Sunday, June 3, 2012

Manga Review: Naruto, Vol. 56 (Naruto (Graphic Novels)) [Paperback]

Manga Review

I've finished "Naruto Vol. 56" by Masashi Kishimoto.

Product Description

Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences rated teen.

Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He's got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world's greatest ninja!

Naruto and the Allied Shinobi Forces battle Kabuto’s hordes of reanimated ninja soldiers. In the process, they come face-to-face with old friends brought back from the dead … plus enemies and weapons more fearsome than any they could have imagined!

About the Author

Author/artist Masashi Kishimoto was born in 1974 in rural Okayama Prefecture, Japan. After spending time in art college, he won the Hop Step Award for new manga artists with his manga Karakuri (Mechanism). Kishimoto decided to base his next story on traditional Japanese culture. His first version of Naruto, drawn in 1997, was a one-shot story about fox spirits; his final version, which debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, quickly became the most popular ninja manga in Japan.

Product Details
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (May 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1421542072
ISBN-13: 978-1421542072

My Review:

This volumes opens with the continuation of the battle that started at the end of the last issue.  We meet some old friends and foes that have been resurrected and are being mind controlled to fight.  They are aware they should be dead along with their enemies they killed and they are being used against their will.

We meet some deadly and powerful foes - a team of two who use the power of words to trap their victims into a gourd (first they curse them and make them say that word then trap them).

We don't see much of Naruto or the crew in this one.

Thanks Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

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