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In Naruto Shippuden episode 359 around 11:47, before the Uchiha massacre, Itachi meets Obito (camouflaged with a mask as either Tobi or Madara) in the forest. Obito tells Itachi to keep his eyes closed while killing the Uchiha people and Itachi agrees saying "I don't have any other choice!".

Why does Obito tell Itachi to keep his eyes closed, and why does Itachi obey?

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  • in the manga, there was no conversation between Itachi and Obito. that's all I can say about it
    – Jon
    Commented Feb 28, 2021 at 8:22
  • I'm not well-versed in Naruto, but surely the obvious answer is "Obito didn't want Itachi to witness his entire family getting slaughtered"?
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Feb 28, 2021 at 13:33

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This is explained plainly after "Madara" tells him to do so.

Because... "Madara's reason"

"Madara" doesn't want him using his Sharingan to get in the way of his plans.

Itachi agrees reluctantly because... "Madara" guarantees he won't kill Sasuke if he does.

"Madara's hostage"

There's no hidden meaning behind "Madara's" "request".

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I think that's because Itachi could see his plan with Sharingan, and if he saw the plan, he would kill him. Obito has feared him. For sure he knew he could kill him 1v1, and as he said in Akatsuki, if Itachi knew the truth about him, he would be dead.

There we see Itachi's potential. With his sickness, he was maybe the strongest in Akatsuki. Hard battle, but he should easily win vs Obito because of Izanami, Kotoamatsukami, and Tsukuyomi's one-shot abilities counter his Kamui, doesn't need physical attacks, and could use his Susanoo for defense.

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