Naruto volume 66 by Masashi Kishimoto (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
May 28, 2014 by Dennis Amith
For longtime readers of “Naruto”, volume 66 is an awesome volume that long time fans will not want to miss! The reunion of Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura…Cell 3 is back! “Naruto” Volume 66 is highly recommended!
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MANGA TITLE: Naruto Volume 66
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 Teen
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2014
The ninja war approaches its climax as the revived Hokage head to the battlefield in order to stop Obito and Madara. Naruto will have to team up with his dad in order to save the ninja world. But what dark tricks does Obito have up his sleeve…?
From the very first issue of “Naruto”, we have watched the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno. Known as Cell 3, the three reunite once again in what may be the biggest rival they have ever faced.
With volume 66, Kakashi tries to reason with Obito, who was revealed to be one of the masterminds of the Akatsuki and the Fourth Great Ninja War, alongside Madara Uchiha, both who were thought to be dead.
As both are trying to capture all jinchuriki, the revived Orochimaru and Sasuke Uchiha have made the decision to fight on the side of the allied ninjas to take on Obito and Madara, but in order to defeat these foes, it’s going to take an army? But with the allied forces suffering severe injuries, can they band together and work together to defeat their greatest enemy yet?
Find out in volume 66 of Masashi Kishimoto’s “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.
In volume 58, Naruto and Killer Bee have been able to seal away the previous Raikage but now with the Akatsuki infiltrating all Allied Forces camps and no one able to tell who is friend and foe, more and more allied forces are being injured or killed by the impostors.
And only one person can help them…Naruto. Who must create shadow clones of himself with is new power to sniff them out.
Which leads to volume 59 as the battle continues to escalate as Gaara, leader of the Sand Village and Ohnoki, leader of the Stone Village must continue to fight against the great Mizukage of the Mist Village, who was resurrected.
But also, another battle will begin as Madara Uchiha finally strikes back and as for Naruto and Killer Bee, they find themselves in another battle with Tobi of the Akatsuki.
And now here we are with volume 60, as the Allied Shinobi Forces are making their comeback, the revived masked Madara Uchiha unleashes the six jinchuriki to fight and kill Naruto and Killer Bee.
With Killer Bee and the eight tails injured, Kakashi and Guy go into assist Naruto and Killer Bee.
But while the jinchuriki are being controlled by Madara, all biju are able to communicate with each other telepathically and somehow the six jinchuriki are confronted by Naruto for the very first time, but instead of wanting to take control of them, Naruto is intent of saving them. Never seeing this kindness ever before the biju are able to see Naruto’s kindness towards them.
And during battle, Naruto activates his Biju Mode and is now able to access the Biju Psyche Plain to be in the consciousness of the jinchuriki and a little of the history of biju is revealed.
In volume 63 of “Naruto”, with Madara Uchiha back, they leaders of the ninja villages have been beaten, meanwhile Naruto, Kakashi and Guy fight against the masked man. As Kakashi is nearly depleted of chakra, he also fears the worst as he and Guy think they know who is behind the mask.
And as Naruto is able to deliver a sharingan to the masked man, shattering his mask, the identity of the antagonist has been revealed!
The big reveal featured in vol. 64 reveals that Obito, Kakashi’s partner who gave Kakashi the Sharingan eye and was long thought as dead, is actually alive. And he is mad as hell against Kakashi and will do anything to destroy Konoha Village. But he also is teaming up with someone who is equally upset with the village, Madara Uchiha, who has long been thought as dead.
And with these two powerful ninja resurrecting the Ten Tails, it’s going to to take an entire ninja force to go against them. But is their power enough to fight against them?
And here we are with volume 65 as the storyline moves away from the war and focuses on Sasuke Uchiha and Orochimaru who have joined forces to resurrect the four legendary Hokage.
Sasuke wants to know why his clan was murdered but most importantly, why his brother had chosen to massacre his family and clan for the Konoha Village.
And once he gets his answer, he will make his decision. To destroy the Konoha Village or to follow his brother’s footsteps and protect it.
The revelation of the Uchiha Clan and how the Konoha Village was created is finally revealed!
In volume 66, after learning the truth about the Uchiha clan, Sasuke along with Orochimaru have decided to ally themselves with the Konoha and the other ninja villages who are working together to fight against Obito and Madara’s forces.
As Naruto and Nine Tails work together to protect the allied forces, Obito and Madara’s power is too great. But in order to defeat this great enemy, it won’t take one or a few people, it will take an army to use their skills and work together to take on this great enemy.
But will it work?
Featuring the reunion of Cell 3 (Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura), the climax to the Great Ninja War is here!
Possibly a storyline that fans have long wished for…the reunion of Cell 3. And unlike the past, Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura have grown in power and are quite exceptional in the battlefield. Put them together and you have nothing but true awesomeness!
But as the reunion is the big focal point to this latest volume of “Naruto”, the excitement comes from the fact that these three have inspired other well-known teams we have read/watched from “Naruto” also together again, inspired by Naruto and willing to put their life on the line to fight alongside with them and give it their all.
What a great feeling to see everyone unite and really give it their all and of course, most surprising is to see Naruto and Sasuke on the same team after all these years.
For anyone who started reading or even watching the “Naruto” series, it’s been a long journey and it’s hard for me to believe that when I first started watching “Naruto” back in the early 2000’s, here I am in 2014, watching alongside with my 11-year-old and hard to believe that I have stayed with this series for the long haul. Back in the ’90s, following “Ranma 1/2”, “Dragon Ball” and “Sailor Moon” but the “Naruto” series continues to be strong after all these years and now, it seems that the series may be coming to a close.
Kishimoto has said it time and time again that “Naruto” wasn’t supposed to go on this long but because of the popularity of the series, the series has been ongoing for over a decade but now has reached it’s climactic point.
And what an action-packed battle that “Naruto” vol. 66 has come to be!
Overall, for longtime readers of “Naruto”, volume 66 is an awesome volume that long time fans will not want to miss! The reunion of Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura…Cell 3 is back!
“Naruto” Volume 66 is highly recommended!
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