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Orochimaru's nefarious plans for Sasuke are revealed, and Naruto vows to save his friend. But first he must battle the mysterious Kimimaro, who has deadly past ties to the Sound Ninja Four! Orochimaru's nefarious plans for Sasuke are revealed, and Naruto vows to save his friend. But first he must battle the mysterious Kimimaro, who has deadly past ties to the Sound Ninja Four!


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Orochimaru's nefarious plans for Sasuke are revealed, and Naruto vows to save his friend. But first he must battle the mysterious Kimimaro, who has deadly past ties to the Sound Ninja Four! Orochimaru's nefarious plans for Sasuke are revealed, and Naruto vows to save his friend. But first he must battle the mysterious Kimimaro, who has deadly past ties to the Sound Ninja Four!

30 review for Naruto, Vol. 23: Predicament

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    I have relatively little investment in Naruto's battle with bone-guy except for getting Sasuke back, but on the other hand... eeeewww. On the other hand, Shikamaru's battle, like practically all of his battles, are pretty damn awesome. I'm a sucker for a relatively underpowered guy outsmarting insanely powerful foes. It was also my same reason for liking Lee, too, but Shikamaru takes it much farther. I have relatively little investment in Naruto's battle with bone-guy except for getting Sasuke back, but on the other hand... eeeewww. On the other hand, Shikamaru's battle, like practically all of his battles, are pretty damn awesome. I'm a sucker for a relatively underpowered guy outsmarting insanely powerful foes. It was also my same reason for liking Lee, too, but Shikamaru takes it much farther.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    The end of the hunt is near. Three battles take place simultaneously and are interweaved in another. The most entertaining of them all so far is Kiba's life-threatening challenge and his willpower to do just about anything to keep his puppy safe and to come out alive. Kimimaro also appears in this volume and isn't a sight for sore eyes with his disgusting ability! Can't wait for the story to enter Shippuden territory! Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.c The end of the hunt is near. Three battles take place simultaneously and are interweaved in another. The most entertaining of them all so far is Kiba's life-threatening challenge and his willpower to do just about anything to keep his puppy safe and to come out alive. Kimimaro also appears in this volume and isn't a sight for sore eyes with his disgusting ability! Can't wait for the story to enter Shippuden territory! Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    Keeps getting better and better as the story moves forward and the fights are interesting as each character gets one. Good volume.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mit

    A new enemy appears now!!!! Kimimaro is shown as the strongest of Orochimaru's apprentices. Meanwhile, Shikamaru, Naruto and Kiba are engaged in different battles. Shikamaru is my favorite and his fights are always fun to watch. His ability to assess and analyze opponent in the heat of battle is very impressive. Kiba and Akamaru have their moment but Naruto is now getting frustrated with this. With each having their own battle who will win? Will this mission be successful? It seems like it is th A new enemy appears now!!!! Kimimaro is shown as the strongest of Orochimaru's apprentices. Meanwhile, Shikamaru, Naruto and Kiba are engaged in different battles. Shikamaru is my favorite and his fights are always fun to watch. His ability to assess and analyze opponent in the heat of battle is very impressive. Kiba and Akamaru have their moment but Naruto is now getting frustrated with this. With each having their own battle who will win? Will this mission be successful? It seems like it is the beginning to come at conclusion. But who knows?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bianca A.

    Loved Shikamaru's fight! Loved Shikamaru's fight!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Soul

    I must say it is and it will forever be(fingers crossed) my favorite Manga novel read. the way Masashi Kishimoto described the characters is just awesome, you get to see them growing up, becoming responsible... powerful... and it is not just characters, The plot itself is so much bigger... u simply can't get enough of it. and add to that, u get more than just entertainment, you learn... what is responsibility, respect, kindness, friendship... so it is not just a manga it is a way of living... The sprite I must say it is and it will forever be(fingers crossed) my favorite Manga novel read. the way Masashi Kishimoto described the characters is just awesome, you get to see them growing up, becoming responsible... powerful... and it is not just characters, The plot itself is so much bigger... u simply can't get enough of it. and add to that, u get more than just entertainment, you learn... what is responsibility, respect, kindness, friendship... so it is not just a manga it is a way of living... The sprite of never giving up!!! NARUTO!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Siona St Mark

