Re: (Negative Knight) Proof that Kakuzu > Kisame Hoshigaki (Debate)
AGREE!!! 100% ... this would have made the best Akatsuki treachery fights ever, if Kakuzu didn't get taken down.
Kisame is one powerful dude and he really knows the difference between fighting Taijutsu and Ninjutsu, and his chakra is off the charts. He's an incredible swordsman and has more water powers than every freaking character in the Aquaman Series, his elemental powers are the top of any single element user except maybe the third Raikage, and he's a monster.
But what most people seem to forget is how much it took to take down Kakuzu and you can't just pummel someone like him to finish him off, each one of his hearts required a precise strike to kill him plus it took 5 Chounin, 2 Jounin, Naruto, a reversal of Hidan's Jashin Judgement Jutsu, and a direct hit with Rasenshuriken and even after that he didn't die Kakashi saw he was alive had to walk over and while Kakuzu was immobilized from the injuries of Rasenshuriken stabbed his last 2 hearts.
Not only is Kakuzu tough but he has the widest variety in elemental abilities he can cast many different elemental jutsu simultaneously. Not only does he have his 4 black heart creatures but he's incredibly dangerous in close range; super hardened body, bursts of speed and strength, medium range melee attacks, and snaring techniques that can come from his hands or chest. Plus when he isn't remotely using his black heart creatures he can use their heads for multiple individual elemental attacks or more powerful combined elemental attacks and can switch from a standing gunner style to a wide range aerial attacker.
Really in this fight Kakuzu wins Mid/Mid-High Difficulty. The real difference is the versatility of their powers not only in elements but styles of attack and strategy.