Initially, I found the shadow looming over the panels distracting. It didn't make any sense why so much of this chapter was bathed in a gloom. My opinion on this murky overcast eventually changed when I realized it represented Obito's darkness and shift to the light. I'm not a fan of the sentiment, but I enjoy the intentions behind the artist's direction.
For the past few months has I've been writing reviews on this arc, you, the audience, have been predicting that Obito would just end up using the Rinne Rebirth technique and pull a Nagato to undo all the death and drama of the past few years. I scoffed at the very idea internally. I thought it was an appropriate finale for Pain, but never imagined that Kishimoto would have become so lazy as to repeat himself so blatantly.
Well, you all were "basically" right. Obito's intentions are foiled by Madara, but it doesn't change the fact that he was honestly going to try and bring back the causalities of the war he had created. What is this fixation the author has developed for wanting to redeem everyone before death? Probably the only people who're upset he didn't succeed are a lot of miffed off Neji fangirls.
I guess Kishimoto still needed a villain for this series, and this is hardly the time to be introducing anyone new. Madara just makes for a terrible choice. Sure, he's one of the greatest villains in the history of this world, second only to the Ten-Tails itself; but who is he to Naruto, our lead? Madara wasn't the killer of Naruto's parents, the one who led the Akatsuki, manipulated the world to war, murdered Konan, and so on. This switcheroo is an enormous disappointment, but one I had feared was coming.
Maybe this is a conversation best left until we see where this is heading.
Some really great art design is practically ruined by the plot of the chapter. I can't imagine where Kishimoto is taking the NARUTOseries, but I can certainly say that I don't like the looks of where it's heading. Who knows, maybe I'll end up being completely wrong. Perhaps this is just one major battle to close up this arc. However, where does this story go once all the villains are basically gone?
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