For a sizeable portion of the Naruto story, the arch villain role is occupied by the dreaded Akatsuki, an eclectic group of criminal ninja from a variety of different villages and backgrounds. Boasting the likes of Itachi Uchiha, Orochimaru, members of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist and, secretly, Obito Uchiha, within their ranks, the gang’s power is never in question and the Akatsuki pose a constant threat whenever they appear.

However, as powerful as they are, the various Akatsuki incarnations differ wildly in their approach, goals, and methods. The original group was founded as a means of restoring peace to a war-torn land ...

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