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If Kabuto and Orochimaru survive all this Sharingan/Rinnegan/Jyuubi business then "Naruto" might have life after Madara. Maybe everything won't end after Madara's death and Sasuke won't even fight.
Kabuto could end up a good guy and even help go against creations of Orochimaru...or something.
Well, I had some hopes for Kabuto to join the good guys once he gets out of Izanami, but given Kishimoto's current style of writing I just expect him to forget about it and that Kabuto is out of the story, staying inside Izanami until the manga ends.
His role was probably only to serve as a device to resurrect Orochimaru... sad as it is, because I think he had a lot of potential and had an extremely interesting personality. On one side he could be benevolent, kind and polite and on the other side manipulative, sadistic and cruel... you just never knew what this guy was scheming.
^This, Kabuto had a lot, and I mean a lot of potential wasted.
Probably will return to the orphanage though, with the whole emotional crap about returning at 9 o'clock.
I can totally see Naruto giving him an official pardon, should he be made Hokage
He will awaken from Izanami shortly before the end of the series and be a good guy. He was manipulated by everyone he met, Kishi isn't going to let him stay in Izanami forever while the world turns to peace. Would make for a stupid story if that were the case. He is potentially Orochimaru's biggest threat as Kabuto knows everything about Orochimaru and his plans whereas even major villains like Tobi + Madara do not.
He'll free Yamato and i guess enhance his powers in a way. I think he has something that could help against Madara.
And here i make a pause and rant a bit.. Seroiusly.. Kishi.. why did you forgott about his creepy pissed eyes??? ;/;/
I was waiting for so many years to see them again. But NO.
Then we all found out that he was a spy and outsmarting Kakashi was so damn good. Then. we know how it went.. When He fused Orochimaru cells with him. i was a little confused but was patiently waiting for his development. And for me.. everything went well untill he faced the uchicha duo. I was so damn pissed. I like Itachi and Sasuke.. But come on!!! One of my fav. Kabuto-san being treated like some garbage?? It's so wrong. I really do not know what Kishi will do about him.. but i suppose he's wasted now. No big return.. at least not as one of the main villains
First it was a very lucky coincidence for Itachi that he had prepared Kotoamatsukami inside Naruto, one of the most broken and cheapest techniques this manga has to offer... otherwise he would just have been Kabuto's plaything. "Lucky coincidence" because it was actually meant to be used on Sasuke.
Then Kabuto had to fight Itachi and Sasuke at the same time, a duo which would make short work of pretty much any other character except those ridiculously overpowered ones like Madara, and he had the upper hand for pretty much the whole fight. Admittedly the fact they didn't want to kill him played a role in this, but that was also a predicament he created purposely by combining Genjutsu-Immunity + Edo Tensei.
During the fight Itachi got fatally wounded twice and would have been recaptured if it wasn't for Sasuke protecting him... and finally, Kabuto didn't even lose because he got outsmarted or anything, but just because Itachi pulled another "I win technique" ala "I sacrifice my eye and get you into genjutsu no matter what"... and on top of that he only managed to pull that technique off by exploiting his immortality.
I'am currently not satisfied with Kabuto's role in the overall story so far, but there's realy no shame in how he got taken out.
Last edited by LnDRash; September 28, 2012 at 02:45 AM.
Kabuto could turn out being the new Danzou (massive waste of potentially cool story). Well he already did, considering it's extremely unlikely that he'll become a villain again.
He'll either just return to the orphanage and that's it, or he'll be pardoned by Naruto in addition.
In the end, Kabuto turned out just being a plot device to make the war more dynamic and interesting (imagine if there were only Zetsu fodder...), but more importantly as a device to bring Madara and Orochimaru into the story.
I still can't believe Kabuto didn't fight Naruto. That would have been so much more impactful and emotional. Instead he ended up fighting a fucking dead guy from his own failed jutsu and get trapped in some serious hax bullshit.
Ofc it was an ass pull... izanami could one shot anyone because it's ridiculous
really i wonder why madara didnt just izanami one shot the first