Events are starting to come to a head.
Story: Masashi Kishimoto
Art: Masashi Kishimoto
Translation/Adaptation: Mari Morimoto
What They Say
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.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
What appears to be the final confrontation with the man in the spiral mask has begun, with Naruto leading the charge. With some help from his former teachers, Naruto is able to breach the man’s defenses and manages to break the mask. But Kakashi and Guy are not ready for what is revealed: the man causing so many problems is their former friend and classmate, Uchiha Obito, long since thought dead when he was crushed by a boulder during an attack. Unsure as to what might have happened to cause Obito to lash out at everything he once loved, they begin to delve into his past and what exactly happened to him after his “death.”
While things are certainly seeming to come to a head, this volume is little more than background story. It opens with a little bit of battle between Naruto and Obito, but the vast majority is flashback into Obito’s past so that we can learn his motivations and understand why he is what he now is. Anybody who knows me knows that these sorts of long soliloquies don’t really do much for me, particularly with characters that I know nothing about that I’m suddenly supposed to be stunned is back. So I found myself a few times flipping through pages giving them the barest of glances. I can see it being really interesting for people who are truly vested in the plot, but it didn’t do much for me. I want to see them get back to the fighting.
Admittedly, I’m not the biggest Naruto fan. Even still, this particular volume did not do anything to keep my attention. I enjoy the fighting well enough, but the extended histories and cutscenes that are thrown in to flesh out the fighting is not particularly interesting to me, and this volume was almost entirely that. If you are invested in Naruto and continue to pick up each volume, then I would suggest that there is plenty in here for you to sink your teeth into, as I think it would be interesting from that angle. Otherwise, I’d say it’s not one to rush out and get.
Content Grade: C+
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: November 5th, 2013