    I really like Kiba's loyalty to Akamaru in this one, and Shikamaru is always a joy to read. I can't wait to see the Kimimaro v. Gaara & Rock Lee! I really like Kiba's loyalty to Akamaru in this one, and Shikamaru is always a joy to read. I can't wait to see the Kimimaro v. Gaara & Rock Lee!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    In this volume we pick up right where we left off with Naruto, Shikamaru, and Kiba devising a plan to halt Sakon and Tayuya. Everything goes according to plan until the unexpected Kimimaro shows up and takes control of Sasuke, Kiba gets blasted into a canyon with Sakon, and Shikamaru finds himself locked in a duel with Tayuya. Now all three of them are forced into one on one deadlocks with the rest of what is actually the Sound Ninja Five. Kiba and Akamaru put a gallant fight until Sakon reveals In this volume we pick up right where we left off with Naruto, Shikamaru, and Kiba devising a plan to halt Sakon and Tayuya. Everything goes according to plan until the unexpected Kimimaro shows up and takes control of Sasuke, Kiba gets blasted into a canyon with Sakon, and Shikamaru finds himself locked in a duel with Tayuya. Now all three of them are forced into one on one deadlocks with the rest of what is actually the Sound Ninja Five. Kiba and Akamaru put a gallant fight until Sakon reveals a secret. Shikamaru outwits Tayuya and her flute. All that's left is to retrieve Sasuke back from Kimimaro. But can Naruto take down this Kimimaro alone?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Keely

    Once again, a little much violence and blood. I don't really love a whole lot of action if there's not any moments of calmness in between. It really takes over my mind, and I don't like the feeling of being taken over. I prefere to be in controll of my own mind. Once again, a little much violence and blood. I don't really love a whole lot of action if there's not any moments of calmness in between. It really takes over my mind, and I don't like the feeling of being taken over. I prefere to be in controll of my own mind.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I love at least Part 1 of this series!!!! I don't know how Part 2 is, but I loved Part one! :D I love at least Part 1 of this series!!!! I don't know how Part 2 is, but I loved Part one! :D

