Just like that, Obito’s officially down for the count, and what we get is a chapter that essentially culminates his role in this fight. It’s been a long time coming—arguably too long in the eyes of some—but we’re finally here, and considering all the positives and negatives that’ve come in the past few hundred chapters, I feel like it ended up quite decent.
Because as much as we can hate/dislike Obito for the foolish choices he made, the fact remains that a lot of his choices were powered by the fact he never received the same amount of support Naruto did. Sure, some of his decisions made it hard for others to support him (and he arguably never put in the same kind of genuine effort our main character did), but the only sources of guidance he had passed away, and in some ways, you can’t really blame him for the path he chose. Considering also that his method was theoretically a viable way of “salvation,” and it’s just like, he had some good intent—even if it was misguided.
Maybe I’m just sympathizing a bit now that it’s all finally over, but yeah, I can’t help but feel a bit sorry for the guy at this point. And it’s something that makes the whole Naruto you can go on and seal Madara while Obito, Kakashi, and I talk it over thing a fitting end to it all. We can argue all day about how things could’ve/should’ve happened differently, but it doesn’t change the fact that we got what we got, and so the important question remains: was this the best way to put the Obito portion of the story to a close given the circumstances? And to this, I’d say yes. Because not only does it give Obito his send off, it also gives the two people who were closest him the chance to culminate their respective roles in this fight too. Many of us were wondering just how Kakashi would end up getting back in the picture as well, and there are just few ways it could’ve been done better than how they did it here. At least, that’s how I feel.
The question now though, is what exactly Madara has in store. After asking this question for what seems like forever, it looks like we’ll finally get our answer next week. The problem? The next issue is the last one we’ll get this year, as Naruto will then go on hiatus until the first issue of the new year. Epic cliffhanger incoming? Probably. Just par for the course—for better and for worse.