Naruto Chapter 592 Breakdown: Sorry, I am out of my mind at the moment. Please try again later.
There comes a time in every manga where the story reaches a climax of sorts, where many of the existing loose ends are tied up by the author and things begin to settle into a recognizable, clear structure. Mysteries are revealed, plot holes are filled and intertwining details are meticulously connected, giving us readers a more thorough understanding of just what the hell has been going on.
In Naruto’s latest chapter… this was NOT one of these moments.
The above caption pretty much explains how I felt while I was reading the latest Naruto chapter, because it was quite literally surreal to me in many ways. Kishi really pulled a fast one on all of us here, because by throwing a few, small details into the mix, he has opened up a vast network of possibilities that his story can now explore. In fact the possibilities are so vast, it has become somewhat difficult to fathom or even theorize what details might surface next.
One would think that these new details would give us a more intricate understanding of the forces not only behind this current war, but also all the events throughout Naruto’s history leading up to it, but rather than giving us such answers, these details only serve to surface even more questions. This latest chapter left my mind reeling in a puddle of goop, such was its profound nature.
It almost seems like some sort of strange, ironic twist that the chapter itself starts off with a series of questions, as if to reflect on its own puzzling nature and the position it effectively places its audience in…
To start off with, I have to admit that this is probably the deepest Sasuke’s character has come across as in quite some time. By questioning the nature of the world, he shows signs of the fact that he is also questioning his own nature and perhaps even his own goals. It’s a far cry from the one-dimensional, revenge-obsessed individual we’ve gotten to know over the past few years and – to be completely honest – it is a welcomed dynamic to his character that I hope we see more of from here on out.
But for a man looking for answers and with no clear way to find them, it seems like the hand of fate seemingly intervenes in his predicament as a possible solution falls – quite literally – nearly straight into his lap.
Now this is where the chapter really throws the first proverbial curve ball at us. Suigetsu and Juugo reveal that although Edo Tensei has been released, Edo Madara is still around. Sasuke seems to be somewhat surprised by this revelation, although it seems he manages to put two and two together to figure out that Tobi wasn’t the real Madara after all and that the real Madara is now, in fact, an Edo Tensei summon.
What I found more intriguing however, was what he said after that, along with the imagery that married with his words.
Here’s the definitive focal point that could give us a few clues as to who Tobi might actually be. When Sasuke learns about Edo Madara, the first thing that he thinks of is Itachi’s words to him with regards to his mission to protect the leaf, along with a vision of Uchiha Shisui.
Now, we know that Itachi used genjutsu on Sasuke to show him his past and how he went about the destruction of the Uchiha clan. This also means that Sasuke saw Itachi’s last meeting with Shisui, where the latter entrusted him with his left eye. After recalling this vision, Sasuke then says “I see, so he’s still around.” Now, my question is, who else could he be referring to if not Uchiha Shisui?
To put it plainly, the “he” Sasuke is referring to may be none other than Uchiha Shisui and the “so he’s still around” part means that he is still alive. Now the question is, if Sasuke came to this conclusion when learning of Edo Madara, does that mean that he suspects that Tobi, who he now knows is not the real Madara, is actually Shisui instead? Or is Sasuke perhaps referring to someone else altogether?
The question I posed above brings us to another detail that this chapter touched on – that being the revelation that Orochimaru is still alive.
To me, this was the biggest “blow me away” moment of the chapter. Orochimaru’s survival was not something I expected and may also serve to be an interesting twist that could quickly change the tone and direction this story adopts as a whole. It may also be the case that Orochimaru is the person Sasuke was originally referring to when he said “he’s still around,” although if that’s the case, I’m not sure why the first thing he thought of was Shisui and Itachi. Perhaps it was because Sasuke feels that Orochimaru is the only one who can tell him about the true nature of the events that lead to the destruction of the Uchiha, an event that directly involved Shisui and Itachi who both fought to preserve the Uchiha name.
Of course the one that “knows everything” could be Shisui as well, because other than Itachi, Shisui would have been the one other individual who was most closely tied to the Uchiha’s fate, especially when you consider his dealings with both Danzou and Itachi as a whole. In the end though, all these revelations do is leave us with many questions and no real answers beyond one’s own surmises, which leaves many new threads to follow and no clear destination in sight.
Despite everything that has now been revealed to us, we actually learned very little in this chapter. We still don’t know what mysterious information the scroll Suigetsu found contains or how it is related to Sasuke’s desire to search for Orochimaru, but we can guess that it’s related to the Uchiha as a whole. Much like “that jutsu” and the secret of Tobi’s identity, Kishi has managed to introduce another nameless entity into his story, one that I hope is elaborated on soon.
One thing I can say though, is that this mystery sparks a new, profound interest in Naruto for me that has been missing for these last few chapters. Kishi has, for the first time in a while, left me desperately craving the next chapter’s release, and that makes this chapter an overwhelming success in my opinion. Of course, there was more to this chapter than a few mysteries.
Moving back to the battle between the five Kage and Madara, you could say that this brief overview was comparably insignificant when measured up to the rest of this chapter. However, I wanted to touch on it mostly because of what happened in the above page.
To see the Tsuchikage think back on his promise to Naruto and his words following that, gave me renewed faith that the five Kage would eventually end up defeating Madara.
As for the battle between Naruto and his allies vs Tobi, it seems even Gedo Mazo isn’t enough to go up against two fully-fledged Jinchuuriki fighting alongside another two renowned shinobi.
I actually found it quite funny how Naruto taunted Tobi about being tired and told him to take off his mask to prove otherwise. This strategy, although unruly, has a two-fold psychological effect. Firstly, should Tobi chooses not to reveal himself, Naruto would be given free reign to gloat more, which would serve as a moral boost to both himself and his companions. Secondly, if Tobi was, in fact, growing tired, then Naruto’s words would slowly break down his own moral and cause him to slowly lose confidence in light of Naruto’s own seemingly overwhelming self-confidence.
To me, it feels like this is most certainly the case, because, before long, Tobi decides to pull out all the stops and finally summon the Juubi. This is a very rash and seemingly desperate move on Tobi’s part, seeing as how he has yet to acquire the full power of Gyuuki and Kurama, which means he’ll have to settle for an incomplete Juubi using the power of the Kin-Gin brothers and one of the Hachibi’s tentacles as substitutes. It suggests that he truly is being pushed into a corner, if he’s gone so far as to obscure his own plans in favor of winning this battle.
In any case, I’m not sure if anyone else noticed this, but when Gedo Mazo opens it’s mouth, there appears to be some sort of “eye” looking out of it.
I’m not sure what that is, but it looks like an eye to me. If anyone else has any ideas, feel free to share them.
In any case, that’s it from me this week. My mind is all but burnt out now and I cannot think of anything else to say. All that’s left for me to mention that I couldn’t say anywhere else in the breakdown was that I wanted to make everyone aware of the fact that Sasuke’s cursed mark has NOT come back, despite some of you suggesting otherwise in comments on the last breakdown.
The cursed mark that was shown in the chapter was actually Anko’s.
As you can see, Sasuke is looking over towards an unconscious Anko, whom Juugo is currently carrying. You can tell because of the marks on her as well as the fact that you can see a fishnet top under her coat – something Sasuke doesn’t wear. The fact that their collars are also vastly different is a clue as well.
For those who are wondering how Orochimaru survived, one could even suggest that he left some of his essence inside Anko’s cursed mark, but once again, that’s just a theory until proven.
In any case, all my ramblings aside, here is this week’s screen for the Bubbliton Contest.
See you all in the comments!