Naruto Chapter 577 Breakdown: Another hateful Uchiha… who would have thought?
It’s strange, how time passes us by, isn’t it? Whenever I take the time to look back at how far we’ve come on this blog, it surprises me how long I’ve known some of the people who come here for – people I’ve never met in person, but who I’ve gotten to know fairly well purely through interacting on a blog where we share common interests.
Some of you have become close friends, others, rivals. But, in the end, every single individual I’ve met here is a reminder of how time keeps moving forward, pressing ever onwards, sometimes even beyond my own sense of awareness.
And now, we’re coming around to nearly six-hundred chapters of Naruto and I find myself asking “six-hundred chapters? Have we really gotten that far already?” Technically we haven’t, but it’s close enough that all I can say is, ‘onward and upwards!’
One thing that has remained constant throughout Naruto as a manga though, is the tremulous state of the Uchiha. Whether it’s Sasuke, Itachi or Madara, all of them seem to have some dark shadow hanging over their lives and it makes me think back to what Tobi said before, about the curse of hatred that stains the Uchiha clan, a curse that was born when the Sage of the Six Paths chose his younger son’s ideals to rule the world with love and compassion as opposed to the older son’s idea of ruling with strength.
It seems as if we are now seeing the effects of that very same stain now marring the words that drip from Madara’s tongue as well. The guy clearly has a few issues to deal with, and he seems to be holding onto the embrace of hatred just as much as Sasuke is.
When I think about it even further, I find myself noticing even more connections between Madara and Hashirama, and the Sage’s older and younger son respectively. In a way, both were vying for a position of power – to rule over their people. Both were also different in terms of their ideals and how they felt it was best to rule. Madara favored strength and power, while Hashirama favored love and compassion.
One ‘brother’ was ultimately chosen over the other. Hashirama was chosen to lead over Madara and just as it was in the past, it was that very choice that gave birth to hatred in the eyes of the ‘brother’ that was not acknowledged. It gave birth to conflict and vengeance. The cycle which began thousands of years ago, simply repeated itself in the time of Hashirama and Madara and followed the same pattern in almost every single way. The results, in turn, were just as disastrous.
I think it’s quite clear that Madara is using Tsunade as a scapegoat to take his hatred out on, as she is the closest living relative of Hashirama’s. His words – where he mentioned that she would be the first to die out of the five Kage – are proof of this. At the end of the day, it just feels like he’s throwing a giant temper tantrum like some child who didn’t get the toy they wanted. He’s taking out his anger on the world, and the five Kage who essentially represent the greatest nations of the world, all because he couldn’t get over his own personal issues of discontent.
But you know, as far as I am concerned, all this talk about fate and a curse of hatred passed down through the Uchiha is all really just a load of poop if you ask me. I’m tired of hearing about it as if the Uchiha don’t have a choice to do anything but be hateful. The truth is, they do have a choice and one Uchiha in particular has proven that. That Uchiha is none other than Itachi, ironically enough.
Itachi is what you could call, a wild card as far as the Uchiha are concerned. Instead of following the vicious cycle of hatred his fellow clansmen fell to, he chose to walk a different path. He could have joined the revolt of the Uchiha clan against Konoha and allowed their country to become consumed by the fires of vengeance, but he chose instead to fight for peace, to end the cycle of hatred even if it meant dooming the Uchiha clan.
To that end, Itachi destroyed his own clan and willingly became a traitor in the eyes of Konoha. He walked a lonely path filled with death and despair, and he ultimately died at the hands of his own brother to see that goal through to the finish. It was a difficult path, but it was also his own path and not one guided by the self-imposed fate of the Uchiha. It showed us all that one is not simply bound by their fate, but rather by the choices they make.
Of course, Itachi did unwittingly feed Sasuke’s hatred in the process, and even he understands the mistake he made by doing so, but it’s not like Sasuke doesn’t know enough about the situation by now to decide from himself what to do from here on out. It’s not like he doesn’t have a choice when it comes to taking revenge, especially when he knows why Itachi did what he did and what his goals were.
Part of what annoys me about Sasuke as a character is that he never takes responsibility for his actions. He just allows himself to be swept up by the words of others and he acts as if it is was his predetermined fate to be an avenger, as if he has no choice in the matter. Instead of swimming against the currents of fate, he simply goes with the flow, ignorantly fanning the fires of hatred and war, willing to destroy the lives of others for such a blind and empty resolve. Now he’s following Itachi like some lost child and he’s probably going to get in the way of Itachi’s goals of stopping Edo Tensei, just to prove a point.
Stupid Uchiha and their stupid emoness. <_<
Well, that’s all I have to say on this topic for now. We know the next chapter will likely involve a battle between Itachi, Sasuke and Kabuto, but we can’t be sure who will be fighting who.
All I can say about it is that I hope Kishi isn’t taking things too far by having three major battles happening at the same time. I’m sure Tsunade will pull a wolverine on us and heal from Madara’s attack to continue the battle on that side, but with so many things happening at once, it makes me wonder if things may become to chaotic for Kishi to handle.
In any case, that’s it from me this week. Here’s a new bubbliton contest for all of you to have fun with.
See you all in the comments! ^ ^