Review by: Eduardo Zacarias
Publisher: VIZ Media
Author: Masashi Kishimoto
Genre: Graphic Novel (Shonen Jump Manga)
MSRP: $9.99 US
Rating: T (Teen)
Release Date: Now available
Is love stronger than Pain?
Konoha is in ruins.
The village’s shattered remains have crumbled away to nothing and in its place is a massive crater filled with debris and the bodies of slain Leaf Village shinobi. The damage and suffering caused by Pain and his Akatsuki followers was but the first step in their plan to “bring peace” to the shinobi world by way of Nine-Tails but now that Naruto has arrived the search for him is over and now, in Volume 47 of Naruto, Konoha’s savior must push himself to his very limits in order to defeat Pain.
With the other Pains defeated and the secret of their so-called immortality is out in the open, Naruto uses all his recently developed Sage abilities to put an end to the enemy’s ability to rise from the dead. Pain, on the other hand, has shown that he is more than capable of thwarting Naruto’s attack and specialized Sage-enhanced Rasengan and with his powerful Almighty Push and Universal Pull Pain is quite dangerous.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Leaf ninja are trying to not only make sense of their opponent’s power as well as attempt to pull what little resources they have left in a situation that places them without a leader now that Lady Tsunade is out of the picture. Thankfully, Shikamaru might be physically unable to help but his tactician mind already has the rest of the adult attempting to put all the right Intel together as they allow Naruto to fight on his own. The fact that Naruto is facing Pain on his own doesn’t sit well with a certain girl and that makes this certain girl disobey the others and step up to help Naruto.
What happens next is not only delightfully surprising and totally unexpected but this has replaced many an unforgettable moment in Naruto history in my mind. It’s a confession that surprises even Naruto but the young ninja isn’t able to fully take it all in when Pain makes short work of this certain girl and does the unthinkable. This moment alone makes this volume already a classic.
As Naruto watches in horror as Pain offers another lesson in loss, it is the fall of that comrade that enrages him to the point that it triggers his true Tailed Beast form. The surviving Leaf ninja watch in horror as this thing that was once Naruto begins to fight Pain off. Slowly, Naruto begins to lose control and it becomes dangerously clear to Yamato who is the only one able to truly hold back Nine-Tails. As Naruto grows more tails, it isn’t Yamato who comes to Naruto’s aid but rather another unexpected person shows up to meet Naruto for the very first time. I have to tell you, that makes this already a monumental volume.
Surprisingly enough, Naruto shows us a much stronger side to him that comes from the pain he suffered as a child and the lessons that helped shape the shinobi. The breakthrough is something Naruto fans will not forget in the final moments of this volume. As Naruto and Nine-Tails collide, Shikamaru and the others come to a realization that the Pain battling Naruto isn’t the real master. Somebody else is pulling the strings and in the last chapter it becomes apparent to Naruto himself.
I could go on but I would be doing you a great disservice because Volume 47 of Naruto deserves to be picked up, read and read again. There are unforgettable moments in this volume that keeps adding on to the ones already engraved in every Naruto fan’s mind as this series simply doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Do yourself a favor and run to your favorite manga bookseller and pick this one up right away because no Naruto fan should be without this volume.
MANGA REVIEW BREAKDOWN
Naruto takes on the Pain that single-handedly reduced Konoha to rubble as one of the most powerful members of the Akatsuki push Naruto to his very limits. Yet in the middle of the battle, when things start looking bad for our favorite shinobi, a confession of love and a surprise meeting awakens Naruto’s true strength.
Like the past few volumes, Volume 47 is a visual feast for the eyes thanks to the stunning action sequences and the sight of the Hidden Leaf Village in complete ruins.
With Konoha in ruins, Naruto faces off against Pain as the two powerhouses collide in a monumental battle that will definitely be remembered as one of the most heartbreaking and jaw-dropping events this series continues to throw at us. Volume 47 of Naruto is about pain but also about confessions and a meeting that will no doubt change Naruto as the series heads towards a finale.