Naruto Chapter 683 Breakdown: There’s a time and a space for everything.
Greetings one and all.
This week we had quite an interesting chapter, because despite the fact that it seems to have not advanced the plot in any truly meaningful way, we actually get quite a few tidbits of information out of it that are worth discussing.
Not the least of which is Kaguya’s level of power, which seems to be too much for Naruto alone to handle.
One thing is certain though, and that is that Chapter 683 was largely focused on Obito. With his timely resurrection thanks to Naruto’s intervention, it is now clear that he has both of his original Sharingan eyes back again.
However, this seemingly positive moment is marred by an ominous premonition.
All joking aside, in the original context of the above page, after telling Obito that he has revived him, Naruto continues to say “but…” followed by a moment of awkward silence, as if suggesting there’s more to it than that.
Obito then goes on to say “yes… I know…”, which leads us to believe that he is aware of some altercations as far as his resurrection is concerned. The only conclusion I could come to at this stage in reading this chapter, was that Naruto’s attempts to save Obito have only prolonged the inevitable rather than averting it completely, and that Obito’s death is still very much set in stone, albeit with a brief postponement period. Of course, when you consider he used both the Rinne Tensei and had the Juubi ripped out of him, it’s understandable if even Naruto’s impressive healing skills weren’t enough to save him completely.
What follows is a brief discussion about the situation, as well as a reference to the seal that is needed to defeat Kaguya, that can apparently only be used when Naruto and Sasuke are together. In their current, separated state, there doesn’t seem to be any chance of winning, but what really interested me was the question posed by Kakashi at the end of the discussion.
Now, I can’t fully account for all the nuances regarding translations from Japanese to English, and how they might affect the way I perceive a particular moment in any given chapter, but I’ve found myself asking whether the question that Kakashi posed was directed at everyone, as a test of their strength of will, or whether it was directed at Naruto in particular.
The main contributing factor as far as that latter impression of mine is concerned is the fact that in the top left panel, it appears as if he is talking to Naruto directly. It also made me wonder if perhaps the seal Naruto and Sasuke intend to use on Kaguya might act as a death sentence to them both, and whether Kakashi is already aware of this. Then again, given what’s at stake, it wouldn’t surprise me if every single shinobi present was ready to give their lives to stop Kaguya, and that they might already be under the full belief that they will not live through this event. If that’s the case, then their willingness to fight on regardless would not only be praiseworthy, but downright awe-inspiring.
Of course, in the end, they might not be as alone as they believe they are, at least, not for long.
I have to admit, while I expected all along that the Edo Tensei Hokage would somehow become involved in this battle against Kaguya in the long run, what I did not expect in the least was Hagoromo appearing to them directly.
For him to appear in such a manner means he must understand how dire the circumstances are for Naruto and Sasuke, especially if he intends to interfere directly. It might also mean that he has since learned the truth regarding his own mother, Kaguya, and her relation to the Juubi. I think, given the circumstances, there might even be a very good chance that Hagoromo will revive Madara back in his original form, and perhaps implore him to work with Hashirama in the effort of stopping Kaguya, might in the same way he implored Naruto and Sasuke to do the same. Perhaps Hagoromo might even bring to light the manner in which Kaguya had manipulated Madara and, in some way, help repair the friendship that Madara and Hashirama once had. I guess only time will tell.
Going back to Naruto and company, I think this is also a good opportunity to bring up a question I asked a few breakdowns ago once more.
Going by the page presented above, I’ll refer back to a question I asked in the breakdown for chapter 680, about whether or not Sasuke’s sentiments as far as abandoning his comrades were concerned, were justified. The answer that received the most votes, and also the one I personally favor, was as follows:
“Kakashi and Sakura might not be able to stop Kaguya themselves, but they can still contribute to Naruto’s and Sasuke’s success in some way. Sacrificing them without thought is an ego-induced, strategic blunder on Sasuke’s part.“
In a way, this latest chapter reaffirms my own personal sentiments and the answer above, by proving without question that while Sasuke might consider others dispensable, whether or not he succeeds might very well rest on their shoulders. At the end of the day, now that Sasuke has been separated from Naruto via Kaguya’s space-time jutsu, his only hope (given his own obvious lack of a space-time jutsu) is for someone else to rescue him. That someone, in this case, is Obito. Also, given that Obito on his own does not have the chakra capacity to perform a space-time jutsu on a level to match with Kaguya’s, ultimately, he’ll be relying on Sakura’s Kyahku-Gou seal chakra to help him get the job done.
Keep in mind, these are people Sasuke was more than willing to let fall to their fiery deaths not to long ago, citing them as unimportant. Now they are the only ones who can actually save him. If that isn’t the height of irony, I don’t know what is.
Still, as I mentioned before, the primary focus of this chapter was Obito, and, as Naruto himself mentioned, it seems as if he’s finally gotten rid of that mask he had been wearing for far too long.
This page also appears to reaffirm what I felt earlier in the chapter, and that is that Obito is living on borrowed time. It seems he finally intends to walk the more difficult path and clear the way for others, much in the way a Hokage would for his people, though that does make me question once again, whether his words also suggest that his comrades will ultimately follow him down the path towards death. Or perhaps he intends for his own death to absolve his comrades of a similar fate.
When I look back at that question that Kakashi posed, and consider whether it was directed at everyone, or just Naruto, it also makes me wonder if Obito’s words here were said with the knowledge that Naruto himself, also expects to give his own life in this battle and whether Obito intends to travel that path first, so as to blaze the trail and make Naruto’s own walk down that same path a bit easier to bear.
Either way, it’s nice to see Obito showing the Mangekyou Sharingan in both eyes now. It opens up the possibility of us finally seeing his own version of Susanoo, if he awakens it. All-in-all, I enjoyed this chapter and look forward to the next one, but for now, that’s all from me.
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