Hello, everyone. Welcome to Bran New Day Anime. For everyone who is new to this blog, the name is Brandon Lee, and I am extending my warmest welcome to you with this being my OWL’S blog tour debut. I truly hope you enjoy what you are about to read. The topic of this month’s blog tour is “Bloodlines”, and today I will discuss the unique bond of Itachi and Sasuke Uchiha in the Naruto series. More importantly, I will explain the certain things a good brother would do to benefit his sibling. Enjoy!
Family means everything (or does it?). This month, we will be discussing the importance of family relationships in anime and pop culture. Familial relationships include a child and his/her parents, sibling rivalries, adoptions, etc. Some questions about family that we will be contemplating on include how does one’s family shapes his or her identity? How do we define family? How does a broken household influence a person’s view on family?
Let’s dive on in, shall we?
Itachi Uchiha, the Villain:
From the moment I first watched Naruto, I knew that there was someone Sasuke was chasing. It took a few seasons for us all to realize that this someone was his older brother, Itachi. In the anime series, Naruto, Itachi was portrayed as a villain. He was Sasuke’s evil older brother who massacred the entire Uchiha clan out of pure spite. Itachi was a thoughtless, cruel criminal who hated his younger brother and waited for a duel to the death with him, only if he was worthy.
Itachi was the villain and a true example of how family can negatively influence the lives of their loved ones. Because of Itachi, Sasuke eliminated all of his relationships with his friends. He became power-hungry, and he even desired to kill his best friend, Naruto. At this point, Sasuke was completely oblivious of Itachi’s past and everything the his brother had to endure to keep Sasuke alive.
At the beginning of the series, he was just a repulsive human being who took Sasuke’s life away from him, and a sadist who yearned for the day to kill his younger brother.
Itachi Uchiha grew up during the Third Shinobi World War, a time much like the First Shinobi World War where thousands of horrible casualties persisted among young children. There was a shortage of war talent around the world, so children were aimlessly thrown into battle. Even in the Konoha, young children like Itachi and Shisui participated in deadly battles, and saw the terrors of war first hand. Both Itachi and Shisui were disgusted by the numerous travesties of war, and they both gained a resolve to eliminate the possibility of a future war at any cost.
After the war, Itachi and Shisui were appointed as members of the Root by Danzo. Little did they know, they were now intermingled in a bitter feud between the Leaf Village and the Uchiha. Itachi and Shisui remained neutral and worked as double agents for both factions. Unfortunately, Shisui became a target of Danzo and he killed himself. Itachi was left alone to resolve the dilemma between his clan and his nation. He simply had to. All of the responsibility fell on him.
If he didn’t act, his clan would be at risk of extermination by the Leaf Village. That reality would indeed put Sasuke in harm’s way. As a result, his biggest motivation for starting his criminal career would be because of Sasuke.
Itachi’s Love for Sasuke:
During the period before the Uchiha Clan’s slaughter, Itachi’s own family and friends became suspicious of him. Itachi deceived his clan at every turn and fed information to the Leaf Village, whom he was also working against. At the end of the day, he found time to train and play with his little brother, with the former not knowing anything about Itachi’s insurmountable stress.
Eventually when the time came for Itachi to strike, he did so crying miserably. He was still just a child. It was an unbearable task to assassinate his entire clan. Obito quelled that pain just a little, but Itachi did most of the killing. He even had to cut down his own parents in cold blood. However, Itachi could not bear one thing. He could not kill his brother. He just couldn’t. When the attack was over, Itachi begged the Third Hokage to protect Sasuke, and in turn, he would take the blame for the destruction of the Uchiha clan.
This deal was still one-sided. Sasuke would be saved, but Itachi would have to endure the life of a wanted criminal, whom could be killed at any time. He would have to endure the lonely and hard life of a S-rank criminal, while also helping Obito achieve his own nefarious goals. It wasn’t what Itachi wanted for sure, but he did it for Sasuke. He did it so that Sasuke could grow up with a peaceful life.
He also did it so that Sasuke would never know the terrors of war. In short, he did it because he truly loved Sasuke.
As Sasuke grew up, he was fed the usual propaganda about his older brother. He hated him with an extreme passion, and deep down, this hurt Itachi. It hurt him that Sasuke had to grow up without parents, and without his older brother. Nevertheless, Itachi made provisions to carefully place stepping stones in Sasuke’s path so that he could grow up to become a responsible and powerful ninja. These methods were cruel, but they were critically necessary.
Itachi had to visit Sasuke in the village, but he had to avoid the likes of Jiraiya, Kakashi, and Might Guy, risking himself to be captured and killed. Yet, he went anyway, beating his own little brother to a pulp and fueling his hate for him. Itachi knew about Orochimaru’s curse mark seal, and that Sasuke would eventually seek him out. Therefore, he visited Naruto, again risking his life, and planted a crow inside of him for later use.
Meanwhile, he did the work of Obito and Pain, while keeping close tabs on both Akatsuki leaders. Itachi and Sasuke finally met in battle, but Itachi proved in the end and at his death that he was more than capable of killing Sasuke. Then, Itachi’s sacrifices came to light. Itachi correctly predicted that Obito would tell Sasuke about his past. This would obviously anger Sasuke and turn him against the Konoha. That is why he placed the crow inside of Naruto, which would cast a genjutsu over Sasuke if he ever attacked the Leaf. Fortunately, Sasuke abandoned his mission to destroy the Leaf Village, and Itachi’s plan worked successfully.
This just goes to show the lengths Itachi went through to better Sasuke as a ninja and steer him on the right path behind the scenes. The dark path Sasuke walked on made him stronger, although Itachi regretted putting Sasuke through so much despair.
In the end, Sasuke learned to admire and appreciate his brother. Seeing his brother again during the Fourth Great Shinobi War placed him in awe. Itachi’s sacrifices enabled Sasuke to take a back seat to Naruto. While Naruto became the 7th Hokage, Sasuke became his trusted right hand man and worked behind the scenes just as Itachi did.
He even realized that how important his relationships were and sought to make things better with his friends, his future wife Sakura, and the entire ninja world. In the end, Itachi positively impacted Sasuke’s entire life. There was despair and pain involved, but Itachi went through incredible lengths to protect his brother. If not for Itachi, who knows what would have happened to Sasuke.
Well, that’s it, guys. I really enjoyed writing this one because it was probably the easiest one to do. And, because Itachi never really gets any credit. I found this topic to be suitable because we never truly understand the lengths our family may go through on our behalf.
That concludes my day on the OWLS blog tour. I actually don’t know who is next, so let that be a surprise. Takuto’s post was good, so you guys should go check that out next, and I know Matt has got something good like always. I truly hoped you enjoyed this post. Until next time!
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