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As the preliminaries to the third phase of the Chūnin Exams begin, the student ninja face off against each other in no-holds-barred, one-on-one bouts. Deaf to Sakura's pleas to withdraw from the contest and despite the crippling effects of the curse placed on him by the nefarious Orochimaru, Sasuke enters the first match against one of the vicious Sound Ninja spies. But wi As the preliminaries to the third phase of the Chūnin Exams begin, the student ninja face off against each other in no-holds-barred, one-on-one bouts. Deaf to Sakura's pleas to withdraw from the contest and despite the crippling effects of the curse placed on him by the nefarious Orochimaru, Sasuke enters the first match against one of the vicious Sound Ninja spies. But with his signature fighting techniques suddenly off-limits, how can Sasuke possibly prevail? And even if he manages to survive the violent brawl, Orochimaru's curse is threatening to change Sasuke forever!


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As the preliminaries to the third phase of the Chūnin Exams begin, the student ninja face off against each other in no-holds-barred, one-on-one bouts. Deaf to Sakura's pleas to withdraw from the contest and despite the crippling effects of the curse placed on him by the nefarious Orochimaru, Sasuke enters the first match against one of the vicious Sound Ninja spies. But wi As the preliminaries to the third phase of the Chūnin Exams begin, the student ninja face off against each other in no-holds-barred, one-on-one bouts. Deaf to Sakura's pleas to withdraw from the contest and despite the crippling effects of the curse placed on him by the nefarious Orochimaru, Sasuke enters the first match against one of the vicious Sound Ninja spies. But with his signature fighting techniques suddenly off-limits, how can Sasuke possibly prevail? And even if he manages to survive the violent brawl, Orochimaru's curse is threatening to change Sasuke forever!

30 review for Naruto, Vol. 08: Life-and-Death Battles

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Naruto, Vol. 08: Life-and-Death Battles (Naruto, #8), Masashi Kishimoto In the village of Konohagakure, school is literally a battlefield where classmates are ninjas in training competing to become the greatest ninja in the land. As the preliminaries to the third phase of the Chūnin Exams begin, the student ninja face off against each other in no-holds-barred, one-on-one bouts. Deaf to Sakura's pleas to withdraw from the contest and despite the crippling effects of the curse placed on him by the n Naruto, Vol. 08: Life-and-Death Battles (Naruto, #8), Masashi Kishimoto In the village of Konohagakure, school is literally a battlefield where classmates are ninjas in training competing to become the greatest ninja in the land. As the preliminaries to the third phase of the Chūnin Exams begin, the student ninja face off against each other in no-holds-barred, one-on-one bouts. Deaf to Sakura's pleas to withdraw from the contest and despite the crippling effects of the curse placed on him by the nefarious Orochimaru, Sasuke enters the first match against one of the vicious Sound Ninja spies. But with his signature fighting techniques suddenly off-limits, how can Sasuke possibly prevail? And even if he manages to survive the violent brawl, Orochimaru's curse is threatening to change Sasuke forever! تاریخ خوانش روز بیستم ماه آوریل سال 2017 میلادی عنوان: ناروتو کتاب هشتم: نبردهای زندگی و مرگ؛ نویسنده: ماساشی کیشیموتو؛ در دهکده ی «کونوهاگاکوره»، مدرسه به معنای واقعی کلمه یک میدان نبرد شده است، و همکلاسیها در حال آموزش نینجاهای در حال رقابت هستند تا بلکه به بزرگترین نینجا در آن سرزمین بدل شوند. و ...؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    Wow! My fav part so far! Mind blown 🤯 Lesson: Be determined. Have guts. Never let down your teammates.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    The third part of the exam begins here, and it kicks off--pun intended--in the right direction! I had forgotten so many of the details between the battles that this makes it even more exciting. And for it to end on a cliff-hanger regarding Sakura's battle should be illegal. But her story arc has been so much more impressive lately. I'm glad there's some justice done to her character now, even if I have a tough time convincing myself that she's as powerful as Sasuke and Naruto. Yours truly, Lashaan The third part of the exam begins here, and it kicks off--pun intended--in the right direction! I had forgotten so many of the details between the battles that this makes it even more exciting. And for it to end on a cliff-hanger regarding Sakura's battle should be illegal. But her story arc has been so much more impressive lately. I'm glad there's some justice done to her character now, even if I have a tough time convincing myself that she's as powerful as Sasuke and Naruto. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Cut scene to the beginning of the tournament. Tournament? Why? Oh yeah... we gotta weed out the remaining slackers and the peeps who aren't doing their countries proud. Fortunately, we're not asked to do much soul searching, here. Instead, we get some quick and interesting battles with peeps with wide abilities and mismatched aptitudes. It's a much more fun read, in general, over the previous volume, but never as mind-blowingly cool in quick instances, such as Sasuke's curse. On the other hand, t Cut scene to the beginning of the tournament. Tournament? Why? Oh yeah... we gotta weed out the remaining slackers and the peeps who aren't doing their countries proud. Fortunately, we're not asked to do much soul searching, here. Instead, we get some quick and interesting battles with peeps with wide abilities and mismatched aptitudes. It's a much more fun read, in general, over the previous volume, but never as mind-blowingly cool in quick instances, such as Sasuke's curse. On the other hand, the fight between Inu and Sakura was enough to make up for everything and make me cheer and laugh. She really has my heart in this one, and it doesn't matter if it's just a carry-over from her greatness in volume 6. She's earned it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mit

