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Naruto volume 50 by Masashi Kishimoto (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

February 28, 2011 by  



All is revealed of the Akatsuki’s goal and who is pulling the strings in the latest volume of “Naruto”.  Also, a character’s death?  So much action and excitement in this latest 50th volume of “Naruto”!

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MANGA TITLE: Naruto Volume 50

STORY AND ART BY: Masashi Kishimoto (岸本 斉史)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Older Teen

RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2011

Killer Bee vs. Kisame! Plus, the realization of Naruto’s worst nightmare seems inevitable as the war he’s tried to stop for so long looms on the horizon. And Sakura corners Naruto with a reveal that’s gonna knock him for a serious loop. Then, a truth behind the modern ninja world sheds new light on Naruto’s true role in the fate of his universe.

The popular manga series “Naruto” has been going strong since its debut in Shueisha back in 1999 via “Weekly Shonen Jump” magazine.

The manga by Masashi Kishimoto is about a young ninja named Naruto Uzamaki, a ninja of the Konoha leaf village who grew up facing prejudiced within his fellow ninjas because the evil nine-tailed fox was sealed inside him. But throughout the series, we have seen how Naruto is a kind-hearted boy who has worked hard in protecting his friends and staying true to his word with the goal of someday becoming the next Hokage of the village.

In the beginning, Naruto was part of Team Kakashi, alongside Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno and as a team, have grown up together taking on missions and also, joining with other teams of Team Konoha as well as other villages in taking on other major missions as well.

But now years have passed since those earlier years of Team Kakashi and Naruto and his friends are much older and his teammate Sasuke has left the village to pursue his brother Itachi for revenge of killing everyone of the Uchiha clan but worst of all, Sasuke is in search of the traitor of the Konoha village, the evil Orochimaru, in order to obtain more power.

During Naruto’s last confrontation with Sasuke, it appears that a black evil curse has consumed him. But as a promise to his teammate Sakura, Naruto will do what it takes to bring Sasuke back despite whether or not Sasuke has become evil.

Now, Sasuke along with his new team featuring team captain Yamato, Sakura and a ninja named Sai (an emotionless young ninja who was hired by the Black Ops leader Danzo to spy on Naruto) are now on a mission to investigate the Akatsuki criminal organization led by its founder Madara Uchiha who have been doing all they can to capture all tailed-beasts including Naruto’s nine-tailed demon fox.

In Japan, a total of 54 volumes have been printed (as of February 2011) and in the US, the 50th volume has now been released.

In the last volume, the story takes place after Pain has tried to destroy the Konoha village and Hokage Lady Tsunade uses up all her energy to summon Katsuyu to protect the village but in exchange for the powerful summon, she has now gone into a coma and Danzo of the Black Ops (a rival that Tsunade has never trusted) has now been appointed as sixth hokage in Tsunade’s place.

Raikage has summoned all Ninja leaders to come to Gokage summit but immediately, Sasuke Uchiha has now shown up.  Along with his friends, they start attacking those who have attended the summit.  Meanwhile, the Konoha ninjas (Naruto’s friends) try to convince Sakura to tell Naruto that she cares about him, so he can stop looking for Sasuke.

Here is a brief summary of each chapter of “Naruto Volume 50”:

  • Number 464 – The Power of Darkness…!! – As Sasuke and his friends continue their attack, Gaara and a few from the Sand Village arrive in time to join in battle.
  • Number 465 – The Summit Hall Attacked! – The leaders vs. Sasuke part III.
  • Number 466 – The Great Battle in the Sealed Room!! – The leaders vs. Sasuke part IV.
  • Number 467 – Declaration of War – Uchiha Madara reveals the true intention of the Aktasuki and his plan.
  • Number 468 – Eight Tails and Nine Tails – Now knowing Uchiha Madara and the Akatsuki’s plan, the various leaders debate on how they should protect the eight tail (Killer Bee) and the nine tail (Naruto).
  • Number 469 – Sakura’s Confession – Sakura goes to Naruto and tries to convince him that she loves him and not Sasuke.
  • Number 470 – Killer Bee vs. Kisame!! – As the Akatsuki look for the eight-tail, Killer Bee takes on Kisame.
  • Number 471 – Eight Tails, Version 2!! – Killer Bee’s chakra is being swallowed by Kisame’s sword, how can he fight him?
  • Number 472 – Water Prison Death Match! – Kisame unleashes his water prison on Killer Bee.
  • Number 473 – Bro – Killer Bee’s brother and the Raikage arrive in time to battle Kisame to the death.

What can I say about volume 50 of “Naruto but….”WOW!”

For those who have waited for Sasuke to make his move, this latest volume shows how powerful he has become.  And to see him take on leaders of various ninja clans at the Gokage Summit was very exciting to read but what is more important is that you get the true revelation of what the Akatsuki were trying to accomplish and who was pulling the strings.

And that’s not it.  You also get to see of a character’s death and let’s just say that it’s a death that one doesn’t see coming.

Suffice to say, volume 50 of “Naruto” is all action-driven and while you get Sasuke and his friends battling the various ninja leaders, you get the battle between Killer Bee vs. Kisame.

Naruto does have an appearance in this issue but it’s more or less about him trying to figure out Sasuke’s motivation and of course, Sakura and friends trying to prevent Naruto from chasing after Sasuke anymore.  To stop him before he gets killed.

So, all I can say is that if you enjoy “Naruto”, this latest volume is fantastic!

Overall, “Naruto” is an awesome manga series and for those who have appreciated the anime series first, will definitely enjoy the manga series as well. A thrilling, action-packed volume of “Naruto” the manga series.

Definitely recommended!

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