This chapter kinda nails the point. The Akatsuki have been over-rated to 'kage-level' (if there is any such level) by fans who just love the way Kishi develops a character. We have a load of fans who say Deidra is god, Orochimaru is God, Itachi is God, Yondaime is God, etc... just cause their characters are very well developed, or kept mysterious. I would be surprised if no threads pop up saying that Kishi is loosing his touch in writing the manga, and that the Akatsuki arent that dumb (as if they know the story better than Kishi himself). Personally, I love the way the story is going... I just wish, there was more to read in each chapter.