Naruto Chapter 607 Breakdown: Love hurts. So does dying.
Greetings my fellow WRA members. It seems that we’ve come to a point in the manga (again) where things are truly beginning to heat up, with adrenaline levels reaching epic proportions. Though the last few chapters we’ve been treated to have mostly been saturated with an overabundance of flashbacks – which you may have either hated or loved – it seems our latest iteration manages to mix things up a bit more with a good blend of information, spectacle and even some action.
To start with though, we need to remember that for the time being, we are still mostly following Obito’s story, and as the dominant focus of these past few chapters, the question we’re left with is whether or not we believe Kishi has pulled off his back-story thus far.
Up until now, we’ve pretty much gone through the motions as far as the story behind Obito is concerned. Although there are still some questions left unanswered, the picture Kishi has painted thus far feels a lot more complete than it did before. We’ve established a semi-coherent timeline regarding the events of Obito’s life post the Kakashi Gaiden – from when he was found Madara up until the point where he attacked Konoha with Kurama – and his motives seem to have been explained in a fair amount of detail, with no lack of blood and violence to help add some tragic depth to the mix.
But in all of this, one thing I’ve noticed is how much like Madara Obito ended up becoming in the end. I mean, we know that after Madara’s death, Obito decided to play in his role to help turn the world in his favor, but I do believe that what was originally intended to be an act eventually became a state of mind, and this is suggested quite heavily in the moments that Obito first met Nagato and his companions.
The way Obito states his case to Nagato is pretty much the same way in which Madara preached to Obito not too long beforehand and, much like Madara did with him, Obito warns Nagato that despite his resilience now, one day he would understand the true nature of the world and see that his “idealism” was nothing more than a farce. It makes me wonder just how much of Obito’s act is actually an act, or whether the personification of Madara became more of a reality for him than anything else.
Nagato himself seems to have been in two minds about this fake Madara’s attractive words regarding peace, but his close friend Yahiko remained far from convinced.
Now this part I found rather interesting, because to me, Yahiko takes on a very much Naruto-esque role here by standing up defiantly for his ideals while shunning the idea of a pseudo-peace based in a world of dreams. One could say that if Obito were running a marathon right now, then Yahiko would be the thorn in his shoe (much like how Naruto is right now). It’s also because of this obstruction that Obito’s immediate goal of winning Nagato’s allegiance is threatened and that on its own leaves us with a lot to ponder.
For example, could it have been Yahiko’s defiance here that eventually lead to his death? Did Obito play the chess pieces from behind the scenes to set up the meeting with Hanzou and Danzou as a means to get rid of the one thing standing between him and full control of Nagato? Or is it simply a case where he truly believed that it was only a matter of time before tragedy struck and thus, all he had to do was wait?
These questions also bring us back to the events revolving around Rin’s death and the mystery as to whether or not that was also a setup on Madara’s side, but beyond our own hypothesis, it’s something we’ll have to wait to be revealed before we can tell for certain.
After this brief meeting however, things get put on “fast-forward” for the next few pages as we rush through a few more familiar events that we’ve already seen before, only with a few extra sneak-peak previews and the odd few flashbacks within a flashback that add a little bit more body to them and tell a little story of their own – touching on past dreams and present tragedies that help highlight the feelings of turmoil that Obito must have felt deep down inside.
As I mentioned before, these photo-frame entries seem to serve the sole purpose of establishing a loose timelines for us readers to follow and help us paint a bigger picture of just how everything falls into place, but they also managed to add a little flavor of their own to the story by bringing a slightly more personal touch to each of Obito’s actions. One of the most effective measures Kishi uses to do this, is by highlighting the contrast between Obito’s old life when he was still part of team Minato, and the current reality of hell he had found himself in as he bitterly worked towards realizing Madara’s Moon Eye plan.
One line in particular seems to solidify his new mindset and how reality has ultimately numbed Obito’s heart.
