Re: akatsuki's status.
There are only two bijuus left: The Kyuubi and one unknown. At this point, it's a race to the finish. Once all the bijuus are captured, Akatsuki can slip into the shadows and use their statue to eliminate their main enemies first, before gradually taking down those who don't care. Coming out of hiding now would just place their entire scheme in jeopardy.
"...they were the type of insults that would have made a sailor say 'would you watch your language please, there are truck drivers present'."
"It may only last for a few more seconds, but for now, at least, I can still hear her voice."
-Ichigo, Memories of Nobody