Sasuke has a decision to finally make, and there's still a war for the fate of reality going on.
It should come as no surprise to anyone who has been reading NARUTO for the past few years -- or even the past eight chapters -- that the Uchiha have the tendency to change their mind out of nowhere. Part of my dislike for Sasuke didn't have so much to do with the fact that he was just a moody pretty-boy that all the girls tripped over to leer upon. It was more that he was just such an unjustified jack-ass to everyone. It got even worse when he learned the truth about what Itachi did. Sasuke then decided to destroy the entireLeaf Village. People who had nothing to do with what happened to his brother.
Having said all that, I think it would have been far worse for the character to have put us through this extended flashback just for nothing to have changed. It seems far more plausible that Sasuke would want to stop Madara's plot just for the sake that it would have rendered Itachi's sacrifice completely meaningless. I just don't see where he comes to this change fromHashirama's story about enduring.
What I liked more about this chapter was in Tobirama's scenes. Poeple liked to mock him for how harsh he was. He didn't hate the Uchiha. He was just leery about any clan who caused trouble. The Uchiha just happened to be the cause of the most conflict. Hashirama was naive to think you could bring together clans that have been warring for years and expect them to just get along. Hashirama may have been the founder of the dream, but Tobirama was the one who had to built the foundation and the mechanics to make it work. Sure, he messed up with the Uchiha, but look how integrated all the other clans ended up becoming.
There's the saying that love is blind. In Karin's sake, love is blind, deaf, and dumb. She's the Helen Keller of romance. The sheer idea that she goes from hating Sasuke for stabbing and abandoning her, then she's practically licking at his heels just becasue he gives a simple "I'm sorry, Karin." I would have honestly liked to have seen where she went post betrayal, but it seems my answer was absolutely nowhere. She reminds me of Harley Quinn from BATMAN. It doesn't matter how much she gets put down. She'll always come back wagging her tail when the Joker says so much as a kind word.
The inclusion of the Hokages in the war seems completely empty and comes across more as decoration. Last we left, the Shinobi Alliance had pretty much already won the war. I don't see what these four will end up bringing. Not unless Obito and Madara have some insane trump card.
If this chapter was suppose to be Kishimoto's attempt at trying to redeem Sasuke. He's suffered a major face plant in his plan. I would like to call this chapter a 4, but that's basically just my pleasure that things should finally get moving again. The justification of Sauske's turn isn't well sold, then Karin has to appear to drag things even further down by reminding me of some of the reasons why I don't even like Sasuke as a character.
It's back to the war. I just hope no one was excited to see this world war arc finally come to an end soon. NARUTO is on break next week, and there is still the Golden Week holiday coming up.