Old chapter release 363 question
I got this release from mangashare so if anyone else has a different translation, then lets hear it.
The last page of the chapter (17) has an "unknown" person (tobi/madara) talking to Pein/Pain. He says he has a "good feeling", and that Sasuke's sharingan will surpass Itachi's, also, that the "machine is ripened; his mind is made up". He then acknowledged Pein as the leader of Akatsuki and orders him to take on Naruto.
Now I think that this last portion shows that Madara is the "true" leader of Akatsuki. And that his reasons for Akatsuki are different from the others is shown in the next chapter is shown when he says that his power, the sharingan's true power, will be realized. I have read on this board that some think that Pein is the leader and I hope this clears things up.
I think that the other part is far more interesting. The fact that he says that he has a "good feeling" and that "Sasuke's eyes will surpass Itachi's" can be used to support two different ideas.
The first is that he believes that Sasuke will beat Itachi as he later states. "good feeling" could mean that he has a good feeling that Sasuke will beat Itachi. The statement of "Sasuke's eyes will surpass Itachi's" supports this as well. We assume that this means later on, but it could be as simple as him meaning that it will be soon.
These statements can also show that he planned to poison Itachi in the future. "Good feeling" can easily be interpreted as "I have a good felling because I'm going to poison the other fighter". Also, "Sasuke's eyes will surpass Itachi's" can mean that they will, but they haven't surpassed Itachi's eyes/abilities yet.
Either way, I believe this to be a play for Sasuke in some way. Thoughts/comments are welcome.