Originally Posted by Wolverine
A little too late I'm afraid, my friend. After this, I'll be more shocked if any of the characters start behaving OOC.
Well, if we consider the little chat Hashirama had with Hiruzen way back in Part I, you could say Hashirama is behaving OOC in this chapter. But I'd sooner blame the Naruto parallel and the lack of foresight by Kishi than Kishi's lack of consistency. After all, it was like 500 chapters between Hashirama's last piece of dialog and this chapter.