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Still in the thick of the Chūnin Selection Exams, the student ninja unleash their signature techniques as they spar in a series of one-on-one elimination matches. The heated battles bring out a new side in many of the opponents as they fight to advance to the third stage of the test and, in some cases, struggle to survive! Naruto looses an explosive new move on his foe—but Still in the thick of the Chūnin Selection Exams, the student ninja unleash their signature techniques as they spar in a series of one-on-one elimination matches. The heated battles bring out a new side in many of the opponents as they fight to advance to the third stage of the test and, in some cases, struggle to survive! Naruto looses an explosive new move on his foe—but will it be enough to win? And when Hyuga clan members Neji and Hinata are pitted against each one another, will old family grudges make their duel even more vicious than the others?


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Still in the thick of the Chūnin Selection Exams, the student ninja unleash their signature techniques as they spar in a series of one-on-one elimination matches. The heated battles bring out a new side in many of the opponents as they fight to advance to the third stage of the test and, in some cases, struggle to survive! Naruto looses an explosive new move on his foe—but Still in the thick of the Chūnin Selection Exams, the student ninja unleash their signature techniques as they spar in a series of one-on-one elimination matches. The heated battles bring out a new side in many of the opponents as they fight to advance to the third stage of the test and, in some cases, struggle to survive! Naruto looses an explosive new move on his foe—but will it be enough to win? And when Hyuga clan members Neji and Hinata are pitted against each one another, will old family grudges make their duel even more vicious than the others?

30 review for Naruto, Vol. 09: Neji vs. Hinata

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Naruto, Vol. 09: Neji vs. Hinata (Naruto, #9), Masashi Kishimoto Still in the thick of the Chūnin Selection Exams, the student ninja unleash their signature techniques as they spar in a series of one-on-one elimination matches. The heated battles bring out a new side in many of the opponents as they fight to advance to the third stage of the test and, in some cases, struggle to survive! Naruto looses an explosive new move on his foe—but will it be enough to win? And when Hyuga clan members Neji a Naruto, Vol. 09: Neji vs. Hinata (Naruto, #9), Masashi Kishimoto Still in the thick of the Chūnin Selection Exams, the student ninja unleash their signature techniques as they spar in a series of one-on-one elimination matches. The heated battles bring out a new side in many of the opponents as they fight to advance to the third stage of the test and, in some cases, struggle to survive! Naruto looses an explosive new move on his foe—but will it be enough to win? And when Hyuga clan members Neji and Hinata are pitted against each one another, will old family grudges make their duel even more vicious than the others? تاریخ خوانش روز دوم ماه می سال 2017 میلادی عنوان: ناروتو کتاب نهم: نیجی در برابر هیناتا؛ نویسنده: ماساشی کیشیموتو؛ هنوز هم در امتحانات گزینشی «شونین»، دانش آموزان نینجا تکنیکهای ویژه ی خود را در مسابقات حذفی یکایک به نمایش میگذارند. نبردهای داغ، برای بسیاری از حریفان مبارزی تازه را به وجود میآورد، زیرا آنها برای رسیدن به مرحله سوم آزمون، و در بعضی موارد، برای زنده ماندن است که میجنگند؛ «ناروتو» حرکت تازه، و انفجاری بر دشمن خود از دست میدهد؛ اما آیا پیروزی کافی خواهد بود؟ هنگامی که اعضای قبیله ی «هیوگا» «نیجی» و «هیناتا» در برابر یکدیگر میایستند، آیا کینه های خانوادگی کهن باعث خواهد شد تا دوئل خود را حتی از دیگران شرورتر به سرانجام برسانند؟ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Too much gender discrimination... (view spoiler)[Seriously, out of 9 only one girl? (hide spoiler)] I keep waiting for a strong woman to show up... Hope I won't be waiting long. Too much gender discrimination... (view spoiler)[Seriously, out of 9 only one girl? (hide spoiler)] I keep waiting for a strong woman to show up... Hope I won't be waiting long.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    Well that battle was intense. In the anime I felt the emotions were better shown there. Then again, I did see the show first then started reading the manga. But either way, its drawn pretty good. And near the end there, leading up to the next fight. Can't wait. Series getting interesting. Well that battle was intense. In the anime I felt the emotions were better shown there. Then again, I did see the show first then started reading the manga. But either way, its drawn pretty good. And near the end there, leading up to the next fight. Can't wait. Series getting interesting.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Naruto's fight at least gave him a chance to show off that he isn't *that* stupid to the rest of his old classmates, at least, but it's Hinata's battle that really stuck in my mind. I'm reminded of the Last Naruto movie, thank goodness, where she finally gets her guy. I always thought that she was a bit short-changed in the standard manga, though. She always stood up and took tons of punishment, and never really got the good scenes of real success. The least we could do for her is give her her v Naruto's fight at least gave him a chance to show off that he isn't *that* stupid to the rest of his old classmates, at least, but it's Hinata's battle that really stuck in my mind. I'm reminded of the Last Naruto movie, thank goodness, where she finally gets her guy. I always thought that she was a bit short-changed in the standard manga, though. She always stood up and took tons of punishment, and never really got the good scenes of real success. The least we could do for her is give her her very own Gaiden where she successfully seduces her man and truly saves the day. I'm not being sexist. She's always being given the short straw in the manga. I've always wished that she was given enough panel time to transform or give her the depth she really deserves. Shikamaru, on the other hand, has yet to really shine, even if he successfully defeated his opponent. I always liked him, even if it is such a bother.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    Lesson for all the adults who underestimate their kids and everyone younger to them: *Kakashi's dialogue to Naruto: "In this world, there are kids who are younger than you and yet stronger than me." There's just no point in getting insecure or jealous of your children and the new generation. Lesson for all the adults who underestimate their kids and everyone younger to them: *Kakashi's dialogue to Naruto: "In this world, there are kids who are younger than you and yet stronger than me." There's just no point in getting insecure or jealous of your children and the new generation.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nonah

