Naruto Chapter 580 Breakdown: The ties of brotherhood.
This latest chapter on Naruto got me thinking a bit. I know I’ve bought this theme up before, but I think I’ll revisit it again just for the sake of it, purely because it’s a theme that is becoming more prevalent in these latest chapters.
That is, of course, the theme of brotherhood.
With our Uchiha brothers united, this battle with Kabuto has evolved somewhat into a more nostalgic take on the old relationship between Itachi and Sasuke. For most of the series, the only interaction we ever saw between the two (flashbacks aside) was Sasuke trying to kill Itachi, while the latter generally thwarted his efforts only to then pursue a monologue about hatred and despair.
We got a glimpse of what their relationship was like before Itachi wiped out the Uchiha – how he always seemed to treat Sasuke with care and love – but that look into the past always seemed more like a dream than reality, because at the time, we all saw Itachi as the villain who had only put up an act to deceive Sasuke before.
Since learning the truth behind Itachi’s life, I think many of us have contemplated what must have been going through Sasuke’s mind, knowing he killed the brother who loved him and ultimately died for him. In the same breath, I think many of us also wondered what going through Itachi’s mind during those final moments leading up to his death, knowing that he had spent his life preparing Sasuke for the task of killing him and that he would meet his end at the hands of his own little brother.
With these thoughts in mind, this reunion between the two brothers presents a unique opportunity, for confessions to be made, for feelings to be shared and for questions to be answered. Now that Itachi and Sasuke are face-to-face, perhaps we will see some form of closure between the two.
What I do like about this latest chapter, though, is how the two brothers seem to be behaving like… real brothers again. The banter between them seems almost typical of that between an older and younger sibling and the way Itachi’s actions convey his will to protect Sasuke, first and foremost, shows clearly where his greatest intentions still lie even after coming back from the grace.
This is one of life’s enigma’s, and it is a notion that stands in stark contrast to the nuances of another brotherhood we have heard of in this story, that being the relationship between Uchiha Madara and his younger brother, Uchiha Izuna. Where Itachi fought to protect the life of his brother, even above protecting his clan, Madara contrarily sacrificed his younger brother for the sake of gaining power.
What I also liked about this chapter, was the tie-in with the flashbacks of the past. Unlike other flashbacks, which tend to dominate many pages at a time, these ones were instead interwoven with the events happening in this chapter, like a side-by-side slide-show between the past and the present that gives us look at the relationship between the two.
This serves two purposes. The one is to show how far Sasuke has grown since his childhood endeavors with his brother, the other is to reinforce the notion that at the end of the day, these two are still brothers and despite all that has happened, that fact has never changed.
In the end, this chapter served it purpose well. As a battle sequence, it was as good as many we have seen in the past, but it also brought a few dashes of nostalgia along with it just to heighten its credibility as far as its contribution to the story goes. If there’s one thing I could fault it on, it’s that despite everything, the story still showed little visible progress, plot-wise, although it could be said that this chapter did contribute more meaningfully to Sasuke and Itachi’s development as characters, rather than simply adding to the bigger picture as a whole.
In saying that, I have a feeling that the events occurring right at this moment, will have a more significant impact on the plot later on as far as Sasuke is concerned. The only question is, what will the outcome of this battle be, and how will it affect the future of this story?
Contrary to the answers I’ve given above, to me personally, this reunion between Sasuke and Itachi was something I could only compare to the reunion between Naruto and Kushina. It is one of those bitter-sweet meetings that brings both smiles, and tears to the eyes.
In the end, despite his happiness through seeing his mother, Naruto ultimately had to let go and allow her to move on to rest. He didn’t want to, you could tell that by the look in his eyes when she said she would finally be able to see Minato, but he understood that no matter how much he wanted to, he could not hold onto those who had already passed on. He said goodbye with a smile, but remembered her with tears flowing from his eyes.
Will Itachi’s departure leave a similar impression? Will his last words give Sasuke hope, or will it simply renew those feelings of hatred he holds, deep down inside?
While we all ponder on that, before I forget, I should probably also mention Kabuto, because he’s pretty important too. Well, there’s one thing I really want to point, that I noticed from this chapter.
Yes, that is correct, ladies and gentlemen. That darned snaked that we’ve always wondered about doesn’t come out of Kabuto’s backside. It isn’t simply wrapped around him either, like I guessed in the last chapter. Rather, it comes out the front of his belly button! Now, that information will either go straight over your heads, or it will cause you to lose your dinner, but either way, the mystery has finally been solved for good.
What I’d like to know is how it got there. Does it serve any other functions besides anti-tickle defense? Or has it laid any eggs yet? Perhaps we will never know. All I can say is that snaky boy seems to have given Kabuto some form of motivation, because he is doing quite a good job of holding his own against two who are among the strongest Uchiha to ever live.
I hope this battle moves along well. I don’t mind it being long, so long as it is epic as well. In any case, that’s it from me, so with the theme of brotherhood being the focus of the week, here’s one last poll to see us off.
Here is the winner, and the runner-ups of last week’s bubbliton contest:
Bubble: This floor is so clean you can eat off it!
Caption: Kabuto disregards the 5 second rule.
Bubble: I’m too sexy for this snake! Too sexy for this snake! The snake that’s about to rape… your ASSES!!!
Caption: That snake is looking at ass alright. Don’t worry Kabuto will figure it out he always does.
Bubble: I really have no idea why people think I’m creepy…
Caption: He’s just misunderstood.
There won’t be a bubbliton this week, sorry. See you in the comments! ^ ^