Naruto Chapter 639 Breakdown: Things are getting a little weird in here…
I have to say, chapter 639 was a very good entry for Naruto, one that – judging from the feedback in our comments section – was enjoyed by most of our readers. However, as good as it was, I also think it was a bit confusing for some readers as well, so my intention for this breakdown is to try and explain it to the best of my capability and hopefully make it easier to understand for those who might have missed something.
As such, this breakdown will be a bit less theoretical and a bit more analytical, so please bear with me for the time being.
Alright, so first off, coming from chapter 638, we have a new, super-powered Obito making short work of the first and second Hokage – or at least, in the case of Hashirama, making short work of his Mokuton clone. However, despite his seemingly blinding speed, Tobirama actually manages to place explosive tags on Obito during his attack, proving that he himself is no pushover when it comes to the speed department, which is something that even Minato comments on.
Of course, the explosive tags themselves aren’t just your ‘run-of’-the-mill’ variety, and are unique in the sense that they continually summon more tags that then ‘assault’ the target in what can only be described as a series of explosions of epic proportions. I also believe this technique serves as another good example of how space-time jutsu can be used more offensively, and is a good indication of Tobirama’s mastery in that seldom explored field.
I have to say, despite our short time seeing Tobirama in action, Kishi’s did a good job of giving us a glimpse of the power of who could be considered the most seldom seen and neglected of all the Hokage. However, despite the ferocity of this attack, in the end, Tobirama’s ultimate intention was not to destroy, but rather to learn.
As he put it himself, he knows the inner workings of Edo Tensei more than anyone, and as such, he also knows the strategies that make the most use of it. One of those strategies is to take advantage of the immortality granted by Edo Tensei and use it in a sacrificial manner to test the strength and abilities of your enemies without the risk of suffering any actual loss of life. In this case, Tobirama was testing Obito’s defense and durability and in turn, Hiruzen follows his former master’s lead and unleashes his own attack in an effort to learn more about Obito’s capabilities as the Juubi’s Jinchuuriki.
It’s here that we learn some of the most interesting aspects of Obito’s abilities. Following Hiruzen’s Shuriken Kagebunshin no Jutsu, we see what appears to be two sphere’s of chakra appearing over holes at the back of each of Obito’s hands. However, rather than remaining in that spherical form persistently, it seems Obito can manipulate their shape in whatever manner he pleases for both offensive and defensive purposes.
While Hiruzen likens this technique to Onoki’s Dust Element, the first thing that came to my mind when seeing those black spheres form was that they looked like miniature versions of the Bijuu Bomb, only, unlike the Bijuu Bombs we see being used by other Jinchuuriki like Naruto or Bee, Obito is able to apply nature transformation to his version.
It’s a topic that brings me back to the first lesson Kakashi gave Naruto on shape and nature manipulation when he was helping him complete the Rasengan. In its basic form, the Rasengan itself was an incomplete jutsu that relied purely on an extreme case of shape manipulation to condense the chakra into a perfect sphere. In order to evolve the jutsu into a complete version, he had to add his wind element to change the Rasengan’s nature and give it its signature shuriken-like cutting edge.
In this case, you could apply the same principles to the Bijuu Bomb, in that in its basic form, it’s just a giant sphere of pure chakra that’s used to attack an opponent – much like the Rasengan, only on a larger scale. However, when you add nature manipulation to it, its properties change considerably depending on what kind of nature it’s adopting and the jutsu becomes more “complete”. When we consider that Hiruzen has suggested that Obito’s technique probably uses more than 4 types of nature manipulation at once, then I think it’s safe to say that this goes far beyond the capabilities of a normal Bijuu Bomb as far as versatility goes, or any other jutsu for that matter.
However, despite its seemingly endless versatility as far as shape and nature transformations go, Obito’s jutsu seems to have some limitations in terms of how long it can sustain a particular shape for, as well as possible limitations in terms of the size and volume of those shapes.
