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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 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!


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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 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!

30 review for Naruto, Vol. 55: The Great War Begins

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    The great Ninja war has begun, and all the old and dead masters of the art is under Kabuto's control. He's actually one of my favorite necromancers in any series, but he has to grow into it first. These are just the opening salvos, but what really stands out is the return of Zabuza and Haku. I'm meh about the return of the 7 great swordsmen. The great Ninja war has begun, and all the old and dead masters of the art is under Kabuto's control. He's actually one of my favorite necromancers in any series, but he has to grow into it first. These are just the opening salvos, but what really stands out is the return of Zabuza and Haku. I'm meh about the return of the 7 great swordsmen.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aaryn Flott

    Will always be my all time favorite manga

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kulwinder Singh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Fourth Great Ninja war has started and the enemy has launched their first attack using Edotensei forbidden jutsu. The legendary shinobi resurrected, ranging from Seven Swordsmen of the Mist to previous Gokage heads are all fighting for the enemy side while the Allied Shinobi Force is trying to stop them with everything they have. Things are looking really bad. And the war always is, bad that is.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    The Fourth Great Ninja War has finally begun. The Five great nations have come together to form the Great Shinobi Alliance under the direct command of Gaara. Kabuto revives past villains and heroes to fight alongside Madara and throw off the Shinobi Alliance. This volume of the war kind of starts off slow but really ends with a punch, Kakashi and his 4th Ninja Unit facing off against the revived Seven Ninja Swordsmen!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Xavier De La Cruz

