I don't mind the story of Pain. I would rather have that than just fighting. Because it would be a meaningless story. I know it seems dragged out but there is more to this manga then what meets the eye. Just read the latest chapter. I really think that Danzo is Madara or another Uchiha. His wrapped eye was never explained but his goal was to be hokage like Madara. He is also against the teachings of Senchu clan. I agree i can't wait till Sasuke and Madara show up. I do think Sasuke is biding his time to betray Madara. He kind of said so already. I always liked Itachi from the start. Good guy or bad guy, I am a bit surprised at his turn but that's what makes the manga good It's the way it it's written out. There are so many twists in this manga that makes it quite intriguing.