Naruto Chapter 651 Breakdown: What could have been…
I know it’s been three weeks since I last did a breakdown and even this one is a bit late, but I guess things have just been a bit difficult for me lately. So, first off I’d like to say thanks to Iamnotreallyhere for covering for me, because it helps a lot.
As for the Naruto chapter itself, I think we might be at a point at last, where we’ll finally see the battle against Obito decided in some way or another, however, whether or not this is the end of the war as a whole is another matter entirely, especially with Madara still present on the field. One thing I can say for certain, however, is that regardless of the outcome, this chapter was, in my eyes, one of the best, if not the best chapter in this war arc so far, simply because it encapsulated such a great amount of energy and feeling.
I think from a visual standpoint, this chapter was definitely epic in just about every way possible. Kishi did a great job with drawing Kurama armored by Susanoo, and it truly did portray a foreboding and potent force that really made me, as a reader, feel like the Alliance actually stood a chance against the otherwise hopelessly powerful Obito.
However, I think the true heart of this chapter lied in the message Kishi was trying to convey within it. We’re given a glimpse of a powerful scene where Naruto calls his friends to his side and they answer without any hesitation. This very act of camaraderie in itself seems to stand in defiance of Obito’s goals, which forsake all bonds for the purpose of creating a dream world where overcoming hardships and sharing your pain with others become meaningless sentiments.
As Naruto, Sasuke and Obito prepare for their final, deciding blows – backed up by the power of the other rookies and even Sai – we get a glimpse of the sharp contrast between Obito and Naruto in particular and with some help from Kakashi’s narration, we begin to paint a picture as to what makes them so different and yet, at the same time, so strangely similar.
It’s here, during the closing moments of the chapter that Obito get’s a true glimpse of the power of bonds, and a strange vision at the same time. At first, it almost appears as if Naruto and Obito are melding into one, but in reality, I think Obito was just seeing his own self reflected within the path Naruto has chosen to walk.
Kakashi mentioned how the hole in one’s heart can be filled up by their friends, and I think Obito’s vision of a different life is a testament to what could have been, had he chosen to return to Konoha rather than abandon it for a lonely path.
In a sense, this is the life Obito would have lived if he had not allowed himself to be lead astray by Madara. If he had chosen to, he could have returned to Konoha and mourned for Rin alongside his friends and, much in the way Kakashi described above, those friends could have filled the void in his heart that was created when Rin died and helped him to pick himself back up again and move on with his life – much like how Naruto’s friends filled the void of loneliness in his own life and helped him overcome the hardships of being a Jinchuuriki.
But, in a way, this comparison is not one that only considers Naruto’s life and choices, but also Kakashi’s as well. We’re talking about a man who lost his father, both his teammates and his sensei and yet who still managed to persevere with his comrades at his side, so I think Kakashi fully understands the implications of his own words and thus, the truth that lies therein.
I also think we can draw back to the words of Uzumaki Mito and Kushina, when they described what was necessary to live as a Jinchuuriki.
In a way, the sentiment above reflects Kakashi’s own words, only it’s described in a slightly different way.
In the end, I think Obito has been defeated in both a physical and symbolic way, however, that’s not to say that things have ended here or that he’s necessarily out for the count just yet. There are a number of possibilities regarding what could happen next, so I’d like to know what you guys think.
Personally, I’ve been thinking of what could happen from here, and an interesting idea popped into my head that I hadn’t thought of before. What if Obito somehow sabotaged Itachi’s eyes before giving them into Sasuke, and implanted some sort of fail-safe that he could activate when the time was right? It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen such a thing happen, as shown with how Itachi implanted a fail-safe in Shisui’s eye, so the possibility is certainly there.
Still, theories aside, part of me actually wants this battle to be over now. As good as it has been these past few chapters, I think if Kishi dragged it out any further, redundancy will truly start to kick in, so it might be best to “quit while you’re ahead”.
I think that’s all from me for now. It was a somewhat short and sweet breakdown, but I hope you all enjoyed it anyway.
See you in the comments! ^ ^