how will hashirama react to seeing sasuke? sasuke will undoubtedly be a heavily charged symbol and personification of so many things relevant to hashirama. i think the big stuff will take place between hashirama and sasuke and who knows, hashirama might entrust some of his power to sasuke to make him "complete" and close his personal chapter with the "two brothers" legacy after madara became so evil.
But I don't think Sasuke or Orochimaru is interested in controlling them. More like asking them what really happened in the past. And since they don't have any interest in the war, they'll let them roam free. We'll surely see some nice flashbacks soon. And some epic encounters as well. Madara and Hashirama, Hiruzen and Orochimaru, Minato and Naruto.
That's more like it, that was a great chapter, I was struggling to figure out who could possibly be the ones who know everything since so many of the greatest, oldest characters are dead but this explanation totally makes sense. This is also a totally satisfying way of explaining the situation with the death god. This also sheds a bit more light on the significance of the Uzumaki clan and further hints at why it was destroyed. This also provides a totally believable counter to Madara's unfathomable power. No one living is close to a match for Madara, but with all 4 of the previous Hokage's and with Orochimaru himself at full power and with a pure blooded Uchiha of Sasuke's level, team Orochimaru is totally back in business. This also explains how the other half of the Kyuubi's chakra will be obtained. I can only hope the information that follows lives up to this awesomeness. This is potentially the game changer I was hoping for.
On top of all that, they are in the Uchiha hide out and Sasuke has the Eternal Mangekyou which means he can see more of the secret table than ever before and also he has, the 4 hokage's to explain the details of what he is able to see. Now we have an opportunity to learn more answers than ever before. Including the full details behind the Uchiha massacre, the reason the Uzumaki Clan was destroyed, the secret to Hashirama's power, what Minato really planned for Naruto to achieve with the Kyuubi, and so much more.
I don't exactly like this chapter, because it was a tad bit too easy to free the four previous hokages from the Demon God, but there are various options for the storyline to unfold, so I'll go along with it.
My assumption: If Sasori was able to free himself from Edo Tensei, these four will easily be able to do it. Maybe Minato will learn that his son is around and lives up to his expectations, that Tobi is his former student, that Tobi really came back and so on. An emotional outburst is at hand. Tobirama invented the Edo Tensei, so he might know how to free himself as Madara did. Sarutobi is face to face to his former student Orochimaru, so that may become interesting. And Hashirama... come on, if he is only half as strong as Kishi makes him appear, there is no way Oro can control him. So these four might stay for a little while. My impression is, that Oro and Sasuke are seriously underestimating the risks of Edo Tensei.
This is hardly important compared to the dramatic plot developments, but I feel like Suigetsu's personality is quite a bit like Kisame's... he enjoys pushing peoples' buttons and has moments of good insight. Seeing him get under Orochimaru's skin with the statement "So you don't need to anymore? To get sentimental and resolve to crush the Leaf?" reminded me of Kisame's old interactions with Itachi, where it seemed like Kisame could see through Itachi better than others could.
is rin's death somehow connected to the dark secret the hokages might know? was kishi waiting to get minato near obito and kakashi before finally revealing the truth about rin?
- I guess after loosing his arms and seeing the 3rd's jutsu Orochimaru researched the death god jutsu.
- that mask was just hanging out there for no reason?
- I knew there had to be a way to retrieve souls from the Death God but there has to be a draw back to this ??? Is it only temporary or something....
- Oro said he needed to be sacrificed but is he able to avoid death by taking Zetsu as a host...
- I wonder if the 4 Hokage well get to fight Madara....or will Orochimaru try and use them against Sasuke to capture him.
- I wonder why did they need to do this in the Uchiha temple
- I wonder if Orochimaru will upgrade Sasuke with Hashirama Face
* six zetsu in sasuke. was tobi planning to make each zetsu a vessel for each of the six paths for sasuke?
* orochimaru took over a zetsu body. he now has zetsu's abilities. watch out!
* orochimaru now knows what the zetsu 's know that were spying inside sasuke. he also knows the location of dragon mountain.