    Love it and Hinata is one of my absolute favorite girl!! And go Naruto!!! I'm pretty sure I love Gaara xD<3 Love it and Hinata is one of my absolute favorite girl!! And go Naruto!!! I'm pretty sure I love Gaara xD<3

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ange

    Naruto Vol. 9: Turning the Tables Masashi Kishimoto Naruto is a popular graphic novel series, that is well known in the world. I chose to read this book because one of my sisters is obsessed about reading it, every day she comes home with a new Naruto book, going on and on about how good it is. So i gave it try, and i loved it! All the action, humour and the characteristics of each and everyday character. So she got me into reading graphic novels. Why i decided to read this book: I decied to read Naruto Vol. 9: Turning the Tables Masashi Kishimoto Naruto is a popular graphic novel series, that is well known in the world. I chose to read this book because one of my sisters is obsessed about reading it, every day she comes home with a new Naruto book, going on and on about how good it is. So i gave it try, and i loved it! All the action, humour and the characteristics of each and everyday character. So she got me into reading graphic novels. Why i decided to read this book: I decied to read this book because my sister (Luseane) FORCED me to read this book, and after the first two-three chapters, i enjoyed the book. My favourite quote: "... because someone told me i was a failure" This is definatly my favourite quote in the book, because not only is it true, it is also very inspiring. During this quote, it was a battle between 'Naruto Uzumaki' and 'Neji Hyuga' who fought at a chunin exam. The Victor was Naruto, by using the power of the nine-tail fox, to regain his chakra. Something new i learned: i learnt that no matter what anyone has sad to you, good or bad, never quit, because theres always that little percent, that you will succed. A character: A character i enjoyed through out the novel, was Naruto Uzumaki! a thirteen year old boy, who has no parents, or reliives. He is very funny, lazy, energetic and esspecially goofy. He is one of the most powerfull beings in his era. Its very intersting to see his progress to becoming Hokage of the Leaf village. I would recommend this book to people, who loves anime.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    Wow this book was pretty awesome!!!!!!!!!!! My friends sometimes tell me "Why are you reading PICTURE BOOKS!?" Then i say picture books are for lil kids. ITS CALLED MANGA PEOPLE!!! GET IT RIGHT!!! haha well anyways, it was really good, and easy to read. (IT TAKES PRACTICE TO READ MANGA BOOKS) My favorite character in the book is Hinata, which has a somewhat similar personality. Mostly the withdrawn part. Wow this book was pretty awesome!!!!!!!!!!! My friends sometimes tell me "Why are you reading PICTURE BOOKS!?" Then i say picture books are for lil kids. ITS CALLED MANGA PEOPLE!!! GET IT RIGHT!!! haha well anyways, it was really good, and easy to read. (IT TAKES PRACTICE TO READ MANGA BOOKS) My favorite character in the book is Hinata, which has a somewhat similar personality. Mostly the withdrawn part.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    It's been a while since Naruto was given the opportunity to be serious instead of being straight-up goofy, but his fight really demonstrated his wit, humour and perseverance! Love that he's a quick-learner and his latest combo really shows it. And then there's the Hyūga fight that unveils some mysterious bloodline war. The best part of it is seeing what Hinata is capable of in front of adversity. There's clearly so much more to their story and I look forward to finding out the details of it all. Y It's been a while since Naruto was given the opportunity to be serious instead of being straight-up goofy, but his fight really demonstrated his wit, humour and perseverance! Love that he's a quick-learner and his latest combo really shows it. And then there's the Hyūga fight that unveils some mysterious bloodline war. The best part of it is seeing what Hinata is capable of in front of adversity. There's clearly so much more to their story and I look forward to finding out the details of it all. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  10. 5 out of 5

    Radwa

    I really love Hinata, because like Naruto, I think we can see some good progress on her character and abilities as well. In this one volume, she developed a lot! The emotions were more vivid in the anime as I remember, but it's nice to go through it all again. I really love Hinata, because like Naruto, I think we can see some good progress on her character and abilities as well. In this one volume, she developed a lot! The emotions were more vivid in the anime as I remember, but it's nice to go through it all again.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Waldmar1000

    Sasuke somehow wins his fight, despite having his curse mark. With that, the 3rd exam continues. However, a family fight starts: Neji vs Hinata. This, fight will bring alot of tension for both fighters. (oh, and me say now that Neji is a J-E-R-K=JERK) Iknow 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 IN Sasuke somehow wins his fight, despite having his curse mark. With that, the 3rd exam continues. However, a family fight starts: Neji vs Hinata. This, fight will bring alot of tension for both fighters. (oh, and me say now that Neji is a J-E-R-K=JERK) Iknow 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alec

    This manga was amazing! I love this series so much and each one keeps getting excitinger, awesomer, complicateder, and emotionaler. Also, 3 different cliffhangers! Can you please give me volume 10 now? who can resist that face? I guess he can. This manga was amazing! I love this series so much and each one keeps getting excitinger, awesomer, complicateder, and emotionaler. Also, 3 different cliffhangers! Can you please give me volume 10 now? who can resist that face? I guess he can.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marialena I.

    The best part was Hinata's fight as she is my favourite female character! We see her character development and how she matured because of Naruto's influence! The best part was Hinata's fight as she is my favourite female character! We see her character development and how she matured because of Naruto's influence!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    Another great installment! The chunin exams are getting ever more dangerous and intense as the volumes go on!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    ~Cyanide Latte~

