Itachi’s death can evoke an emotional breakdown in the most hardened, in part because of Itachi’s last words to Sasuke.. So, what did Itachi say to Sasuke before he died ?
The stories that revolve around Itachi and Sasuke are, by far, one of the most interesting aspects of Naruto, especially the Naruto Shippuden part.
Not only does it deal with themes of family, brotherhood, betrayal, hatred, power, and mystery, but it also handles them with flair to deliver one of the best storylines. ever since.
Itachi’s death can evoke an emotional breakdown in the most hardened, part of the reason that can be attributed to Itachi’s last words to Sasuke. So, what did Itachi say to Sasuke before he died ?
Itachi’s last words after their battle were “Forgive me, Sasuke. There will be no next time.” This is a familiar saying in their childhood days. Sasuke, as a child, always asked Itachi to help him practice, but a busy Itachi always refused with his familiar saying and the act of tapping Sasuke’s forehead, maybe next time.
What did Itachi say to Sasuke before he died?
Itachi’s final words to Sasuke were filled with love and emotion – in stark contrast to the image the anime has portrayed him so far.
Itachi showed a kind smile as he said to his brother – Forgive me, Sasuke. There won’t be a next time, or according to the manga translation, Forgive me, Sasuke, this is the last time.
Along with this, Itachi poked Sasuke’s forehead just like before, after which he died. This was a harbinger of countless times a young Sasuke would approach Itachi to ask him to spend time training with him. But a busy Itachi would poke Sasuke in the forehead and say “forgive me, Sasuke, maybe next time”.
This reaffirms Itachi’s love for his younger brother Sasuke over the complexity of their relationship that has been highlighted throughout the series. It also implies that the suspicious actions performed by Itachi were out of compulsion of duty and were not born of hate.
Worst of all, it alludes to the immense regret Itachi must hold for not spending time with the little brother he loves. Even so, Itachi passed away with a smile.
This evoked confusion among Sasuke and the fans until the truth about Itachi was later revealed. The act of Itachi poking Sasuke on the forehead signifies keeping Sasuke at a distance and away from the truth as well as a sign of affection and apology. However, this is not their last goodbye.
In the Third Great Ninja War – The Last Farewell
Sasuke may have been ignorant of his brother’s truth when Itachi died as a human. However, thanks to the Reincarnated World – they were able to say goodbye one last time and with a clearer truth.
Itachi seems to be more open about his failures and was able to clearly tell his younger brother how much he loved Sasuke before the Reincarnation was stopped.
If I had opened my heart to you in the first place, looked me straight in the eye and told you the truth, I wouldn’t have to stand here now telling you about my failure. So this time I want to convey this truth to you, you don’t even have to forgive me, and no matter what you do from here on, I will always love you.
Itachi hinted that he loved Sasuke more than anything – even Konoha. This aligns with Sasuke’s intention to destroy Konoha for what it did to his brother.
For the word love, in Japanese, Itachi uses ‘aishiteru’ which is considered the pinnacle of selfless and intense love. To this, Itachi added ‘always’, which is a nod to his current form and the fact that he will love Sasuke beyond life and death.
In the end, Itachi ran into Sasuke instead of poking him – thereby bridging the gap between the brothers that had built up over the years.
Those were the last things Itachi said to Sasuke. Both when he actually died and when he met Sasuke again through the reincarnation magazine. Thank you for reading this Naruto Universe Blog post!