So it looks like I was right with my Sakura hunch last chapter and some others were right on the ball with Sasuke telling Sakura to kill Karin as a test. It wasn’t surprising to see Sakura falter at that thought nor Sasuke’s true colors become more apparent, but it does seem like Karin’s going to be saved and in the “care” of Konoha in the near future. Whether or not she’ll eventually be on the good side like I was guessing is still up in the air, but the possibility is still there. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing that happen. It makes me wonder how she’d get along with Naruto and the others.
As for the fight before us, Kakashi vs Sasuke, teacher vs student, team leader vs former team member, you can slice it so many different ways. Oh how long have we been waiting for this? I’d say Kakashi has the obvious edge since Sasuke’s still worn down from his fight with Danzou, but who knows what the latter can pull off with his misdirected hatred driving him. Let’s just hope this doesn’t go down as a repeat of Hiruzen vs Orochimaru like they’re foreshadowing though. While it’d have a big impact to see Kakashi go (as it did during the Pain arc), I rather like his character so I don’t want to see that happen.
* P.S. Vancouver 2010 Olympic madness! Downtown is crazy every night. =)