    *Read as part of the 25 Days of Manga challenge for December 2020.* The ante keeps getting upped with the chunin exams, and this isn't an exception at all! Between the ending of Sakura and Ino's battle, the fight between Naruto and Kiba, the fight between the Hyuga cousins, and the volume ending with the glimpse at the upcoming fight between Rock Lee and Gaara, this has got to be one of my favorite volumes so far. I would say that the strong points show up in each of the two central battles of thi *Read as part of the 25 Days of Manga challenge for December 2020.* The ante keeps getting upped with the chunin exams, and this isn't an exception at all! Between the ending of Sakura and Ino's battle, the fight between Naruto and Kiba, the fight between the Hyuga cousins, and the volume ending with the glimpse at the upcoming fight between Rock Lee and Gaara, this has got to be one of my favorite volumes so far. I would say that the strong points show up in each of the two central battles of this volume. The fight between Naruto and Kiba is fantastic, because it's a very nice look at Naruto's continued growth as a creative fighter and should stand as a testament to the fact that this isn't entirely the same Naruto we were introduced to in the first volume. He's a very hands-on sort of learner, and I don't think that that's regarded as often as it should be. And that isn't to say that Kiba doesn't show some of his own formidable skill in this fight either; but Naruto is the one who really shines in their bout. I also really appreciate now more than I did in the past how the battle between Neji and Hinata unfolds. Neji uses a lot of his anger and perception and observation to his advantage in the start of the fight to psychologically mess with Hinata, which I don't often see people bring up. While I'm not here to say that he was necessarily justified in the way he tore her down on an emotional front, I do think it's a good look at his ability to incorporate tactics of psychological warfare into such a situation. Likewise, it's nice to take a look at Hinata's desire to overcome her own shortcomings through sheer willpower, and I love the way her final words to Neji pointing out his own unhappiness dig just a little at the plot there regarding the way the Hyuga family is so deeply messed up. Everything about their fight is so intense in a different way to a lot of the other fights up to this point, and I don't think it's given enough credit. Of course, I'm just as eager for the next volume with the iconic fight between Lee and Gaara. That's it's own category of intense, and it'll be nice to revisit the manga version of the fight after all these years.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rihards Husko

    Now this is more like it! Volume 9 *almost* nails it, with a couple impactful or at least engaging fights, but stumbles especially hard when it comes to Kishimoto-sensei’s struggle to write compelling female characters. Sakura and Ino’s fight gets a pretty touching conclusion, only then to flip right back to the wholly unnecessary Sasuke thing at the end there. Also, the way Sakura doesn’t lose didn’t display any of her supposed strengths, just that being a polite girl in public somehow demands s Now this is more like it! Volume 9 *almost* nails it, with a couple impactful or at least engaging fights, but stumbles especially hard when it comes to Kishimoto-sensei’s struggle to write compelling female characters. Sakura and Ino’s fight gets a pretty touching conclusion, only then to flip right back to the wholly unnecessary Sasuke thing at the end there. Also, the way Sakura doesn’t lose didn’t display any of her supposed strengths, just that being a polite girl in public somehow demands she have a literal separate consciousness with her inner desires? What? The author has so little idea what to do with poor Ten Ten, she got completely crushed entirely off-screen, haha. Shikamaru’s fights are always the best, and this one, while on the simple side, is no different. Just comes to show that strategy and tactics generally make for more interesting battles than screaming/friending for last—minute powerups. No shade, just sayin’. The titular character gets a decent fight against Kiba, too. It ends up being a good platform to show Naruto’s growth (while also remaining a lucky doofus) to all the classmates who still think of him as a joke. But the standout is, obviously, Hinata vs. Neji. It isn’t much more than a basic slugfest with knowledgeable characters explaining why this slugfest is *very impressive*, but it easily packs the biggest emotional punch. Yes, Hinata is another meek, unskilled girl ninja, but her resolve and grit in the face of an overwhelming, personal challenge is never not endearing. Hinata best girl.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael Neno

    The second of at least three volumes covering the elimination matches of the Journeyman Ninja Selection Exams, Naruto Vol. 9 features several intense and clever battles between the few surviving students. While featuring less characterization and insights into Naruto's complex world and history than usual, "Neji vs. Hinata" is a masterclass in cartooning, with superb pacing, detailed textures, explosive lettering and top-notch choreography and composition. The second of at least three volumes covering the elimination matches of the Journeyman Ninja Selection Exams, Naruto Vol. 9 features several intense and clever battles between the few surviving students. While featuring less characterization and insights into Naruto's complex world and history than usual, "Neji vs. Hinata" is a masterclass in cartooning, with superb pacing, detailed textures, explosive lettering and top-notch choreography and composition.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Molli B.

