^^ wouldn't think so mate.. the way the manga is portraying Sasuke, he is currently a God with all those powerups, I don't think Kakashi would stand a chance.
didn't itachi completely rid Orochimaru from within sasuke?
As far as I remember, the seal is dependent on Orochimaru. So i think Sasuke is rid of him. As far as Konoha goes, I have a reason to believe they stand a fighting chance. But it's a pretty small one and they can't afford mistakes. That aside, the Sharingan is something I absolutely hate for being so grossly overpowered that you are almost a god at the lowest levels. Do you guys have any idea how Kishimoto is going to bridge the ever widening gap between Naruto and Sasuke? Kyuubi's chakra won't work as Madara, if not Sasuke can tame it. But Naruto's own chakra is stronger. As for touching Madara, I think its possible using Hiraishin. i mean, that technique can hardly be just a glorified version of the regular Shunshin. Thus, the real question is what attacking technique is effective against these two.
HOWEVER, there are 2 factor we're forgetting: 1) ANBU. ANBU is supposed to be comprised of the village's true strongest ninjas and no one (aside from the Hokage) knows of their true abilities. In addition, there's the whole ANBU ROOT factor to consider. 2) We still don't know how Madara lost to Hashirame all those years ago with his EMS. Do you really think Konoha hasn't prepared countermeasures from the 1st's strategy, especially considering the village's resurfaced suspicions in recent years?
The thing we have learned about village politics is that the faces we know and associate with power (i.e hokage) doesn't correlate with the strongest in the village, especially when they are old. The village is run by the wise, not the strong. The younger generation has to supersede the previous generation's strength and maintain their competence for a while before the older generation makes room for them in Konoha's administration. During sandaime's tenure as hokage, all of his students eventually surpassed him. But it took 2 generations to find a successor because the Sannin weren't needed for administration while Sandaime's was alive. But yondy's was as Sandaime's admin grew really old.
Wow i can't believe how many of you here doubt Kakashi. We have yet to see Kakashi go all out. I still believe that hes the most powerful ninja in Konoha next to Tunsade.
Yes he said in charka that Naruto has surpassed him, however that means jack. If Kakashi can manage his chakra well enough then thats not a problem. Naruto who has all the chakra in the world still couldn't defeat certain enemies, charka is important but its not the biggest factor in a fight.
I really can't believe you guys and gals are doubting Kakashi
"Wait and Hope" -Gankutsuou
^He didn't only say Naruto's chakra surpassed his (by 2x minimum, according to him, and potentially 100x), but he said Naruto had surpassed him as a ninja after FRS. He's always been a powerful ninja, and has upgraded since losing to Itachi with his own Mangekyo, but if you go on an element by element comparison, Sasuke would be the clear winner. The truth of the matter is, Kakashi is old and lacks the supernatural chakra capacity given to the Kyuubi and the Uchiha.
And don't try to argue his own admission that Naruto surpassed him means jack. Kakashi manages his chakra to the max, but he only has a normal body. He can only manage 1-3 uses of MS before fainting, and overuse of even the regular sharingan results in his fainting (have you noticed that the only battle he hasn't fainted at was the fight with Kakuzu?).
I can't believe you're so blinded by Kakashi's flashiness and relative awesomeness among the Konoha crowd that you can't see his relative skill in context of true badasses such as the Akatsukis.
^ that's kind of sad....kakashi is like 29 and he's already outdated compared to akatsuki and sasu/naru.
compared to regular ninja, kakashi is almost godly, but when faced with akatsuki, he's still on the lower end of the S rank ninjas. It makes me wonder how strong were sandaime and the sannin when they were in their prime.
poor kakashi....doomed to the mediocre path of krillin,yamcha, tien, etc.....
tho' as for hawk v.s konoha, hawk and akatsuki cant deal with every clan from the village at once. Hyuuga's byakugan can counter genjutsu for one thing.....( or at least they say it's immune to genjutsu....) and ANBU, though I think ROOT would turn traitor at that opportunity. Or it could be like star wars where all of ANBU turns against the village....
a mid-level S-rank. We don't know about Tsunade yet, but at the moment she looks like a lower-level S-rank, like Kakashi.
About Orochimaru, I think he's about Jiraya's level too and were one of the better Akatsuki's until Itachi came and defeated him with his sharingan. Orochimaru still has time to grow even stronger as well within Kabuto.
Kakashi was far worse Orochimaru before he unlocked his mangekyo. After the time skip he's
still weaker than Orochimaru, but would put up with a fight.
And as far as Naruto goes, I don't think Kakashi meant that he would become a greater ninja than Kakashi by developing the new technique. Kakashi still has the brains that Naruto is lacking and a variety of jutsus. Naruto surpassed him in technique though as he learned to create a jutsu that no one else could do, and he did it in a very short time.
While Sasuke is S rank, Naruto probably still is A rank (without Kyuubi chakra).