Posts Tagged ‘obito’

spoilers abound. you have been warned.

No. Really. HUGE spoilers here. I read and am completely up-to-date on the Naruto Shippuden manga. So, if you’re strictly an anime watcher, you won’t get to this part for awhile. Tobi has been a mysterious figure since his first appearance. The most popular speculation are Obito and who he actually claims to be, Madara Uchiha.

First, I’ll explain the “Obito is Tobi,” or OiT, theory. It’s pretty self explanatory. People who champion this notion do, in fact, believe that the main antagonist of the Naruto series, Tobi, is none other than a side character from Kakashi’s past, Obito Uchiha. Tobi started off as a goofball member of Akatsuki, a group bent on retrieving all nine of the tailed beasts to resurrect the “ten tails.” Eventually, he became the last man standing in the group and revealed himself as Madara Uchiha.

Now, this is bizarre, because Madara was friends, and eventually enemies, with the first Hokage who was rumored to have destroyed him. That was like, over a hundred years ago, so speculation started to swirl on how he could still be alive so long.

As far as Obito goes, he was a former team mate of Kakashi’s who was very much like Naruto. He valued friendship and the safety of team members over the success of the mission. Obito and Kakashi’s third team member, Rin, was kidnapped during a mission, and the pair ended up saving her. In doing so, however, Obito was crushed by a giant boulder. Before he died, he had Rin, a medical ninja, transplant one of his Uchiha eyes into Kakashi (who had previously suffered an eye injury) as a thank you for going along with him to save Rin.

Tobi and Obito

Tobi and Obito

To sum things up, both Madara and Obito are dead. In fact, every member of the Uchiha clan is presumed dead at this point except for Sasuke. Sasuke’s elder brother, Itachi, wiped out all the members of the Uchiha clan, except Sasuke, several years prior to the start of part 1 on orders of the third Hokage. Itachi later dies in battle with his younger brother. But, even after Tobi reveals himself as Madara, the OiT theorists have remained ever vigilant. Here’s why:

1. Obito and Madara are both Uchihas, a clan of people who are able to wield an eye power called the Sharingan. Tobi is also a Sharingan user, as seen through the one eye hole of his mask.

2. When Obito died, he had given his left eye to Kakashi. Tobi has a single eye hole in his mask, over his right eye.

3. Both have similar spikey haircuts, and Tobi appears to be too young, and his hair far too short, to be the wild Madara.

4. Their names are very similar.

As convincing as this is, there’s a problem. Obito was just like Naruto, ultimately good and valued friendship. What could have possibly happened, if Tobi is Obito, to have turned him into the picture of pure evil?

And, another hole in the works, during Tobi’s fight with Konan, his mask breaks and though you don’t see his whole face, he is shown to have both eyes. Both Sharingan eyes. So is he really Madara then? And here comes the major spoilers: according to the newest chapter of the Naruto Shippuden manga, perhaps not. Unless, of course, there’s other unforeseen circumstances at work here that we are unaware of yet at the present.

Madara Uchiha

Madara Uchiha

Kabuto finally reveals his trump card, the body in the casket that made Tobi nervous, Madara Uchiha’s body. It is made clear that it is, in fact, Madara, and he is unmistakably dead.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Naruto plot line from the past couple of months, here’s a short recap. All the major ninja villages have banned together to form the joint shinobi army against the forces of Tobi and Orochimaru infested Kabuto (it’s a tender subject. Look for my other posts on Kabuto). Kabuto has perfected the Impure World Ressurection Jutsu that allows the user to utilize dead bodies with all their powers. The bodies are back “alive,” but they have no control over their actions and are bent to the will of the Jutsu user. Madara is being used under this Jutsu.

So if that’s the real Madara, then who the !@$% is Tobi?! Sure, the OiT theorists are probably celebrating right now, but I’m not convinced for the reasons I’ve already mentioned. Then what’s going on? Your guess is as good as mine, and I invite you to share your thoughts. But, here’s what I’m leaning toward. Tobi is probably someone related to Madara, such as a son we don’t know about, or his younger brother Izuna. Maybe Madara wasn’t the strongest son after all. Again, this is just a guess here. It could be something completely out of left field here for all we know.

Now that the real Madara has stood up, I can’t wait for Tobi to be completely unmasked.

