Edo Itachi is nobody's Tool - The final act of hero!
Well I have been throwing this idea around on the forums for a little bit now, that at some point Itachi will break free of Kabuto's control and this will have a important impact on the story.
One of the great things about Itachi is his ability to grasp the big picture hence why he is able to plan several steps ahead as he did with Sasuke's implanted Amatertsu or implanting some of his powers in Naruto. He has clearly show a capacity to surpass all expectations put before him so the idea that hes just going to be some doll for someone like Kabuto doesnt add up to me.
We know that the connection between the summoner and Edo summon is the chakra they use for the summoning and is also used to force their will upon them. However as we have seen as of late with Zabuza /Haku and even Hanzou the Edo summon has the capacity to resist the will of the summoner.
I feel somewhat sure that at some critical point Kabuto plans to use Itachi against Sasuke to weaken him enough so that he can try and take him over. However I think Itachi has already anticipated this since his resurrection and has a plan of his own.
Since its already been explained the ways to deal with Kabuto's mass Edo Tensei is using Genjutsu on the user to end the summon I think this is where Itachi comes into my plan. Since we know Sharingan Genjutsu does not require hand seals I think at some point Itachi will use his Edo Sharingan on Kabuto placing him under multilayer Genjutsu similar to Genjutsu battle with Sasuke.
My feeling is that since Itachi did not have a clean heroic death this will be his redeeming final act showing him finally able to act on his true desires and wishes. Madara had a chance to tell Kakashi and Naruto about Itachi's past but they have not really had a chance to confirm this. With the war ongoing Kakashi hasn't had time to grill the Leaf elders about this.
I think that at whatever point Kabuto gets near Itachi he will enact his subtle Genjutsu. The Genjutsu will be so flawless Kabuto wont notice until later and when he tries to break it and puts Itachi back under total control. It will appear Itachi pushes Sasuke into a corner and Kabuto will get ready to take advantage and just when it looks like hes about to succeed it will turn out to be a Genjutsu and he will be forced to end Mass Edo Tensei. Edo Itachi will begin to crumble and fade away and offer Sasuke one last piece of advice.
My feeling is that this will only effect the Edo summon bodies currently summoned some how permanently making them unable to summon again. So he will still have access to the mystery coffin but not to his army of Edo summons.
In this way Itachi will be able to have a truly epic heroic end proving to Kakashi and the others that Madara's tale was based on truth then Itachi truly ends as Hero. This is Itachi's purpose here in his final act to end the current Edo Tensei and I cant think of anyone better to do so.
Your thoughts & ideas?
Edo Tensei VS Alliance Forces
Its clear to me that Kabuto is saving the best ressurected ninjas for something bigger. As of now, there are already several excellent ress-ninjas fightning against the Alliance and I think that only the ex-jinchuurikies, Nagato, Itachi and the mystery coffin ninja are the ones left behind. Probably to catch KB and Naruto, as I think they are the strongest ninjas in the Alliance. Naruto is even growing in power !! When hes done with his current training then hes easily the top ninja of the Alliance.
Im not sure if Itachi will somehow pull off yet another "troll" on Kabutos and Madaras plans but I do know that there is a reason why Kishi brought the dead from theyre graves. Asuma/TeamShika, Gaara/his dad, Hanzou/Mifune, etc.. Its like they specificaly came into life in the manga to "repare" or resolve something. From this point of view, its pretty much guaranted that Itachi/Sasuke theme is going to resume once again.
I agree that Itachi deserves his final moment of glory, the way he died was .. not satisfying at all !! As for Nagato, Im not so sure. But theoretically Nagato should be more likely to break free of Edo Tensei control since he has the Rinnegan.
My take on this is as follows .. since the ninja war started, I allways thought that at first the Alliance will have a solid start to the fight. Currently, its just like that bcs everything is going according to theyre plans. But that doesnt bring any drama ! Im sure Im not the only one who thinks that Alliance is beating the Edo Tensei and Madaras army too smoothly. Im just waiting for the breakthrough point when suddenly Alliance gets overwhelmed and at brink of destruction. Isnt that a perfect cameo for Naruto ? Just like Pain at peak of Konohas destruction until Naruto came and beat him down. I expect something similiar here in this war.