Originally Posted by Nejifan
And honestly, I'm still not sure why orochimaru was allowed to make a contract with the death god and live. Did he find a loophole in the fine print? seriously, even if you don't take someone's soul, just by making the contract and having him show up, i was under the impression you had to pay with your soul.
Well, it could be one of many things. Here's two that I think.
To release from the Reaper, you need to sacrifice your body, not your soul. So he did just that.
Or, he sacrificed what remained of the soul of the body he took currently, right before the Zetsu. I mean, do we know that he COMPLETELY takes over? Maybe there's some soul leftover. Who knows, aside from Kishimoto?