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And the Third Raikage has a lot to outdo Kirin. His Raiton Armour and the attacks he draws from it are likely far superior to Kirin; in both power and versatility.
Don't even take that silly shape manipulation seriously. You really think that a guy who's fighting for his life who is at his limit, down to his last trump card still cares about artistic integrity, especially when it wastes chakra? That stuff is just there for us, the reader. If not, then Sasuke pales in comparison to the almighty Guy, who is able to punch in such a specific way that the air friction is molded into a tiger. Seriously?
Kirin is cool and all, but it doesn't use because it doesn't *need* much nature manipulation, the electricity is already up for grabs in the air. It's actually much more dependent on Katon skills to create the right conditions for a thunderstorm. After that all you need is an antenna. Doesn't make him the best Raiton user.
No, sasuke's kirin isn't impressive at all. In fact, maybe that jutsu came from orochimaru. And sasuke needs to shoot some of his fire dragons into the atmosphere to create a thunder clouds. He can't create a thunder clouds/storm clouds by directly using a hand sign. His preparation is the same as base naruto who needs his clone for his rasengan. If sasuke knows like what kakashi and neji did,( evn though it's happen only in the anime/movie) that they created a thunder clouds/storm by using a hand sign then sasuke kirin would be somehow that impressive.
If darui's black lightning isn't a natural element and can't be compared to any lightning jutsu, then why the hell some ofnsasuke's fans compare his amaterasu to any fire jutsu? The amaterasu is also not a natural element so it can't be considered as a fire element, right?
Sasuke's ingenuity to create Kirin is second to non in the entire manga. That much was made obvious by Zetsu's statements and the fact it destroyed an entire mountain and nearly killed a Sussano baring Itachi. If what Sasuke did was so easy to do someone else would have done it.
The Third and Fourth Raikage's armor is made possible due to their massive charka pools. A's armor is superior for speed, whereas The Thirds was superior for offense and defense.
The Third's jutsu are no different than chidori and rakiri, they are only made more powerful due to the fact he has a massive chakra pool he has and his massive amount of strength. He is no more skilled and has no more control over that element than either Kakashi or Sasuke in that regard.
As for his armor, this isn't the first time we've seen someone put them self in a armor clad out of an element. Gaara as a 12 year old did it with Sand, and Kakazu did it with his Earth with his Iron Skinned jutsu. So I fail to see how that simply makes the Third Raikage so skilled with his element. It was clear that he was a brute, who used brute force to defeat his enemies, not skill.
And the Lightning Armour Release is very different from Chidori. It is so far beyond it. It vastly increases the user's speed, attack, and defence. The Third's control likely exceeds that of either Kakashi or Sasuke. And your argument about chakra pools is irrelevant, particularly considering that to setup Kirin requires massive fire element techniques that carry some heavy chakra requirements just to start it up, and that to power the Kirin Sasuke showed required those techs alongside some heavy Amaterasu usage, kind of demanding. Gaara's sand armour and Kakuzu's Iron Skin are very different from Raikage's armour, in both power and versatility. They are incomparable. And simply using brute force doesn't show a lack of skill. Tsunade is evidence of this. Her power comes from her precise chakra control. That brute force, as you put it, is the result of a high-level lightning element technique that has yet to meet its match.
The technique itself required Sasuke to channel all of the energy from the storm clouds above him. That is impressive because he channeled what could have been dozens of lightning strikes into a singular one. That is extremely impressive and shows his control over the element, as he controlled the most lightning anyone ever has up until that point.
They are also comparable to the Gaara and Kakazu's techniques because they coat the person in an element and give them defense. Kakazu Iron Skin jutsu augmented his strength considerably. Gaara's was less impressive but still comparable.
The Armors themselves are very different, but yes they certainly are comparable. Is the Third and A's superior? Absolutly, but the fact is this idea of a elemental armor that acts as more than armor isn't something new.
The Third's increased his defense to insane levels, while also giving him a unique attack. The Raikage's gave him defense, but didn't augment his attacks in anyway aside from making him faster when he charged up. Gratned, his attacks are wrestling moves so it makes sense why it didn't augment them.
