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Spoilers for chapter 552

"Oh, I don't think you'll need it anymore" is a seriously lazy-writing reason for destroying the crow now that it's completed its purpose to the plot. How does Itachi, dude who makes insane plans years in advance, know that Sasuke's not still going to be a menace in ten years? Answer: He doesn't, but Kishimoto needed a way to write out the plot device.

It would have been much less forced/contrived if he'd just changed the conditions of recasting the genjutsu something that would no longer be possible at that point in the first place. Like "the eye requires the person who has it in their socket to perform some special ritual to recharge the genjutsu, but only Shisui knew it/it won't work now that Shisui's dead/the crow doesn't have thumbs."

Kishimoto, how do you manage to make me love your characters while at the same time making me hate your writing?


I thought he destroyed it because he realized that he was in the wrong and that he had faith that Naruto could stop Sasuke?
That's not the impression I got, but maybe we're reading different translations? In the one I read, the reason he gave first was that it's not going to be useful for ten years anyway, and then he was all "Besides, I totally have faith in you."* And then when Naruto was all "Wait, come help me with this! You'd make it really easy to smack some sense into Sasuke, likely saving us tens of chapters!"*, he was all "Nope! You're on your own! =D"*

The whole exchange just. . . really rubbed me the wrong way. Itachi's all "You gotta remember to let others help you"*, but then he's all "Wait, you expect ME to help you, or at least leave you with a safety net? lolno."* And his excuse that he's already tried to do this alone and failed feels like an utter copout, because doing this alone is the exact opposite of what Naruto just asked him to do.

*paraphrasing for great justice