Re: Prime Hurizen?
Kabuto never made a statement claiming that he knew, he only spoke on other peoples opinions. Iruka, Orochimaru, and kabuto all stated that hiruzen "was hailed", "has a reputation", and "was said" to be the strongest hokage and the "god of all shinobi"
Originally Posted by SageModeV2
To help you with key vocabulary words:
"Hailed" , means to acclaim;
Acclaim means: 1. To praise enthusiastically and often publicly; applaud.
2. To acknowledge or declare with enthusiastic approval: She was acclaimed person of the year.
So hiruzen was praised, , or declared the "god of shinobi" publicly. So everyone knew of his title.
"Reputation", means a favorable and publicly recognized name or standing for merit, achievement, reliability, etc.
With means hiruzen had merit or achievement of being the strongest of the 5 kage during his reign.
Orochimaru and Kabuto both acknowledged hiruzens status as very powerful.
The ONLY reason orochimaru said "He who WAS hailed", is because hiruzen was hailed as a god in his prime. Hiruzen was far from his prime when he fought orochimaru, so it's only right for him to speak of him in past tense. But it was still orochimaru speaking on his past praise non-the-less.