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AV MOD MATERIAL: NARUTO Ch. 617 Review

This is the kind of chapter that deserves musical accompaniment.

The stage as been set, and Shikaku's plan is put into full motion. What Obito has always seen as a curse lifts the Shinobi Alliance to even greater heights.

The Good

How do you deny moments like this?
How do you deny moments like this?

This has to be one of the more visually provocative chapters I've seen in this series in a good long while. The panel work is beautiful, and I'm ecstatic that there's fighting in this world war. One of the more visually stunning images for me has to be that moment when the alliance bursts through the tentacles of the Ten-Tails, and they take on the form of a giant bird. Some may call that corny, but the symbolism is appropriate. More so given that Naruto is expressing Neji's will, and the flying bird has always been the symbol of Neji.

Some may find it hard to swallow that Naruto is high-fiving the processed chakra of the Nine-Tails onto the alliance, but what other option is there? Would you rather have him holding hands for five minutes? That's just walking into some of the silly, extended power up scenes from DRAGON BALL. It all pays off when you get awesome moments of Naruto boosting Rock Lee, then seeing Lee absolutely decimatingMadara.

The Bad

I'm not incredibly sure we really needed a giant graph to explain what Naruto is really doing as he's transferring the chakra. We get enough explanation in Kakashi's flashback of his conversation with Shikaku. Speaking of which, has anyone else noticed that Shikaku has had more panel time dead than he ever did alive?

Oh, Sasuke. I try not to let your presence ruin my reading experience this week. It's understandable that Kishimoto is laying the pipe work down for the next arc, but it's just confusing.

Verdict 5/5

Sorry, Obito. Were you saying something bonds making you weak?
Sorry, Obito. Were you saying something bonds making you weak?

A 5 out of 5 may seem too generous, but let me explain. The story may be a bit too exposition heavy for this week's chapter, but the quality in the art more than makes up for that. I love that we see the step by step of everyone playing a role in helping Naruto. There are great little touches in the panel work. It made for an enjoyable read. If you want to increase your enjoyment of this chapter. I highly recommend you go download the Naruto Theme Song and have it playing in the background as you read.

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @AnimeVicers/ @ FoxxFireArt

jj_jacksonon Jan. 30, 2013 at 6:11 a.m.

I'm about 90 percent sure your gonna change our tone about the sasuke thing the next chapter lol..since you guys are behind a week.

tximinomanon Jan. 30, 2013 at 9:49 a.m.

I love how this battle is ending, sure is kind of corny the whole "friendship is the best thing ever" thing but, c'mon, they are the good guys, they should be like that, that's what make them the good guys.

And yes, the kurama's chakra passing thing might sound silly, but it's as you said, it's just another power up bullshit from a shonnen manga, I mean, power levels in this type of story never matter, they went from absolute badass to absolute zero and then again to absolute badass as the story needs them to go. Didn't find it annoying because it's what you should expect from something like this.

Also, the flying bird was really epic.

Shit, I'm so excited about how this is ending that I'm getting even excited by how Kishimoto's introducing the new arc.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 30, 2013 at 10:57 a.m.
@jj_jackson
We aren't a week behind. The scan groups are getting thier hands on SHONEN JUMP issues before they're released. It actually explains why the covers were always a week behind when I'd visit the Japanese SHONEN JUMP website.

It doesn't seem appropriate to be publishing a review for a chapter that hasn't even been released in Japan officially.

I bought a membership to the official US website for SHONEN JUMP, and they are now on same day release with Japan. It also allows me to get some large screencaps for my reviews.
Om1kronon Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:57 p.m.

@jj_jackson said:

I'm about 90 percent sure your gonna change our tone about the sasuke thing the next chapter lol..since you guys are behind a week.

I am really upset that viz doesn't understand what SIMULCAST means when coming to manga... I got last months book and scanlations have the current issue. granted I still read my damn subscription. I'd just like it to be what it said it was.

@FoxxFireArt said:

@jj_jackson We aren't a week behind. The scan groups are getting thier hands on SHONEN JUMP issues before they're released. It actually explains why the covers were always a week behind when I'd visit the Japanese SHONEN JUMP website. It doesn't seem appropriate to be publishing a review for a chapter that hasn't even been released in Japan officially. I bought a membership to the official US website for SHONEN JUMP, and they are now on same day release with Japan. It also allows me to get some large screencaps for my reviews.

Well that also explains things a bit. undercover hook ups. crazy

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