Kabuto's flashback sob story continues.
Thus begin Kabuto's fascination with snakes.
At the orphanage, Kabuto learned healing jutsu and would help tend to the wounded when shinobi groups would drop by and once healed Orochimaru. Life goes well until one day the gang of Danzo and Orochimaru drops in to talk to the nun who saved Kabuto. It turns out the nun was named Nuou and was an accomplished spy for "root" who left the group. Danzo wants Nuou to infiltrate Iwakagure on a long term mission, and he and Orochimaru threatens the orphanage if Nuou didn't comply. Danzo also wants an orphan to replace a "root" member who died. Nuou has no choice but to comply, and Kabuto volunteers. Kabuto becomes a spy for root and goes from one shinobi village to another spying for the enemy. One day in Iwakagure territory, Kabuto has been found out and is being pursued. An enemy ninja attacks and Kabuto mortally wounds the enemy in the exchange. Kabuto then discovers that the enemy is Nuou who is still on her infiltration mission. Kabuto tries to heal Nuou and get her to recognize him, but she doesn't recognize him and dies. Kabuto escapes to a pond and realize he can't recognize his own reflection anymore, and at this moment Orochimaru rises out of the pond to recruit Kabuto.
The chapter is trying to make us feel sorry Kabuto. It's not doing a bad job at that, but the problem is why is story trying to make us feel sorry for Kabuto. Maybe Kishimoto is trying to build dimension into every character, even the awful villains. It might be just the author's style of storytelling, but I believe sometimes it's better off just leaving the crazy-ass villain as the crazy-ass villain and let it be. That way, it's more rewarding for the audience when the villain gets owned, and Kabuto may be in close to getting owned if Itachi ever fires off that Izanami-auto-win-eye-hack-no-jutsu. Or maybe Itachi has already used the jutsu and is making Kabuto go through the flashback haha? With them Uchiha eye-magic, you never know what's real and what's not.
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