LMFAO at the fans ruining the manga. Yes, that's remove any type of blame from the story's writer. If you were here on this forum, the older version, when the Obito reveal was building up, then you'll remember that the entire Naruto section was split down the middle as to whether or not it was Obito. Saying that everyone was therefore not expecting it to be him is simply inaccurate. Quite a few people did. The problem was that at the end of the day I don't think it mattered anymore, because Kishi took too damn long to make the reveal. People just wanted to know who it was so the story could move on. Unfortunately, you then had Kishi reveal Obito's crappy reasoning for everything he did and at that point it was just too late.
Let's realize, son started a world war, destroyed his entire clan, caused the deaths of his teacher and his wife, and caused an era of bloody conflict in the Mist because his crush died.
Yes, lets keep bashing the orphan for being manipulated and losing everything he ever cared about EVEN THOUGH its been pointed out that serveral major characters could have ended up the same exact way with two of them actually on that route. Everytime I hear the OBITO hate I just cringe and SMH some of you haven't been paying any attention to what the author was trying to convey. I say the fans ruined the manga
He didn't lose everything he ever cared about, he lost one person that he loved, but in the grand scheme was just his friend. His village, his clan, and his team still existed. He as a personally completely collapsed and lost all sense of moral direction once Rin died. She died and he immediately labeled everything else in the world to be worthless and for some reason came to hold such a strong grudge against his own clan that he helped kill every single member minus two. The root of Obito's manipulation goes back to Rin's death. Even if you acknowledge that Madara set that up, he in no way made Obito react the way that he did. That's on Obito, who with that type of reaction i'd label a weak person.
It's not even in the same way that it was for Naruto and Gaara, who were both actively ostracized to some extent. Obito's more like Iruka, just being a plain old run of the mill orphan. Gaara had people, his own father and uncle, trying to kill him. Naruto had people avoiding him and talking bad about him. They both had to wait many years to gain friends, due to the stigma around them. Obito didn't have anywhere near the same problems that they did. Gaara suffering a mental break made perfect sense, when the one person that he thought loved and cared for him actually tried to kill him and revealed that he'd always hated him. Obito again had Rin, Kakashi, Minato, the rest of the students in their graduating class, and i'm just going to assume Kushina met Minato's team a few times as well, plus the rest of his clan who clearly took care of him to some extent. Take into account that he, like the rest of his teammates, killed however many people during a world war, and him reacting in the way he did becomes even sillier. He's a ninja, a trained soldier, who has taken lives before, yet it never crossed his mind that Rin might die? Was that not one of the main plots of the Gaiden?
As for Obito himself, he was a poorly executed character in a very poor story arc. It doesn't matter what Kishi's intent was, he executed it poorly. This is from someone who didn't mind Obito and kinda liked bits of his story.
Obito is a crappier dark version of Naruto. His motive for turning on the entire world is again the death of one person. One person who he was not shown to be that close to. Outside of a crush, Obito didn't treat Rin any different than he did Kakashi. He didn't spend a lot of time with her, there's nothing to imply they were best friends. It would be like Naruto deciding to become a villain because Sakura died. That'd be dumb and we all know it. Gaara turning out the way he did because his uncle tried to kill him, again, makes sense, because Gaara's story his entire support system and world was written to revolve around his uncle. Obito's story wasn't like that, just like Naruto's wasn't. Hell, Sasuke's story was more like that than Obito's, and it took years for him to fall into the darkness. Obito completely fell in on himself when Rin died. Said it time and again, a very easy way to make his reason more plausible, and for Kishi to show that he'd planned that plot threat out from the start, would've simply been to have Rin and Obito spend more time together.
I don't mind anyone not necessarily hating Obito for what he did and why, but I think everyone should be able to admit that Kishi didn't do a good job fleshing out his reasons. And we all need to understand why fans want Obito to be written well, because his story arc dragged on for so long, and because he was arguably being built up as the final villain, and even now may be deserving of that status in a shared role with Madara and Kaguya. Historically speaking, Obito's one of the most important characters in the series, but the way he was written was disappointing.
Edited by Ace1225, 17 May 2015 - 10:41 AM.