SICK/Near Blind Itacih vs Sasori
Okay, so non-sick/blind Itachi would beat Sasori, as he is simply better, but how would sick, near-blind Itachi do against Sasori? As is obvious, Edo Itachi (manga chapter 551) isn't sick itachi, but Optimum Itachi. So, instead of Sasuke showing up to fight Itachi, Sasori does...
Location: Where Itachi fought Sasuke
Going for the kill
Sasori is literally the worse possible match for Itachi for 2 main reasons: his strengths are itachi's weaknesses. Itachi's weakness is fighting prolonged matches against strong opponents. Since he can't do this, he resorts to strong genjutsu's to end a match quickly.
Sasori, as a puppet, has literally infinite stamina. Thus he can control the pace of the battle and outlast most opponents. He can prolong a match against sick itachi, until overuse of MS, or low stamina makes him succumb to his sickness, or until he simply passes out.
Itachi would have to resort to strong genjutsu's to end the match quickly, but this is a problem.
3 things almost everyone (including sasori fans) ignore when talking about him in vs. threads
1. Genjutsu's don't work on him. This has been long debated, but simply using the facts from the manga/anime, the fact is that he only has a heart. The real sasori is his heart. He doesn't have a brain IN his heart, like some say, because it is stated that he only has a heart/is a heart, not has his lungs, brain, spleen, stomach, liver, kidneys, etc. in his heart container. Without a brain, no genjutsu can work, since genjutsu's are illusionary images that use the physical brain of an opponent.
Jiraiya's explanation to Naruto showed that genjutsu's messes with chakra in the 'head,' i.e. the cranial nerve (brain)- Sasori doesn't have chakra in the 'head.' Sasori also doesn’t have a normal Chakra circulation System (CCS). He only has a heart that projects chakra threads through his fingers, or from a right cavity. A genjutsu would paralyze his body via his chakra that runs through his body, but with a puppet body (no CCS), his body would not be paralyzed. Basically, only the chakra in his heart would be distorted, but w/o a brain, no genjutsu would actually do anything.
For those who know of ghost in the shell, consider cyberbrains- not physical brains you, but they are cybernetic computer brains. That which would work on a normal brain would not work on such a computer brain, thus to say genjutsu's work on a puppet is like saying one would work on a robot. Now this is not to insult readers, because I admit that it makes no sense. Sasori can stand in a cloud of gas and not die, since he doesn't breath. But w/o oxygen, how does his heart cells not die- w/o lungs, how is his heart sustained? He shouldn't be able to live. Same w/thinking w/o a brain- it doesn't make sense, but going strictly on the manga/anime that says that he only has a brain, I must say that he somehow thinks w/o a brain. Kishi perhaps needs a lesson in biology (or he should have explained Sasori's biological makeup), but the fact remains that people should take that up with him. My stance is that genjutsu's thus don't work on a puppet.
2. Itachi pulls out susanoo, would it would be over for Sasori? Poison gas & poison from smoke bombs CAN go through susanoo. This should be obvious- susanoo is only a chakra form, which is energy. Gas can go through it as it isn't solid. Air/gas has to pass through susanoo or else Itachi would suffocate. It isn't sealed. When Mei faces Sasuke, though his susanoo is incomplete, her acidic mist (gas) slips right pass the chakra of susanno and melts it's ribs. And again, those ribs were inside Susnaoo's chakra cloak. A better example- Danzo's Baku used a wind/air vacuum against an almost complete Susnaoo. Not only was Susnaoo pulled forward, but sasuke INSIDE Susanoo was also pulled forward/sucked in, where he then used a fire jutsu that went thru Susanoo- so air/gas can go thru it. Back to Mei- on the manga page AFTER the bones first begin to melt, one can see sasuke's arm is burned- the mist went thru. So yes, poison gas can go through susanoo (SEE THE BOTTOM FOR MANGA SCANS)
Everyone also forgets that Sasori has 2 rotary wind blades on either side of him, allowing him to fly. Thus he can easily fly outside of the range of Susanoo's sword, while dropping endless poison gas bombs on Itachi, until the entire battlefield is gassed.
