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Naruto volume 65 (manga review)

Naruto 65Title: Naruto volume 65

Creator: Masashi Kishimoto

U. S. Distributor: Viz Media

U. S. Release Date: Nov. 5th, 2013

Format: Manga / Paperback / 192 pages

Genre: Shonen, Action, Adventure, Supernatural

Age Rating: T for Teen

Overall Personal Rating: B+

Synopsis:

The ninja war approaches its climax as Obito and Madara manage to awaken the powerful beast known as Ten Tails. Standing in their way are Naruto and the Allied Shinobi Forces. However, the entire war may be turned upside down when Sasuke succeeds in doing what many thought was impossible!

With Sasuke and Orochimaru returning to Konoha to revive all of the Hokages this take a turn for the strange. Orochimaru is able to bring them back and also give them enough freewill to be able to answer Sasuke’s questions. As the enlightenment follows what comes next is the real question. Will Sasuke decide that Konoha still needs to be destroyed or will he take the power of the Hokage and use it to help defeat Madara and Obito and end the great war?

Commentary:

I know that most Naruto fans dislike Sasuke and over the years he did become even more of a punk than he should have, but now that he is back it looks like maybe his brother, Itachi did have an impact on him after all. This reunion with the Hokages does something that I never thought I would enjoy in this extra long series. That something is the journey back in time and the almost inevitable flashbacks that always seem to drag on and on. In volume 65 history actually makes a difference in the story. No only does it help enlighten us in the motives of Madara but it also gives us insight into what makes the Uchia Clan so different and also the motivation that lead to their destruction. Honestly, I found it rather nice to read about this history. Most of the time the flashbacks and history lessons don’t have much meaning and just muddy to waters and extend the series in a way that is not always desirable.

Masashi Kishimoto does us a big favor her and in the end I think everyone will be happy with what happens. I’m not real sure why it took so long to get to this point other than the fact that the longer the series the more money they will make. I think the movement in this volume just might make all the difference and allow the series to actually bring a few issues to a close. At least that is what I hope to see.

Overall Grade: B+

Just the fact that I didn’t find this volume tedious is a huge plus, but there is also the fact that part of the plot finally turns a corner and allow some light to be shed in a possible closure of a long running plot device. I was also impressed with the speed in which the answers came to Sasuke, I expected it to take several volumes to get to this point and have to live through some rather pointless flashback and history lessons. Naruto 65 should be a huge hit with all of the Naruto fans and maybe just maybe Sasuke can find a little appreciation for the person who he is becoming.

Naruto volume 63 (manga review)

Naruto 63Title: Naruto volume 63

Creator: Masashi Kishimoto

U. S. Distributor: Viz Media

U. S. Release Date: Nov. 5th, 2013

Format: Manga / Paperback / 192 pages

Genre: Shonen, Action, Adventure, Supernatural

Age Rating: T for Teen

Overall Personal Rating: B

 

Synopsis:

 

As the ninja war seemingly enters its final chapter, Naruto is determined to stop the mysterious man who started it all, Tobi! With Kakashi and Guy backing him up, Naruto appears to have the upper hand. But Tobi suddenly uses pieces of the Eight and Nine-Tailed beasts to bring the enormous Gedo statue to life to use as a devastating weapon.

With the help of Kakashi and Guy, Naruto seems to have found a way around Tobi’s invincible abilities. But, why do Tobi’s techniques seem to mimic Kakashi’s so closely? And when Tobi’s mask is finally torn off, will the revelation shock the ninja world?

 

Commentary:

Naruto volume 63 does just about everything except send Naruto off to train some more. We have the big secret reveal of the masked Tobi and the return of the evil villain that just might be Naruto’s greatest foe. But, the one thing it seems to be lacking is much of the soul that the series is known for. Naruto comes across rather un-engaged and even though most of the back story involves Kakashi’s generation it just feel like it is a little half hearted.

I do like the path that the series is on and it looks like finally Naruto just might be able to stand on his own without having to run off and gain a new power or learn that next big powerful technique. I appreciate that a great deal. I also found this volume to be a quick read. I guess that the action was predictable and with so much of it placed as a flash back into Tobi’s life I just found myself somewhat not interested.

Overall Grade: B

Even though I felt as though it fell a little flat the story still provides plenty of Naruto style punch. I guess that maybe this battle just keeps dragging on and on. This is not a big surprise and it will please an awful lot of Naruto fans, but if you are looking for it to move closer to the finally then you will be disappointed. I guess that I am on of those fans that feels like the series is becoming a caricature of itself and I think it is time to put it to rest.

Anyway, Naruto fans prepare yourself to be surprised at the big reveal and also to be treated to another flash back that maybe answers a few questions.