The 666th chapter is here and things end up developing quite positively despite the chapter number being what it is (and despite the various obstacles in the way of our main cast). Indeed, Obito ends up doing a lot more than I ever expected him to do, and it even takes Madara by surprise. I mean, Obito literally just pushes Madara out of the way and takes some of his chakra! That’s just bad ass. It turns out he was quite capable after all—he just needed a little talking to bring out the hidden shounen powers, that’s all.
Terrible jokes aside, this week’s chapter actually ends up pretty interesting, and I must say I liked the Obito x Kakashi moments in particular. The whole reunion of Obito’s eyes, the bit where they’re working together as a team again with Minato onlooking… it was quite nicely done considering all the twists and turns we’ve gotten up to this point—even if it ironically highlights just how underdeveloped Obito was as a villain. That said, the Obito villain arc did ultimately set the stage for the epic Madara moments we’ve been getting, so it does even the scales somewhat—even if it seems like Madara’s power levels seemed to have conveniently dropped (or was it Obito’s conveniently increasing?) for the duration of this chapter.
Ultimately, the big thing is that we know how Naruto’s likely to get back into the picture, as Obito’s reclamation of part of the eight tails and one tail seem to be the key—even if it’s not exactly the Nine-Tails we’re talking about here. I suppose the number of tails do add up to nine however… so I guess the next question is what Sasuke’s going to get in order for him to re-join the picture, and I reckon we’ll be getting a brief respite from the Madara x Obito + Naruto + Kakashi portion of the fight to address this. Onward to next week!