Naruto Vol. 71 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.
Naruto Vol. 71 starts with a bang, continuing on from the vicious battle against Madara in Vol. 70. Naruto and Sasuke fail in preventing Madara from activating his jutsu, the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Madara manages to revive his mother Kaguya, heralding the final boss fight of the fifteen-year Naruto saga!
And what a battle it is. There are many twists and turns in this final confrontation, with plenty of action, a massive amount of jutsu, and fine teamwork between Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Obito, and Kakashi. There are some pretty hilarious moments, such as when Naruto uses his new technique, “Reverse Harem Jutsu” on Kaguya, to everyone’s shock. It also really manages to pull on the heartstrings, when a character makes the ultimate sacrifice to redeem himself and save Naruto and his friends.
There’s a lot going on in Naruto Vol. 71, but the artwork and story don’t disappoint. With so much action going on it would be easy for the artwork to become indecipherable and messy, but it’s mostly clean throughout. Character faces manage to evoke a lot of emotion, which really helps the panels resonate with the reader. After such an epic final battle, I’m definitely excited to see how the Naruto saga wraps up with the upcoming final volume, which will be number 72.