FEATURE: How Kakashi vs Obito Exemplified One Of Naruto Shippuden's Greatest Strengths


 

Even in case you've by no means watched Naruto Shippuden, Kakashi vs Obito continues to be a really cool battle.

 

The animation is fluid and quick, however the character fashions stay on level and comparatively managed, including influence to each landed hit and creating suspense out of each cost and reversal. The choreography is tight, well-paced and relentless, eschewing melodramatic extra. The rising orchestral music (anime shorthand for "Y'all are in all probability gonna cry about this") may look like a bit a lot, but it surely by no means overpowers the motion and it rapidly turns into a pure a part of the sequence. And the flashbacks interspersed all through completely convey tragedy whereas additionally serving to to mix the brawl into a combination of muscle reminiscence and intense rage. 

 

 

So yeah, it's a really cool combat, even in case you have no thought what a "Kakashi" is and also you're simply scrolling by way of YouTube in search of dope anime fights to observe whilst you're on the bathroom. However after all, in case you're a fan of Naruto Shippuden, then the combat in all probability means a lot, far more.

 

One main theme of Shippuden (and the Naruto franchise on the whole) is that the previous is tough to flee from. The belongings you remorse will come again to hang-out you and those who you maintain expensive. That is evident, not simply within the many villains returning to hunt vengeance and the various heroes which have deeply sophisticated histories and relationships, however in what number of occasions somebody is defeated … solely to probably not be defeated. They discover a new option to come again or their spirit will get a brand new vessel to inhabit or they present up in some sort of new imaginative and prescient and whereas it’d depart a viewer saying "Orochimaru survived THAT?!?" all of it serves a higher objective — irrespective of how arduous you attempt, you're by no means actually finished along with your previous. It'll in all probability at all times be part of you.

 

Kakashi, Naruto Shippuden

 

Once we first meet Kakashi, he's there to control Naruto and Sasuke and likewise hopefully train Staff 7 to simply get alongside for as soon as. His seemingly lackadaisical perspective hides a previous that is stuffed with trauma and despair, one which he in all probability needs to cover from his new ninja apprentices as a result of it's arduous to completely clarify "So I had a ninja pal and one other ninja pal and a type of ninja associates was loads like Naruto and the opposite was tremendous swell, too, however then that first ninja pal obtained mad at me for abandoning our different ninja pal though I believed it was a good suggestion on the time after which I deserted that first ninja pal as that appeared like a good suggestion on the time, too, after which that second ninja pal impaled herself on my powers and died as a result of she had a monster saved inside her and that first ninja pal obtained piiiiiiissed and if he comes again, he'll in all probability assist begin a conflict. Acquired that? Cool! Now attempt to seize these bells!"

 

Obito, Naruto Shippuden

 

Now, all of this may sound like sophisticated anime backstory, but it surely's kinda relatable. Take into consideration each time you surprise why the federal government doesn't do some clearly useful factor, solely to be taught that, like, a bunch of dudes handed the Can By no means Do The Clearly Useful Factor Act of 1974. For higher or for worse, so many issues we expertise are constructed off the stuff that folks have finished earlier than. And in Naruto, the primary motif among the many politics of the leaders of the Hidden Leaf Village is that they're all attempting to remain one step forward of one thing that lurks of their backstories — one thing they're undecided the following era of ninja can deal with, though they inevitably must.

 

Kakashi, Naruto Shippuden

 

And that's why Kakashi vs Obito is so highly effective, as a result of it's a straight-ahead try at reckoning along with your traumas and the relationships that you just've seen destroyed. It's the theme of being unable to cover who you might be (and who you as soon as have been) distilled into hand-to-hand fight. The dearth of dialogue within the clip above is a stylistic selection for positive, but it surely additionally hints to how private the duel is. There are not any outdoors voices, no cheerleading, and no reactions. It's simply two males confronting one another, attempting to reckon with the issues they've each finished.

 

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