    My god, that was intense

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    This is a review of the entire series. Once upon a time, the spirit of an evil Nine Tailed Fox wreaked havoc on Konohagakure; the Village Hidden in the Leaves, killing hundreds of honorable ninja in the skirmish and leaving many children without homes or parents. The Fourth Hokage (leader of the village) unleashes a forbidden jutsu (magic spell/ninja ability) to seal the spirit of the evil fox into the body of a newborn baby named Naruto at the cost of his own life. He did this in the hopes that This is a review of the entire series. Once upon a time, the spirit of an evil Nine Tailed Fox wreaked havoc on Konohagakure; the Village Hidden in the Leaves, killing hundreds of honorable ninja in the skirmish and leaving many children without homes or parents. The Fourth Hokage (leader of the village) unleashes a forbidden jutsu (magic spell/ninja ability) to seal the spirit of the evil fox into the body of a newborn baby named Naruto at the cost of his own life. He did this in the hopes that the boy could one day learn to master the power of the demonic spirit and use it to protect the village and become a great hero of the people. Unknown to the citizens of the Leaf, the Nine Tailed Fox was being controlled by an even more powerful adversary, a legendary rogue ninja that plans to wage war against the entire world from the shadows. The identity of the mysterious ninja that attacked the Leaf Village using the Nine Tails died with the Fourth Hokage, and he used what remained of his life to gift Naruto with the power of one day being able to stop this evil ninja and a clan of outlawed S-rank criminals called the Akatsuki from committing mass genocide against the many hidden villages and clans of the world. Because of the evil spirit sealed inside him, Naruto grew up hated by the other children of the village because they believe him and the Nine Tails to be one and the same. They believe he’s a ticking time bomb waiting to go off, waiting for the perfect moment to kill them all just like the Nine Tails killed their parents and families. Shunned, dehumanized and treated like dirt, Naruto vows to become the greatest hokage the world has ever seen so that he can receive the love and acknowledgement he never got as a child. On top of the Nine Tails power and the will to never quit, Naruto also possesses the uncanny ability to turn everyone he meets into a potential comrade. He brings out the best in his peers and tries his hardest to make his enemies see the errors of their ways. He disobeys the rules and ignores cultural traditions to try and make changes to the world and break the eternal cycle of war and hatred through his own methods. His determination is infectious to friend and foe alike. He earns himself the respect he deserves by overcoming one impossible obstacle at a time. Naruto encounters many fascinating and terrifying ninja over the course of his journey to become hokage. Among them are Sasuke Uchiha, Naruto’s best friend and rival who is driven by the vengeful lust to murder his elder brother after he wiped out their own clan in cold blood. Sasuke warms up to Naruto, but his hatred and trauma are dangerous forces that threaten to break his moral code as a ninja and destroy his reputation among his peers. Kakashi Hatake is a notorious copycat ninja that survived one of the most brutal and devastating wars in history as well as the Nine Tails attack on the Leaf Village. He becomes Naruto and Sasuke’s mentor and teaches them a great number of valuable lessons about surviving in the dangerous world of rogue ninja, bloodthirsty assassins and clans ruled by corruption. Jiraiya is a perverted yet wise sage who taught the Fourth Hokage everything he knew and he’s regarded as a god among shinobi that’s famous for his heroic actions in the second great ninja war. He takes an interest in Naruto and raises him as a father figure to carry on the legacy of the Fourth Hokage to prepare him for the many dangerous people that want to use his power for their own nefarious purposes. The Akatsuki is one such group of wicked ninja. Among them are Sasuke’s brother Itachi who murdered his clan and possesses many dangerous techniques involving illusions, psychological torture and elemental manipulation. Sasori who controls poisonous puppets with magical threads, Orochimaru who mastered the forbidden arts of reanimation and quasi-immortality, Deidara who fights from afar using detonating clay and many other deadly foes. The entire series chronicles Naruto and his fellow ninja comrades growing through countless trials and tragedies. There are hundreds of unique jutsus, clans, and techniques which lead to some very intense, creative and strategic battles between skilled ninja with diverse abilities that don’t always match up evenly. There are clan based abilities such as the Aburame clan’s ability to control insects, the Yamanaka clan’s ability to jump into other people’s minds and control their bodies and the Inuzuka clan’s ability to bond with wolves that learn to mimic their master’s battle skills. Then there’s ocular genetic abilities such as the sharingan which allows the user to create psychological illusions, copy their enemy’s abilities and manipulate elemental energy. The byakugan allows the user to read their enemies vital points and detect their spiritual energy from faraway. The rinnegan grants control over space and gravity and so on. On top of having countless unique abilities, nearly every character has a tragic backstory that makes them sympathetic and relatable, even the nastiest of the villains have well-explored reasons for following the paths they do and becoming the way they are. One of my favorite aspects of the series is how well it explores the physical, emotional and psychological effects war can have on society and culture as well as the survivors and future generations that are forced to live in them. How it breeds racism and cultural disputes, how it inspires hatred in orphaned children and war veterans robbed of their homes toward foreign nations, as well as how this eventually leads to further death, war, poverty and destruction. Learning to forgive the ones you hate to prevent further conflict and damaging the world for future generations even further is a major theme throughout the story. Being a massive 700 chapter series, it’s not too surprising that there’s some plot holes and consistency issues. A rule might be stated regarding the requirements and usage of a certain jutsu or ability only for that rule to be repeatedly broken 400 chapters later. Sometimes the characters and rules contradict themselves, sometimes the chronology of certain events and historical facts don’t match up perfectly, the lore and general backstory go through several retcons that change the philosophy and power scaling of the characters and the scope of world-building; the final arc especially drags on and breaks a lot of the logic and rules that the story spent the whole series setting up, etc... Naruto’s far from perfect, but I remember it very fondly for being one of the first series that introduced me to things like manga and Japanese entertainment in general. It was one of those childhood classics like Dragon Ball, Inuyasha, Yu Yu Hakusho and Rurouni Kenshin. The series grew up with me and I can’t help but feel grateful to it for introducing me to hundreds of other franchises that I’m still a huge fan of to this day and I continue to find many new ones on the regular. Naruto's journey from a clownish, disrespected outcast into a talented, well-loved and admired hero is a memorable one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Naruto vol. 55 Summary: 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! THE GREAT WAR BEGINS Evil masterminds Kabuto and Madara instigate a skirmish with Naruto and friends on Turtle Island. The Allied Shinobi Forces prepare to attack, but are they ready for Kabuto's horde of reanimated dead ninja!? MY OPINION Yamato has been captured and the island is on the move o Naruto vol. 55 Summary: 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! THE GREAT WAR BEGINS Evil masterminds Kabuto and Madara instigate a skirmish with Naruto and friends on Turtle Island. The Allied Shinobi Forces prepare to attack, but are they ready for Kabuto's horde of reanimated dead ninja!? MY OPINION Yamato has been captured and the island is on the move once again. Naruto still has no idea about what's going on for real, but he's finally reached the final step in learning how to control the Nine Tails. As the enemy approaches, Kabuto sends reanimated dead ninja forward to attack. Among them are Deidara, Sasori, and Sai's brother. And in the second wave are Haku and Zabuza, the very first opponents of Squad Seven. Quote: When people are protecting something truly precious to them, they can truly become stronger!"

