Akihiro's eyes met the cat's. It was a pretty weird feeling, that a cat had just announced itself as the new Hokage. But akihiro had seen a lot, a not many were the things that could still surprise him. Still, this one was pretty high on the rank of odd things that happened to him. Perhaps only bested by that one time when Akihiro and Zurui fought pumpkin men inside a vampire's castle. Weird times.
"Yes, my apologies. I have yet to congratulate you on your promotion. I have just recently arrived from a mission and haven't had the time to take care of such business. But I am glad you came, and am happy to congratulate you." he made a small pause, and smiled at the cat. It still felt weird, but if the elders had chosen this cat to lead an entire nation, they must have had their reasons. "Those are pretty high ambitions for a nation small as ours. But others came before you, and had partial success. Perhaps you will, too." Masuyo has perhaps been the most successful Kage the village had ever known, apart from the First Hokage who had founded the Leaf. She had managed to conquer Iwagakure no Sato and double the village's income and prosperity. It wasn't going to be an easy job, to outperform her. Could this cat do it? Akihiro's interest was certainly peeked. In what he could help, he would.
"Well, the Uchiha are stable. For now, at least. As for myself, you know my name. I have been head of Intelligence in the village for the past two years, but my organization suffered a heavy loss with the last mission, so we're a bit in shambles currently. We did acquire valuable information, but the Blood Prison was compromised and many dangerous criminals escaped." He made another pause. Akihiro had become head of Intelligence in the village at the age of 12. While his physical attributes were still developing, his mind's prowess was quickly recognized by his peers and put to use. This had forced him to grow very quickly, but he didn't mind.
"Along with many of Mockingbird's men, we lost Gin Akiyama. I would like to take his place as head of of the ANBU branch in Konoha." He stated bluntly. There was more he could do with access to ANBU's resources.