If there is one thing I have to stop underestimating, it’s those characters that haven’t been totally written off yet. You’d think I would understand that by now, but I guess not. Then again, who would’ve thunk that Obito still had a part to play here? We spent so much pointing to the expected revivals of Sasuke and Naruto and the X-factors in Orochimaru (and the like) that I totally forgot about Obito still potentially being relevant, and it’s somewhat of an interesting twist. Sure, by all means he should’ve been dead or long gone by now, but hey it turns out the talk-no-jitsu did work out. Just needed some time to settle in.
That said, one does wonder what exactly Obito was doing there at the end. Was he literally absorbing the Six Sage chakra from Madara? Or did he just conjure up the staff he used before again? And what happened to the whole “mysterious presence” that was supposed to be doing “unspeakable things to Sasuke? Definitely a lot of questions left over from this chapter on part of the viewers…
…though Madara himself seems to have nothing but answers. With his whole explanation about the original intent of the Sage of the Six Paths and the role of chakra in conflict and misunderstandings (what isn’t it involved in at this point?), it’s pretty clear that he knows a lot more than a lot of Shinobi do, which is intriguing considering the cast we have assembled right now. In the end, I guess its just fitting, because at this point Madara isn’t so much a name as it is a description of the views he holds and the attitude he has regarding life. Indeed, this chapter in particular focuses on this notion in regards to “who Obito is” and “who he been acting as” over the past few decades, and it ties in quite nicely to the whole “you were Madara until I came back” thing.
Ultimately, the aforementioned added some nice touches to the chapter which turned out generally decent despite which was the re-use of the talk-no-jutsu tactic, and the bringing back of someone we dismissed as done a long time ago. Looking forward, it’s the 666th chapter next week—something that also ends up quite fitting considering the possible developments we could get. Any bets on Obito biting the dust?