To be frankly speaking I don't consider admirals weak. I still see them as strong as yonkou because yonkou class is weird in it's own way. Roger , whitebeard , kaido being top tiers , shanks , Blackbeard , Mihawk (not a yonkou) being mid tier , and luffy and bigmam in low yonkou tiers.
and for the aramaki arguement. I really don't think so bro was scarred of SHanks. translation says It's red haired pirates. He never names shanks. no yonkou or admiral is actually fit in the mind to actually challenge a yonkou crew alone. what aramaki did is what every top tier would have done if standing alone.
Admirals >> law and kidd definately .... for luffy It get's weird again as even among admirals there's a weird power gap. akainu obviously being in the top tier with aokiji, mid tier being kizaru and aramaki and fujitora in low tier cuz bro never uses his power aggressively unlike other admirals.
a feat which aramaki performed by takin down king and queen is like kaidou winning against all the supernova on rooftop with getting one adcoc attack from both luffy and zoro. and yet not harmed. and admirals downplayer really pushing an agenda ahead for their character.
VIP members? I don't think so it hurts at this point to share the spoiler you all have. considering fact y'all said exclusive spoilers for vip.
This time around we do get spoilers for regular members too.
As I said it's the situation he was in. Not even shanks would have taken on a whole crew of beast pirates standing outside. and aramaki never said he was scared of shanks. it was specifically said "Red haired pirates". Aramaki definately ain't weak who took head on blow of yamato which made kaido bleed.