    This volume starts with where it was left previously..the second stage of the chunin exam is finally over and now it will be third and final round but since there are more than usual participants, there will be a preliminary round now to narrow down the participants.... It is really interesting idea and this round was my favorite in Anime and here also I feel the same intensity and excitement as I felt in Anime.. Sasuke's curse mark still hurts bad and he is now forced to fight without using his This volume starts with where it was left previously..the second stage of the chunin exam is finally over and now it will be third and final round but since there are more than usual participants, there will be a preliminary round now to narrow down the participants.... It is really interesting idea and this round was my favorite in Anime and here also I feel the same intensity and excitement as I felt in Anime.. Sasuke's curse mark still hurts bad and he is now forced to fight without using his special ability, Sharingan... and also he is not allowed to use any ninjutsu.. so it is really tough fight for him.. The confrontation between Orochimaru and Kakashi was the highlight of this volume and also the final battle between Ino and Sakura.. I was not interested in this fight before but after reading this.. I think this fight was much better than I judged it in Anime before.... The ending was again a cliffhanger, like it is becoming a tradition for this manga series now. Overall, a good read and slightly better than previous volume.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ricardo Sainz

    I like this book because kankuru went against kabuto team and they gay he went against snap kankuru head but it wasn't him it was crow his dummy and then crow beat the gay by slicing him with blades that crow had. I like this book because kankuru went against kabuto team and they gay he went against snap kankuru head but it wasn't him it was crow his dummy and then crow beat the gay by slicing him with blades that crow had.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    naruto and the gang reach the end of the 2nd trial! now begins the preliminaries to see who moves on to the 3rd and final exam! we get to see some new characters in action plus we find out a little more behind orochimaru's devious plans!! naruto and the gang reach the end of the 2nd trial! now begins the preliminaries to see who moves on to the 3rd and final exam! we get to see some new characters in action plus we find out a little more behind orochimaru's devious plans!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    [Name Redacted]

    Hate Sasuke. Hate Sakura. Indifferent to the increasingly inconsequential Naruto.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Radwa

    The whole Sasuke fiasco at the exams was weird. first, with all these elite ninja and THE hokage himself, and they couldn't notice Orochimaru standing there among them? He's strong, but definitely not stronger than all of them! second, the hokage's decisions are highly questionable, he know how effective and dangerous Saskue's seal is, and yet he decides to let him continue on in the matches and doesn't even supervise the sealing process with Sasuke? seemed weird! Nonetheless, it's interesting an The whole Sasuke fiasco at the exams was weird. first, with all these elite ninja and THE hokage himself, and they couldn't notice Orochimaru standing there among them? He's strong, but definitely not stronger than all of them! second, the hokage's decisions are highly questionable, he know how effective and dangerous Saskue's seal is, and yet he decides to let him continue on in the matches and doesn't even supervise the sealing process with Sasuke? seemed weird! Nonetheless, it's interesting and the it was fun to see the different techniques here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    I got to say, the battles are pretty good. Even if there's some stuff that really should not be that long, like well, the flashback on what happened between two characters and their once friendship or whatever. I was like really, we're having this now. Oh okay then. Still gets a 4 for the fight scenes alone. I mean there's more going on in this one but still. Anyway, the series has its moments and potential. Good volume regardless. I got to say, the battles are pretty good. Even if there's some stuff that really should not be that long, like well, the flashback on what happened between two characters and their once friendship or whatever. I was like really, we're having this now. Oh okay then. Still gets a 4 for the fight scenes alone. I mean there's more going on in this one but still. Anyway, the series has its moments and potential. Good volume regardless.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ~Cyanide Latte~

