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Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He's got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world's greatest ninja! Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He's got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world's greatest ninja!


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Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He's got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world's greatest ninja! Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He's got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world's greatest ninja!

30 review for Naruto, Vol. 53: The Birth of Naruto

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kirra

    This volume was everything

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Few people do training story arcs like Masashi Kishimoto. Sure, for the longest time it seemed like Yoshihiro Togashi of Yu Yu Hakusho fame was the shonen manga-ka most (in)famous for his training arcs, which were usually very long and very multi-layered, but recently Kishimoto has shown us what he can really do with some age-old genre tropes, and what comes out of all of this is volume fifty-three of Naruto, in which Naruto fights himself and then fights inside himself, only to find some unexpe Few people do training story arcs like Masashi Kishimoto. Sure, for the longest time it seemed like Yoshihiro Togashi of Yu Yu Hakusho fame was the shonen manga-ka most (in)famous for his training arcs, which were usually very long and very multi-layered, but recently Kishimoto has shown us what he can really do with some age-old genre tropes, and what comes out of all of this is volume fifty-three of Naruto, in which Naruto fights himself and then fights inside himself, only to find some unexpected assistance from a character I did not expect to see return any time soon. This volume is not so much the birth of Naruto – though it is that too – as much as the rebirth of Naruto, in which he embraces who he truly is and uses it to his own advantage in some incredible character growth that is much needed after what seemed like volumes of the young man struggling with his own self-identity. In short, if you are a fan of the series' title orange-clad character, this is a volume of Naruto to marvel and enjoy and possible get a bit teary over. You can read the rest of my lengthy (spoiler-filled!) review over at Nagareboshi Reviews!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    We finally get to learn about what happened 16 years ago to Naruto when he was born and let me tell you it is a tearjerker (well to me it is). But it also shows that no matter where your loved ones are they will always still love you no matter what!!! This series man is so good!!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I'm crying. This part is the most emotional part in this series. What a beautiful family. I'm crying. This part is the most emotional part in this series. What a beautiful family.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lucia

    This is my favorite volume out of the whole manga, it's actually one of the few volumes I own a printed copy of. I knew what would happen, I read it many times but I still cried like the first time ❤️ This is my favorite volume out of the whole manga, it's actually one of the few volumes I own a printed copy of. I knew what would happen, I read it many times but I still cried like the first time ❤️

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Chen

  7. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The best volume of the series maybe, its such an emotional gut punch of a rollercoaster ride. We have Naruto finally confronting the Kyuubi and trying to bind it but it seems its becoming tough and he can't do it but then his mother KUSHINA appears in that realm and we finally learn the birth story of Uzumaki Naruto from how his parents met, how they were, and how Kushina was the former Jinchuuriki and how was Naruto birthed and how in that moment Uchicha Madara attacked and unsealed the Kyuubi The best volume of the series maybe, its such an emotional gut punch of a rollercoaster ride. We have Naruto finally confronting the Kyuubi and trying to bind it but it seems its becoming tough and he can't do it but then his mother KUSHINA appears in that realm and we finally learn the birth story of Uzumaki Naruto from how his parents met, how they were, and how Kushina was the former Jinchuuriki and how was Naruto birthed and how in that moment Uchicha Madara attacked and unsealed the Kyuubi and it destroyed everything it had in its path and what sacrifices it took to reseal this guy back and the sacrifices and promises that Naruto parents made to him, it hits like a ton of bricks at once, the emotions swirl reading the panel but in the last page Naruto says to his mother how he feels proud to be their son and that they had filled in him love before sealing Kurama inside him and when Kushina cries with it, its an emotional gut punch again and her slowly fading away, it was just too good!!!! Masashi Kishimoto knows how to make you cry every damn time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kurtis Burkhardt

    Another great volume, loved the kushina backstory and Naruto meeting his mom^.^ 👌💕👻😁

  9. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    SO MANY TEARS

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah⭐ The Ultimate Book Hoarder

    AHHHHH STOP CUTTING ONIONS IN MY HOUSE.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lina

