Naruto Chapter 637 – 638 Breakdown: All-in-one and One-in-all! It’s time to me the SA fall!
I have to admit, in my last breakdown I bashed Obito a bit under the pretense that he was a dull and boring villain. The unabashed assault stemmed from the feeling that he was just another pawn in Madara’s game, and really, it’s hard to love a pawn when it’s only purpose is to act as a sacrifice for the sake of the king.
However, much like in chess, sometimes the pawn gets to the end of the board and becomes a much more powerful piece that affects the outcome of the entire game, and it seems Obito has somehow managed such a feat, proving against my previous assessment that not only does he have a mind and will of his own, but that he was also able to break the control of his previous superior and rise above him. It was truly an unexpected twist, especially with how ominously chapter 637 seemed to start out for our emochiha.
For most of us, I think it definitely felt like this was the end for Obito, especially at this early point in the chapter. I mean, there’s not much hope for a guy with a gaping hole in his chest being controlled by one of the most powerful shinobi to ever live, is there? It was also at this point that once again, Madara seemed to have all the cards in his hands, even going as far as suggesting that he expected this outcome from the start and had already planned for it from the moment he first saved Obito’s life.
But what most of us didn’t notice at first – which is something that we could only truly discern in hindsight – is that Naruto had already looked deeper into the situation and realized what was really happening here.
If we look at the page above, the first sign we receive that something is amiss is Naruto’s shocked reaction. At first, I thought this might have been due to the fact that he recognized the seal Obito was using and that Madara would be revived through Rinne Tensei, however, when Hashirama tells Naruto and Sasuke to stop Obito before it’s too late, Naruto seems to ward against Sasuke moving ahead too hastily.
It brings up the question as to why Naruto would be opposed to haste when the situation demanded it, especially when Madara’s resurrection seemed inevitable.
It’s also at this point that Minato himself also seems to detect something out of place.
From here on out, it seems to be a mad rush between Naruto, Sasuke and the various Hokage in what appears to be an attempt to stop Madara from reviving. I have to say, this was quite an exciting moment and definitely succeeded in creating a sense of dredge and urgency in this chapter.
However, the true highlight occurred when Minato – after realizing that he had a seal placed on Obito – appeared first on the scene in a desperate bid to prevent a disaster. What follows seems like an almost bitter-sweet and yet fatefully tragic reunion between a master and his fallen pupil as Minato delivers what appears to be the final and decisive blow.
At this point – after a brief yet somber reunion between Minato and Obito – it almost seems as if the latter has died, and judging by his expression, he even seems to be at peace. All of this, along with Madara’s admittance that his attempts to resurrect himself failed, creates a deceptively reassuring sense of relief, as if the threat has now passed and all that’s left is the matter of taking care of a mindless Juubi and a hopelessly outnumbered Madara.
It’s at this point, however, that the truth behind Naruto’s hesitance is revealed and the tables are dramatically turned. In a truly unexpected twist, it turns out that Obito had succeeded in completing the seal required to make himself the Juubi’s Jinchuuriki. It turns out that Naruto did, in fact, recognize the seal Obito was using, only he recognized it as being a different seal to the one used for Rinne Tensei, which he had seen Nagato use before. This coupled with his ability to sense the Bijuu’s chakra being pulled into Obito meant that Naruto knew from the start that Obito was about to become the Juubi’s Jinchuuriki, which would explain his reluctance in rushing in like Sasuke did.
I have to say, it really is quite a special moment when Naruto is showing so much foresight and understanding, that it ends up being left to him to save shinobi hailed as geniuses – such as Minato and Sasuke – from harm.
Moving onto Obito’s transformation thereoff, the first thing I would have pointed out about hiss appearance is that he actually looks pretty bad-ass now, and even gives off the feeling of being inherently evil and incredibly dangerous. Kishi really hit it off with his character design as a Jinchuuriki and it almost seems sad and funny at the same time that this isn’t even his final form. However, one thing I would like to point out are the markings on his back, which seem to have some significant relation between the markings we see on the back of the Rikudou Sennin’s cloak and even some resemblance to Naruto’s cloak markings in his Kyuubi Chakra form.
The most interesting relationship between these markings lies both in the similarities, and the slight differences at the same time. In the case of the Rikudou Sennin, we have the nine Tomoe on his back and then a sphere which seems to resemble the Rinnegan. With Obito’s new transformed state, we also see the nine Tomoe and the sphere, but with a twist in that the ringed sphere has a angled marking at the bottom that makes it look somewhat like a tenth Tomoe.
The interesting aspect therein is that Naruto’s markings in his Kyuubi chakra form seem to resemble Obito’s quite closely, in that he has the Tomoe as well as the spiral mark that is market to look like a Tomoe as well, only instead of the sphere having perfect rings like the Rinnegan, it has a spiral more like that of the Uzumaki clan. This same mark appears on the back of Minato’s cloak as well and it brings up the question of why the symbol of the Uzumaki clan also appears in this transformed state using Kurama’s chakra, and how the Uzumaki are related to both the Rikudou Sennin, Kurama and the Juubi. If there is a chain that connects them all, then where do the Uzumaki fall in that link?
In terms of other aesthetic features, I’d also like to point out that Obito has ten spine-like appendages coming out of his back, which could also be said to resemble the ten tails of the Juubi. As for the power that comes along with that appearance, well, Hashirama said it best really.
With Madara’s betrayal and Obito as the single greatest threat on the battlefield now, I think its safe to say that this war has now become a three-way battle between the interests of Madara, the interests of the Alliance, and Obito’s own agenda, whatever that may be now. Madara still seems to have some sort of trump card up his sleeve though, so it really is anyone’s guess as to what will happen next.
The only other thing I think that’s worth mentioning about these last two chapters (other than the fact that they were epic), is that I’m no longer completely sure if Obito is still Obito. When Minato tried to call out to him, he almost seem unaware of his former self, which makes me wonder how much of his actions now are based on his own will, and how much of that will might have been lost to the Juubi now.
Well, that’s it for me for now. I’ll see you all in the comments! ^ ^