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Chapter 1 - Uzumaki Naruto!, Manga Review


Jun 13 2005, 10:27 PM (Post #1)
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Naruto Review Chapter 1 - Uzumaki Naruto

General Information:

Pages: 53
Jutsu's Used: Henge No Jutsu; Sexy No Jutsu; Bunshin No Jutsu; Kage Bunshin No Jutsu.
Character's Appearing: Uzumaki Naruto; Hatake Kakashi; Haruno Sakura; 3rd Hokage/Sandaime (Sarutobi); ????? Iruka; ????? Mizuki.

Review:

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Once appeared a nine tailed demon fox. One swing of it's mighty tail could crumble mountains and cause tsunamis. To fight the demon, the people assembled the shinobi. One brave shinobi was able to seal up the demon, but he lost his life. That shinobi was called the 4th Hokage.


The Chapter opens with Naruto painting over some statues carved into a mountain side. The statues depicting the 4 Hokages. The 3rd Hokage is alerted, and he arrives on the scene with a group of ninjas, including Naruto's sensei - Iruka. Iruka takes Naruto back to the ninja academy where he shouts at him for skipping class and being so reckless. He explains that tomorow is the Ninja School's Graduation Exam and that Naruto has failed two times already. He cannot risk more trouble.

Iruka lines the class up to go practise their Henge No Jutsu - where the class turn into exact replicas of Iruka. All except Naruto, who takes the opportunity to show off his unique skills - by turning into an exact replice of a nude woman. "Sexy No Jutsu" he calls it. Iruka is furious, and orders Naruto out to clean up his mess from before. Naruto remarks that he doesn't care, as he has no home to go to. There is a silent moment, and Iruka declares he will treat Naruto to ramen if he finishes quickly. Needless to say he finishes in double-quick time.

During a quiet moment at the Ramen shop, Iruka questions Naruto over his motive earlier. He asks if Naruto knows who the Hokages are. Naruto responds that he does indeed, that they are essentially the strongers ninjas who ever lived, but does not care - he will one day be stronger than them all. Seeing Iruka shocked, he takes the opporunity to ask him to try on his headgear. Iruka explains he will get to try one on - after he graduates.

Next day, and it's the test. The trainees have to perform a Bunshin No Jutsu - Naruto's worst skill. He still gives a great attempt, but fails miserably. Instead of creating a full working clone, he creates what can only be described as a factory-reject doll. Mizuki, another sensei judging the trainees, remarks that he did create a clone and should be allowed to pass. After all, it's his third attempt. Iruka is adament - if he cannot create a full-replica Bunshin No Jutsu, after the rest of the class created three, then he cannot be a ninja.

Later on Naruto can be found outside, sitting alone, whilst the rest of the class celebrate with their family - mothers, fathers, uncles, brothers. All so proud. Naruto so alone. Everyone is talking about him, but there is something they cannot discuss.

...

Walking home, Naruto runs into Mizuki, who tries to console Naruto. He explains Iruka's parents were killed when he was young, just like Naruto's. He is probably just being hard on Naruto as he wants him to be strong and learn the hard way, like Iruka did. Mizuki let's him in on a secret.

...

Night time. Naruto sneaks into the scroll-store, using Sexy-No-Jutsu to dispell the guard. He finds what he is looking for and retreats into the woods to learn from it. The first technique is Kage-Bunshin (Shadow Clone). The one he's bad at ....

Meanwhile, Iruka is at home reminiscing of days gone by. He remembers a huge fox, and being dragged away while his parents still fought on. His thoughts are interrupted by a knocking. It's Mizuki, and they have to get to the Hokage's right away. Naruto has taken the scroll of forbidden seals as yet another practical joke!

As all the ninjas assemble, and then disperse again to find Naruto, we are given a look inside Mizuki's mind - he aims to spread more panic throughout the village and then get rid of Naruto, making it look like he ran off with the scroll! Luckily Iruka gets there first. Naruto seems to not realise the trouble he has caused - all he wants to do is show Iruka his new skill and graduate! Just as he is about to perform it, Iruka realises what Mizuki is up to, and a trap of kunai is sprung. Iruka is pinned to a tree, bleeding heavily. Mizuki demands the scroll, but Iruka tells Naruto to defend it with his life.

Mizuki cruely tells Naruto the truth about what happened 12 years ago - a new rule was created that day, the day a demon fox invaded the village. The day Iruka's parents died, along with the 4th Hokage. The day Naruto was born. The rule was that no-one could tell him he is the nin-tailed demon fox Kyuubi!

That is why everyone hates him, even Iruka! That is why he seeks attention, and makes a lot of trouble. The same scroll on his back was the one which sealed him with the fox. Mizuki charges at Naruto with a large shuriken, but Iruka leaps in the way, saving Naruto's life. He tearfully explains that he too had no-one to love him or acknowledge him after his parents death, and apologises for making Naruto feel the same way.

