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AV MOD MATERIAL: NARUTO Ch. 636 Review

An attempt to build sympathy for a completely unsympathetic antagonist.

When janken goes horribly wrong.
When janken goes horribly wrong.

Kakashi and Obito finally reach the dramatic conclusion to their duel, but take a wild guess which of the two runs away before he can lose.

The Good

YEAH!!
YEAH!!

A steady theme has been developing in NARUTO over the past few years. You can pretty much predict eminent death of a character by the attempt to create some level of sympathy through flashbacks. Some work out better than others. I appreciate that Kishimoto doesn't treat his villains as all just handwringingly evil. You just have to question the choice of his attempt to do that with Obito after revealing his absolutely infantile motivations earlier.

However, I more choose to see these flashbacks are more linked to Kakashi finally gaining the resolve to stop pulling his punches. That feels long overdue. How many people did he have to kill before Kakashi stopped trying to redeem him?

The Bad

The Ten-Tails Revival Arc's largest contribution to the series is possibly that it diminished the once lustrous sheen of the Uchiha Clan. The blame for that could be placed right at the feet of the clan's only surviving members. Obito is a strictly annoying character. Having to put up with his prattle is bad enough, but it looks as if he may finally be out of our hair. So that's a plus.

Verdict 3/5

This is a hard review to score. Partly becasue I don't feel any level of sympathy for Obito, and that seemed to be Kishimoto's attempt with this chapter. He's easily one of the most disappointing antagonists I think I've ever come across. You can get away with this level of childishness in a mid-boss, but this guy is suppose to be the one responsible for much of the evil in this world's modern era. Do I score by annoyance level, or by my pleasure of seeing him dramatically skewered? I guess it all balances out.

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Juubion July 3, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.

The problem is:

SPOILERS

We will not get rid of him anytime soon.

FoxxFireArt moderator is online on July 3, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.

@Juubi:

We have spoiler tagging options in the "More \/" section at the right of the text tool bar. Please, use them if you're going to drop spoilers.

The Stegmanon July 3, 2013 at 11:17 p.m.

Ugh, Obito had SO much potential....but they dropped the ball hard on him.

Lurkeroon July 4, 2013 at 7:23 a.m.

I'm starting to think that Itachi had ulterior motives when he murdered the Uchiha clan. Perhaps he couldn't put up with their childish behavior either. After all that time waiting for Tobi to reveal his grand scheme it felt so disappointing when he finally did. It makes me wish that Orochimaru and Kabuto were actually the main villains of the series.

Dream moderator is online on July 8, 2013 at 8:20 a.m.

With exception to Nagato, I haven't been a big fan of how Naruto attempts to try sympathizing villains because the series goes into a flashback with said baddie over why they've been villainous without any sort of buildup and this reeks more of bad writing from Kishimoto than any genuine reason to care for the baddie, Obito being no different from how anyone like Kisame or Deidara were explored.

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