Naruto volume 57 by Masashi Kishimoto (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

July 18, 2012 by  

The Great Ninja war continues and an all-new, all powerful Naruto is back!  Volume 57 of “Naruto” is highly recommended!

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MANGA TITLE: Naruto Volume 57

STORY AND ART BY: Masashi Kishimoto (岸本 斉史)


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

RATED: T for Older Teen

RELEASE DATE: July 3, 2012

Madara of the Akatsuki joins the fray on the battlefield. His powerful attacks and a secret plan take their toll on the Allied Shinobi Forces. Naruto and Bee rush to help their friends, but the leader of the Cloud Village will do anything to stop Naruto from risking his life – even if he has to fight Naruto to do it!

The Great Ninja War has brought casualties to both sides, but Madara pursuit of of obtaining the two jinchuriki continues in vol. 57 of “Naruto”.

With Naruto being kept under tight supervision by the Allied Ninja Forces and not telling him the truth about the war and that he is being sought after for the Nine Tails.  As Killer Bee is also being sought after for his jinchuriki.

With Naruto now having the power to use the chakra of the Nine Tail Fox, he is being to sense death all around him.  And now both Naruto and Killer Bee want to leave the island and find out for himself of what the heck is going on.

But knowing the importance of both individuals, the village ninjas have sent their ninjas to form a barrier to prevent Naruto and Killer Bee from escaping.  Will Naruto and Killer Bee be able to escape?

Meanwhile, as the Ninja War heads to nightfall and both sides calling a break.  Madara and the Akatsuki has sent individuals in secret to infiltrate the Allied Ninja Forces base and slay as many doctors and ninjas.  With no way of detecting who is friend or foe, how will the Allied Ninja Forces be able to counter this unknown enemy?

Find out in volume 57 of “Naruto”!

What is “Naruto” all about?

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.

What has happened in the last volumes of “Naruto” so far?

In the previous volume of the “Naruto” manga series features the beginning of the Great War as the ninja villages have united to take on the dead, past Gokage and deceased Akatsuki members as well as the revival of deadly ninjas by Kabuto.

The dead know they have been revived but are not able to control their bodies (which is being controlled by Kabuto). The goal of capturing Naruto for his nine-tail powers continues, but the ninja villages were able to hide Naruto in a moving island. Meanwhile, Naruto is unaware of what is going on the outside world, as the Gokage have him fighting in an enclosed space and being trained from Killer Bee.

Meanwhile, as ninja units of the Allied Shinboi Forces have been assembled to take on the resurrected and legendary ninjas that have been revived.

In volume 56, the Kage have been resurrected and Darui must take on the most dreaded ninja brothers of all time, Ginkaku and Kinkau a.k.a. The Gold & Silver Brothers. Two brothers who are not only powerful but having been eaten by the nine tails (and escaping it) and living within it’s belly and feeding off the Nine Tails inside, they were let out of the Jinchuriki’s body because of the harm they have caused and because they fed on the nine tails, they now have his chakra inside them. And Naruto is beginning to feel that something is wrong (and sensing his chakra on the outside).  Meanwhile, Mifune must take on the resurrected second Tsuchikage, Hanzo and also Asuma has been resurrected and now Shikamaru, Choji and Ino must fight their former master to to the death.

In volume 57, the Allied Shinobi Forces have kept Naruto in the dark as much as they can.  By telling him he’s on a major mission and keeping him hidden inside an island, with various members of the Forces to prevent his escape, with Naruto’s new found power of tapping into the power of the nine-tailed fox, he can now sense death around him.

And with Naruto now knowing that something is terribly wrong, both Naruto and Killer Bee want to show Madara and the Akatsuki that they are going to fight back and no way will they be stripping the power of the jinchuriki away from them.  But knowing how important both Killer Bee and Naruto are for the Allied Shinobi Forces, under orders, ninjas of various villages must try to block the two from escaping.

So, badly that Raikage and Lady Tsunade are called into stop both Killer Bee and Naruto.

Meanwhile, on the battlefield, as night time comes, both sides take a break and try to recuperate from their injuries.  But what the Allied Shinobi Forces don’t know is that their camps have been infiltrated by ninjas that can assume a form of one of the Forces’s Shinobi.  With an unknown enemy killing doctors and important people in the Allied Forces camps, they must find a way to capture and kill these hidden enemies before more ninjas of the Allied Shinobi Forces are killed.


Finally, a storyline that features “Naruto”!

As the exciting and awesome battles of the Great Ninja War continues, I’m sure many fans have been wondering when Naruto would be back?  While he has been featured in the last few volumes training, the training from Killer Bee has been completed and now Naruto’s power has grown tremendously, he now knows that something bad has happened all around him.  The feeling of death has been bothering him.

Suffice to say, now that he knows the truth, both Killer Bee and Naruto want to escape and fight on the battlefield.

And thus, both must go against their own people which include Naruto’s good friend, Master Iruka, Killer Bee’s bro. Raikage and also Lady Tsunade who will do anything to prevent them from escaping and ensuring their safety.

While the last two volumes featured intense battles and plenty of action, this volume features a pretty bold storyline as we get to see part of Naruto’s past with Sasuke (never seen before), we see how Naruto has grown up so much since his training and how his mother and father have now given him the strength and power to protect those that he cares about.

We also get to see a bit of the past featuring the relation of Killer Bee as a young boy and his brotherly relationship with the Raikage.

But possibly, the keyword that I would have seen of this volume is maturation.  From Naruto now having control of the Nine Tail Fox’s power but also learning from his past.  We also see Choji fighting alongside his father, Sakura who is still a threat, is the first to catch on about the infiltration of the Allied Shinobi Force’s camps.

But pretty much, this volume is possibly leading up to an amazing continuation of the Great Ninja War and if Naruto and Killer Bee can put a stop to it, by defeating their enemies.

Needless to say, this latest volume 57 of “Naruto” continues to showcase plenty of action, but this time, more story that explores the past of Naruto and Killer Bee but also seeing how far the Allied Shinobi Forces will go to protect Killer Bee and Naruto!

“Naruto” creator,Masashi Kishimoto, succeeds in capturing the essence of battle during the Great Ninja War but also preparing readers for an intense vol. 58 as Naruto and Killer Bee are now making their presence known for the Great Ninja War!

Overall, “Naruto” is an awesome manga series and for those who have appreciated the anime series first, I have no doubt that they will enjoy this manga series.  With this volume alone, the character development is excellent and I can’t wait to see how Naruto’s new power comes into play.

Another thrilling, action-packed volume of the “Naruto” the manga series. Volume 57 is highly recommended!

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