Naruto Chapter 597 Breakdown: Obito theories, here we come!
Greetings everyone. It’s Tenrai here, back on the Naruto breakdowns once again after a brief hiatus. Before I start the breakdown itself, I’d like to thank Avenue0Pein for covering for me these past few breakdowns. It helps a lot.
In any case, moving along, I’d have to say that these last few Naruto chapters have been an Obito theorist’s dream come true and, as a self-admitted member of that subgroup, I’ve had my fair share of debates on the blog regarding Tobi’s identity and whether he is or is not, in fact, Obito. Some of you are for it, many are against it, but one things for certain, this latest Naruto chapter definitely plants a few clues that seem to hint at some form of relation between Tobi and Obito.
It also gave us a nice colour spread to gawk at.
Of course, there’s a lot more to this chapter than a simply theory fest as to who Tobi is, but let’s face it, most of it was about how Tobi’s jutsu works. To refrain from boring you with the details, I will not repeat any of it here because by now all of you have read the chapter and thus, have the gist of it. What I will mention, however, is that it is certainly clear from the information given in this latest chapter that Tobi and Kakashi’s sharingan powers are one and the same and unique to only the two of them, going by Kakashi’s suggestions.
What does this mean exactly? It means that I think we can safely conclude that Tobi is either using Obito’s eye and thus his power, or he IS , in fact, Obito. There are a few clues I’ll point out that seem to be leading towards the latter, but the first one I’ll address is the following.
As you can see from the screen above – in the area that Naruto’s rasengan had impacted with Tobi – you see some of the results of the damage caused. The most noticeable detail is that the white skin that Tobi has on his arm – which is most likely from the white Zetsu cells in his body – has peeled off or been burned away to reveal more healthy looking normal human skin underneath.
This revelation brings out a few possibilities regarding Tobi’s appearance, the most pertinent being that everything we have seen regarding his body so far may be deceiving to the eyes thanks to the nature of how his body has been constructed. This also means that even when Tobi revealed his face to the likes of Sasuke or Kisame, it’s hard to tell whether the visage they were seeing was truly Tobi’s, or whether it was nothing more than another mask, a layer of skin or cells that are disguising the true face underneath. I do find it odd that Kishi has only ever revealed the right side of Tobi’s face – the same side of Obito’s body that was crushed – while never revealing the left side. This in itself suggests that seeing the left side might give away who he is.
Faces also represent the second visual clue linking Tobi to Obito, because in a page that seems to be deliberately suggestive, Kishi has created a side-by-side cross-section between Tobi’s and Kakashi’s face, much in the same way he did during the Kakashi Gaiden where he had a similar panel between Kakashi and Obito.
Of course, these clues that link Tobi to Obito are not only visual in nature. Many of them are verbal too and most of the dialogue in this chapter seems to create a sense of personal tension between Tobi and Kakashi. I think there’s a reason Kishi has pushed Kakashi to the forefront of the story in these past few chapters and I don’t think it’s only because of the angry mob of Kakashi fans outside his house that formed after he failed to show us his rampage (although that might be part of it).
The first thing Kakashi asks Tobi after discovering that Tobi’s jutsu and his Kamui are practically one and the same, is where he got “that eye.”
Tobi’s answer is very revealing, because he mentions the day that Obito died during the battle of the Kannabi Bridge. It’s ironic because the meaning of his answer is ambiguous – no doubt intentionally – because it was also on that very same day and at that same place that Obito awakened his sharingan and thus, could be read as the place that he “got that eye.”
Kakashi’s response to this revelation is understandably wrought with tension and it stands to reason when one considers the fact that it’s clear to him now that Tobi is using Obito’s power. The page that follows is even more revealing as far as the potential link between Kakashi and Tobi is concerned though.
In this particular page, Tobi seems to verbally attack Kakashi on a personal level, as if he were holding a lot of ill feelings or resentment towards him. Tobi mentions that what Kakashi says holds no worth and that he is “only words and no action,” once again suggesting that Tobi has intricate knowledge of Kakashi as a person which is a relationship that runs deeper than one that could possibly exist between two strangers.
Of course, if we look back to the events of the Kakashi Gaiden, it’s easy to see where such scolding accusations from Tobi may be rooted.
When Obito asks Kakashi to take care of Rin, Kakashi verbally acknowledges his request as if to promise that he would do so. Later, when talking to Rin alone, Kakashi reiterates that promise and proclaims that he will “protect Rin through life and death.”
