I'm not really keeping up with the anime, but I think I might tune into the next few episodes, just to see how it's done. I remember a while ago, you were complaining about the messed up power levels in the Naruto manga, which is why you quit reading. Have you picked up from where you left off?
I personally disliked the death of both Hidan and Kakuzu. I felt that Hidan was an awesome character, with a lot more potential, and Kakuzu was pretty unique, and entertaining as well. For two great characters to go down at the hands of kids, is pretty messed up. I suppose Shikamaru deserved to defeat Hidan, as revenge for Asuma's death, but I'm still irked at the fact that he had no help at all. Naruto and Kakuzu, on the other hand, was really messed up. I mean no offence to Naruto's fans, but he really isn't that bright. To be able to defeat an Akatsuki, it's almost like saying he's on par with, or better than the organization's members. What can I say to that? Idiocy.