from the series. Furthermore, it would open up a chance for Sasuke to receive some kind of reprieve, and set things up for a friendly dual between him and Naruto as the series finale. Guess we’ll see.