I know this is the manga discussion but after watching episode 40-41 of the anime the only reason for making Sasuke kill Itachi is to make him look more powerful.one tale kyubi transformation is fukked up. kicking orochimaru before he could even blink or cover. the anime showed the kyubi power far better than the manga. so far nothing sasuke has done can compare to the one-tail transformation. and orochimaru saying that naruto is still below sasuke, generally untransformed yes, but not the way of one tail. naruto-fan boy i am but fok that Sasukes an ass.
as much as i would like to think that it was a bunshin lately very powerful characters has died "because they didnt want to evade an attack" and most propably this is the reason itachi will be pwned.
personally i think its bulshit if that is about to happen. a chance that jiraya might still survive?I think so. until the time they give him his uelogy him unconvinced of his death.
i'm pretty sure that sasuke will win but he's definitely not gonna pwn itachi. you're forgetting that itachi hasn't done much also he hasn't whipped out his MS. finally jiraiya is dead end of discussion. if you think story wise that's perfect because naruto needs a reason to train harder and stop chasing after sasuke and jiraiya's death is perfect. also what part of jiraiya's flashbacks a common theme for people about to die in naruto, jiraiya smiling when he realized he wasn't truly a failure in life, jiraiya coughing up copious amounts of blood, and last but not the least him sinking into the body of water. i think that all points to the fact that jiraiya has bitten the dust.
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Ummm.... I'm really sure that this is not the end... First of all (u already said it) this was supposed to be an epic, second Itachi really is the one that killed WHOLE Uchiha clan, 3 elite Jounins couldn't beat him (Kurenai was lil baby for him), is probably the strongest Akatsuki member (he's chosen to capture nine tails) etc. so CAN'T get beaten up in only one chapter and third this Sasuke's question reeeeeeaaaaally smells fishy.... =/
On top of this, wasn't it kinda nostalgic when Itachi pointed his fingers to Sasuke, like the times when they were young (punching forehead thingy)? I mean, even Sasuke made weird-confused-surprised face.... =/ There's sth about this brothers' fight we all are not expecting.... I know it....