    *Read as part of the 25 Days of Manga challenge for December 2020.* Considering the two previous volumes felt structurally weak in terms of the plot, I do feel as though this volume really made a pronounced effort to pick things back up. (Or maybe I just didn't feel like the "wilderness survival" aspect of the Forest of Death felt genuine.) Here we get to the prelim bouts being used to cull the numbers of entrants for the third round of the chunin exams, and here's where things definitely start t *Read as part of the 25 Days of Manga challenge for December 2020.* Considering the two previous volumes felt structurally weak in terms of the plot, I do feel as though this volume really made a pronounced effort to pick things back up. (Or maybe I just didn't feel like the "wilderness survival" aspect of the Forest of Death felt genuine.) Here we get to the prelim bouts being used to cull the numbers of entrants for the third round of the chunin exams, and here's where things definitely start to shine a little more. While there's absolutely something to be said for the way this larger plot is unfolding beneath the surface level, I personally think the prelim bouts are such a nice example of character depth and exploration in the applicants we see as the bouts begin. Personally, and this probably isn't a shock to anyone who's kept up with my reviews of the series so far, I don't really care about Sasuke's match. It's a quick round to show off how Special™ his eyes are, that he was able to replicate a move used against him once, before then ushering him away to deal with the issue of the curse mark placed on him by Orochimaru. (Kind of sad he's more interesting when he's passed out and being discussed as a playing piece rather than when he's awake and trying to hide the fact he has the exact same number of brain cells as Naruto.) Shino's match is nightmare fuel, and arguably, Kankuro's is too, but it's still cool to see how quickly their matches end as a sort of grim testament to the abilities they brought into the exams to begin with. And...then we get Sakura and Ino's match. I tend to (and probably will for a long time to come) rag on Sakura a fair amount, but I don't mind this match. The fight itself happening between flashbacks of the girls and their lost friendship is a nice narrative way to expose their shared history and what they meant to each other before they allowed Sasuke to be the thing that came between them. I think my only major annoyance with the lead-in to the match is the fact that everyone (including Ino's own team) seem to think she's going to fail hard and that Sakura's already so much better and more skilled, to the point the latter won't break a sweat in their match. Which...if you're looking just at the technique of chakra control and manipulation and that was the sole thing on which the matches were being judged? Then yeah, okay. It's been shown regularly since early on that Sakura has advanced and well-honed skill with chakra manipulation. But...she is still sorely lacking in terms of physical combat and technique. Iruka more or less says so at the start of the volume. And given that we've seen Ino hold her own a tiny bit better than Sakura in the field of combat, I'd say that they're arguably evenly matched. (view spoiler)[Having watched the anime and read these chapters many years ago, I know that to be the case in its own right, since the last time I checked their match ends in a draw. But, ssshhh! That's not until the next volume. (hide spoiler)] So I really don't follow with this nonsense of everyone having absolutely no faith in Ino, much less Shikamaru and Choji. Way to encourage your teammate, guys.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael Neno

    One of Naruto's greatest strengths is the way Masashi Kishimoto takes his time telling a story. After four volumes, our heroes are still struggling to survive the Chûnin Exams. Before beginning the third level, the number of participants must be whittled down, necessitating one-on-one combat, possibly to the death. Meanwhile, shinobi Kakashi Hatake attempts to heal Sasuke and suppress his curse when the malevolent Orochimaru shows up. I like how the Naruto series makes clear that the students' t One of Naruto's greatest strengths is the way Masashi Kishimoto takes his time telling a story. After four volumes, our heroes are still struggling to survive the Chûnin Exams. Before beginning the third level, the number of participants must be whittled down, necessitating one-on-one combat, possibly to the death. Meanwhile, shinobi Kakashi Hatake attempts to heal Sasuke and suppress his curse when the malevolent Orochimaru shows up. I like how the Naruto series makes clear that the students' teachers and authority figures must also deal with threats and danger. No one is immune from contact with evil.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mal

