Why the Third Raikage is one of the STRONGEST Kage's to exist.
It's about ****ing time.
We have seen various ninja's in the war. Nagato, who is rumored to be the possible "strongest", due to him having the Rinnegan and an almost unlimited amount of possibilities with techniques, was taken down in one chapter. Hanzo, who took on the Sannin. Actually no, took them on with an advantage, was taken down in one chapter. Kinkaku and Ginkaku, who took on the 2nd Hokage, left him on the verge of death, raged hell inside of the Kyuubi's stomach, assimilated it's powers, and sealed some fairly skilled ninja, were taken out in all of maybe three chapters.
Then we have the Third Raikage. Total badass, went out fighting like a champion, took out a wall that consisted of many skilled Doton users and a Yoton user as though it were butter, and not to mention took a hit of the strongest S-Rank Wind Release attack with only minor injuries. His speed is enough to hold his own against a Rikudo Mode Naruto.
AND he went up against a FULL tailed beast BY HIMSELF. The second strongest, might I add.
Died giving hell to ten-thousand ninjas? Sounds like the movie 300.
Would this guy be able to defeat Minato? Not sure. He definitely is more RESILIENT than Minato, but is likely slower. He definitely has more CHAKRA than Minato, but doesn't have the techniques.
Minato went up against the Kyuubi, managed to save Kushina from it's paw of death, teleported it's Bijuu-dama, and at least managed to seal a beast that cannot physically be killed.
This goes to show that this guy is at LEAST around Minato's level in terms of accomplishments.
This isn't a "vs" thread. Nor do I intend it to be. I am merely going to show that we have a great competitor for Minato fans (I am a Minato fan myself).
Who else agrees that the Third Raikage was in a league of his own?
Also to add: I do agree that there are still many stronger ninja's out there who could take him down. I am just saying, for such a (previously) downplayed Kage, he's really shown himself as quite a character in the last few chapters.