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nonah

    Love love love, and I just hope non of my favorites get hurt!' <3<3 Love love love, and I just hope non of my favorites get hurt!' <3<3

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    The war begins! Everyone splits into groups and goes to fight- except Naruto who sits around trying to learn new techniques and become stronger. You might ask... didn't he do that already? Isn't he already stronger than he was a dozen chapters ago? And a dozen chapters ago wasn't he already strong than he was a dozen chapters before that? Yes, he was! And no, he hasn't actually fought yet. He already eclipsed everyone else in power but continues to sit around becoming more strongerer because Kis The war begins! Everyone splits into groups and goes to fight- except Naruto who sits around trying to learn new techniques and become stronger. You might ask... didn't he do that already? Isn't he already stronger than he was a dozen chapters ago? And a dozen chapters ago wasn't he already strong than he was a dozen chapters before that? Yes, he was! And no, he hasn't actually fought yet. He already eclipsed everyone else in power but continues to sit around becoming more strongerer because Kishimoto has made him so powerful he cannot actually participate in the war less he trivialize the whole thing. So he sits around growing stronger while everyone else has pointless battles. Many nameless ninja die! People we have never met, don't care about, and are told not to care about because it's a war and ninja die in war. So any hope of this war making us consider the loss of human life is negligible, the characters in the manga are telling us not to care. We get to see reanimated corpses of past characters, which is neat I guess. Like Zabuza! And Dan! And... the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist, with generic and forgettable character designs! Hurray! Oh but don't worry, every ninja is wearing the standard chunin/jonin battle vest thing, so there are no longer any memorable character designs on the protagonists' side either. We get to see swarm of white Zetsu who are identical fight dozens of ninja who also look identical except for maybe their hair styles. Hurray! All the main characters we actually care about are being deliberately left out of the fight as we retread already completed character arcs as we now have to fight Sasori again, and Zabuza again, and all these characters who got their ending again. Sasori got his ending, it was sad but it was good, his character arc ended in a satisfactory way. So why bother spending a few chapters reiterating why it was good? We know it was good! We get it! If you're not going to do anything new with him, why bother? This whole war is going to be a mess as it immediately starts out underwhelming. We get retreads of old plots, bad character designs that make the action hard to follow, our main characters off doing nothing, more and more superfluous lore, and the manga directly telling us not to care about the stakes of this massive battle.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mercedes McLean-Wheeler

    I was ready to give this volume 3 stars. War, for me, is almost always boring. I have to divide my attention between too many characters, and while many of them do really cool things, they don’t have very much emotional impact. Also, Naruto’s sections in this volume are nearly pointless and serve only as a reminder that he’s still a dunce. BUT then we got to the Haku/Zabuza/ Kakashi fight. And it just got me. It was a lovely epilogue that expressed so much about the ninja community- how cruel it I was ready to give this volume 3 stars. War, for me, is almost always boring. I have to divide my attention between too many characters, and while many of them do really cool things, they don’t have very much emotional impact. Also, Naruto’s sections in this volume are nearly pointless and serve only as a reminder that he’s still a dunce. BUT then we got to the Haku/Zabuza/ Kakashi fight. And it just got me. It was a lovely epilogue that expressed so much about the ninja community- how cruel it is, but also how deep feelings run between people, friends and enemies. The reiteration of the theme that we become strong when we fight for the people we love (and the reminder that we saw this theme expressed by our trio’s first real enemy) is powerful.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The great war finally begins and it has so any great moments, Naruto continues his training with Killer Bee to become the Bijuu and harness its power and despite failing he tries, the brunt of this volume focuses on the great war thats taking place, at first we have the ambush team led by Kankuro vs Muta and Sasori and Deidara and its fun and we see the effects of "Impure world ressurection" being used by Kabuto to bring back the dead to fight for Akatsuki, its fun but good moments for Sasori an The great war finally begins and it has so any great moments, Naruto continues his training with Killer Bee to become the Bijuu and harness its power and despite failing he tries, the brunt of this volume focuses on the great war thats taking place, at first we have the ambush team led by Kankuro vs Muta and Sasori and Deidara and its fun and we see the effects of "Impure world ressurection" being used by Kabuto to bring back the dead to fight for Akatsuki, its fun but good moments for Sasori and Sai's brother. Zabuza and Haku return too kinda and their fight happens with Kakashi and its another emotional moment with them and Kakashi is angry and he is gonna unleash his full might on Akatsuki. Its a fun volume and has a couple of good moments and just shows how big this war is!

  12. 4 out of 5

    tomás.