    Eventually we'll get through the trials! But it seems like it might be a bit longer :) Lots of stuff happened here—I'm not really sure what this means for Sakura and Ino. Hinata's fight was tough. :\ Naruto's was good stuff, but I'm surprised it wasn't the final one! And the two remaining face-offs should be good........ Eventually we'll get through the trials! But it seems like it might be a bit longer :) Lots of stuff happened here—I'm not really sure what this means for Sakura and Ino. Hinata's fight was tough. :\ Naruto's was good stuff, but I'm surprised it wasn't the final one! And the two remaining face-offs should be good........

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dominique "Eerie" Sobieska

    As the preliminary rounds continues, a confrontation between the Hyuga cousins ends with high emotions from its audience. And the anticipation of numerous onlookers waiting for the final Sand Genin, Gaara, to reveal his mysterious abilities as he faces of Rock Lee.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Keita Yata

    I thought both of Neji and Hinata are intelligent characters and have technical ways of fighting. The people who looked down on Naruto were surprised at his growth, and I wanted to cheer very much. The battles of each character were finally squeezed, and I was nervous again. The relationship between Hinata and Naruto was very good. Each character appeared their strength clearly.

  21. 4 out of 5

    DonutKnow

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Man, I hear ya Hinata, I hear ya. ✊

  22. 5 out of 5

    Colin Lush

    Almost cried twice; cried once

  23. 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nick Fagerlund

    (Sorry, I'm going to keep on comparing this to Bleach.) So Kishimoto's fight scenes aren't all that great. Kubo's swordfights, at least in the first fifteen tkbs or so, are clear, choreographed, and brutal, and they flow with a certain amount of grace; in Naruto, on the other hand, it's like speedlines, speedlines, foot, hair, speedlines, conversation among spectators explaining what just happened. (Which last part I greatly appreciate at this point.) I am reeeally hoping these get better as he (Sorry, I'm going to keep on comparing this to Bleach.) So Kishimoto's fight scenes aren't all that great. Kubo's swordfights, at least in the first fifteen tkbs or so, are clear, choreographed, and brutal, and they flow with a certain amount of grace; in Naruto, on the other hand, it's like speedlines, speedlines, foot, hair, speedlines, conversation among spectators explaining what just happened. (Which last part I greatly appreciate at this point.) I am reeeally hoping these get better as he gets more practice drawing them. But at the same time, they _are_ much better than the fights from Bleach. Ichigo, as much as I love his frowny little face, is tactically brain-dead, _and no one else is any smarter._ (Examples abound. F'rex, in Rukia's battle with --REDACTED--, she should have simply agreed to kill her friends and then immediately gone for the throat. No-one _thinks_ in that series! They either just keep getting stronger and winning with brute force, or keep _not_ winning with brute force and getting their bacon pulled out of the fire by someone else.) But in Naruto, people actually come up with strategies and counter-strategies, and account for and work around their weaknesses, and keep using their low-level moves after they've developed stronger ones _because it's the appropriate thing to use just now._ That is to say, I can't tell what's going on in the fight scenes, but at least what's going on is actually interesting. Plotwise, the problem with comparing Naruto to Bleach right now is that the flaws what brought Bleach down took a while to show up -- around these same volume numbers, Bleach was still kicking some major ass, despite some warts. What I _can_ say is that Kishimoto seems to have a much better idea of how many characters a reader can be expected to give a shit about at one time, and a better grasp of the difference between a character who's kind of interesting and one who's crucial to the story proper. Both of these bode well, given what Bleach eventually disintegrated into.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeff_§of2014

