Here we are. Another week goes by, and this week’s chapter starts off with a nice surprise in regards to Obito going right past Naruto’s outstretched hand and right to his neck. The end result ends up as expected regardless, but I for one found it a much better chapter than it would’ve been as a result of that last act of defiance. Combine that with the fact he doesn’t actually take Naruto’s hand himself—Naruto grabs his hand instead—and at the very least, it’s a slightly different route than expected, and I’ll give Kishimoto a slight pat on the back for making this chapter not quite as straight forward as it otherwise would’ve been.
Granted, I’m pretty sure a fair amount of people were hoping for a little more than just a weak stranglehold, but at this point there wasn’t much of a chance of that happening. And well, that’s about it really. Nothing much else happens this week, and it looks like it’s full steam ahead to what seems to be a fairly obvious ending as Madara should step in anytime now. Guess we’ll see… never know when another pleasant surprise may lie around the corner.
P.S. Just a clarification regarding last week’s comment about Rin being Obito’s potential wife. It was more of a comment in regards to how she could’ve been seen as one at that time (in Obito’s view), considering the potential overtures of a “I’ll watch over you by your side forever” statement. We know that doesn’t happen in the end, but it doesn’t change the fact that there was something potentially there at one point.