This is pretty much the bottom line right here. Obito doesn’t care about this world anymore, or to be more accurate, he doesn’t care about this current reality. It goes a long way in explaining why he seems to act without any regard for the consequences of his actions, even if those actions involve the deaths of innocents, or even babies (as was the case when he almost blew up Naruto).
To Obito, all these things are no longer relevant. Who lives, who dies, who suffers or who is happy, to him it’s all inconsequential seeing as how he’s going to create a new reality anyway. It’s also part of the reason why he probably never bothered to kill Kakashi or take out his vengeance on him for Rin’s death. All that matters to Obito now is the completion of the Moon Eye plan and the only things that truly concern him are potential obstacles to that plan.
Going from here, we come to an end regarding these flashbacks and are catapulted straight back into the thick of the action again. Though I do believe this reprieve will only be temporary, it’s nice to have things mixed up a bit to break the monotony. And what better way to heat things up than an epic confrontation between Naruto and Madara?
I have to admit, I had previously presumed that we would be subjected to two tag team battles here, with Naruto and Bee fighting Madara while Kakashi and Gai fought Obito. However, it seems that this is no longer the case, seeing as how Gai has moved over to Naruto’s bench to help balance the odds against someone who could pretty much be considered the strongest Ninja in Naruto at this very point in time. This means that Kakashi has been left to face Obito alone, which despite making sense considering their troubled history, also stands out as a little odd to me.
If we look back, Minato sealed Kurama into Naruto specifically so that he could defeat the calamity that would threaten the world. At the time, that calamity was perceived to be Tobi, who we now know is Obito, which means that Naruto was given the power he has specifically to stop Obito from carrying out his plans. Now this premise has been cast out the window and a completely different situation has developed where Naruto has been redirected to face another threat altogether in the form of Madara.
At first glance, one might say that this development in itself has caused Minato’s and Kushina’s sacrifice to lose its value, seeing as how the person they presumed Naruto would need to use Kurama’s power to defeat, is not longer going to be his opponent. However, when we consider that Madara is, in fact, the true master behind the Moon Eye plan, we could also say that he is the true darkness that is threatening the world as opposed to Obito. This means that Naruto’s real purpose is to defeat Madara and that he was given the power he has to do so.
All nitpicking aside, it seems like Naruto’s support has already been defeated. Bee looks as if he has a hangover from hell and Gai looks to have lost more blood than any human body should contain to begin with. I did, however, find it funny how Gai acted all tough – as if he was still good to go – even though you could see he was practically ready to fall apart. It’s that humorous nature of his that I love so much and that really brings a bit of light-heartedness to an otherwise bleak situation.
From here on out, things look like they are heading along the path of awesomeness, with two confrontations coming up that I am really looking forward to seeing unfold. If the next few chapters are anything less than epic, I’d be quite surprised to say the least, so lets hope Kishi keeps it up.
Well, that’s it for now.
Here are the winner’s of last week’s Bubbliton Contest.
5th) Nikeairforce (because he spammed us with entries and was bound to get at least one spot)
Madara: This one has a price tag of 10000 plot holes, and you will get a free “Naruto Speech” at the middle of your disclosure Arc, you know, love friendship…
Obito: Then I’ll take it. Do you have it in pink?
Caption: No, he didnt have it in pink…
4th) Ashes Reignighted
Obito: “there are people oozing from these stalactites………?”
Madara: “Ignore them. They are just what remains of when Hashirama used this as his “love cave” before he got married.
Caption: There is a reason Hashirama is legendary
3rd) Bret Yingling
Madara: As you can see our Zetsu’s come in white, white…
Bubble: … and white.
Caption: I’ll keep swirly face.
2nd) Chairman Kaga
Left Bubble: fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap.
Right Bubbles: These Zetsus reproduce by themselves, and that’s how I’m going to make an army…
Caption: Many years later.
And our winner is…
Congratulations to Eke2k6 for the winning entry. It really did make me giggle when I thought of all the Tobito haters out there.
Here is this week’s screen, and who better is there to star in our breakdown other than our beloved Maito Gai himself?
See you in the comments. ^ ^