  11. 4 out of 5

    Radwa

    If I hadn't already known who's gonna survive after these battles, I would've assumed that almost all of them are dead by now. Maybe not Shikamaru, he's awesome. A pretty intense volume! If I hadn't already known who's gonna survive after these battles, I would've assumed that almost all of them are dead by now. Maybe not Shikamaru, he's awesome. A pretty intense volume!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    This is a review of the entire series. Once upon a time, the spirit of an evil Nine Tailed Fox wreaked havoc on Konohagakure; the Village Hidden in the Leaves, killing hundreds of honorable ninja in the skirmish and leaving many children without homes or parents. The Fourth Hokage (leader of the village) unleashes a forbidden jutsu (magic spell/ninja ability) to seal the spirit of the evil fox into the body of a newborn baby named Naruto at the cost of his own life. He did this in the hopes that This is a review of the entire series. Once upon a time, the spirit of an evil Nine Tailed Fox wreaked havoc on Konohagakure; the Village Hidden in the Leaves, killing hundreds of honorable ninja in the skirmish and leaving many children without homes or parents. The Fourth Hokage (leader of the village) unleashes a forbidden jutsu (magic spell/ninja ability) to seal the spirit of the evil fox into the body of a newborn baby named Naruto at the cost of his own life. He did this in the hopes that the boy could one day learn to master the power of the demonic spirit and use it to protect the village and become a great hero of the people. Unknown to the citizens of the Leaf, the Nine Tailed Fox was being controlled by an even more powerful adversary, a legendary rogue ninja that plans to wage war against the entire world from the shadows. The identity of the mysterious ninja that attacked the Leaf Village using the Nine Tails died with the Fourth Hokage, and he used what remained of his life to gift Naruto with the power of one day being able to stop this evil ninja and a clan of outlawed S-rank criminals called the Akatsuki from committing mass genocide against the many hidden villages and clans of the world. Because of the evil spirit sealed inside him, Naruto grew up hated by the other children of the village because they believe him and the Nine Tails to be one and the same. They believe he’s a ticking time bomb waiting to go off, waiting for the perfect moment to kill them all just like the Nine Tails killed their parents and families. Shunned, dehumanized and treated like dirt, Naruto vows to become the greatest hokage the world has ever seen so that he can receive the love and acknowledgement he never got as a child. On top of the Nine Tails power and the will to never quit, Naruto also possesses the uncanny ability to turn everyone he meets into a potential comrade. He brings out the best in his peers and tries his hardest to make his enemies see the errors of their ways. He disobeys the rules and ignores cultural traditions to try and make changes to the world and break the eternal cycle of war and hatred through his own methods. His determination is infectious to friend and foe alike. He earns himself the respect he deserves by overcoming one impossible obstacle at a time. Naruto encounters many fascinating and terrifying ninja over the course of his journey to become hokage. Among them are Sasuke Uchiha, Naruto’s best friend and rival who is driven by the vengeful lust to murder his elder brother after he wiped out their own clan in cold blood. Sasuke warms up to Naruto, but his hatred and trauma are dangerous forces that threaten to break his moral code as a ninja and destroy his reputation among his peers. Kakashi Hatake is a notorious copycat ninja that survived one of the most brutal and devastating wars in history as well as the Nine Tails attack on the Leaf Village. He becomes Naruto and Sasuke’s mentor and teaches them a great number of valuable lessons about surviving in the dangerous world of rogue ninja, bloodthirsty assassins and clans ruled by corruption. Jiraiya is a perverted yet wise sage who taught the Fourth Hokage everything he knew and he’s regarded as a god among shinobi that’s famous for his heroic actions in the second great ninja war. He takes an interest in Naruto and raises him as a father figure to carry on the legacy of the Fourth Hokage to prepare him for the many dangerous people that want to use his power for their own nefarious purposes. The Akatsuki is one such group of wicked ninja. Among them are Sasuke’s brother Itachi who murdered his clan and possesses many dangerous techniques involving illusions, psychological torture and elemental manipulation. Sasori who controls poisonous puppets with magical threads, Orochimaru who mastered the forbidden arts of reanimation and quasi-immortality, Deidara who fights from afar using detonating clay and many other deadly foes. The entire series chronicles Naruto and his fellow ninja comrades growing through countless trials and tragedies. There are hundreds of unique jutsus, clans, and techniques which lead to some very intense, creative and strategic battles between skilled ninja with diverse abilities that don’t always match up evenly. There are clan based abilities such as the Aburame clan’s ability to control insects, the Yamanaka clan’s ability to jump into other people’s minds and control their bodies and the Inuzuka clan’s ability to bond with wolves that learn to mimic their master’s battle skills. Then there’s ocular genetic abilities such as the sharingan which allows the user to create psychological illusions, copy their enemy’s abilities and manipulate elemental energy. The byakugan allows the user to read their enemies vital points and detect their spiritual energy from faraway. The rinnegan grants control over space and gravity and so on. On top of having countless unique abilities, nearly every character has a tragic backstory that makes them sympathetic and relatable, even the nastiest of the villains have well-explored reasons for following the paths they do and becoming the way they are. One of my favorite aspects of the series is how well it explores the physical, emotional and psychological effects war can have on society and culture as well as the survivors and future generations that are forced to live in them. How it breeds racism and cultural disputes, how it inspires hatred in orphaned children and war veterans robbed of their homes toward foreign nations, as well as how this eventually leads to further death, war, poverty and destruction. Learning to forgive the ones you hate to prevent further conflict and damaging the world for future generations even further is a major theme throughout the story. Being a massive 700 chapter series, it’s not too surprising that there’s some plot holes and consistency issues. A rule might be stated regarding the requirements and usage of a certain jutsu or ability only for that rule to be repeatedly broken 400 chapters later. Sometimes the characters and rules contradict themselves, sometimes the chronology of certain events and historical facts don’t match up perfectly, the lore and general backstory go through several retcons that change the philosophy and power scaling of the characters and the scope of world-building; the final arc especially drags on and breaks a lot of the logic and rules that the story spent the whole series setting up, etc... Naruto’s far from perfect, but I remember it very fondly for being one of the first series that introduced me to things like manga and Japanese entertainment in general. It was one of those childhood classics like Dragon Ball, Inuyasha, Yu Yu Hakusho and Rurouni Kenshin. The series grew up with me and I can’t help but feel grateful to it for introducing me to hundreds of other franchises that I’m still a huge fan of to this day and I continue to find many new ones on the regular. Naruto's journey from a clownish, disrespected outcast into a talented, well-loved and admired hero is a memorable one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Naruto vol. 23 Summary: Naruto is a ninja-in-training with an incorrigible knack for mischief. His wild antics amuse his teammates, but Naruto is completely serious about one thing: becoming the world's greatest ninja! PREDICAMENT Orochimaru's nefarious plans for Sasuke are revealed, and Naruto vows to save his friend. But first he must battle the mysterious Kimimaro, who had deadly past ties to the Sound Ninja Four! My Rating: 4 stars Quote: "The first move is a fake-out. And the second move hits t Naruto vol. 23 Summary: Naruto is a ninja-in-training with an incorrigible knack for mischief. His wild antics amuse his teammates, but Naruto is completely serious about one thing: becoming the world's greatest ninja! PREDICAMENT Orochimaru's nefarious plans for Sasuke are revealed, and Naruto vows to save his friend. But first he must battle the mysterious Kimimaro, who had deadly past ties to the Sound Ninja Four! My Rating: 4 stars Quote: "The first move is a fake-out. And the second move hits the target. Basic strategy, get it?"

