Naruto Chapter 636 Breakdown: A mysterious mystery has mysteriously presented itself.
I have to admit, this breakdown won’t be very long. The reason it won’t be long is because to be honest, I couldn’t be bothered to write up any considerable amount of discussion regarding Obito, who I find to be an incredibly uninteresting character at this very moment.
Why is he so boring? Well, probably because Madara and Sasuke make far more interesting villains than he does. Maybe it’s because of his lack of charisma, or a lack of mystery regarding his motives, I don’t know. All I can say is that every time a scene comes along that involves him almost exclusively, it just about feels like filler content.
If I had to put my finger on a possible reason why Obito has become less and less interesting as a villain – especially since he removed his mask and thus, all mystery around himself as a character – it would be thanks to the fact that right now, he feels more like a puppet to the true villain here, which is Madara.
Let’s face it, Madara was the one pulling the strings all along. He’s the one who set all these chains of events into motion and Obito is ultimately just another pawn on the chessboard, while Madara remains the king. It’s because of this that I had ultimately also lost interest in the battle between Kakashi and Obito, despite the fact that I still love Kakashi as a character. There’s just no weight behind it.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Kishi didn’t try his best to create some form of emotional investment. All-in-all, this chapter was filled with a lot of flashbacks and somber words that tried ever so admirably to elicit some form of empathic reaction from us readers. However, whether the attempt was successful is questionable, because for me personally, it wasn’t. In fact, the only emotion brought out of me during this entire battle was a sense of satisfaction and relief when Kakashi put a quick end to it.
The only truly interesting part of this chapter that is worth discussing at greater length was what happened after Obito was skewered like a kebab. We see him retreating back to the battlefield with Kamui after admitting his loss to Kakashi, only to be the victim of what looks to be some sort of agonizing bodily take-over on Madara’s part.
We see the half of Obito’s body that was largely made up of Hashirama’s cells begin to turn black and rod like extrusions begin to manifest, which resemble the same black rods that Nagato once used to control the bodies that made up the 6 Paths of Pain.
Of course, I think I can speak for everyone when I say that the first thing to come to mind after seeing half of Obito’s body turn black was Black Zetsu, and rightly so. After all, Black Zetsu is, in itself, a manifestation of the extension of Madara’s own will, which he imparted into a normal Zetsu clone.
This also brings up the possibility that much in the same way Madara imparted his will within the entity we now call Black Zetsu, he might have similarly imparted his will in the cells he used to reconstruct the other half of Obito’s body with. This might also imply that Obito’s change to the “dark side” was not, in fact, due to what happened to Rin, but rather a result of Madara’s own hidden influence. Or perhaps it was just a combination of both and Madara’s influence simply helped push Obito over the edge.
Of course, it makes sense for Madara to impart some of his will or influence into Obito, after all, he couldn’t be 100% certain that Obito would follow his plan right through to the end without deviating from it. You could say that this might have been some sort of endurance policy on Madara’s part that would ripen if Obito ever went off course, so to speak.
In addition to the implications around Obito’s actions, this new development also reflects back onto another incident regarding a member of Akatsuki, and that is Nagato.
If we consider that the black rods exiting Obito’s body and the subsequent take-over therein is part of an influence from Madara’s will, then likewise, we could hypothesize that the black rods that impaled Nagato at the time he summoned Gedo Mazo might be related as well.
It might help explain Nagato’s dramatic change in demeanor after the events of Yahiko’s death, and when we consider that Nagato was using Madara’s eyes all along, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to consider that Madara himself might have sabotaged those very eyes and implemented a system whereby they would react to some sort of emotional trigger in order to release his influence and make its hold on Nagato complete. When we also consider how Nagato was also able to use those same rods to inject his chakra into an individual and control or cripple their actions with it – even dead bodies – then it stands to reason that he might have been controlled by them in a similar manner.
This also means that it’s very likely that Madara will use a similar method on controlling Obito now, by using those chakra rods to force him to commit an act against his own will.
Well, I think it’s safe to say that Madara will likely be Rinne Tensei’d now, though I think it would be more interesting if someone like Naruto stepped in and broke Madara’s control over Obito, both in an act of mercy and intervention.
If Madara did become the Jinchuuriki for the Juubi, however, all I can say is that things will go south very fast. Either way, that’s all from me this week. It’s a shorter than usual breakdown, but oh well. Here are last week’s Bubbliton Contest winners.
There won’t be any specific Bubbliton contest this week because I’m tired and I don’t know what to pick. So instead, I’ve decided to try something new.
This weeks Bubbliton Contest will be an open Bubbliton. In other words, you can pick whatever page or panel you like from the latest chapter, and come up with your own entry. The same rules still apply, and whoever has the best entry wins, but if you struggle to use image editing programs to make your Bubbliton, you can just provide a link to the specific page or panel you want to use and text underneath it.
Good luck, and I’ll see you in the comments! ^ ^