But whats more interesting about comparing Sasuke to A and The Third Raikage is that Sasuke has more than one than Kirin. He has Chidori and all it's variants which account for an AOE attack, a mid range attack, and a defensive/offensive technique in Chidori Nagashi. His Chidori Spear, is also a new type of chakra manipulation that not even Orochimaru had seen.
Sasuke has variety, he has power, he has defense. He's consistently shown he one of the best elemental users in the manga in general, and given that Lightning is his affinity and thanks to all of his feats I think it's clear that he's shown a superior control over the element than anyone else.
You also note things like precise chakra control. That was never stated to be needed for the Raiton Armors unless I missed something. And Sasuke has amazing chakra control, to the point where he can channel electricity through his body just like A and The Third. He simply has less chakra so he can't create armor.
Earth: Kitsuchi or Jiraiya
Wind: Danzou or Gaara's mentor
You compared his lightning armour to Chidori, it wasn't the matter of the Hell Stab. Although I should point out that the comparison between Chidori and the Third's technique was in relation to the manner in which it pierced. And the Third's stabs are indicative of a high level of control over the lightning element; he is able to concentrate his lightning element far more than Sasuke is capable of.Quote:
Gaara's sand isn't one of the natural elements and it isn't comparable because it is just Gaara wrapping his body in sand. As for Kakuzu, the results of his technique speak for themselves when compared to the lightning release armour. The lightning release armour increases the user's stats across the board massively. Although I should point out that Kakuzu's technique was extremely impressive, if Kakashi wasn't utilising a high level technique that was the counter to the element of his technique he likely would've gone through that battle without a scratch.Quote:
I'm assuming you meant to say he has more than just Kirin, not more than one Kirin. His three chidori variants are impressive, but they don't match up to what the lightning release armour offers. And the Third also has his black lightning, so there's that.Quote:
My mention of precise chakra control was in reference to Tsunade. You referred to the Third as someone who simply uses brute force without skill, and I was merely pointing out, through Tsunade, that brute force could be achieved through high levels of skill as is the case for the Raikages. The Third's Hell Stab should be more than enough to show his precise control over the lightning element. Sasuke hasn't shown that he is capable of channelling lightning chakra throughout his body like the Raikages; Chidori Nagashi is a simple discharge of electricity from Sasuke's body.Quote:
I don't think either Raikage have shown the kind of Raiton mastery required to be considered the best at Ration mastery that people are giving them. Raiton Armor alone is versatile in the sense that it increases one's defense, movement speed, reaction time, and piercing power. But it's one technique, and that's it. Sasuke's Raiton mastery extends beyond just one jutsu.
Chidori (close range, assassination technique)
Chidori Nagashi (AoE, paralyzing)
Chidorigatana/chakra flow (enhanced close range and mid to long range weaponry)
Chidori Eisou (mid/long range)
Chidori Senbon (mid/long range)
Kirin (long range)
He's got every range covered, has multiple uses for his Raiton, and is powerful in his own right. The kicker here is Kirin. If you're only focusing on the power of the attack it may not seem too impressive, but the catch is that not only is it barely of any cost, but it hits faster than any attack we've seen in the manga. And I don't see how the damage is unimpressive when it's damage potential is limitless based on how much heat can be produced by the user. No damage limit, no chakra cost, and has produced the most devastating effect a Raiton has displayed in the whole manga. Raiton Armor howerver, as seen thus far is limited to the user's chakra reserve. And the black lightning element doesn't necessarily have to be more powerful than Kirin. Especially since nothing has implied otherwise.
Now, with the amount of heat Sasuke can produce with his Enton jewel there's no reason to believe he couldn't make a Kirin far more powerful than the one used against Itachi. And that one not only one-shotted a Susanoo, but the hill it stood on top of.
I guess it's just a matter of opinion, but neither Raikage has done enough to warrant my vote as "best Raiton user". It's gonna take more feats than what we've seen from them.
Last edited by ninjabot; May 20, 2013 at 07:30 PM.
Am I the only one who thinks Kakashi showed a better mastery over raiton than Sasuke or anyone else?
And Naruto the best in fuuton because of FRS? He's actually one of the worst because all he has are FRS and fuuton: rasengan.
kisame is by far the greatest water-style user