If I had to make a comparison of sorts, I’d hazard a guess and say that Obito’s jutsu might be similar to the Nara Clan’s Shadow Mimic Jutsu, in that the overall size of the shapes that he creates cannot exceed the original volume of the chakra he is using, much like how the overall area of Shikamaru’s shadow must remain consistent regardless of what shape he adapts it to, thus limiting its overall range.
It’s potential weaknesses like this that might give the Shinobi Alliance clues as to how to defeat Obito in his current form, and it’s because of this that the Edo Tensei’d Hokage’s efforts to battle Obito while the rest of the alliance observes how he reacts to those attacks is so important – a fact that Sasuke bluntly points out to Naruto when he doesn’t seem to understand the situation.
However, I think what they didn’t expect was for Obito to turn his attention away from the more immediate threat of those attacking him – including Minato – and instead turn his attention to launch a surprise attack on Naruto.
I think this might have been the most confusing part of the chapter for most people and even I have to admit that I had to read it twice before I fully understood what was happening here. I attribute that mostly to the fact that Naruto and Minato look so similar to each other right now, that it’s difficult to tell who’s where and what’s why. So, to break it down (as one does in a breakdown), I’ll give a quick step-by-step run through of the situation.
First, after seeing Obito’s body become enlarged because of his lack of control as a Jinchuuriki, Minato charges in to attack during the potential opening, at which point he creates a clone of himself to perform his “Rasen Senkou Chourinbukousanshiki”, whatever the hell that is. It’s at this point though, that the upper half of Obito’s body moves underground in a manner all to similar to Zetsu and launches a surprise attack on Naruto and Gamakichi, who are much further behind. The attack knocks Gamakichi over and sends Naruto flying through the air towards the now surfaced upper half of Obito’s body, who then attempts to finish Naruto off while he’s helplessly in mid flight.
Luckily for Naruto, Sasuke manages to block the attack for him and saves him from impending doom.
While Sasuke is saving Naruto from being penetrated (most likely because he’d much rather penetrate Naruto himself), Minato and his clone, who are still currently near the bottom half of Obito’s body, are both kicked away.
At first, I actually thought it was Naruto and Minato being kicked away in this scene, because of the panel on the right showing Naruto’s expression, but this can’t be the case because Naruto was flying through the air behind Sasuke at the time (far from Minato’s position). I do think this might have confused a lot of people though, so hopefully this explanation helps put everything into perspective.
With the battle aside, however, the most interesting part about this scene was what Sasuke said after saving Naruto.
If you look at the panel above, you’ll notice that Sasuke is actually talking to Obito in this scene. He has a flashback of the old team 7 – during which he envisions a slash appearing through the image of Naruto specifically – and then goes on to say “It’s not you. The one who will cut away the past is me.” Basically, he’s referring to Naruto as “the past” and is clarifying that Obito won’t be the one to kill Naruto, but rather that he (Sasuke) will. In other words, the only reason Sasuke saved Naruto was because he wants to deal with Naruto himself and it seems he won’t let anyone else take away that gratification from him.
As for why Sasuke would still want to kill Naruto, as mentioned before, it might simply be due to the fact that Naruto is still a Jinchuuriki and thus, is seen as a remnant of the old Shinobi system that Sasuke wants to destroy. If Sasuke had no hesitations about killing the other 7 Bijuu rather than trying to free them as Naruto requested, there’s no reason to believe he’ll show mercy for Naruto or Bee either, despite the fact that he’s declared his desire to protect Konoha. Of course, another possibility is that he simply still holds some sort of grudge against Naruto for some reason, perhaps because of Naruto’s growth or perhaps because Sasuke sees him as a threat to his seat for Hokage.
Either way, for now I’m sure Sasuke will see this battle through to the end and assist Naruto until the time is right. However, it’s easy to see that Sasuke has every intention of clashing with Naruto still, much like how Madara wants more than anything to battle Hashirama. The only thing left is to try and survive long enough to do just that.
Well, that’s all from me for this week. I know it was a bit of a long breakdown, but hopefully everyone enjoyed it and benefited from the more detailed analysis.
Seeing as how we haven’t had a proper Bubbliton in some time, I’ve decided to include one for this week. Here’s your new screen!
Good luck! And I’ll see you in the comments! ^ ^