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Also, wanted to question whether Kabuto's pursuit of self is at all related to the Buddhist idea of the true self emerging once the five poisons are dispelled. Kabuto does have all the poisons in spades (pride, envy, doubt, ignorance, attachment) so it may be that the enlightenment he is seeking is yet beyond his grasp because he's been looking outward rather than looking within himself.
I am still puzzled by the chronology of events here:
1) Kabuto is found, raised by Nonou
2) Kabuto is taken by Danzo
3) Kabuto is betrayed by Danzo, and follows Orochimaru, who gives him a new backstory...
4) Kabuto participates in the Chunin exams?!
Its number 4 that gets me-- if Kabuto is one of Danzo's spys, wouldn't at least the ROOT members of ANBU be aware that Kabuto is supposed to have been killed, or at least not supposed to be participating in the Exams, seeing as how it would blow his cover in other countries?
Does anyone have any ideas on how to fill this apparent plot-hole?
Maybe this is the proper timeline:
1) Kabuto becomes a spy for Konoha
2) Orochimaru defects
3) Kabuto fights Nonou
4) Orochimaru talks to Kabuto
5) Kabuto returns to Konoha as a survivor of the planned fight with Nonou
6) after some time, Kabuto participates in the Chuunin Exam.
Still doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but its been like ten years since the Chuunin exam was written, and somehow I don't think that the plot was planned this far ahead, haha.
Black,there's no chance in hell that kabuto arrived in the Leaf as a Sound ninja. he was probably a genin of Aoba,according to what kabuto thought when arrived there and what aoba told him there http://www.mangareader.net/93-58215-...apter-514.html http://www.mangareader.net/93-58215-...apter-514.html . I think he behave as a weak genin (amongst the amount of genin that were in the Leaf) so danzo wouldn't discover him. btw,I guess that oro didn't leave the leaf when hiruzen found him,I think he joined root. if we think about the chronology:
1)when oro was in root,he was with danzo and Nonou
2)after 5 years he met kabuto again
3)then kabuto met sasori for the last time and this happened more or less 2 years and half before the chuni exam (in fact in volume 32 it was 5 years since their last meeting)
hope it can help
Orochimaru said he would protect Kabuto from Danzo. If Danzo had questions or not is irrelevant, since Orochimaru was doing something to ensure Kabuto's safety.
Most likely it was a part of whatever schemes Orochimaru had cooking up with Danzo. He helped Danzo and Danzo allowed him and Kabuto to operate within Konoha with impunity.
We know that Danzo was probably collaborating with Orochimaru to help him kill the Third Hokage and invade Konohagakure. In fact, I'm a bit disappointed that their dealings at that time weren't shown explicitly during these flashbacks.
Well the Fourth Raikage openly speculated that Danzo was using Orochimaru to get rid of the Third Hokage and Fourth Kazekage.
It's possible that Orochimaru simply kept the details from Kabuto, which is actually more likely. Kabuto hated Danzo and Root, so he probably wouldn't have reacted well if he knew Orochimaru was still cooperating with them. However, Kabuto may have discovered the truth on his own, or Danzo simply suspected he had. After Orochimaru was out of the picture, Danzo wanted his subordinates to assassinate Kabuto (afraid of what he knew, obviously), and later cancelled the orders and wanted him captured alive, to try and use his medical knowledge to improve his arm and eye.
I don't think there's any way Danzo would have let Kabuto live in Konoha without some assurances or threats from Orochimaru.
End of chapter 454, start of 455.
I suppose he wasn't specifically changing orders from assassinating Kabuto, but he's meeting with some ANBU before departing to the summit.
He's talking to an ANBU Captain, Terai (Fuu and Torune are also there) and Terai says they've got Dajimu and Tera trailing Anko. Danzo wants them to dispatch more people to capture Kabuto before she finds him. His inner thought is "Kabuto might know about me and Orochimaru..." and he tells them that Kabuto has Orochimaru's experiment data which might be useful for his arm and eyes.
Terai hasn't been seen since, and Dajimu and Tera have never appeared on-screen. Kabuto may have killed them already.