Orochimaru and Kabuto
Kakuzu and Hiden
Character Versions No Edo's or Edo Tensei and Kabuto does not have Orochimaru's powers or Sage Mode.
Setting Hidden Rain Village
Kabuto would just make Hidan his bitch by messing up all his motor neuron signals, then just cut his head from his body.
Kakazu's the threat here but all in all I don't see him winning against Orochimaru and all his various jutsu. Even if he does edge it, Kabuto will tip the favour back in Team 1's favour.
I'm gonna be the lone wolf and go with Team 2. Orochimaru will likely have his hands full with Kakazu. Kakazu has noticeably more battle experience and unlike most of the people Orochimaru fights, Kakazu can do top level jutsu in a wide variety of elements. Oro and him are probably the top two jutsu users when it comes to variety of jutsu and number of jutsu they can perform.
Kabuto... I like Kabuto but I don't know what this guy can do against someone like Hidan. I don't think he has the hand-to-hand skills or is agile enough to battle against Hidan and not even get scratched once.
I think the fight will come down to Orochimaru having to deal with Hidan and Kakuzu at once. The strategy there will be Hidan engages Orochimaru in hand-to-hand and constantly applies pressure while Kakazu stays a safe distance away and uses his monsters to spam mid to long range attacks or he keeps the monsters inside of him and floods the battlefield with top level attacks in every element. Orochimaru will be able to dodge and do counter that force them to block and reposition themselves but he has to be perfect because one scratch and it's over. His body vomitting may get him out of one or two Hidan attacks but that's not a jutsu he can spam and all day without running out of chakra.
Let Orochimaru make one or two Edo or give Kabuto Sage Mode and this fight actually becomes a battle imo, but as it is, it's Team 2 all the way imo.
@taichokage: Tsunade is a medical ninja though. Her hand-to-hand is significantly worse than someone who's entire fighting style is based on hand-to-hand. In addition, she didn't seem to be all that into her battle for the most part. Also, great healing skills are irrelevant in a battle where one hit kills you.
In addition, I know Manda's giant ass doesn't have the agility to not get grazed a single time against Hidan. Summoning something that large is a waste unless you're planning on using it like like a shield, similar to what Sasuke did.
@sickVisionz: Kabuto's a great ninja, Kakashi commented that Kabuto was at least on his level and this was while Kabuto was still hiding pretty much all his skills.
Plus his fighting Tsunade on equal grounds is no mean feat. Even if she specialises in medical jutsu, she's still considered to more powerful than most jonin level ninjas and she is still the Kage of the Leaf.
@ohgodwhy: Kakashi made that comment when Kabuto was able to run away from a fight. A definite feat considering how much subterfuge he did but I always assume that in battle threads, running away from the battle is an automatic loss.
In addition, Tsunade is a Hokage but she isn't the best fighter. She is a medic. She stays in the back and avoids attacks. Fighting on equal ground with someone who specializes in avoiding combat at all costs isn't the same the same as fighting someone whose primary approach is offense.
@taichokage: Manda gobbling him means nothing. A giant snake gobbled Naruto and he blew it up from the inside out. The Kyuubi gobbled those two brother they just messed it up from the inside and broke out. Gobbling is far from instant KO and that's assuming that Hidan, who displayed speed and agility at least on par with Kakashi during their fight, would even get gobbled in the first place.
As far as time, it takes like 3 seconds for Hidan to make that seal. Technically prep time but functionally not.
Also, I like how you mention being a close range fighter is negative for Hidan yet seem to have forgotten that a guy who fights with scalpels and his fist (way shorter range than Kakuzu's scythe) is also a close range fighter.
Giving Kabuto hand to hand skills on par with Sharingan Kakashi (or saying that Kakashi only has a pre-sage Kabuto level offense) is baseless imo.
@sickVisionz: Him retreating wasn't an act of cowardice. Would you say Itachi was a coward when both him and Kisame retreated from Guy? Kabuto only retreated because he didn't want to show Kakashi his skills and he was likely aware that had they both fought, reinforcements would have arrived.
Plus, even taking into account he hasn't got Orochimaru's powers, he's still got Karin's ridiculous healing and Suigetsu's liquid evasion techniques.
In comparison, Hidan was fighting equally against Asuma and got beaten by Shikimaru.
I don't see Hidan winning this at all. When Kabuto messes up all his neurons, he's going to be in trouble.
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