Some say itachi can hold his breath. It is implied that Itachi had TB, as he coughed up blood in his match against sasuke. TB=respiratory illness. He wouldn't be able to hold his breath for long. Some say he could do what Sakura did. Yet Chiyo said it was reckless- it's a miracle Sakura survived. Yet even though she did, she was unconscious after using an exploding tag. Chiyo had to nurse her back to consciousness- who would nurse itachi back to consciousness? And the second he went out of it, Susanoo would disperse
3. Everyone jumps on the Amaterasu bandwagon, yet this might be the worse possible thing Itachi could do. First, Iron sand can easily block ammy. Sasori can switch his heart into another puppet case in a split second, before Ammy burns the puppet completely. He could then attach puppet strings to the former Sasori (empty shell now ignited) and send it towards Itachi. Contrary to what many say, Ammy doesn't burn 'as hot as the sun,' i.e. burn anything to ashes automatically, as can be seen with the Samurai armor in the Land of Iron, and the Raikage's arm, and even the trees/leaves of the Uchiha forest (lit by Itachi's ammy), where not even a single leaf burned.
Only if Itachi constantly focuses on an object will it burn quickly. With sasuke, sasuke himself was caught on fire then shed his skin, which is why it burned so quickly- the trees around the Uchiha hideout were caught on fire yet burned slowly- not even 1 tree burned down. So sasori wouldn't just burn to ashes quickly.
Even more, imagine 100 puppets, all caught on black flames & with poison weapons, flying at you at once! If Itachi used ammy against the 100 puppets, then he might incinerate some of them, but would only ignite most of them- Sasori's 100 puppet jutsu would be 100x deadlier! Itachi would inevitably be caught on fire by his own flames (everyone forgets that the user of ammy is not immune to his own black flames). I assume that Itachi can put out his own flames (despite the fact that narutopedia says only sasuke can), but he would have to concentrate on putting out the flames engulfing him while not being re-ignited by more puppets flying at him. So he would probably be re-ignited by black flames.
And during this time of he'd have to not be so much as scratched by 1 poison weapon. He'd have to resort to Susanoo to defend himself, which requires great strain. Ammy also can't burn chakra/chakra strings like some say (I don't think so, but like many things here, I could be wrong).
Even more, ,with Sasori flying with his wind blades, Itachi couldn't hit him if he flies high and is dropping poison gas bombs. It's like trying to hit a fly with a gun.
Itach's fire element jutsu's are mid-range. Not getting hit with poison needles is hard at close range while doing a jutsu (itachi couldn't dog 2 shuriken at mid range while about to do a jutsu), and IF sasori gets on fire, then he can switch bodies and send the ignited puppet at Itachi, or put the fire out with a water scroll jutsu.
Some say Itachi could just make shadow clones and sit back and study Sasori's movements- Sasori could also make sand clones and study Itahci's movements (oops- sand clones is anime only)- both have a 5 rating of intelligence in the Naruto STATbook. Sasori is said to be slow by many, yet he has a 4.5 rating of speed in the stat book- faster than Kakuzu, as fast as Sasuke and Kakashi.
Even more, with Sasori in Hiruko, Itachi might try to use that MS genjutsu on Sasori, and thus would waste chakra before realizing that Sasori was a puppet that couldn't fall for genjutsu (and rememer, after doing that wiht Sasuke, Itachi almost went blind).
Using/sustaining Susnaoo on low chakra levels is also what probably killed Itachi, so using it a lot with Sasori would = death.
The stamina factor alone is Itachi's weakness against Sasori, such that Sasori would be able to control the match and use poison to perhaps win. I'm neither a Sasori fan or an Itachi fan btw, so I readily admit that Itachi would win in his prime (not going blind, and not sick). Fan=fanatic, btw, and I'm not a fanatic of any character.
EDIT: Forgot to mention that using ammy against Iron Sand will also make it 10x deadlier- if the sand ignites, then Sasori can send that ignited Iron sand towards Itachi. Even more, eevry Iron sand jutsu will be deadlier since it will be ignited with black flames. Imagin Iron Sand World Order while ignited with black flames, and it's already impossible to dodge. Same with IS bullets and spikes. While ignited, it will igntite the battlefield, and force Itachi into a corner, while igniting susanoo. He will have to take time to put the flames out, allowing Sasori to create a diversion and attack from another angle, i.e poison gas.
EDIT: The Y.Magatama, Itachi's long range jutsu, based on the single feat seen, is the same size and speed as Naruto's Rasenshuriken, which is pretty easy to dodge while on the ground, thus much easier while airborne. Thus it is my beleif that a flying Sasori could dodge the Magatama, in the same way that he could dodge the FRasengshuriken.
