Re: Reason why Bee stopped Raikage
Sorry man, I've been busy or maybe I could've provided more to this argument as you're having to do a solid job () against plenty of solid opposition and holding your own. Albeit, it's a long post from me, so I'm not sure if everything jives with everyone or even anyone, so apologies.
Originally Posted by Anub
1A.) The Raikage is not as strong as he was at the Kage summit simply due to the loss of his left hand and some of his forearm (how much? 1%, 5%, ..., I don't know). If Gaara hadn't intervened, he might've died from his own stupidity with only the possibility of taking Sasuke with him. Nothing was guaranteed that his kick would've fully broken through Susanoo, just that the Raikage's leg and perhaps body would end up consumed in Ameratsu, and Darui would be the 5th Raikage.
1B.) I highly doubt the Raikage held anything back at the the Kage summit (if some are suggesting that) as he had no reason and multiple reasons to go all out. First, he's fighting emotion was fueled by the rage of fighting the person who supposedly captured his "brother" Bee to die by having the Hachibi extracted. Second, Sasuke and his MS were extremely dangerous, and we know that both the Raikage and his guards used specific jutsu to counter Sasuke. For example, a support ninja used a water release to confirm his lightning jutsu, and the Raikage charged his lightning armor shroud to high level in order to be able to body flicker when he saw blood from Ameratsu initiating. As well, every blow he landed on either Sasuke or one of Sasuke's teammates trying to protect him was a killing blow, there weren't really any low or even moderate blows unless to setup Sasuke for a finisher. Further, the Raikage would've gained nothing from holding back against Sasuke. He wanted him dead, and he was clearly intent on doing anything, including loss of limb, to get it done. Thus, he wasn't holding back. If someone thinks otherwise, please explain. I apologize as I've been ill and away.
2.) Sasuke's power's are always going to be either slightly below/above or equal to Naruto's depending on the specific time point (The whole yin/yang bit from Kishi). For example, the instant Naruto tapped into the Kyuubi at the Valley of End and beat the crap out of Sasuke, Sasuke went from a 2 -> 3 tomoe Sharingan. That's how the story is meant. They'll never be disparately unequal.
3.) I honestly can't judge Naruto too well right now as we haven't seen as much of his training like we usually do (usually we see him completing different steps, like the senjutsu training). As well, his Kyuubi mode is something totally new to everyone in the manga except the dead younger son of the So6P's who seems to have had something only akin to Naruto's Kyuubi mode. He only wants to fight when it's necessary, which is natural for someone aiming to bring peace and end hate/vengeance.
Except for one hand sign at the very end before Bee intervened, I didn't see him do anything offensive or defensive (despite recognizing the Raikage's punch beforehand). The only thing he put any effort into was trying to just run past the Raikage. That's it. Naruto doesn't want to hurt anyone, not even the Kyuubi. For him, it's a last resort as seen in this chapter and previously with Nagato.
I don't even know how much of the Kyuubi's chakra (Remember he sealed what he stole away, so perhaps his speed and other abilities are determined by how much takes from that area) he's using right now. I presume his control is pretty good since he passed those block stacking tasks and is very close to mastering the TBB Rasengan, which if history is any indicator he'll master and use in the next battle. He already had the fourth's speed immediately against after gaining the Kyuubi mode against Kisame, but without the control, so I doubt that training hasn't enhanced his speed beyond that somewhat. I imagine that adding control has to increase speed, simply by increasing efficiency alone. If it hasn't, fine, he and the Raikage are the two fastest people in the manga now that Naruto has demonstrated control against the Raikage.
4.) Naruto has surpassed Jiraiya (senjutsu, may be further along towards advancing peace, ...) and Minato (FRS, TBB Rasengan, advancing peace,...) in some areas while in others, he still needs to make progress to surpass them. That's obvious. That type of statement by I think Gamakichi, the best toad ever (move aside Donatello), is not meant to be a blanket statement and was made watching Naruto in the heat of combat, not at some forum.
5A.) Bee has been training with Naruto, and I think he knows how deadly his jutsu are, simply put that's how Naruto was trained by Jiraiya et al. His base jutsu, the Rasengan is a man made TBB. From there it only gets progressively worse and more destructive. His allegiance is torn right now. He's been raised to protect the Raikage, yet his exposure to Naruto has produced that weird ass friendship, "I will die for you" effect on him. Thus, by Bee dying, he could protect both Naruto and the Raikage.
5B.) Personally, I can only speculate here, but I think Bee knows what Naruto and the Raikage are both able to do if both are serious. We've seen the Raikage already at his most intense against Sasuke, and we know he's a badass.
I think Bee is concerned for A's safety if he truly forces Naruto to fight him as he can't protect him due to his newly divided allegiance to Naruto (cult no jutsu), otherwise the flashback wouldn't go back to when he was chosen as A's body guard where he was probably trained to die for the Raikage. I think that's the entire purpose of the flashback.
5C.) Bee's intervening there at the end to remind A that he's there to protect him (Recall he bumped both his natural fist and the Hachibi fist), A the Raikage, and that while Naruto doesn't want to hurt A, he may as he's determined to pass. The only hope is to actually listen to Naruto; otherwise, something bad could happen. I predict Bee'll guarantee Naruto's safety by bumping Naruto's fists with possibly the guarantee of sepuku, and they'll join the war partially.
6.) Personally, I really like this side of Bee. This is one of the best emotional moments in the manga in some time. I think much much more of him now than I did just 1 issue ago. He becomes more like the J-man, Ero Sennin, with time.