Naruto runs for safety, and Mizuki chuckles. He reckons the demon will get revenge on the village now using the scroll, but Iruka thinks otherwise. Mizuki doesn't care - he chases after the kid with murderous intentions.

...

Meanwhile, back at the village, the other ninjas are having the same thoughts. A demon, with forbidden jutsu, should be killed! And we soon find out why. Cut back to the Hokage's home, and he is peering into a crystal ball, watching Naruto and reflecting. With the Forbidden Seals, and the anger of finding out the truth, Naruto may be able to undo his seals and release the demon fox again. Although the chances are slim, it is still a chance they cannot afford to risk ....

Iruka catches up to Naruto, and tells him to hand over the scroll as Mizuki is close behind. Naruto, smelling a rat, leaps and shoulder tackles Iruka to the ground. Iruka transforms back into Mizuki, and wonders how Naruto knew the truth. 'Naruto' transforms into Iruka, the scroll reverting back to a log of wood, revealing all. Mizuki ponders why would Iruka even use up his decreasing chakra to protect the boy who killed his parents. Iruka reveals he simply wont let an idiot like Mizuki get the scroll. Mizuki points out that he and Naruto are the same - that there is no way the demon fox wouldn't want to use the Forbidden Seals to get whatever he desired. Iruka agrees, to which an eavesdropping Naruto falls depressed to hear, before going to explain that the demon fox would indeed do that, but Naruto is different. He is acknowledged, in Iruka's eyes, as an excellent student. He may not be the hardest worker, and may not be loved by all, but he is not the demon fox. He is a member of the Hidden Leaf Village. He is Uzumaki Naruto.

Mizuki produces another shuriken and decides he will take care of Iruka sooner rather than later. A tear filled Naruto leaps out from his hiding place, catching Mizuki with a knee to the face in mid-attack. He screams in defiance, "Touch Iruka-Sensei, and I will kill you!" He taunts that he will return all pain to Mizuki one thousand times over, before showing off his new techinque - Kage Bunshin No Jutsu. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Naruto's fill the forest, taunting Mizuki symalteniously, yet as one body. As they attack the villian, Iruka reminds himself of how great a feat this is. A boy who could not create a likeness of another person a few hours ago, can now create thousands of true clones, each one an actual body capable of moving independantly, and not simply an illusion. With Mizuki now unconcious, Naruto count back to one, and Iruka realising he could infact surpass Hokage, he decides to give him something ...

Back to the villagers, who are still plotting to hunt down Naruto. The Hokage appears and tells them not to worry - he will be back soon.

Naruto opened his eyes, to see Iruka san-head gear. "Congratulations on graduating."

Overview

A perfect introduction to the wonderful life of Uzumaki Naruto. An orphan for all his life, he has felt like an outcast from the village, and is always imagining people whispering about him behind his back. The truth is there's a secret which no-one is allowed to speak of, and which separates this young ninja-in-the-making from the rest of the Hidden Leaf village. This chapter shows us Naruto's love of ramen, trouble-making, and his sensei, Iruka. It also gives us an insight into his (lacking) skills, and future potential, perhaps one day even surpassing the rank of Hokage, number one ninja in the village.
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Jun 26 2005, 05:05 PM (Post #2)
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What do you want me to do for your credits? Want me to append something to the end of your post, or do you wanna do it yourself?

And just suggesting, next time can you bold the headlines, or whatever you call them?

For example:

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Pages - 53
Download - here Direct Download to follow.
Jutsu's Used - Henge No Jutsu; Sexy No Jutsu; Bunshin No Jutsu; Kage Bunshin No Jutsu.
Character's Appearing - Uzumaki Naruto; Hatake Kakashi; Haruno Sakura; 3rd Hokage/Sandaime (Sarutobi); ????? Iruka; ????? Mizuki.

Review - "Once appeared...


Should be (I think)

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Pages: 53
Download: here (Direct Download to follow)
Jutsus Used: Henge No Jutsu; Sexy No Jutsu; Bunshin No Jutsu; Kage Bunshin No Jutsu.
Character's Appearing: Uzumaki Naruto; Hatake Kakashi; Haruno Sakura; 3rd Hokage/Sandaime (Sarutobi); ????? Iruka; ????? Mizuki.

Review: "Once appeared...


You can change it yourself, or if you want I can do it.

Anyway, good review. Very extensive and detailed. I like it.
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Jun 26 2005, 11:15 PM (Post #3)
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Thanks for the response.

The credit thing I will leave up to you. Even something as simple as:

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will do.

PS. I didn't bother with formatting as I assumed the webmaster (I guess you) would do all that stuff when putting this on the site. I was just providing the raw wording. Then you wouldn't have the hassle of changing the [ b ] to < b > etc.
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Jun 27 2005, 04:59 AM (Post #4)
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Ah, that's good. Thanks. I'll do it now.
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