  14. 5 out of 5

    James Dunphy

    Basically three simultaneous fights going on in this volume. Sakon & Ukon versus Kiba and Akamaru, Shikamaru versus Tayuya, and Naruto against Kimimaro. Kiba and Akamaru are two of my favorite characters in the entire series, so seeing them basically fusion dance into one was pretty great. The zombie Doki are really cool to look at, and I like that they're based off the three Chinese monkey myth. Kimimaro is also a general badass. I can see why he's a fanboy favorite next to Gaara and Sasuke. To Basically three simultaneous fights going on in this volume. Sakon & Ukon versus Kiba and Akamaru, Shikamaru versus Tayuya, and Naruto against Kimimaro. Kiba and Akamaru are two of my favorite characters in the entire series, so seeing them basically fusion dance into one was pretty great. The zombie Doki are really cool to look at, and I like that they're based off the three Chinese monkey myth. Kimimaro is also a general badass. I can see why he's a fanboy favorite next to Gaara and Sasuke. Top to bottom action with some of the best characters in the series so far. Easy four stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson

    This volume starts off with Chapter 199: Desire!! This is where you meet the fifth member of the Sound Five, Kimimaru. Kabuto has goaded the dying ninja into action to stop the Sasuke retrieval mission. Orochimaru is in the process of taking on a new vessel, due to Sasuke being to late arriving. All of a sudden Rock Lee shows up! What else will happen in this manga, well read and find out for yourself. Cheers and Happy Reading!

  16. 5 out of 5

    John D

    SHIKAMARU TRICKS TAYUYA BADLY AND ALMOST WINS THE FIGHT WHILE THAT IS HAPPENING NARUTO IS TRYING TO BEAT UP KISHIMARUAND HE USES HIS FLESH AND BONES TO TRY AND DEFEAT NARUTO WHILE NARUTO IS THE DEMON AND KISHIMARU IS NORMAL AND AKIMARU AND KIBA TRIES TO KILL SAKON AND SAKON GOT TRICKED AND KIBA AND AKIMARU TRIES TOP ESCAPE AND THEY DID.

  17. 4 out of 5

    RichieT

    This book is about Naruto the main character and he is trying to save his best friend who ran away from his village to get evil power. My favorite character is Naruto because he always messes up during missions, but he is also really strong. My favorite part in the book was when he gets put into his group for the mission of saving his friend. I recommend this SERIES to Ben.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Kiba and Akamaru are thrown over a cliff and must fight Sakon and his twin Ukon at the bottom. Shikamaru stays to battle Tayuya while Naruto goes ahead after Kimimaro who is holding Sasuke's coffin. Kiba is defeated and escapes down the river. Shikamaru disables Tayuya. Kiba and Akamaru are thrown over a cliff and must fight Sakon and his twin Ukon at the bottom. Shikamaru stays to battle Tayuya while Naruto goes ahead after Kimimaro who is holding Sasuke's coffin. Kiba is defeated and escapes down the river. Shikamaru disables Tayuya.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Kiba and Shikamaru aren't doing so well against the Sound Ninja. Unfortunately, Kimimaro shows up to fight Naruto as well. Kiba and Shikamaru aren't doing so well against the Sound Ninja. Unfortunately, Kimimaro shows up to fight Naruto as well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kurtis Burkhardt

    Favorite arc of the series!! Awesome fights during this rescue mission. 😄✌🏻️

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aleina

    Boy and I thought Kidomaru freaked me out. Kimimaru literally gave me shivers! Kiba and Akamaru rock and fingers crossed in Naruto's favor! Boy and I thought Kidomaru freaked me out. Kimimaru literally gave me shivers! Kiba and Akamaru rock and fingers crossed in Naruto's favor!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Noura

