Manga Review: Naruto Volume 43

Naruto Volume 43 focuses on Sasuke and Itachi Uchiha, and this is a longer volume than usual for the Naruto franchise.

Naruto Volume 43
Written by: Masashi Kishimoto
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 7, 2009

Early in the series, Sasuke declared that was a certain man that he wanted to kill. As time went on, it was revealed that the man in question is his older brother, Itachi. Volume 43 is the culmination of Sasuke’s desire for revenge against his brother for killing the Uchiha clan. While the battle that takes place here began in Volume 42, it reaches its dramatic conclusion within the first 100 pages.

But what we see in this volume shows the techniques that the brothers use getting stronger and stronger, with times where it looked like either one or the other was victorious. There were several twists in the battle, but the biggest twist happens at the conclusion. Sasuke wins, but it turns out that there was something going on with Itachi that neither Sasuke nor the audience knew about until Zetsu (who has been watching the fight) comments on it. I’ve always kind of wondered why there hadn’t really been any real hints dropped before this battle about what is revealed here.

Even though Sasuke has defeated Itachi, he’s rather beat up himself. Tobi disappears from the one of the few scenes where Naruto and the others are featured in this volume, so he can retrieve Sasuke and help him heal from his injuries. Tobi reveals his identity to Sasuke and shares the truth about Itachi and the slaughter of the Uchiha clan. Back when I saw this section of the anime, and even reading it now, getting this information about Itachi and learning the truth about him made me realize that Itachi was actually a great guy and not the villain that Kishimoto had portrayed him to be up until this point. It’s this section of the story that makes Itachi a sympathetic character, and as both a viewer and a reader, I felt bad that I had thought of him as being such an evil villain.

Naruto Volume 43 is a pivotal volume in the franchise. Sasuke’s revenge plot is wrapped up, and important truths are revealed to the reader that are going to lay the foundation for the next part of the story. Not only that, these truths also make the reader start to question what they have believed about the world depicted in the series up to this point. This may be a longer volume, but it’s a very important one. It needed to be this long in order to progress Sasuke’s story arc.

If you’re a fan of Naruto and are reading the manga, then Volume 43 is a must read.

Masashi Kishimoto’s Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru Debuts on Shonen Jump

VIZ Media announces new digital content for SHONEN JUMP with the launch of Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru. Chapter 1 is available now for the highly-anticipated series by Naruto creator, Masashi Kishimoto, who teams up with his longtime assistant artist Akira Okubo. Samurai 8 debuted in English with a 72-page opening chapter on May 12, 2019, the same day it launched in Japan. New chapters will be available to English readers for free on a weekly basis at shonenjump.com and via the SHONEN JUMP app.

Additional just-added manga content now available in the SHONEN JUMP digital vault includes fan-favorite series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Parts 1 – 3 (Phantom Blood, Battle Tendency, and Stardust Crusaders), Golden Kamuy (Rated “M” for Mature and web-only), and One-Punch Man. Readers can access free SHONEN JUMP digital chapters and unlock the SHONEN JUMP digital vault at shonenjump.com or with the SHONEN JUMP app for iPhone, iPad and Android-based devices.

The SHONEN JUMP app experience has been enhanced with a new “Continue Reading” row on the app’s Home screen. This added feature allows users to instantly access their latest chapter read. Now manga fans can easily keep track of where they left off reading across any given series.

A SHONEN JUMP Vault Membership (only $1.99 per month) grants readers seamless access to a substantial and continually updated digital archive that currently features more than 10,000 manga chapters from over 100 series – almost every ongoing and completed SHONEN JUMP series published in English.

Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru Manga Preview Chapter to Debuts on the English Shonen Jump Site on April 26, 2019

The official Twitter account for VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump website has announced that it will publish the preview chapter for the new Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru (Samurai 8: Hachimaruden) manga by Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto and manga artist Akira Ōkubo. The chapter will be available on the site on April 26, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

The chapter will debut in Japan in the combined 22nd and 23rd issues of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on April 27, 2019. The preview will be four pages long, including one color page and three black-and-white pages.

Shueisha stated that the combined 22nd and 23rd issues on April 27, 2019 will be the final issue in Japan’s Heisei era, and Samurai 8: Hachimaruden will be the first new serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump in the new Reiwa era. The magazine did not reveal the specific premiere date for the full serialization, but the first issue in the Reiwa era will be the 24th issue on May 13, 2019.

Source: ANN

Masashi Kishimoto and Akira Ōkubo to Launch “Preview” of New Samurai 8 Manga on April 27, 2019

This year’s 21st issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that the new Samurai 8: Hachimaruden manga by Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto and manga artist Akira Ōkubo will have a “preview version” in the magazine’s combined 22nd and 23rd issues on April 27, 2019.

