By Leroy Douresseaux
November 6, 2013 - 17:39
|Naruto Volume 63 cover image is courtesy of barnesandnoble.com.
Rated “T” for “Teen”
When he was a young shinobi (ninja), Uzumaki Naruto had a knack for mischief. He was the biggest troublemaker at the Ninja Academy in the shinobi Village of Konohagakure. But Naruto was also two things: special and an outcast. When he was a baby, his parents (father Minato and mother Kushina) imprisoned a nine-tailed fox spirit inside his infant body. Now, 16-years-old and incorrigible as ever, Naruto is still serious about his quest to become the world’s greatest ninja.
When Akatsuki villains Uchiha Madara and Kabuto declare war the Five Great Nations, they begin the Fourth Great Ninja War. The five great shinobi leaders, called the Gokage, form the Allied Shinobi Forces to fight back.
As Naruto, Vol. 63 (entitled World of Dreams – Chapters 598 to 607) opens, the battle between Naruto and the mystery man behind the war, known by the name “Tobi,” continues. Might Guy joins Hatake Kakashi, Naruto’s mentor, and launch their own attack again this masked villain. Meanwhile, Killer Bee, the man who contains the tail-beast, Eight Tails, helps Naruto. Now, a pivotal moment in the battle arises, as Tobi’s mask is broken, revealing the face beneath it.
Also, take a trip into Kakashi’s past and meet teammates, Nohara Rin and Uchiha Obito. Watch as Madara transforms/manipulates one of them into a powerful ally.
THE LOWDOWN: Yes, the Naruto manga is still the best action adventure and fantasy comic book for young readers being published today – anywhere in the world – and has been for the last several years (if not for the last decade or so). Of course, the series can also still offer a surprise or two or three.
Naruto Volume 63 does something a little different. Flashbacks are a big part of creator Masashi Kishimoto’s narrative, but Vol. 63 is mostly flashback. It tells a tale that might remind some of Chancellor Palpatine’s courtship of Annakin Skywalker in the Star Wars films, but with Naruto’s tale of courtship into darkness being more complicated. The fun in reading this is figuring out who gets what from whom or who really gets the most out of this deal. Which character is the “devil” in this deal with the devil? As usual, the last page of this volume will make you eagerly await the next volume.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Readers who want to read the best of the best must have the Shonen Jump standard bearer, Naruto.
Rating: A+ /10