Naruto Chapter 599 Breakdown: The mystery behind Tobi is revealed! Well, mostly…
We’ve finally arrived…
That’s right people, the moment where the mystery behind Tobi’s identity would be revealed has now finally come to pass and for many, it was a moment either filled with a great amount of joy and triumph, or a great amount of anger and frustration. When one considers the nature of this reveal and the fact that Tobi was shown to be none other than Obito himself, it’s easy to understand why so many emotions would be involved, but for Tobito theorist haters in particular, I present to you this video – compliments of Amatarasu – which should convey your feelings quite soundly.
For those of you who were Tobito supporters – like myself – this was probably one of the single most exciting chapters you would have read, but before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s take a deeper look.
To start, if I were to put it quite blatantly, I would say that this latest chapter was really nothing more than one massive flashback, but what really sets it apart from other similar chapters and makes it unique is that it is the first chapter that Kishi has ever given us that is completely wordless – save for one line from Kakashi right at the end. Instead of the typical dialogue that is used liberally to translate what’s going on, the chapter uses visuals alone to convey its message and to me, it did this quite effectively.
The first opening scene was one I particularly enjoyed, because it gave us a glimpse as to what the academy days might have been like for the previous generation who now act as the mentors for the likes of Naruto and his peers. Seeing the miniature versions of Guy, Kakashi, Genma, Kurenai, Anko and Asuma – among others – was a bit of a treat in itself, but it also served as a foundation on which to place Obito as a character.
No longer is Obito simply an entity which only existed as a member of team Minato, because we are now able to place him as a part of a much bigger picture. He was also just a boy who had many peers, acquaintances, rivals, friends and fellow ninja who would eventually serve at his side. He was an integral part of a greater whole and it is with that foundation that we can explore what role he would eventually play in shaping the future.
We’re also given many clues about what kind of person Obito was. For the most part, his early incarnation seems to match Naruto’s personality in many ways – as both as a clumsy goofball who was often on the receiving end regarding the consequences of his reckless actions, and as a confident showoff who really just wanted to impress those around him.
Because of this, I am sure he was also seen by his peers in a similar light as well – at first as nothing more than a nuisance, but then later – as time went by – for the caring and strong-willed person he really was.
Another thing that seemed to be a very strong focal point in this flashback was the slowly-budding relationship between Obito and Rin. It seems pretty clear from the off set that Obito has a crush on Rin; one that the latter seems oblivious to. Although Rin treats Obito as a friend and companion for the most part, it’s clear that his feelings for her are much stronger than that, even though she doesn’t seem to see their relationship in the same light.
This creates a form of tension that seems to grow as Kakashi – the one Rin is truly interested in – becomes an increasingly greater focus for her admiration.
This scene where you see Obito looking at Rin as if she was out of his reach seemed very symbolic to me for two reasons. The first was the eye patch on Obito’s left eye, which was the same eye that he gave to Kakashi and the same eye he would be missing later on in the story. This ties in with the second reason, which was the fact that this is the only time we really see Obito without his mask or headband, which gives us a good look at his face and his features as a whole.
The Obito we see in this scene, with the dampened expression and deep scowl, very much resembles how the “Obito” we saw at the end of the chapter looked, missing eye and all, with the only real difference being the existence of scars on the left side of his face and the fact that the Obito at the end had a darker expression.
Whether Kishi is trying to marry Obito’s feelings for Rin with the reasons behind his current actions since her death is unclear, but one thing is certain, she clearly played some role in the events that lead up to Obito’s downfall. Whether his actions are based solely on her or whether there is a deeper connection remains to be seen, but I’m sure we’ll have our answers soon.
Aside from that, you could say that for the most part, we were treated to a visual journey of Obito’s life from the time he entered the ninja academy, to the moment of his “death” when he gave Kakashi his left eye. I personally enjoyed the chapter for its unique style and change of pace, but I am well aware of the fact that many would have dislike it for the very same reason I enjoyed it. In saying that, I must also say that despite this picturesque scene, things were far from “picture perfect” and there were a few small mistakes that may have been caused by some oversight from Kishi, mistakes that were pointed out by members on the blog.
One of the more blatant ones – as identified by Salamiyo – was where we had Obito standing with the stone faces of the Kage, most notably Minato’s face, carved on the mountain in the background, which is odd because this took place in a timeline before Minato had become Hokage.
Aside from all that this chapter also gave us quite a few other little snippets of hidden information for those who were paying attention. Although most are probably not that important in terms of the direct plot at hand, it’s still interesting to take note of. For example, if you look at the composition of the team battles in the “chunin exam” part of the flashback, you’ll notice that Gai, Ebisu and Genma were on a team together, which seems like quite a strange collection of oddballs. Heaven only knows how Gai would have fit with those two, but I suppose it wouldn’t have been the oddest team we’ve seen.
It also seems that Anko and Inoichi were on a team with someone who, oddly enough, looks something like Kabuto (I wonder if Orochimaru was their jounin sensei), while Hayate Gekko can be seen on a team with Ibiki and someone who looks like an Akamichi, named Tokara.
In the end though, we have to see this chapter for what it is. It was the moment many of us had been waiting for basically since Tobi was first revealed in part two. How much of a success it was in that regard really depends on whether you were a Tobito supported or not, because as I’ve seen from comments, some people loved it and some hated it.
Many of you are still arguing about whether it really is Obito or if Tobi is just using Obito’s body and that it might be someone like Izuna instead, but to me, the last page made quite a bold deceleration that cannot easily be ignored.
Right at the end, in the black text, it clearly states “It’s finally revealed. His name is Obito!” To me, this isn’t a declaration Kishi would make unless this was, in fact, Obito and not just some imposter using his body. It would seem a bit strange if, come next chapter, he suddenly went against that declaration as if to say “Nah, I was just pulling your leg.”
Of course, with all things said and done, many anti-Tobito theorists would still argue that there might be a twist to this tale despite this and to be fair, I have to say that it may very well be a possibility. It just feels somewhat unlikely to me though, although I may be proven wrong. I do, however, find the idea of one of Naruto’s greatest villains coming from the same generation that raised its greatest hero quite an intriguing one.
Well, that’s all from me this week. Here are last week’s Bubbliton Contest winners.
Tobi: Nya nya nya nya, you can’t hit me! ( in sing song voice)
Caption: He’s going to regret painting that target on his mask.
2nd The Incredible Marksman
Tobi: My, what big balls you have.
Caption: The better to smack YOUR FACE WI— wait… errrr….Can we…can we start over?
It seems The Incredible Marksman lived up to his name last week with two winning entries. Congratulations.
As for this week’s bubbliton, I’ll have you know that it was very difficult to find a suitable bubble in a chapter where they were pretty much nonexistent. But there was something….
I hope this one isn’t too difficult, but there wasn’t much else to use.
See you all in the comments. ^ ^