Someone posted something about a likelyhood of a plot-hole. He does not understand why Tobi would need to fight Konan for the original body of Nagato when kabuto had already resurrected him as Edo Tensei.
Another fan made the argument that since the Edo Tensei is really a different body(a sacrifice) in there, Tobi couldn't retrieve its rinnegan. Seemingly correct, right?
But on the other hand and in line with that argument, then Tobi shouldn't be able to retrieve that bit of Kurama's chakra with the ET Gold and Silver brothers. Since the ET Tobi captured are also not the real bodies of the Gold and Silver brothers.
Since I started all of this, I might as well
respond. Maybe chakra is connected more to
one's soul than to one's physical body,
which would explain how Tobi is able to take the
Nine-Tail's chakra from the Gold and Silver
brothers. Of course, this would then raise plenty
of questions about chakra flow within the body -
the whole basis of Neji's techniques would
become suspect, for example.
As for the
original point I was positing, I guess I should
have been more clear. My dilemma had more to do
with what happens in Chapter 490. The Nagato shown
along with the others simply seems to be a corpse.
It certainly isn't animated like other Edo
Tensei ninja are. The question I was trying to
resolve was whether the Nagato in 490 was an Edo
Tensei powered vessel or the actual corpse of
Nagato. The problem with the "actual
corpse" side is that Tobi needed to go find
the body of Nagato afterwards to retrieve the
Rinnegan. On the other hand, the "Edo Tensei
explanation" doesn't really seem to fit
either just based on the appearance and inactivity
of the body in the coffin (yes, it does have the
same cracked paper look, but that could just be
simple decomposition). The Nagato shown in 490
appears to be much different from the Edo Tensei
Nagato shown later. As such, there is an odd
discrepancy that suggests a plot-hole here.
I'm not saying you don't have a good
point, but your comparisons to the rinnegan and
the 9-tails chakra may not hold. The rinnegan that
is ressurected with its user isn't actually
real, just as Itachi's mangekyou sharingan
couldn't have been real because they were
already in Sasuke's eyes. They are a result
of the user's soul and chakra activating said
kekegenkai in a body molded from their DNA.
There is one plot hole you definitely did
open my eyes up to, though: how the FUCK did
Kabuto revive Nagato?
the body of nagato in the coffin was an ET
resurrected nagato bc at tht time kabuto had
already resurrected him and all the others he
showed but he had them basically in a sleep mode
there have been scenes where kabuto was able to
put the ET resurrection back in their coffins as
he sees fit and they then become inactive so most
likely it was not the real nagato just a ET
inactive body with his soul attached
^ But he would need Nagato's DNA to even
resurrect him. To top it off Tobi had to hunt
Konan down to find Nagato's body... Did Tobi
not think: huh wait a second, maybe I should ask
Kabuto where the fuck he got that DNA so I can,
um, not get my body parts blown off of me and
resort to using Izanagi to save my ass from an
otherwise seriously unnecessary fight?
Keep in mind that in order to revive NAGATO, he
needed NAGATO'S DNA, none of the six paths of
pain would suffice and that's the only face
any Akatsuki member saw of Pain so
Orochimaru's time spent in Akatsuki
can't account for that. The body was taken
away by Konan right after Nagato revived the
Konoha members he killed (Jiraya somewhere in the
heavens screaming: you forgot ME you fucking
As long as Kabuto has been around Orochimaru you
don't think he had a DNA sample of Nagato
from a prior battlefied? If Kabuto could resurrect
Hanzo then it's obvious he could have gotten
Nagato's DNA back from when he fought and
killed him. That is not a plothole......