Shueisha stated that the combined 22nd and 23rd issues on April 27, 2019 will be the final issue in Japan’s Heisei era, and Samurai 8: Hachimaruden will be the first new serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump in the new Reiwa era. The magazine did not reveal the specific premiere date for the full serialization, but the first issue in the Reiwa era will be the 24th issue on May 13, 2019.

Kishimoto is in charge of the original work, and Ōkubo is drawing the manga. Okubo is a former assistant to Kishimoto. Shueisha had revealed at the Jump Festa ’19 event in December 2018 that the manga will launch in Weekly Shonen Jump in Spring 2019. During the event, Naruto voice actress Junko Takeuchi read a comment from Kishimoto, which stated that the new manga will combine his love for Japanese culture and clothing, and science-fiction.

Source: ANN

Masashi Kishimoto to Partner with Illustrator Akira Ōkubo to Launch Samurai 8: Hachimaruden Manga

A stage presentation at the Jump Festa ’19 event has announced that Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto is partnering with manga artist Akira Ōkubo for a new manga titled Samurai 8: Hachimaruden. The manga will debut in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Spring 2019. Kishimoto is in charge of the original work, and Ōkubo is drawing the manga.

Naruto voice actress Junko Takeuchi read a comment from Kishimoto during the presentation, which stated that the new manga will combine his love for Japanese culture and clothing, and science-fiction.

Source: ANN

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is Highest-Ranking Manga on BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels List for September 2018

NPD BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novel list for September 2018 features 11 manga titles:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 4 by Akira Himekawa (#3)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#7)
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generatiosn Volume 4 by Ukyō Kodachi, Mikie Ikemoto, and Masashi Kishimoto (#8)
  • Splatoon Volume 4 by Sankichi Hinodeya (#9)
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi (#11)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#12)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 13 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#14)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 2 (#19)

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Naruto” Volume 28

Naruto Volume 28 focuses on Naruto Uzumaki, the number one hyperactive knuckleheaded ninja in the Hidden Leaf Village who has a fox demon sealed inside of him. He’s spent his life being shunned by the village due to fears of the fox demon, but Naruto is determined to become the leader of the village one day and be acknowledged by others.

Naruto Volume 28
Written by: Masashi Kishimoto
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 4, 2008

At the beginning of Volume 28, more than two years have passed since the events that took place at the end of Volume 27. Naruto returns to the Hidden Leaf Village after being away on a training mission with Jiraiya during the time skip, and it’s readily apparent how much time has lapsed when the reader sees Naruto for the first time. He’s definitely taller than before, and his outfit is different. Much of the early portion of Volume 28 shows Naruto running into some of his peers and seeing how much they’ve changed in appearance as well. Seeing the design changes for these characters can be a little shocking for the reader at first, but they will likely adapt to it quickly.

It’s also revealed that Gaara has become the Kazekage of the Hidden Sand Village during the timeskip, which offers another parallel between him and Naruto. Both of them have a tailed beast sealed inside of them and both of them went through the experience of being shunned by their respective villages, but Gaara has already achieved the dream that Naruto has been pursuing. But it’s nice to see that Naruto isn’t upset that Gaara is already leading his village; instead, it seems to drive Naruto to want to become Hokage even more.

The story of Naruto is also kicked up a notch in Volume 28. The Akatsuki finally make their move, and this plot development introduces two new characters: the puppet master Sasori and an explosive clay artist named Deidara. Gaara becomes an important part of the story when it’s revealed that he’s the target that Deidara and Sasori are after. This volume features an epic battle between Gaara and Deidara, which is very riveting to read.

Most of the latter half of Naruto Volume 28 focuses on the Hidden Sand Village, and also includes the introduction of a couple of new characters: a par of elderly siblings who are revered by the people of the village. When one of the characters’ lives is in grave danger, these elderly siblings are asked to assist in trying to save this character. It’s very clear that one of the siblings harbors ill will toward the Hidden Leaf Village and is not supportive of the alliance between their two villages. I can already tell that this particular character will somehow be an important part of the story and will likely be an interesting character as well.

While Volume 28 is establishing what’s happened during the timeskip, it also doesn’t waste much time getting the action of the next story arc going. By the end of it, there’s already been an epic battle, and a character’s life is in grave danger. The action in this volume is so riveting that I didn’t want to put it down.

Naruto Volume 28 is a wonderful progression for the story, and it’s nice to see how much some of the main characters have grown and changed during the timeskip. Readers who enjoyed the storyline during the first 27 volumes of the series should be able find a lot to appreciate about the direction that the story and characters are going in after the timeskip.