    Gekko Hayate is definitely me in this situation like "It's taking quite awhile... they've been going at it for at least 10 minutes" he says while looking unamused Gekko Hayate is definitely me in this situation like "It's taking quite awhile... they've been going at it for at least 10 minutes" he says while looking unamused

  14. 4 out of 5

    DonutKnow

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Geez these challenges are pretty intense 😬

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    I read Vol 8th. They can pass 2nd exam. Next, They fight each other 1 on 1. They are tried whether they can fight 1 on 1. Then, their power also excite us. They are just boys. However, to become 中忍, they fight mercilessly. The scene is the most exciting in this vol.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    I love anime tournaments and I love Hayate. Somebody get that man a nap.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Celine V

    goood

  18. 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    MissAnnThrope

    12 April 2013 So, so very good to see some old familiar faces, particularly Kakashi, Iruka, Kakashi, and KAKASHI! ♡ ♡ ♡ The third exam takes off in Naruto, Vol. 8: Life-and-Death Battles where the genins learn they must compete against each other in a one-on-one fight for the death. And that's just to get through the preliminaries in order to even get the chance to participate in the third exam! Eep! These student ninjas have such an impressive skill-set that I cannot wait to see how they develop 12 April 2013 So, so very good to see some old familiar faces, particularly Kakashi, Iruka, Kakashi, and KAKASHI! ♡ ♡ ♡ The third exam takes off in Naruto, Vol. 8: Life-and-Death Battles where the genins learn they must compete against each other in a one-on-one fight for the death. And that's just to get through the preliminaries in order to even get the chance to participate in the third exam! Eep! These student ninjas have such an impressive skill-set that I cannot wait to see how they develop once they become chûnins. Some of the ninjas' powers seriously give me the heebie jeebies! (view spoiler)[Sasuke kicks some major bootay in his match even though Orochimaru's curse is taking its toll on his body. I wish I were a faster reader because I know the really good part to his story comes up later and I already want to be at that point. While I enjoyed the way Shino's opponent is defeated, Shino's creepy-crawly skills makes me so unsettled, but not nearly as much as Kankuro's. I hate, hate, hate dolls. Kankuro makes my skin crawl. The final battle features Sakura and Ino going up against each other. The flashbacks of their friendship make me want to root for Ino. I've never been a big fan of Sakura, so this part of the story isn't particularly exciting for me. The cliffhanger ending doesn't make me want to rush out to read the next volume. However, now that Kakashi is back I am really anxious to see more of him. The confrontation between Kakashi and Orochimaru is riddled with all sorts of mysteries that I cannot wait to unravel. Why did Kakashi freeze? What dark secrets does the oh-so-cool Kakashi have hidden? Can't wait to find out! (hide spoiler)] The translations of this publication is beginning to bug me more and more. The scanlations online capture the nuances of the meaning far better. It isn't entirely bad, but it's enough for me to consider re-reading the rest of the series online.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This volume covers the completion of the second test, the introduction to the preliminary tournament, Kabuto dropping out, Sakura trying to persuade Sasuke to do the same, Sasuke fighting a leaf ninja from Kabuto's cell, Shino defeating a sound ninja, Kakashi sealing the curse mark and encountering Orochimaru, Kankuro defeating a leaf ninja from Kabuto's cell, and ended with Sakura fighting Ino. I liked the part when Iruka accept that Naruto is a full-fledged ninja and is no longer his student b This volume covers the completion of the second test, the introduction to the preliminary tournament, Kabuto dropping out, Sakura trying to persuade Sasuke to do the same, Sasuke fighting a leaf ninja from Kabuto's cell, Shino defeating a sound ninja, Kakashi sealing the curse mark and encountering Orochimaru, Kankuro defeating a leaf ninja from Kabuto's cell, and ended with Sakura fighting Ino. I liked the part when Iruka accept that Naruto is a full-fledged ninja and is no longer his student but Kakashi's. It was a bittersweet letting-go type moment that I enjoyed. Ino and Sakura's backstory annoyed me a lot, hence my lower rating of this volume. This series, though awesome, really doesn't depict female characters in a flattering light. Instead, Ino, Sakura, and (later) Lady Tsunade are often obsessed with their appearance. Most of the female ninjas (with the exception of Lady Tsunade) are weaker than their male counterparts. I know women are often not a physically strong as men, so their taijutsu probably won't be as strong, but that shouldn't have an effect on a woman's ninjutsu or genjutsu. I suppose the majority of the female characters were made weaker so the male characters could have an abundance of opportunities to save them.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeff_§of2014

