Re: Naruto Manga 480 Discussion and 481 Predictions
Last week I said that I thought Danzo had to run away from the fight because it would be bad story telling to just kill off such an interesting and important character.
However, after seeing this episode I am having a change of heart. I'm still not 100% happy that Danzo dies (or, looks like he is going to die), but considering how it happened it's not as bad as it could have been.
With Izanagi, Danzo felt a little bit invincible. He wasn't intending to fight to the death, he thought he had the upper hand and he thought he was invincible for at least one more minute. That invincibility would have let him outlast Sasuke and then use Shisui's eye on Madara. It's not a bad plan, and if Danzo hadn't underestimated Sasuke it might have worked. Well, we don't really know how powerful Madara is, so who knows what that fight would have looked like, but Danzo seemed confident.
Danzo wasn't trying to throw his life away, he thought he had a trump card that would make him invincible. Sasuke just used an illusion to make that trump card go away.
So yes, I'm upset that Danzo is going to die and take all his secrets with him. But, he died in a way that makes sense for his character. Also, we see some major character development for Sasuke, that he's willing to sacrifice the people around him to get his revenge. Maybe Danzo wouldn't have died if Sasuke hadn't been willing to trade Karin's life for his.