Naruto Volume 13

***VizMedia did not have a hand in this post other than the publication of the series in the US. They did not provide me with a copy of this book to review. It was done for fun, not monetary gain.***

 

Welcome back to our manga summary&reviews, at last!! I’m so glad to be back at this, I’ve missed it so much! We’re going to try and power through to finish Naruto, so we can move on to Boruto, Assassination Classroom, and other manga! Yes, I will be doing a post about the Naruto ten chapter spin-off, The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, so just please wait for that! 🙂

Because I’m going to power through Naruto, I will be attempting to post EVERY SINGLE WEEKDAY DAY until we’re DONE with this series!! If I miss a day here or there, please forgive me. This is the longest manga series I’ve read and this will be my third or fourth time through it, so I may need a break every few days! This is part of why the posts will be exclusively on weekdays, and because of hwo my semester is laid out, I should be able to read a volume a day and get a post up as well!  Sound good?? I hope so, because we’re starting this right now!!

The last volume ended with Shikamaru forfeiting his match to Remark, which surprised everyone in the end. Ino rages a bit at Choji about it, while Naruto hops down from the viewing area and starts to yell at Shikamaru. Instead of taking the yelling, Shikamaru tells Naruto that there was a match even he was looking forward to seeing, that being Sasuke vs Gaara. During this, Might Guy and Rock Lee arrive at the arena in time to see Sasuke’s match, and Lee learns that Naruto defeated Neji. For a just a moment he’s shown to be upset about it, before silently congratulating Naruto.

Sakura of course is worried about why Sasuke hasn’t shown up (she’s not seen him since the last part of the exam and if worried about the curse mark). The Third Hokage is given a message from Kakashi, and judt a few momenta later Kakashi and Sasuke finally appear, just in time for the match. (Sidenote: Sasuke’s outfit at this part is my favorite of his outfits apart from when he’s an adult. ( ´∀`)ノ~ ♡ He looks so nice in all black!!)

After a bit of banter between Naruto and Sasuke, the former and Shikamaru start to make their way back to the viewing area, but are stopped by the sight of Gaara murdering two ninja from another village. They had been hired to get him to quit so their master’s bet on Sasuke winning would happen, but of course Gaara wasn’t just going to quit, and took their lives instead, before heading to the arena’s battlefield.

Just before the match starts, Kakashi, Guy, and Lee make their way to stay near Sakura and the others to see the match. Sakura is very upset Kakashi never stayed in contact with her during the last month, but after he reassures her that Sasuke’s mark is nothing to worry about, she come down. Kakashi however is a bit worrisome about the lackluster ANBU presence there.

As soon as the match begins, Gaara attacks Sasuke with his sand, causing the latyer to move back to avoid being hit. The strange thing is that Gaara begins speaking to “mother” and promising to give her tasty blood. Ignoring this, Sasuke begins an onslaut of Taijutsu maneuvers, attacking Gaara and his sand clones and shield, to the point his speed and moves begin to mimic Lee, who becomes heartbreakingly jealous at hearing Ino praise Naruto and Sasuke to Sakura.

Sasuke’s speed with his Taijutsu moves keep Gaara on his toes for a bit, before he turns in with a Shield of sand covering him, and protecting him from Sasuke’s attack. Although his Taijutsu can’t break through the sand shield, Sasuke has one move that he’s fairly confident can break through the sand. While that’s going on, Naruto and Shikamaru are still in a slight state of shock over Gaara murdering the two characters from earlier, and after a moment Naruto decides they must stop the match before Sasuke gets killed.

While Sasuke is preparing his attack, Naruto and Shikamaru reach everyone else and Naruto starts to tell Kakashi why the match needs to be stopped, before his sensei tells him there was a very good reason why he and Sasuke were so late getting there. As Sasuke finishes getting ready with his attack, Kakashi tells them he taught Sasuke this specific move because they’re so alike, and it ends up being his Chidori Lightning Blade that he used during the battle against Zabuza about ten volumes ago, and this attack proves able to break through Gaara’s sand shield!

As the origins of the Chidori move are explained by Guy, Kankuro and Temari are both surprised that Sasuke has broken through Gaara’s sand shield, and after hearing their brother scream about his blood when he realized he was injured, they’re equally surprised that someone has actually hurt Gaara to where he was bleeding (this will be explained in later chapters). When Sasuke frees himself from Gaara’s “ultimate defense”, a large arm made of sand exits as well, before going back into the sand shield and Sasuke notices a very, very different eye in the shield and it basically freezes him in place.

Soon enough, all the members of the audience have fallen asleep via a Genjutsu, which includes Shikamaru and Naruto in the group, while the “Kazekage” launches an attack at the Hokage, which in turn begins an attack on the entire village as Sarutobi realizes this person is NOT the Kazekage but is instead Orochimaru in disguise. As the Sand ninja infiltrate the village Kakashi and Guy protect Sakura, which was able to keep herself awake by releasing the Genjustsu on herself.

The Sound Four (they will have a much larger part in a few volumes) seal Sarutobi and Orochimaru within a barrier that prevents anyone else from getting inside. Their battle begins while Kankuro and Temari grab Gaara and run off with him per their instructor’s orders, and Sasuke follows after them. Soon enough, Kakashi tells Sakura to wake Naruto and Shikamaru, as he has a new A Rank mission for them, which is to track down Sasuke. She does so and they make their way after him with one of Kakashi’s ninja dogs, Pakkun, as their fourth member. While this happens, Sarutobi attempts to stop Orochimaru from using his “reanimation” jutsu, and prevents one out of three coffins(??) from being brought forth, as Sarutobi states he can’t believe Orochimaru has summoned these “spirits”.

And that ends volume 13!! This one leads us from the abrupt ending of the Chunin exams into what is known as the Konoha Invasion arc, and yeah, things are going to be a bit crazy from here on, but bare with me! We’re going to get through every bit of it! 🙂

I really do enjoy these chapters, mostly for the fact of Sasuke being back in the story and his design at this time, but the story is taking it’s turn into an arc that creates a lot of changes later on (no spoilers until we get to those volumes of course haha). While this arc isn’t my favorite of the various arcs in Naruto, it’s still a very good one, and its full of action and fight scenes, which might possibly make for smaller posts over the next two volumes, but you know, it’ll be fine. We’ll get through it, and move to the next part soon, but for now, look forward to volume 14 tomorrow! 🙂

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