Re: Is Kakashi dead?
Kumogakure's shinobi team must have taken the same route Pain did though when he was traveling to Konoha...
"Damn it, I knew we should have stopped and asked for directions!"
Anyway, would Kumogakure or Sunagakure's (lightning & wind country's) involvement in this show that Konoha is not the strongest anymore? I think Kishi left them out so he could show the strengths of the Leaf shinobi, without aid from other villages. In these times of struggle and chaos, many characters will exhibit heroic or great leadership and strength...thus showing the will of fire truly being passed on.
(And that is why Kakashi must come back from the dead/limbo...to kick ass...but hey, I can dream can't I?)
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