Naruto Vol. 70 ReviewAugust 31, 2015
12 years prior to the beginning of the Naruto series, a beast called Nine-Tails attacked the Hidden Leaf Village, laying waste to the settlement and claiming many lives. In a desperate act to save the village, the Fourth Hokage Minato sacrificed his life to seal the Nine-Tails into his newborn child, Naruto. From that day forward, Naruto was ostracized by the villagers, who feared the destructive power within him. Naruto works hard to gain the trust of the village and prove his worth – his ultimate goal is to become the greatest Hokage who ever lived.
Vol. 69 left off with Naruto and Sasuke barely clinging to life, as their chakra was rapidly diminishing from the hard-fought battle against the malevolent Madara. Naruto Vol. 70 begins with the war against Madara still raging on, as Might Guy prepares to unleash his most dangerous move, the “Evening Elephant” – a forbidden taijutsu that can only be performed by those who have opened all Eight Gates. Guy knows that he is effectively sacrificing himself, as releasing all Eight Gates increases the user’s power a hundredfold, but causes enough damage to their own body to cause death. But is it even enough to stun the powerful Madara?
Meanwhile Naruto, in a state of limbo, meets a man named Hagoromo Otsutsuki (whom Naruto dubs “Super Gramps”) – the Sage of the Six Paths. Super Gramps teaches Naruto about the history of chakra, the ninja creed, ninshu, and his mother Kaguya. Kaguya is the matriarch of the Otsutsuki clan who consumed the fruit of the Shinju to become the first wielder of chakra. Hagoromo goes on to explain that Naruto and Sasuke are reincarnations of his sons Asura and Indra. Soon Naruto and Sasuke make their way back to the battlefield to attempt to stop the revival of Kaguya and the Infinite Tsukuyomi.
Overall, Naruto Vol. 70 is a great read, and fans will learn new information crucial to understanding the series as a whole. The action is tense and engaging, the artwork is as fantastic as ever, and the story builds to a hell of a cliffhanger.