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"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
Naruto Vol. 28 by Kishimoto Masashi 
26th-Jun-2008 11:59 pm
Kishimoto, Masashi. Naruto. Vol. 28. Trans. Mari Morimoto, Deric A. Hughes, and Benjamin Raab. San Francisco: VIZ Media, 2008.
          Summary: It's been over two years since Naruto left to train with Jiraiya, but now he's returned to Konoha...and not a moment too soon. The Akatsuki are moving at last, and they begin by kidnapping by Gaara, who has become the Kazekage. Naruto, Sakura, and Kakashi are sent to back up the Sand ninjas, and their first task is to save Kankuro's life.
          Comments: This was a very nice volume, and it had a good mixture of plot, character development, and action. It also references past volumes in a nostalgic and clever way. I loved the way that Naruto and Sakura beat Kakashi by spoiling the plot of his favorite novel series! Also pleasing was the way in which Sakura takes center stage; she's learned the Fifth Hokage's power moves and medical expertise, and you get the sense that the other characters respect her in a way that you've never seen before in the manga. Kishimoto received a lot of criticism back in the day for noting that she was inferior in potential to both Sasuke and Naruto. Now he's saying that she might someday be greater than Tsunade. Nice about-face there.
          Notes: paperback, 1st American edition
          Rating: 6/10 - A fun volume that's soothingly mindless. Perfect exercise reading.

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