Manga Review: Naruto Volume 19

Naruto Volume 19 is a manga by Masashi Kishimoto, and it was released in North America by Viz Media’s Shonen Jump imprint in 2007. The series is rated “T” for teens; from what I’ve read of the manga and from what I’ve seen of the anime series, I would agree with this rating.

Naruto Volume 19
Written by: Masashi Kishimoto
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 2, 2007

The main character of the series is Naruto Uzumaki; he’s the number one hyperactive knuckleheaded ninja in the Hidden Leaf Village. Naruto’s dream is to become the leader of his village one day and to be acknowledged by others. When Naruto was a baby, a fox demon was sealed inside of him; because of this, the adults in the village have shunned Naruto out of fear of the fox demon.

Volume 19 sees Tsunade rejecting Orochimaru’s deal and she starts attacking him. As the fight gets going, Jiraiya, Naruto and Shizune arrive on the scene. Orochimaru and Kabuto get into skirmishes with the various characters. When Naruto ends up being rather wounded, Tsunade does everything she can in her power to protect him.

The climax of the volume sees the three Legendary Sannin (Tsunade, Jiraiya, and Orochimaru) summoning their various creatures and having an epic battle.

Tsunade really gets to shine in Volume 19. She comes to the realization that her attitude about the village and being the Hokage really wasn’t the best attitude to be taking on. We also get to see her medical ninjutsu in action, and there are times when we get to see her incredible strength.

When I watched this story in the anime series, it was at this point in the story that I was sold on Tsunade. She has become one of my favorite characters in the Naruto franchise. Volume 19 ends with Tsunade heading on her way to the Hidden Leaf Village in order to accept the responsibility of becoming the Fifth Hokage. I think it’s safe to say that she will officially take on the position in Volume 20.

I really enjoyed getting to read Volume 19, in large part due to how much focus is put on Tsunade. Although, I have to say that it was so nice to see both Orochimaru and Kabuto getting their asses kicked in this volume. Even though I already know how the story is going to go from the anime, I’m still looking forward to reading Volume 19 in order to see how this part of the story was portrayed in the original manga source material.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous 18 volumes of the Naruto manga series, then I feel confident that you’ll enjoy reading Volume 19.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Naruto Volume 19 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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