The Madara comeback trail continues, and it’s a trip down memory lane as Sasuke tries in vain to assault the “living fossil.” Of course, it’s not that we didn’t expect him to fail, but being able to just sit there and ignore the Amaterasu goes to show just how much stronger Madara seems to be. He might’ve sacrificed his immortality, but he’s since gained the Senju chakra courtesy of some of his older experiments, and it looks like he’s at a point where he can just sit there, take his time, and just savor wrecking everything. Well, even more so than he did when he was in his other body.
That said, the only thing that really ended up of note was how Madara said “he’d be lying if he said things were going according to plan,” and it was interesting considering my reference to Bleach in the beginning of last week’s post. Sure seems intentional to me… though I ain’t buying it that much, as it does seem like things do essentially end up going according to plan in the long run. Speaking of the long run though, this is definitely a fight that looks like it’ll be a long one, and I guess the rest of the year’ll be for just sitting there, buckling up, and getting some great Madara ecstasy faces. Because for all the issues the series has had occasionally, the one thing that’s been consistently entertaining are the Madara reactions/faces, and this chapter was no different.