Thank you for this chapter. I am truly satisfied. That was the only comment I was wishing for anytime soon. It seems to me as if the AL can be talked backed. Hidan was on the offensive and the AL constantly on the defensive. Now, to my point: Itachi may very well be just as strong as the AL, if not stronger (tho I doubt he is). Right now, seeing that even the AL is being talked back by a member any member probably in the org. could. We saw Sasori nag on the AL. But when the AL tells Itachi "you well tell him now" and he told Sasori, every got "OMFG AL AL CAN I PLZ SUCK UR DICK U R SOO STRONG BECOZ OF THIS!!". Can you say lol? Yes u can. LOL. I guess Hidan is stronger than the AL now. lol Furthermore, Itachi has made Oro leave the organization for a reason that Oro simply referrs to "he is stronger than me". Oro did not leave because of the so called AL aka strongest dude in the manga (according to some users on this board). Right now, I can see Oro being stronger than AL. He has yet to display a jutsu he even can use in a 1on1 fight. On top of all this, Itachi was the first main villian shinobi to ever be introduced in the series and Sasuke's pure goal of existence. Sasuke lives because he can't die knowing he haven't killed Itachi. At the end of the manga, Naruto will probably kill the AL and Sasuke will probably kill Itachi. IF it is his final villian (Itachi that is), it's highly possible that Itachi is at least as strong as the AL because Naruto and Sasuke will probably be equals at this point. Now it is a established FACT that the members in the organization is NOT being controlled by the AL with ironfist because he's the strongest, they are controlled by their MOTIVATION to aquire Akatsuki's goal. WHEN Akatusuki's goal are aquired, THEIR OWN goals are aquired and thus leading them to rather co-operate than fight with each other in stead. I am NOT saying that Itachi IS stronger than the AL, im saying that you NON-believers shall not EXCLUDE the possiblity of Itachi being equal with the AL because of plot reasons and manga evidence. My personal opinion is that the AL is stronger than all except Itachi because Itachi is Itachi. May Itachi be with you.