    This book is the sequel to Naruto volume 7, it continues as Naruto is wandering around the testing ground finding the scroll he needs. Meanwhile, another trio of ninjas soon encounter a battle between ninjas from the Sand Village and yet another trio. As the first trio is hidden, they are observing how the ninja of the Sand engage in battle, something very unexpected happens, disturbing enough to make the first trio flee. Back to Naruto, he was going to open a scroll and brake the rules but a a This book is the sequel to Naruto volume 7, it continues as Naruto is wandering around the testing ground finding the scroll he needs. Meanwhile, another trio of ninjas soon encounter a battle between ninjas from the Sand Village and yet another trio. As the first trio is hidden, they are observing how the ninja of the Sand engage in battle, something very unexpected happens, disturbing enough to make the first trio flee. Back to Naruto, he was going to open a scroll and brake the rules but a a stranger stopped him, is this man an ally or foe? When I was reading this book I noticed a text to world connection. Even though the man that stopped Naruto from opening the scroll and facing a consequence, he stopped him from doing harm to himself. I can relate this to parents and how they tell you which direction you should go in. I rate this book 5 stars because it is very suspensful and makes you just want to keep reading and not wanting to put your book down. It has a good storyline that flows very nicely which leads to a very good cliffhanger at the end.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Keita Yata

    In this volume, the third test was divided into qualifying and final, so I thought it was a very challenging development. And story became a little bit complex. But I thought it is fun to know personalities of people who fight in this book. I want to read next steps soon.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Naruto vol. 8 Summary: LIFE-AND-DEATH BATTLES. As the preliminaries to the third phrase of the Journeyman Ninja Selection Exams begin, the student ninja face off against each other in a no-holds-barred, one-on-one bouts. Deaf to Sakura's pleas to withdraw from the contest and despite the crippling effects of the curse placed on him by the nefarious Orochimaru, Sasuke enters the first match against one of the vicious Sound Ninja spies. But with his signature fighting techniques suddenly off-limit Naruto vol. 8 Summary: LIFE-AND-DEATH BATTLES. As the preliminaries to the third phrase of the Journeyman Ninja Selection Exams begin, the student ninja face off against each other in a no-holds-barred, one-on-one bouts. Deaf to Sakura's pleas to withdraw from the contest and despite the crippling effects of the curse placed on him by the nefarious Orochimaru, Sasuke enters the first match against one of the vicious Sound Ninja spies. But with his signature fighting techniques suddenly off-limits, how can Sasuke possibly prevail? And even if he manages to survive the violent brawl, Orochimaru's curse is threatening to change Sasuke forever! Rating: 4 stars Opening Line: "Hunh...? What is this?!" Quote: "He manipulates a lifeless doll by projecting the power of his chakra! The golem is a weapon, just like Shuriken throwing stars."

  24. 4 out of 5

    Waldmar1000

    Naruto and the gang have finally passed the 2nd exam. Now they move on to the preliminaries of the 3rd exam. For this one, students will have to duke it out in an all or nothing fight. However, what happens when Sasuke enters with his curse mark. I know I already said this before but........IT'S MASTERFUL! THE DRAWINGS ARE AS AMAZING AS MAGNA CAN BE! THE STORY IS GREAT, AND IT EVERYTHING. IT HAS COMEDY, ROMANCE, ACTION, SADNESS, EPICNESS, AND EVEN A LITTLE BIT OF DRAMA. THIS BOOK SERIES IS INCRED Naruto and the gang have finally passed the 2nd exam. Now they move on to the preliminaries of the 3rd exam. For this one, students will have to duke it out in an all or nothing fight. However, what happens when Sasuke enters with his curse mark. I know I already said this before but........IT'S MASTERFUL! THE DRAWINGS ARE AS AMAZING AS MAGNA CAN BE! THE STORY IS GREAT, AND IT EVERYTHING. IT HAS COMEDY, ROMANCE, ACTION, SADNESS, EPICNESS, AND EVEN A LITTLE BIT OF DRAMA. THIS BOOK SERIES IS INCREDIBLE, AND I WOULD RECOMDMEND IT TO ANYBODY AT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH MASAHI KISHIMOTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Josh dees

