Is he actually much faster than Itachi? Itachi is extremely fast, I think a lot of people have forgotten that this is the guy that was able to use jutsu so fast that even Kakashi's well trained sharingan eye couldn't keep up. He could literally make an exploding clone and Ryu attacks and we have a winner. I'm not saying Ryu is weak or anything but I just don't really know much about his feats. Weapons are practically useless in the face of Itachi, who was able to Kage bunshins thousands of shurikans when fighting Sasuke as well as having Susanoo which would practically negate all weapon damage. Transforming into a falcon is useless I would say, Itachi has shown the ability to transform into thousands of crows as his bunshin and in general.