Friday, July 10, 2020

Recently Read: Naruto, Vol. 11: Impassioned Efforts

Naruto Vol. 11, "Impassioned Efforts", slows the pace a bit to allow for more humor, intrigue and characterization. A new trainer, Jiraya (and not the one Kakashi Hataki assigned) takes over the instruction of Naruto, helping him tap into his latent Nine-tails powers. Meanwhile, the Villages Hidden in Sand and Hidden in the Sound conspire to destroy Konohagakure Village, with some fatal, irrevocable results. Gaara's origin story is told and he's even more of a cold, psychotic killer than we suspected. Hinata and Naruto's relationship develops and the last Chunin Selection Finals are about to commence. The 175 pages are packed with ever more suspenseful subplots and complicated ties between individuals, provinces, enemies and alliances. Top notch cartooning!

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