Advertisements
Vic Mignona

Vic Mignona

If I say Vic Mignona, you might say “Edward Elric!” And you’d be right. Undoubtedly, you’ve heard his voice in other anime, if you’re a hard core watcher. His voice is so unique that you can always pick him out of a cast.

Vic got his fame from voicing Edward Elric, the main protagonist in Full Metal Alchemist. One of the reasons I enjoy Full Metal Alchemist is that I share the same initials as the show: FMA. I know, I’m a dork. But of course you already knew that. I write this blog, don’t I?

But aside from the eldest Elric brother, Vic has voiced several main characters in some of my best loved anime, including Soul Eater, Naruto, and my all-time favorite, Ouran Highschool Host Club. Through each character that he does, his voice has a different feel to it each time, even if  he remains recognizable.

He’s also a graphic designer, like myself, and does sound editing and host of other creative endeavors. His website is a little on the ‘sloppy’ side, but it’s pretty nifty, especially the intro. http://www.vicsworld.net

Edward Elric

Edward Elric

So, here’s the run down. Obviously, he provided the voice for Ed Elric of Full Metal Alchemist, a teenager who, with his brother, seeks to undo the consequences of human transmutation. Through the course of the anime, he ages a few years, and his voice adapts along the way.

 

 

 

Tamaki Suou

Tamaki Suou

In Ouran, he played the romantic, over zealous leader of the Host Club, Tamaki Suou. Half French and half Japanese, Tamaki thinks of himself as a princely type and likes to put smiles of the faces of everyone he meets. Though he’s from an aristocratic family, he is obsessed with “commoner” culture, and likes to indulge in commoner food and games.  He’s pretty much happy-go-lucky, and has a tad of a playful ego, but he’s extremely compassionate and has a giant heart. He also has a bit of a sad story to his childhood, playing piano for his sick mother, and a grandmother who disowns him as a member of the Suou house.

 

Pein, aka Nagato

Pein, aka Nagato

From Naruto, Vic voices several characters, many of them of smaller roles. He does voice major antagonist Pein, aka Nagato, and Kakashi’s childhood friend, Obito. Pein was the figure head of the antagonist group called Akasuki. He had the powers of the sage of six paths, and could basically use all six at once from a hidden location, making him almost impossible to defeat. Then Naruto came along. He was able to recant his ways and gave his life undoing his destruction of Konoha.

 

Obito Uchiha

Obito Uchiha

Obito was Kakashi’s team mate in his first squad and he was overly rambunctious and comrade oriented. He’d kill a mission to save a team mate, something Kakshi’s father was chided for. One day a mission of theirs went horribly wrong and their third team mate, Rin, was kidnapped. Obito took the beaten path to save her, and Kakashi didn’t want to go along at first. Eventually he realized the importance of his team, and that no life is risking for the good of the mission. Kakashi joined in and helped in successfully rescuing Rin. Obito died in the process, but as a thank you, he had Rin, a medical ninja, transplant an eye into Kakashi’s lost eye.

 

 

Spirit Albarn

Spirit Albarn

Ikkaku

Ikkaku

He also lends his vocals to the endearing, tries-to-hard father of the Main character in Soul Eater. Spirit Albarn is Maka Albarn’s father, and though she’s completely put off by her father, it’s obvious that she still cares for him.

Ikkaku is a Lieutenant commander in Squad 8 in the anime Bleach. He doesn’t have a prominent role, but he’s not exactly a walk on role either. His character is always looking for a fight, and to prove his strength.

 

 

Dark

Dark

Goemon

Ganbare, Goemon!

Dark Mousy is the alter ego of main character Daisuke in D.N.Angel. Another flighty teenage role of his. Pun intended.

Goemon is the title character of an anime of the same series of the same video games that I loved growing up. I was pretty shocked to discover that he voiced him in the anime. It seems like a pretty out of character role for him, but it’s awesome.

He did a host of other voices from a ton of different anime and video game titles, but these ones are the ones I most recognize. Vic is my favorite voice actor of all time, because his voice is extremely recognizable, and he plays some fantastic characters. He also filmed a hysterical World of Warcraft commercial, in which he alludes to his portrayal of Edward Elric.

 

 

What do you like best about him, and who’s your favorite character with Vic’s voice?