"Even the dead can be revived."
Kishimoto delivered another solid chapter this week that focuses on just how Obito became comfortable with Zetsu. But before we get to the shenanigans surrounding his recovery, let's go over last review's poll. I asked the readers which upcoming event they were most looking forward to and the top four choices from least to most anticipated were: Rin's death, Madara vs. Naruto and Killer B, Obito's tutelage under Madara, Sasuke and Orochimaru's journey.
Now for the chapter review...
Naruto 603 Rehabilitation
The images in this review are credited to Mangastream.
Obito is really unhappy about his living arrangements at the chapter's beginning. He's eager to be back in Konoha instead of stuck with a washed up legend who spends all his time asleep and two, wierd artificially created humans. Yes, the Zetsus aren't clones. They're like the homunculi from FMA. They don't need to eat or drink or even poo, and since Obito's body has been modified, neither does he.
While Madara slumbers, Zetsu's been charged with helping Obito recover. But mostly they just banter, with Obito whining about how creepy Zetsu can be and Zetsu inquiring about this Rin and Bakakashi (idiot Kakashi) Obito's always talking about..
Time passes and Obito begins to recover. He grows his hair out and becomes gradually more used to his new body until one day white zetsu comes back from the outside with bad news. Kakashi and Rin have gotten themselves surrounded by Hidden Mist ninja. Obito wants to go to his comrades' aid, but his body isn't yet strong enough to break through the boulder sealing blocking the way out of Madara's hideout. He actually shatters his arm in the process. The spiral faced Zetsu makes a judgement call and decides to lend Obito his strength by wrapping around his body. The chapter ends with Obito wearing a Zetsu exoskeleton and ready to save his friends.
There was a lot of creepy art this chapter. Madara's hideout and Zetsu's character designs were mildly creepy. But young, injured Obito was really disconcerting to watch. He'd look odd enough with just his scars but his creepiness is amped up by a missing eye, stitched/bandaged body, and dangerously skinny Zetsu flesh.
Well, there's not much to say here. If instead of a manga, Naruto were a movie or television series, this chapter would be the training montage of the series. There wasn't much in terms of story development, but I enjoyed the glimpse we got of Obito and Zetsu becoming more comfortable with each other. Also interesting was how the character design of the Zetsus imply he (or at least the process that's created him) has evolved over the years. Of course, what I really want to see is the event promised in the cliffhanger. My complaint about Obito's motivation from past reviews focused on Rin's death not being enough motivation for revenge. But I'm coming around on that front. If he has a first row seat to her demise, then I'm more apt to buy the strength of his desires.
Though I could have done with more substance and less flashback this chapter, Rehabilitation was still a fun if slight read, which is why I'm giving it a ...
3 out of 5.
Well, it looks like the Uchiha aren't going to be involved in Rin's death, so that theory's out the window. I do expect that we'll see plenty of chapters of flashback chronicling Obito's valiant efforts, Rin's death, Obito's training, and ultimately his revenge against the Hidden Mist and ascension to shadow Mizukage.
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Great review as always
But I don't think he has much, if anything to do with Yagura. Yagura was already Mizukage and had been manipulated for some years before the events we are seeing.
Or Kishi can screw the timeline another tad bit
Or Obito just took over the control from Madara...
Nice review can't wait for your next one
black zetsu is the outside contact/operative...he is unaccounted for up til now(flashback wise).
i'm still standing by my prediction that black zetsu is the model for white zetsus...hence their faces look nothing like madara,hashirama nor obito.
so once again...who is this unknown shinobi and what is his link to madara?
That's a fantastic poll.
I voted 'yes'.
By early Naruto logic the timeline would hold no ground for Obito controlling Yagura and making the Mist into the Bloody Mist. Zabuza was a small kid when he took part in the practicing, and he was about the same age as Kakashi and Obito. But since Kishi decided to screw his early made timeline for "a better story", or so I would guess, the early timeline no longer holds any ground or purpose.
Besides we already know that Obito controlled Yagura in "the new timeline". Kishi basically told us in this chapter by showing us Obito with Madara'ish hair on purpose. It screamed "READERS WHO PAY ATTENTION, LOOK! LONG HAIRED TOBI WAS OBITO TOO!"
I see black zetsu as coming from another source (potentially madara himself) but maybe an opposite to white zetsu. His composition can be that of uchiha yang chakra while white zetsu is made of senju yin chakra (like tsunade and hashiramas self healing technique) and also the two zetsu's purpose seems to be more important than just soldiers for the war.
Last edited by Kokuryuu; October 02, 2012 at 12:25 PM.
What? Kakashi (and Obito) would be 26 during Zabuza's death, and Kisame 28.
If kisame recognized obito as mizukage. So there's no doubt it was obito who did control the mizukage. But if that's the case, does obito's sharingan is more powerful than shisui and itachi's sharingan? I mean the genjutsu power of their sharingan. Shisui has the most powerful genjutsu, his koto, while tsukuyomi for itachi. But their sharingan's genjutsu is no match to obito's genjutsu. Obito's genjutsu can control the bijuu and the jinchuuriki at the same time. And the kyubi, who was tamed by obito by just an ordinary sharingan.
It is very possible that Obito simply convinced Kisame that he is Madara using all the same BS that he has told Itachi, Kakashi, etc (i.e. "I am a former shell of myself", "I got a new space-time ability from transplanting my brother's eyes")
Actually, even if Kisame knows how Madara looks like, Obito could still hide behind the mask and says how he is just a former shell bla bla, so nevermind...
thanks for the review black. I voted "maybe" because my choice depends on how I would sacrifice my half body.
- Obito's genjutsu wasn't absolute. He at times had to rely on ninjutsu (those stakes) to dominate unruly beasts.
- The only time he's been shown controlling Yagura, he was within a close distance.
- Itachi's genjutsu works without gestures at time, is unbreakable except towards kin, and can be cast over (apparently legendary) distances.
- Shisui's genjutsu was more than illusions. Illusions can be broken and when over the caster is no longer under it's sway. Shisui's most powerful genjutsu could implant foreign ideas undetected in the victim. It was closer to limited use mind control or Inception.