Ultimately, however, Kakashi was unnable to honor his words, seeing as how, in the end, he was never truly able to protect Rin and thus she ultimately died as well. It’s something that definitely gives meaning to Tobi’s accusations against Kakashi and would explain the seemingly personal nature of their dialogue.
Tobi also says that it’s too late for regrets, which may be a reference to Kakashi’s regret regarding both Obito’s and Rin’s deaths, however, it may also be linked to his regrets regarding the fact that he did not listen to Obito sooner when it came to saving Rin and that his decision ultimately lead to Obito’s death.
Given all these clues, it’s hard to ignore the possibility that Tobi might be Obito, even for those who might otherwise be dead-set against the theory.
Of course, some would question why someone who once promoted the notion that one should always care and look after their friends would have become so cold and ruthless to the point where he wanted to create a new world free from individuality regardless of the sacrifices he had to make to do so, but even those questions can be answered if we just look in the right place.
These last few thoughts going through Obito’s mind say a lot. In the end, he wanted to be together with everyone and I’m sure he felt that in an ideal world, he would have never had to leave or lose those he loved – and that’s exactly what Tobi is trying to do, build an ideal world.
He wishes to build a world without war or suffering, a world where, perhaps, he can be together with those he loves again even if such a world only exists in a dream.
In the end though, like all theories, nothing is set in stone until it is revealed in the manga itself and thus, as much as I support the Tobi/Obito theory, I am well aware of the fact that it may never come to pass despite how much it is hinted at in this new chapter. If I had to list my list of top candidates regarding Tobi’s true identity, it would be as follows.
1: Obito: For obvious reasons.
2: Izuna Uchiha: Because he would fit most timelines without argument and because he lost his eyes, thus it makes more sense that he would have had to use the eyes of other Uchiha like Obito. It would also explain his seemingly intricate relationship with Madara.
3: The Sage of the Six Path’s oldest or youngest son: The oldest son had the Rinnegan if we go by flashbacks, which would explain how Tobi originally acquired the Rinnegan and why he called them “his eyes.” The youngest son, however, looks more like Tobi from an aesthetic point of view so is not an impossibility either.
4: Some other non-Uchiha: Tobi may, in fact, be some non-Uchiha that we don’t know of, or perhaps even be born as a result of one of Orochimaru’s or Madara’s experiments. This I feel is less likely though because to me, it would have much less of an impact if Tobi ended up being someone we don’t know, because it would make the point of hiding his identity for so long negligible.
Aside from those, there are many other possibilities, but those are the ones I personally feel most strongly about. The only other theory I would like to mention is actually one born from details revealed about the new Naruto movie, Road to Ninja.
*SPOILERS ABOUT THE MOVIE START HERE.*
Through details revealed about the latest movie, it has been discovered that the primary villain of the movie is actually an evil version of Naruto who exists in the alternate reality created through Tobi’s Limited Eternal Tsukyomi.
Menma, as an alternate version of Naruto, also shares many of his features, such as having a similar face, the same shaped eyes and whisker marks on his cheeks. Even his hair is the same aside from the fact that it is black instead of blond. Other features that stand out are the fact that Menma is also a Jinchuuriki and is the host of the Kyuubi in the alternate world that he resides in and that he is also often seen wearing a Kitsune mask. Aside from that, an interesting fact to point out is that at some point, Menma apparently merges with Tobi, after which he has the Sharingan in his right eye.
It may be possible that the introduction of Menma in the latest Naruto movie and his subsequent merger with Tobi may serve as a clue regarding Tobi’s identity, although this theory is stretching it a bit. However, it has been said that this latest Naruto movie is more canonical and less filler – in contrast to the other movies – so the possibility that there are links between these details is there.
*NARUTO MOVIE SPOILERS END HERE.*
If you guys have any other names you’d like me to add to the poll, please just mention it in the comments and I’ll add it if it’s relevant.
Well, that’s it from me this week. I’m sorry if my breakdown had too much of a specific focus, but I felt that with Tobi’s reveal on the horizon, now’s the best time to discuss or debate our final theories about who he is, mostly because it’s the last chance we’ll get.
In any case, here is last week’s Bubbliton winner.
Well done to Gavin for his entry.
Here is this week’s screen.
Let the Tobi debates begin! ^ ^