Kabuto was the first twisting villain we saw in Naruto. From a young ninja who teamed up with Team 7 until his revelation as Sannin das Cobras’ right-hand man, it didn’t take long, but it was still a surprise for fans.
Another surprise was seeing how strong Kabuto really was, who was able to defeat ninjas ANBU and still escape Team 7’s sensei. Orochimaru told Kabuto that he was about the same level of Kakashi, but is that true?
We have to remember that the Kakashi from the original series was a long way from his peak as a ninja, something he would achieve in Naruto Shippuden, due to his sloppy training. This gives more truth to this statement by Orochimaru.
Even in that form, when he confronted Orochimaru, Kakashi said he was no match for Sannin, but that if he had a chance, he would take him to the grave.
The villain at no time seemed to be afraid of Kakashi’s statement, but he also didn’t call the bluff and ended up not fighting head-on, which indicates some respect for Team 7’s sensei skills.
Kabuto faced another Sannin, Tsunade. Considering that the three legendary ninjas have similar levels of power, Kabuto was even praised by a Tsunade who – unlike Jiraiya and Orochimaru – had given up on ninja life until returning to Konoha at the Hokage post, but was being overwhelmed.
The only way Kabuto found to put himself forward was by using Tsunade’s fear of blood in combat, paralyzing the kunoichi and allowing his skills to take over the confrontation.
It is important to note that, unlike Dragon Ball, for example, the result of a combat is much more due to the way in which the skills are used than by the raw power of the characters.
The Sannin are arguably more powerful than the vast majority of jounins and equivalents, and that includes Kakashi and Kabuto, but that is not to say that it is impossible for a jounin to defeat a Sannin. It all depends on the skills and intelligence during the combat.
Thus, we can extrapolate that Tsunade and Orochimaru were one level above Kabuto and Kakashi in terms of power, which would put the two ninjas in equity of power, validating the Sannin of the Snakes claim about their level.
Naruto Shippuden was shown between the years 2007 and 2017 and counting the second phase of the anime. In it, Naruto returns after two years of training with the mission to fight Akatsuki and then rescue Sasuke from the clutches of Orochimaru.
Altogether, the anime has 500 episodes (including the Naruto Shippuden fillers), and ends the story of Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and Kakashi. In addition, the anime sets the stage for the direct continuation of the story.
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