    This is a continuous book from Naruto volume 8, in this volume, Naruto runs into a trio of illusionists that plays mind tricks on him and his comrads, he does not notice this untill his team mate, Sakura notices that their enemies keep on coming no matter how hard they try to fight off the clones. After a while, she dispells the illsuion and left the rest to Naruto and Sasuke to beat the wimpy trio and luckily they had the scsroll Naruto needed. Now that they had both scrolls they went to the t This is a continuous book from Naruto volume 8, in this volume, Naruto runs into a trio of illusionists that plays mind tricks on him and his comrads, he does not notice this untill his team mate, Sakura notices that their enemies keep on coming no matter how hard they try to fight off the clones. After a while, she dispells the illsuion and left the rest to Naruto and Sasuke to beat the wimpy trio and luckily they had the scsroll Naruto needed. Now that they had both scrolls they went to the tower to report the two scrolls to complete the first part of the test. When they opened the scrolls their instructer was summoned and told them what to do, the second part of the test was a death match. The first was Hinata and Neji, cousins of the Hyuga clan. While reading this book, I noticed a text to text connection. I related this to The Outsiders because of rivalry. In The Outsiders, The Greasers has frequent fights with the Socs, but they were not related unlike in this case where there is a rivalry between families. I would rate this volume 5 stars because I like how they explained the rivalry between the two of the same clan and how intense the test is to the ninjas to be risking their lives just for honor.

  26. 4 out of 5

    JasonChan

    This is a book that continues from Naruto volume 8, in this volume, Naruto runs into a trio of ninja's that plays mind tricks on him and his comrades, he didn't notice this until his team mate, Sakura notices that their enemies keep on coming no matter how hard they try to fight off the clones. After a while, she dispells the illsuion and left the rest to Naruto and Sasuke to beat the wimpy trio and luckily they had the scroll Naruto needed. Now that they had both scrolls, they went to the tower This is a book that continues from Naruto volume 8, in this volume, Naruto runs into a trio of ninja's that plays mind tricks on him and his comrades, he didn't notice this until his team mate, Sakura notices that their enemies keep on coming no matter how hard they try to fight off the clones. After a while, she dispells the illsuion and left the rest to Naruto and Sasuke to beat the wimpy trio and luckily they had the scroll Naruto needed. Now that they had both scrolls, they went to the tower to report the two scrolls to complete the first part of the test. When they opened the scrolls their instructer was summoned and told them what to do, the second part of the test was a death match. The first was Hinata and Neji, cousins of the Hyuga clan. While reading this book, I noticed a text to text connection. I related this to a another comic I read. It was just like this volume because there was 2 brothers that have to fight to succeed on the hokage clan's leader. I would rate this volume 5 stars because I like how they explained the rivalry between the two of the same clan and how intense the test is to the ninjas to be risking their lives just for honor.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mit