EDIT: An 'end of the fight' scenario to consider: while on an open battlefield that is completely gassed, idk if itachi has a body flicker fast/effecient enough to avoid that gas completely. Even so, while in Susanoo, using a Kage Bunshin explosion or flicker would be impossible, lest he blow himself up. Thus, he'd have to disable Susanoo, do a body flicker to some place, then detonate the KB, to disperse the gas. Ironically, disabling susnaoo puts Itachi in danger. Sasori can rain poison needles and more gas bombs on Itachi, and can even use the poisoned cable coiled in his center, to shoot it at Itachi. In a word, a flurry of poison attacks will rain on Itachi, forcing him to put susanoo back up. Thus, it might go like this:
Itachi w/susanoo up--Sasori drops endless poison gas bombs--Itachi holds breath and makes clone, disables susanoo and flickers away-- KB explosion while Sasori takes advantage of Itachi w/o susanoo, raining attacks on him-- Itachi is forced to put susanoo back up. Sasori rains poison gas bombs on him... AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES. At BEST, Itachi would be on the defensive, and would simply be surviving the attacks (barely). With that, Sasori can just keep doing this until Itachi gives out due to his illness, which wouldn't take long with that type of cycle. Again, a person with TB (a respiratory illness. Btw, many anime's show TB, ie.. coughing blood, since it was a huge killer during feudal japan when ninja's & samurai's were used) can't hold their breath long, and to even flicker away from the gas after disabling susanoo, he'd have to hold his breath for certain periods. He'd have to constantly hold his breath and active-deactive susanoo, which will put great strain on his body. So can Itachi beat Sasori without dying himself?
Even worse, with Itachi almost going blind, ONCE he goes blind, he wouldn't be able to use MS at all- meaning, no Ammy, no susnaoo, etc. and he will be blind. Thus he will be a sitting duck (for the most part). Thus overuse of MS/Susanoo would equal either death or blindness,the latter whcih would result in death, since no Susanoo against Sasori= probable death. When having used 2 ammy's and some fire jutsu's and Susanoo against Sasuke, his eyes were both almost completely out- he couldn't use Susanoo much longer, and again, he was dying due to the illness and use of Susanoo on low chakra levels. Even Zetsu commented on how bad Itachi's reflexes were. For those saying the Yata mirror can block poison gas- idk, since the combustion of poison gas bombs is an attack and thus would be blocked, but the actual poison GAS is not an attack anymore than oxygen/gas/air is, and if the Yata mirror blocks attacks, then I don't see how it will block oxygenn/air/poison gas, since air isn't an attack.
Chiyo's sealing device, once it hits the target, seals instantly, just like Ammy & Susanoo, once they hit; yet Sasori instantly switched his heart right when it was hitting him- he can counter Ammy & Susanoo.
Ammy isn't instant at all to the best of my knowledge- it depends on the distance to the target. Gaara was far from Sasuke, so Ammy dind't light him on fire at Sasuke's focus, since the sand intercepted it. If Lee was fast enough to overcome gaara's sand, then 'instant Ammy' wasn't, cause it isn't instant: Lee was faster than ammy & he isn't 'instant!' If Sasori is far, he can switch bodies instantly before being ignited, or use IS to block it.
^See, Susanoo mainly killed Itachi
http://naruto.wikia.com/wiki/Iron_Sand_ ... ng_Assault
^ The mid pic shows the black flames being stopped by the sand, and the fire goes out immediately. So I don't see ammy melting the Iron Sand.
^ Here you can see that one of his eyes already lost the sharingan.
^ Take a look at Itachi's Ammy eye- it is out.
^By this point, BOTH of Itachi's eyes are out
^ The bones are inside the chakra cloak, and they melt
^Bottom- Sasuke's arm is burned. The mist went thru
^ Air/gas going thru almost complete Susanoo
^Sasori flying. Note that Sakura is pulling on the cord/cable in his center while he's flying with wind blades. He is flying low (not as high as I said in my scenarios) but since he has wind blades on either side, acting like propellers, I see know reason why he can't fly higher.
^there was no trickle of blood from his eye, whihc always precedes Ammy flames. He just closed his eye and did seals for a fire jutsu. To me this means that if Itachi was in the process of doing a jutsu, he wouldn't be able to dodge poison attacks from Sasori any better than he could dodge Sasuke's shurikens
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