Rating: 4/5 – The Beginning of the End
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Al Sparrow.
With only three more tankobon to release after this one, the story of Naruto draws to a close not with a whimper, but a bang, as the ninja alliance confronts Madara, who has the potential to absorb and destroy the tailed beasts and absorb their chakra for himself.
If nothing in that last sentence made any sense, go back and read Naruto vols. 1-68 and you’ll be all caught up. We’ll wait here.
All done? Good.
Things are beginning to draw to a close for Naruto and crew and nobody’s sure who, if anyone will survive to see that closure. The titular character has his hands full this time around, being separated from the multi-tailed fox that grants him his power. Truth be told Naruto spends much of his time on the ground in this volume, and we’re not sure if he’ll survive to see volume seventy. Given the title of the book, and that there are three volumes to go, I think it’s safe to make bank he will, but this is a manga series after all, so you never really know.
Of primary importance – at least to me – is the appearance and perhaps final fate of Might Guy, one of my personal favorite characters. Whatever happens to him is left to be determined in volume 70, but I’ll leave it at “things don’t look good” and keep my fingers crossed. That’s about a spoiler-free as I can make this review, so let’s leave it at this: If you’ve read Naruto this far, you’re invested and you know what to expect. One great thing about this series is that Masashi Kishimoto has managed to keep it interesting and entertaining throughout 69 volumes thus far.
However, if you’ve never read this series – don’t start here. That’s not a warning not to read the series. You really should. It’s good enough to warrant the hype it often gets. Even still, go back to volume one and start there. You’ll thank yourself for doing so later, and this volume will make a lot more sense if you do. And brace yourselves, because in three volumes the series draws to a close, and it’ll be interesting to see who’s still alive to show up for the wrap party.
Reviewed by: Al Sparrow
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