    Ew The bone guy was really disgusting, just ew. and again our Shikamaru is just the best he's now my favorite character beside Naruto and Kakashi sensei ^_^ Ew The bone guy was really disgusting, just ew. and again our Shikamaru is just the best he's now my favorite character beside Naruto and Kakashi sensei ^_^

  23. 5 out of 5

    James

    Good Shikamaru fight.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Z

    Shikamaru is such an awesome character! Didn't think I could like him more. Guess I was wrong. Shikamaru is such an awesome character! Didn't think I could like him more. Guess I was wrong.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nonah

    Love love love!! Shikamaru is a genius!! I freaking love him!!! <3<3

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    Loving the powers of these 'side characters' , I mean the good guys ! Loving the powers of these 'side characters' , I mean the good guys !

  27. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was a fun volume, we continue with the 3 battles going on, first is Naruto vs Kimimaro and its a good fight, his clone technique is not working and we find more of Kimimaro and he seems the serious type, he is using his bones to fight him and we also learn of what Orochimaru's plans are for the body of Sasuke and now Naruto is more affirm than ever. Second fight is Kiba and Akamaru vs Sakon and we learn of his ability aka merged with his brother Ukon and its scary, when they go to their demon It was a fun volume, we continue with the 3 battles going on, first is Naruto vs Kimimaro and its a good fight, his clone technique is not working and we find more of Kimimaro and he seems the serious type, he is using his bones to fight him and we also learn of what Orochimaru's plans are for the body of Sasuke and now Naruto is more affirm than ever. Second fight is Kiba and Akamaru vs Sakon and we learn of his ability aka merged with his brother Ukon and its scary, when they go to their demon forms the real battle starts, this fight had good stakes, and the battle quite different and interesting, Kiba is having a hard time but we see the limits he will go to to save his friends and defeat enemies, the fight goes on seems like and the last battle is Sikimaru vs Tayuya, and we learn of her melody and flute powers and controlling some monsters but Shikimaru is not an easy opponent and we see his genius-ness and how he applies them while fighting and how he traps Tayuya is amazing! The fights are becoming more interesting but a little hard to keep up with thats for sure, but nonetheless this arc is coming to a good ending or so it seems like! Naruto is gonna have to make some tough choices or so!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Cholodewitsch

    Long fights in manga can get tiresome. Even action based manga like this, or Dragon Ball, can take their normally excessive fights to a whole new level of drawn out (looking at you Frieza). Naruto, so far, has mostly been able to avoid that. Unlike some of its peers, all of the side characters in Naruto are able to stand out. Especially when in battle. Each of them approaches a battle in different ways, helping every fight stand out from the others. Who can power up the most or hit the hardest i Long fights in manga can get tiresome. Even action based manga like this, or Dragon Ball, can take their normally excessive fights to a whole new level of drawn out (looking at you Frieza). Naruto, so far, has mostly been able to avoid that. Unlike some of its peers, all of the side characters in Naruto are able to stand out. Especially when in battle. Each of them approaches a battle in different ways, helping every fight stand out from the others. Who can power up the most or hit the hardest isn't as important as who can use their special talents in the cleverest ways. The best example of that is with Shikimaru, who in the fight featured in this volume shows that every move he makes is apart of a larger chess game. Compare that with someone like Naruto, or any of the other team members, and thought put into the battles become a lot more apparent.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eyla

    It's more of a 3.5 rating but this review will be similar to that of the previous volume's. As I have said previously, I am not really a fan of this arc. The fight scenes in this volume were much better, especially with Shikamaru's and Tayuya's battle of wits. I always love those. But Akamaru and Kiba too, they fought well and it's not over yet. We have yet to see the end of that one and Naruto's. Other than that, not much else to say. It's more of a 3.5 rating but this review will be similar to that of the previous volume's. As I have said previously, I am not really a fan of this arc. The fight scenes in this volume were much better, especially with Shikamaru's and Tayuya's battle of wits. I always love those. But Akamaru and Kiba too, they fought well and it's not over yet. We have yet to see the end of that one and Naruto's. Other than that, not much else to say.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Belyea

    Now that Naruto knows the horrifying part Sasuke is to play in the terrible plan of Orochimaru, he strives to save his friend - but must first face the power of Kimimaro in a one-on-one battle that will test his limits! Kishimoto dives into the engaging powers of this vivid world in an entry filled with emotion and action. What connection does Kimimaro share with the Sound Four?

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