Recent story developments in Naruto.
Ok, I decided to make this thread after reading ch255 and 256 of the Naruto manga.
We know that the Akatsuki members are trying to obtain the 9 Bijyuu to extract and control the awesome amounts of chakra they posess.
We also know that they already have Gaara (who has Ibichi -Shukaku- in him) and are busy extracting his power.
I do hope that we won't see a powerless, sandless, Shukaku-less Gaara anytime soon (although I fear that it will happen).
This brings me to the image of the Akatsuki members found in the recent Shannaro scanlation,
(mods feel free to edit this if it's too illegal)
it pictures a hierarchy in the Akatsuki, something I never hoped to see
because it can lead to the typical washed out storyline 'fight all members one by one, after that their boss and repeat this on the next group of new enemies'.
I'm a little fearful on how the story will develop from here and how Sasuke (the X factor maybe?) and Orochimaru fit into all of this.
Please Mr Kishimoto, don't take away the good things from Naruto and let it fall into the lame generic pattern of so many other shonen manga...