So we had a full two weeks, to ponder and to hope, but alas Itachi was but an illusion. Danzou mocks Sasuke for his pathetic ability, considering how strong his brother was and wonders why Itachi left such a craptastic ninja alive.
Just when it looks like Sasuke is about to bite it, the Uchiha invokes another level of Susanoo. Madara, sounding much like Emperor Palpatine as he told Luke to find his anger and feel the power of the darkside, cackles with glee at the waves of hate emanating from Sasuke.
We finally find out the secret behind Danzou’s trick. He can use Earth jutsu like Yamato. Seems he implanted himself not only with the Sharingan but also cells from Shodai.
The two together will give him power over the Kyuubi and Madara figures that Danzou is after Naruto too. Madara seems to have figured out what is going on with Danzou, he is apparently using a doujutsu banned even by the Uchiha, Izanagi.
Interestingly enough in Japanese mythology Susanoo was spawned from Izanagi.
Karin haters will be happy to know she takes a bit of battle damage. Though personally I have to say I like her in this chapter. She’s a far cry from her usual annoying self, she’s helpful to Sasuke and actually shows herself to have a brain as she analyzes the situation at hand.
Though I swear if Kishimoto ever dares to have her beat Sakura in a fight I will fly to Japan and shove that issue down his throat!
Anyway the fight drags on yet again… maybe next week we’ll get to see what the others are up to. I wonder if Kakashi has caught up to Sakura yet?