    This is a fast pace book. The protagonist is a teen name Naruto , he is trying to become the best ninja. Naruto is in a tournament to become a ninja. Naruto is going agents his teammates and his friend. The fight can go to the death if they take the fight that far. Naruto want to fight one of his teammates because he no he is strong . Naruto number 8 is one of my favorite Naruto books. This book has nothing but fighting in it the whole time. People bleeding and braking bones. This one of the most This is a fast pace book. The protagonist is a teen name Naruto , he is trying to become the best ninja. Naruto is in a tournament to become a ninja. Naruto is going agents his teammates and his friend. The fight can go to the death if they take the fight that far. Naruto want to fight one of his teammates because he no he is strong . Naruto number 8 is one of my favorite Naruto books. This book has nothing but fighting in it the whole time. People bleeding and braking bones. This one of the most fighting books for Naruto. On each page there someone does an attack on someone. They show there arm going in the wrong direction. On the other books they mostly be talking and fighting.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    I think Naruto vol. 8 Life and Death Battles by Masashi Kishimoto is a great story and an easy read. I recommend this book to people who like action and books that are easy to read. The second exam is finally complete and all the candidates from the Hidden Leaf Village all made it to the next exam, but they had to go to the preliminaries first because there are too many candidates so they are cutting out some before the last exam. First Sasuke is first and he is facing a dangerous sound ninja sp I think Naruto vol. 8 Life and Death Battles by Masashi Kishimoto is a great story and an easy read. I recommend this book to people who like action and books that are easy to read. The second exam is finally complete and all the candidates from the Hidden Leaf Village all made it to the next exam, but they had to go to the preliminaries first because there are too many candidates so they are cutting out some before the last exam. First Sasuke is first and he is facing a dangerous sound ninja spy and he can't use his chakra otherwise the curse mark will activate and it will change him forever. I like this book because it has action, it's an easy read, and it's a page-turner.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ike Iloka

    This book is the sequel to Naruto volume 7, it continues as Naruto is wandering around the testing ground looking for a scroll he needs. Meanwhile, another trio of ninjas soon encounter a battle between ninjas from the Sand Village and yet another trio. As the first trio is hidden, they are observing how the ninja of the Sand engage in battle, something very unexpected happens, disturbing enough to make the first trio flee. They all travel in trios because it is just a form of back up and they a This book is the sequel to Naruto volume 7, it continues as Naruto is wandering around the testing ground looking for a scroll he needs. Meanwhile, another trio of ninjas soon encounter a battle between ninjas from the Sand Village and yet another trio. As the first trio is hidden, they are observing how the ninja of the Sand engage in battle, something very unexpected happens, disturbing enough to make the first trio flee. They all travel in trios because it is just a form of back up and they are the strongest. I would recommend this book to people who love to read the tales of a kid that goes through struggles to find they way to being a hokage and to watch the show too.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Now this series is really get good (in my opinion). Naruto is seeming less like a bumbling idiot; a true camaraderie is forming between Naruto-Sasuke-Sakura; and we're getting to know so many of the other young ninjas (and all of the cool, unique skills they have)... Not to mention that we're getting more depth to the older/mentoring characters... This volume starts us on the preliminaries to exam three, where the ninjas who made it through the Forest of Death now have to go into single-handed co Now this series is really get good (in my opinion). Naruto is seeming less like a bumbling idiot; a true camaraderie is forming between Naruto-Sasuke-Sakura; and we're getting to know so many of the other young ninjas (and all of the cool, unique skills they have)... Not to mention that we're getting more depth to the older/mentoring characters... This volume starts us on the preliminaries to exam three, where the ninjas who made it through the Forest of Death now have to go into single-handed combat against randomly selected partners from other teams...

  29. 5 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!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Megan M

    The one-on-one battles of the Chunin exam! I think these were some of my favorite episodes of the anime, and they remain some of the best moments in the manga. You finally get to see everyone's skills and see why the teachers of our genin class were so convinced of their teams' abilities. A frustrating thing that I didn't remember until I read it though... spoilers ahead. ... why doesn't Kakashi, you know, do something about Orochimaru? Even if he had lost, he would have at least done something. The one-on-one battles of the Chunin exam! I think these were some of my favorite episodes of the anime, and they remain some of the best moments in the manga. You finally get to see everyone's skills and see why the teachers of our genin class were so convinced of their teams' abilities. A frustrating thing that I didn't remember until I read it though... spoilers ahead. ... why doesn't Kakashi, you know, do something about Orochimaru? Even if he had lost, he would have at least done something. Instead, he kind of just stands there?

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