Well then, Obito’s death tour didn’t last particularly long. All about five minutes worth? Jokes aside though, there’s something cool (and ridiculous) about being able to just cross back over to the living side of the world to impart a final gift on someone. It’s a “by the way, here’s a gift from the world beyond” kind of thing, and it ends up being the key to allowing Kakashi to activate a Susanoo of his own—likely to the enjoyment of many viewers. Needless to say, the man smacking himself in the head for being useless is now anything but, and it’s a power-up that comes as par for the course in a chapter where Naruto goes spamming epic Super Tailed Beast Rasen-Shurikens.
All that’s left is for Sakura to get a power up of her own and it’ll be interesting to see how that ends up happening. Because if there’s one thing this chapter showed, it’s to expect the unexpected in terms of power-ups, and while it was enjoyable as heck to watch Kakashi swoop in like that, it also bought in a little bit of “meh” with it as well. After all, I don’t think anyone expected Kakashi to be able to suddenly use Susanoo just because he got a second eye, and there’s a fair amount of stretching here in this chapter in regards to the application of the Sharingan in general. Ultimately there are some ways to explain it out, but it doesn’t change the fact that you’ll need some suspension of disbelief here—for better and for worse.
At least though, it doesn’t take much to believe Obito’s claims that Kakashi should/will be the next Hokage, and it brings up a very interesting point. Prior to the start of this war, I always anticipated Kakashi or someone equivalent in stature/experience taking over the role before finally passing it on to Naruto, and in the scope of normal politics, it would be a prudent move overall. The thing is, Naruto’s arguably made a name for himself in the eyes of all the nations during this war as well, and one could argue he’s more than worthy of the role at this point in time. He is his father’s son after all, and it’s quite clear that Konoha has a pretty nice dilemma on its hands provided Kakashi and Naruto survive until the end of the war. The question is: If they do the Kakashi Hokage route, does this mean we’ll be getting more Naruto even after this part ends?