    The highlights here were (at least for me) a) Gaara's speech, which was both emotional when he talked about Naruto and powerful with the whole There is only shinobi!! and b) (view spoiler)[Sai's reunion with his brother, and him finally being able to see the drawing (hide spoiler)] , that was sweet. For the rest, sure, the war is gonna be cool and all that. One small complaint I could have is that the erotensei, while cool and a good guy to either a) expand the world by showing us "known" persons ( The highlights here were (at least for me) a) Gaara's speech, which was both emotional when he talked about Naruto and powerful with the whole There is only shinobi!! and b) (view spoiler)[Sai's reunion with his brother, and him finally being able to see the drawing (hide spoiler)] , that was sweet. For the rest, sure, the war is gonna be cool and all that. One small complaint I could have is that the erotensei, while cool and a good guy to either a) expand the world by showing us "known" persons (as in the kages and the seven swordsmen of the mist) or completely unknown people and b) further explore some characters already seemed; is kind of a cheap trick? idk it might just be a me thing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angie Orens

    And so the Fourth Great Ninja War begins and the five great nations get together to form the Shinobi Alliance under Gaara's command. His speech made so emotional, my baby came from so far and I couldn't be more proud of him. Everything is getting so dark and scary and I'm terrified of how all this is going to end... And so the Fourth Great Ninja War begins and the five great nations get together to form the Shinobi Alliance under Gaara's command. His speech made so emotional, my baby came from so far and I couldn't be more proud of him. Everything is getting so dark and scary and I'm terrified of how all this is going to end...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Somya

    Naruto learning to take control of the Kyubi's chakra. Awesome. Kabuto ressurecting all the dead shinobi, so many zatsus. Horrible. The Allied Shinobi Forces formed! The battalion is ready. War is beginning. Gonna be epic. Naruto learning to take control of the Kyubi's chakra. Awesome. Kabuto ressurecting all the dead shinobi, so many zatsus. Horrible. The Allied Shinobi Forces formed! The battalion is ready. War is beginning. Gonna be epic.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elias Alexander

    The 4th great ninja war has begun

  16. 4 out of 5

    James

    Lines are drawn in the sand.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bee (BacchusVines)

    Haaakkkkuuuu

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chloé

    To quote another reviewer, let the lame war begin. Gah. It's so hard to get through. To quote another reviewer, let the lame war begin. Gah. It's so hard to get through.

  19. 4 out of 5

    gabi

    This is so overwhelming. ACK!!! There are so many people to keep track of. The war has begun!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kurtis Burkhardt

    The 4th greats ninja war is finally starting, Rematch Kakashi vs. Zabuza...😻😁Another awesome volume👌😁💕💕

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alan Fricker

    Hella confusing

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paula Greenfield

    Naruto just keeps getting better and better.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kareena

    Took me a while to get through, so much battle....

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lucia

    Seeing Zabuza and Haku once again filled my heart with joy. They have always been among my favorite characters

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laurene Allibert

    The war has begun

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julian

    A lot of setup, but the action and story progression is top notch as well.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Such a long battle scene. It's fascinating to see the strategy in the battle, and how everyone's specific power shines. Such a long battle scene. It's fascinating to see the strategy in the battle, and how everyone's specific power shines.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Z

    3.75 stars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    At the time of this review, I have read 55, 56, and 58. I will try to keep everything separated. With that said, let me dive into this review. War begins! I have skipped some volumes, so I was little confuse about the samurai. I thought there was only shinobi, but apparently there is also samurai. Who knew? I loved Gaara speech! It was so good and inspiring! I first saw this on Youtube and it did not disappoint. There was part in the middle of his speech where we saw the enemy and there was a pa At the time of this review, I have read 55, 56, and 58. I will try to keep everything separated. With that said, let me dive into this review. War begins! I have skipped some volumes, so I was little confuse about the samurai. I thought there was only shinobi, but apparently there is also samurai. Who knew? I loved Gaara speech! It was so good and inspiring! I first saw this on Youtube and it did not disappoint. There was part in the middle of his speech where we saw the enemy and there was a panel that made me sad, due to the implications. I mean I shouldn't have been surprised based on what happened in the earlier volumes, but it was still a surprise. It was also interesting to see the different regiments and who is part of which one. Poor Shikamaru! He is always get put into roles that take more effort than he may desire! We also see our heroes face certain foes/friends from their past. I cannot say much about it, because it will lead to spoilers. I will say it was pretty good! Verdict: On to Volume 56!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zian B.

    I gave this 4 stars strictly for the return of Zabuza and Haku. Overall this volume started off pretty slow and seeing the 7 Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist was a bit lackluster since we don’t know about them a whole lot. I am however, excited to see who Gaara fights with as well as what else Kabuto has up his sleeve(s).

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