Beyond the madness that has gotten a hold of Sasuke and twisted his perception of the world and what he deems “necessary”, there is some logic to the method he has proposed in bringing about a revolution for the shinobi world. Regardless of Sasuke only focusing on the negatives the current shinobi model has brought about, centralising evil onto oneself in order to unite a world does hold a certain potential to reduce conflict, but at the same time it also opens the gates of uncertainty and insanity. Does Sasuke really believe that inducing negativity in others and having it directed at himself will truly save the world and lead it to lasting peace? Just like Madara and Kaguya, Sasuke fails to see the overarching effects his actions will have on the individual and the world they will perceive themselves living in.
I enjoyed that Itachi and Sasuke farewell a lot, it was quite moving, especially when the reader was reminded of the suffering Itachi had to endure to protect that which he loved. Just like his best friend, Shisui, Itachi also dwelled within the shadows and followed the path of self-sacrifice, all for the sake of Konoha, the Uchiha clan, and peace. Sasuke began to change after he realised all of this and as the reader has seen, he has started to think about the bigger picture and questioning things he doesn’t understand, rather then attaching blind reasons and hatred onto.
In a world where he thought he had nothing, he has come to realise that he does actually have something…something very precious and important, his brother’s love. And although he may not realise it yet, Sasuke also has something else, his best friend’s, Naruto’s, love. Sasuke has blinded himself from the reality of things for so long, but now with the reality of what’s happening right in his face (Itachi’s actions)…all he has left to do is accept it, and move forward.
To live means to struggle in search for answers to the questions of ‘who you are’ and ‘what you want’. Beyond your name, beyond your status, beyond being a brother, a sister, a father, a mother, a son, a daughter, a friend, a citizen, a student, an employer, an employee; just who are you really? Questions that pull at the very core and depths of our consciousness, identity and self; questions that reveal a mysterious void present in our self, questions that beckon us to seek answers, questions that take us on a journey of discovery and life.
Kabuto lost in the questions tearing apart himself, desperately reaches out clinging to the first thing comforting his ever-growing emptiness. A self invisible to the world and a reflection even a stranger to himself. Unwilling to accept the reality he finds himself in and unsure of what he really wants, he becomes disillusioned by a temporary filling to the void aching in his self; lusting after power and that which he lacks, he begins to crumble into a “self” not his own.
Oh boy, Kabuto just made me laugh so amazingly hard, ah it hurts…*cough cough cough…ahahahahahahahah, hahahah. It’s great how the snake race also has their own sage and path like the toads of Myōbokuzan. Pretty cool that Kishimoto-sensei is going in some depth with the snakes because ever since learning about Myōbokuzan and that the toads had their own society, I was curious to see if other summoned creatures had something similar. So if Myōbokuzan is the home of toads, and if Ryūchi Cave is the home of snakes, does this mean that Shikkotsu Forest is the home of slugs? There is no basis but it does sound like it could be the case.
And here I was wondering what exactly Itachi would say the weakness of the Edo Tensei jutsu is…what a legendary badass Itachi. Just like Kabuto was, I was totally caught me off guard because that response was so TRUE! Itachi IS the weakness of the Edo Tensei jutsu which Kabuto has been boasting about so proudly since the start of this Fourth Shinobi World War Arc when he activated it. And the Itachi and Sasuke team-up, how awesome is that? I’m starting to like Sasuke more and more this Arc; now that he has met Itachi, he is really acting different than his usual “dark” self which wants to destroy everything. He is seeking answers now, answers that will help him understand himself and exactly what he wants or at the very least point him in the direction in which to look.
My goodness, Naruto this week was incredible. Finally the purpose of behind the crow is revealed and wow was it deeper than I had expected. I had a feeling it was a jutsu to counter Edo Tensei and to counter Sasuke’s sharingan, but I did not see the inclusion of Shisui and his ultimate genjutsu and just how much planning Itachi had put into everything. Seriously Itachi is incredible, and Kishimoto’s writing is amazing.
Wow, Kishimoto handled the meeting between Gaara and his father quite amazingly, it really was quite moving. And at the end of it all, I couldn’t help but feel happiness and joy for Gaara and his parents (in particular Gaara’s father). Naruto meeting Itachi and Nagato and being forced into a battle against the two of them while talking with Itachi was great. Itachi is one of the best characters in Naruto and seeing what he’ll do now that he has been resurrected is interesting.