Re: Naruto Manga 502 Discussion and 503 Predictions
Madara, before his loss to Hashirama Senju, was perhaps the most dangerous Shinobi that ever lived. In a way, he still is, but he is weakened, and is forced to resort to other methods most wouldn't in combat. The thing is, during Madara's fight with Hashirama, the First took control of the Nine-Tails and turned it against Madara, leading to Madara's defeat. If the fox had remained under his control, Madara would probably have killed Hashirama.
Originally Posted by Ham
Everyone in the Naruto world recognizes Madara's immense strength, and for good reason. They fully now what he is capable of, and you have to remember, the Madara that is now fighting with Minato is nowhere near the Madara we once knew during his prime. I'm sure many know that if Minato were to face Madara in his prime, the results would be enormously different.
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Itachi himself says "soon [Madara] was praised as the strongest Shinobi in the world." Back then, no one was able to challenge him, but Hashirama's Mokuton techniques, designed to suppress the fox, were the one ability that could. Because of them, Hashirama managed to win the titanic clash between himself and Madara.
Besides, the results of Minato and Madara's fight have yet to be seen; Madara, claiming to be a "mere shell of [his] former self," might still be stronger than the Fourth Hokage, who in many aspects was an incredible ninja. Why else would Minato say "he saw through everything I did?" That line can be interpreted in many ways, but soon we shall see what he really meant when he said those words to Naruto in chapter 440. So far, it is an impressive fight, and it will only get better, no doubt about that.