    Naruto has survived this far in this test, even though he is ranked outsider he has shown promise and courage and determination throughout this test. Now, he is in a match that could be his last. He looks underdog but he can turn the tables and that is what this volume is about. The chunin exam continues and there are 4 more matches shown in this volume, we get a hint of Shikamaru's wits and the strength of Sand Village ninjas. We also see Naruto's match and his tricks to win which are incredibl Naruto has survived this far in this test, even though he is ranked outsider he has shown promise and courage and determination throughout this test. Now, he is in a match that could be his last. He looks underdog but he can turn the tables and that is what this volume is about. The chunin exam continues and there are 4 more matches shown in this volume, we get a hint of Shikamaru's wits and the strength of Sand Village ninjas. We also see Naruto's match and his tricks to win which are incredible. And finally, we see Hinata and Neji going against each other, both of them are from the same clan but as we learn that there are two branches of the clan and Hinata and Neji are from different branches and there is bad blood between them. So far we do not see much of Hinata but she blossoms during this match and tries to change herself. She obviously has a crush on Naruto and she wants his attention and that is what is propelling her forward in this match. It is one of my favorites with decent fights and it ends with one of the most anticipated match being announced and with Naruto making a vow to beat Neji.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Naruto vol. 9 Summary: NEJI VS. HINATA! Still in the thick of the Journeyman Ninja Selection Exams, the student ninja unleash their signature techniques as they spar in a series of one-on-one elimination matches. The heated battles bring out a new side in many of the opponents as they fight to advance to the third stage of the test and, in some cases, struggle to survive! Naruto looses an explosive new move on his foe, but will it be enough to win? And when Hyuga clan members Neji and Hinata are Naruto vol. 9 Summary: NEJI VS. HINATA! Still in the thick of the Journeyman Ninja Selection Exams, the student ninja unleash their signature techniques as they spar in a series of one-on-one elimination matches. The heated battles bring out a new side in many of the opponents as they fight to advance to the third stage of the test and, in some cases, struggle to survive! Naruto looses an explosive new move on his foe, but will it be enough to win? And when Hyuga clan members Neji and Hinata are pitted against one another, will old family grudges make their duel even more vicious than the others? Rating: 5 stars Opening Line: "What? What just happened to Ino?" Quote: "You're all sweetness and light... a peacemaker, not a trouble-maker. And you have no self confidence. You've got a world-class inferiority complex... So I know you'd have been more comfortable and content staying at the genin level."

  29. 5 out of 5

    MissAnnThrope

    12 April 2013 Rating: * * * * 1/2 Ah, Naruto, you are freakin' fartacular! In true Naruto-fashion, he brings his goofiness to battle in Naruto, Vol. 9: Turning the Tables. Although Naruto's fight with Kiba and Akamaru is in his trademark humorous style, it also shows how much he has grown into a truly skilled shinobi. I really love this adorable brat. The battle that steals the spotlight is the one fought between Hinata and Neji. The rich Hyûga history is so fascinating. I feel proud of Hinata for s 12 April 2013 Rating: * * * * 1/2 Ah, Naruto, you are freakin' fartacular! In true Naruto-fashion, he brings his goofiness to battle in Naruto, Vol. 9: Turning the Tables. Although Naruto's fight with Kiba and Akamaru is in his trademark humorous style, it also shows how much he has grown into a truly skilled shinobi. I really love this adorable brat. The battle that steals the spotlight is the one fought between Hinata and Neji. The rich Hyûga history is so fascinating. I feel proud of Hinata for standing up for herself and facing that pompous arse Neji. I cannot wait for her to get more powerful. The end of the volume features two of my favorite characters preparing to go to battle with each other. I am so excited to read the next one! Thankfully, I have it within arm's reach! Off to read the next volume!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This covered the end of Sakura's battle with Ino, which I found to be excessively annoying. I can't believe how they knocked each other out, how lame! Tenten and Temari's battle was completely left out in the manga, so I am glad I got to see it in the anime. But it also made her powers secretive and you wouldn't have known what to expect from her this way. That probably would have made Shikamaru's battle with her most intense. Shikamaru defeats the girl sound ninja, Naruto defeats Kiba and Akama This covered the end of Sakura's battle with Ino, which I found to be excessively annoying. I can't believe how they knocked each other out, how lame! Tenten and Temari's battle was completely left out in the manga, so I am glad I got to see it in the anime. But it also made her powers secretive and you wouldn't have known what to expect from her this way. That probably would have made Shikamaru's battle with her most intense. Shikamaru defeats the girl sound ninja, Naruto defeats Kiba and Akamaru, Hinata must fight Neji, the reader is introduced to the Byakugan, and it ends with announcing that Gaara will battle Rock Lee. I gave this volume only three stars because of the aforementioned Ino/Sakura battle. I covered my issues with the female Naruto characters in my review of the previous installment for Naruto #8.

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