Re: Naruto Manga 478 Discussion and 479 Predictions
I agree with most, but you forget that each of them have specific affinities, in turn gives them specific weaknesses.
Originally Posted by Kenshin Himura
Kisame knows he's no match for Jiraiya because toads love water. Sharks aren't known for eating frogs and stuff in the real world, so it wouldn't make much sense for Kisame to possess a natural advantage over Jiraiya. also, we know jiraiya is very averse in water techs.
another example is sasuke vs deidara. it's not that sasuke is super strong, in fact he's rather weak compared to the others. it's because sasuke is super smart and that he has a kekkai genkai for lightning that he was able to manhandle deidara with ease. anyone would agree sasuke ripped deidara with absolute confidence. he knew he was smarter and he had the advantage.
kakuzu, unfortunately, was slain because he was being lazy and hadn't collected hearts in awhile. he admitted so. he could have stacked 100+ masks, and the rasenshuriken would have destroyed maybe 70% of them, leaving kakuzu alive and knowing wtf naruto can do. had he survived the first rasen shuriken, for sure kakuzu would have been the victor in a 1v1 battle. then again, he could easily take care of everyone else there.
hidan had it coming, sorry. he was an idiotic sadomasochist. he's probably not dead anyway, its just that noone will ever find him again. hidan can't die.
orochimaru was sick, yes. sasuke easily slayed him.
im sure zetsu is a badass. as you say, madara does indeed treat him as an equal. zetsu is aware of all his plans, and is very, very strong. at the summit, he said "im surprised nobody noticed my seeds" or something. which means he does this with ease and was surprised at how careless the kages really are. and on the battlefield, he doesnt even bother fighting; he merely sucks their chakra and gives some to sasuke. zetsu is one tough cookie.
konan is weak.
edit : my point is that they are not THE strongest, only very strong. I wouldn't even consider them as one of the strongest, just strong shinobi. Itachi was definitely one of the strongest. madara and danzou feared him, enough said.