After seeing Asuma killed, I realized this- Naruto would be a much better manga without villians. All they do is get in the way of all of the characters running around spamming awsome jutsus everywhere. Just look at the last arc- here's how it could have gone if there wasn't this "Akatsuki" bullshit mucking things up by creating all of this "story" crap: Asuma and his team could have decided to go out for a run. When they got a ways away from the villiage, they spot some trees that aren't showing the proper respect. So Asuma gives it to them with a massive wind jutsu. Then Gai shows up, opens all eight gates, and runs in a circle really really fast for a while. Then Naruto comes up and says "Hey, I've got the ultimate jutsu now", and he does! And then all of the rest of the former genin can show up and use all sorts of awsome jutsus as well, and then Yamato regrows all of the trees so they can start again. Spoiler: This was actually an intelligence test. If you don't realize that this is not a serious thread by now, you're a complete idiot. I'm not joking about this. You need to learn to accept the fact that you're borderline retarded, and stop doing things that you will never be able to do right, like have opinions.