Naruto Chapter 581 Breakdown: Happy Easter!!!
Greetings one and all!
Firstly, I’d like to apologize for my late breakdown. We had a long weekend holiday, as we always do for Easter, so I was preoccupied with other activities. besides that, before we start with the breakdown, I would also like to wish everyone a Happy Easter, for those who celebrate it. If you don’t, then here’s a cookie anyway. ^ ^
So… ahem… Happy belated Easter!
Yep, there’s my Happy Easter picture. There were other ones I could have chosen, but strangely, many of them involved Naruto and Sasuke in very… ‘precarious’ situations. What’s even more odd is that I think I remember saying something like that for Valentines as well, so it just goes to show you what’s on people’s minds nowadays.
In any case, I should desist from rambling and move onto the goods. The only problem is, I can’t really think of what to say for the last chapter, so I am trying to distract you all with my cunning diversionary tactics, which are completely undetectable. <_<
Well then, let’s begin, shall we?
Having reached this far in the manga, I think there are a few lessons many of us have learned by now which are pretty much a “rule of thumb” as far as this series is concerned.
One of those lessons is that you should never have a staring contest with an Uchiha. It just won’t end well no matter which way you ‘look’ at it. Another is that when snakes are involved in any given scene, yucky things will usually ensue (I think we can all vouch for that one). Lastly, but most certainly not least, is that every character has an deep meaningful history that drives their motives in life and with this latest chapter, that last rule has just been confirmed with the introduction of Kabuto’s first real flashback in the series so far.
I actually found it quite interesting that Kabuto compared himself to Itachi, of all people. I can understand the link he’s formed though, because in a sense, both were used by the higher-ups of the village to achieve certain goals, regardless of how detrimental those actions were to the individual performing them. Both also ended up becoming “traitors” in the eyes of their homeland and both left for their own goals.
Ironically, both of them also ended up in Akatsuki as well – albeit under different circumstances – and it makes me wonder if the two had ever met or spoken to one another or how they perceived each other in the past. One thing I can say for certain though, is that if Kabuto is having flashbacks now, then I hope for his sake that he has plot protection no jutsu, otherwise this could spell the beginning of the end for him. After all, we all know that flashbacks are often a prelude to a character’s demise.
Other than that particularly interesting point, this chapter was pretty much on par with what one might expect. It had some fighting, some talking, and an emo moment form Sasuke.
I wasn’t particularly thrilled with this flashback, to be honest and I was somewhat grated by Sasuke’s words when he said “My crushing of the leaf is just mine”, which was just another case of him reverting back to his old psyche whereby he believes that no-one could possibly understand his feelings.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Sasuke is not the only person who has lost loved ones because of the shinobi system, nor is Itachi the first victim of that system as far as “sacrifices” go. There are plenty of others who have experienced similar circumstances and who have adopted a different outlook on life, so Sasuke’s whining does eat at me a bit in that respect. After all, would one not say that Kushina would have been resentful that her clan was destroyed, or that she was used by the Shinobi system as a host for Kurama? Or even that her son had to be used in a similar manner? Even Gaara, Bee and Naruto ended up as sacrifices for the good of their villages or have lost loved ones to that system, but they made more out of their lives, rather than just being victims forever.
What Sasuke still fails to realize to this day, is that in that same respect, Itachi too made the choice to be a sacrifice. He wasn’t forced into it and he could have easily just refused the mission given to him and fled Konoha, or even joined the Uchiha in their revolt, but he made a choice to pursue a path that would hopefully lead to peace instead. In fact, the best example I can compare this to is that of Hyuuga Hizashi’s.
Hizashi sacrificed himself to prevent a war between Konoha and Kumo and ended up losing his life for that goal. To him, even though he hated the Hyuuga clan, choosing death was its own form of freedom and choosing death to protect his village and his family, was a sacrifice he was gladly willing to make.
One could say that Neji was in the same position as Sasuke is, where he lost a loved one for the sake of Konoha – his father no less – just as Sasuke lost Itachi. Yet, despite their similarities, both have chosen very different paths despite those shared circumstances. One has chosen to uphold his father’s ideals and to choose his own destiny like his father did, while the other has chosen to forsake his brother’s ideals and turn against them.
All gripes aside, I suppose the last thing left worth mentioning from this chapter, was the introduction of Itachi super secret technique, the Izanami.
Yep, that’s right. Once again, an Uchiha is pulling yet another secret technique of epic proportions out of their nether regions. I would try to act shocked, but truthfully, I’m not. For those of you who don’t know anything about the Japanese lore behind the Izanagi and Izanami, here’s a bit of simplified information for you that will hopefully make for an interesting light read.
I would comment more on the Izanami myself, but I think there have already been a lot of theories and debates on what the Izanami really entails as it is, so a subject like that is probably best left for the comment’s section, lest my breakdown become twice the length it already is.
In any case, that’s all from me this week. Here’s a nice new bubbliton contest for all of you to sink your teeth into.
The bubble can be used for Itachi or for Kabuto if you see fit. I know this is a tough one, but hopefully you guys will come up with something good.
See you all in the comments. ^ ^