Since the only problem from the leaf side was Danzo, why didn't Itachi and Fugaku convince Hiruzen and even possibly Obito to take down Danzo?

There is no possible reason for Obito to help Itachi but if the only reason to help Itachi was his recruitment to the Akatsuki, then why would he not agree to help Itachi if Itachi agreed to join the Akatsuki.

The only problem remaining is the bad Uchiha comrades. Their demands could have been fulfilled or they could have taken down. They didn't seem to possess the mangekyo sharingan given how Itachi was surprised when he saw Fugaku show his Mangekyo.

Was a slaughter essential only for the plot development of the series or was it something that was the only option?

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    The option Danzo gives is for Itachi to kill everyone but Sasuke or for the coup to be attempted and fail and for everyone (including Itachi and Sasuke) to be killed in response. So even within canon, Itachi killing everyone wasn't really the only option.
    – kuwaly
    Commented Jul 4, 2018 at 22:41
  • I don't think that allowing the coup to happen can be counted as an option from Itachi's point of view. Commented Jul 4, 2018 at 23:33
  • Are you wondering then what options existed from Itachi's POV or what options existed period?
    – kuwaly
    Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 9:50
  • Options which could have avoided the slaughter and probably the coup itself or at the end caused less number of deaths. Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 12:38
  • reddit.com/r/Naruto/comments/5yib6i/… nice subreddit Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 13:05

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Danzö wasn't the only one with a problem against the Uchiha. As a matter of a fact, the whole of Konoha's high ranks were suspicious of them since the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox's Attack, because their Sharingan was the only thing capable of "controlling" the fox.

You suggested that Fugaku could convince The Third Hokage to take down Danzö, but that has absolutely no feasibility, since Danzö was one of Hiruzen's most trusted counselor and his loyalty to the village was demonstrably great. And also, Fugaku had no knowledge of Konoha's plan to wipe out the Uchiha, he just knew they were being segregated.

Obito also couldn't do anything beacause he didn't want to. You need to take into account that Obito, under Madara's strong influence, wanted to wipe out the Uchiha. Madara had a grudge against the current clan because he felt betrayed when they wanted to stop the battles against the Senju.

In the manga, Fugaku was the prime idealizer of the clans coup d'état, and wasn't just "going with" the majority of the clan. He also doesn't have the Mangekyö Sharingan, nor did anyone else besides Itachi and Shisui at that time. Well, Tobi had it, but he wasn't a de facto clan member at that point of the story anymore.

Now, the slaughter probably wasn't necessary to end the conflict with the Uchiha. Maybe not isolating them to a section of the village would be a better option, but that's speaking in real world terms. The manga (and by extension, the anime) shows the Uchiha clan as being cursed with hate. Their döjutsu is based on chakra mixed with hate, and based on those premisses, they were bound to be distrustful, angry and power hungry, so maybe there wasn't much of a choice.

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