My first post ;P
Well Ive read this and other forums right after the manga/anime comes out and I have to say this one is by far the most interesting.
Anywayz, my predictions are as follows, 1.) As far as Naruto and his training goes, there has got to be a catch somewhere, I mean if supposedly techniques like the Rasengan and Shadow Clone jutsu have taken him 3 years or so to MASTER FULLY... I do not foresee him becoming the Ultimate Sage anytime soon. No I think there will be some catch to the mountain and him being summoned there, like time flows differently there or just something to help offset the incoming Pain (haha pun). It could go in so many cool directions, like him learning awesome techniques and being really calm and powerful, or just simply giving him a few more techniques. We will probably see him a few times, but he wont be the focus in the next one. 2.) Sasuke vs Habichi (spel chek?) will probably go along the lines of Sasuke trying to use his new fancy eye techniques and failing because either Habichi is blind or his sunglasses/something else hinder the use of them. Sasuke and crew will struggle greatly but will eventually find some kind of weakness and exploit it.... hopefully Karin and Juugo die >.>. And on another note about Sasuke, it was said in some chapter that he got all the techniques that Itachi had b/c Itachi somehow transfered them over... so Sasuke should have all those abilities but might not know how to use them all. Yet another note, the original use of Team Snake was useless wasnt it? I mean right after rounding them all up, he met up with Itachi... they werent even needed... blah last point. 3.) Pein.. or Pain w/e. He will NOT die anytime soon, Konan will.... hopefully someone realizes she is paper and burns her arse lol. Anyway, wasnt he like an hour away 2 chapters ago? Blah We have to see him in 411, if not then, then 412 should be entitled Konoha Under Seige b.c he SHOULD mean business (What I mean to say here is that Kishi might make his character a little soft and walk around for 12 chapters while Naruto finds himself and Sasuke wishes he was still cool). More than likely though, it will be a page or two of him at the very end saying blah blah blah, We have arrived... DUN DUUUUN.
Heehee Thanx for reading all that if you took the time, sorry my first post was so long :D.