    No matter how many times I read it, I always bawl my eyes out ...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I cried a lot...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Having been inspired by the forgiveness Bee showed Motoi, Naruto is able to conquer his evil side by acceptance (or something like that). Inside the waterfall, Bee tells Naruto that he will have to forcibly take the Nine Tails' chakra and make it his own. To do this, Naruto will have to undo the seal. Bee holds the Nine Tails down and Naruto pulls on his chakra, but he almost loses himself to the Nine Tails' hatred until his mother appears. Kushina tells Naruto how she meet Minato when she first Having been inspired by the forgiveness Bee showed Motoi, Naruto is able to conquer his evil side by acceptance (or something like that). Inside the waterfall, Bee tells Naruto that he will have to forcibly take the Nine Tails' chakra and make it his own. To do this, Naruto will have to undo the seal. Bee holds the Nine Tails down and Naruto pulls on his chakra, but he almost loses himself to the Nine Tails' hatred until his mother appears. Kushina tells Naruto how she meet Minato when she first moved from another village. I loved how she described Minato as "girly." With help from his mom and a new sense of happiness, Naruto is able to take the chakra and transform. Once the Nine Tails is locked back up, Kushina tells Naruto that she was the last jinchuriki before him. She was of the Uzumaki clan from the land of eddies, which knew powerful sealing jutsu before they were wiped out in the ninja wars. She had super strong chakra so she was sent to Konoha to take over the Nine Tails from the first hokage's wife (also from the land of eddies). During childbirth the seal becomes loose, so they had Kushina give birth away from the village. Once Naruto is born, Madara attacks and kidnaps Kushina. He releases the seal for her and the Nine Tails, under his control, starts attacking the village. Minato rescues Kushina (but she's going to die anyway without the Tails). Minato battles Madara and injures him. He teleports the Nine Tails away for the village. Kushina offers to accept the Tails again and take it with her into death. Minato refuses, saying he'd rather bind half of the Tails' chakra inside Naruto and put the rest in the reaper death seal (which will kill him). I didn't understand his decision. It made no sense whatsoever and pissed me off! One parent is better than none! Why did Minato kill himself so Kushina could spend some time with Naruto later in this vision??!!! He needed to think of what was best for Naruto!! Killing yourself and leaving your child an emotionally damaged orphan with a community who hates him so your dead wife can spend half an hour with him in a vision seems like a pretty stupid thing to do. I think Kishimoto was having trouble figuring out ways that resulted in both parents' deaths, so he just had Minato practically commit suicide! It ruined Minato's badassness and this volume in my eyes. So Minato binds the Nine Tails, who lunges out at Naruto, but his parents shove their dying bodies between him and the Tails. They give their baby parting words (which were sweet) and die. In the present, Kushina thanks Naruto for being their kid and disappears. There was WAY too much cheese in this volume. Usually, there can be a lot of cheesiness and sentimentality and its ok (like the next volume with the frog flip cards), but this was way overblown. This was probably the first time I got angry with one of these. The part about Minato knowingly choosing outcomes that would lead to his death for the sake of killing him off seemed like lazy writing. Kishimoto said in the author's note that he consulted his wife for this volume, I hope she doesn't help again. Wow, I sound mean.

  14. 5 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Miss Susan

    Isn't it sad when the flashback volumes are more interesting than the main storyline? I got just enough to be intrigued and I'll never be satisfied. I want to know more about Hashirama Mito! I want to see Kushina's friendship with Mikoto! I want to flash forward to the future and see if Naruto and Sasuke get married because Kishimoto is pulling out every shoujo destiny marker I know of! (Okay that last one wasn't about backstory, sorry. Kishimoto's just so blatant, it's slid into actively irrita Isn't it sad when the flashback volumes are more interesting than the main storyline? I got just enough to be intrigued and I'll never be satisfied. I want to know more about Hashirama Mito! I want to see Kushina's friendship with Mikoto! I want to flash forward to the future and see if Naruto and Sasuke get married because Kishimoto is pulling out every shoujo destiny marker I know of! (Okay that last one wasn't about backstory, sorry. Kishimoto's just so blatant, it's slid into actively irritating to me. Either own it or shush bro) Seriously though, I hope there's a Mito flashback because she looks like a total badass. The first person to ever seal away Nine Tails! Also no lie, I would totally read a manga focused on Kushina instead of Naruto. Your mom seems really cool Naruto! She doesn't look like she was ever caught up in an apotheosis storyline or endlessly going after a rival who someone really should have killed by now! Kushina Volume 1 Kishimoto, I'll buy it. 4 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    So this entire sequence was awesome. Not only do we have an epic battle with himself, but Naruto is taking on his demon as a one-on-one battle... sort of. I always wondered what his mother was like, and even more so, I wanted to know about the full circumstances of the demon fox's sealing and Naruto's parent's deaths. So much pathos. I loved it. So this entire sequence was awesome. Not only do we have an epic battle with himself, but Naruto is taking on his demon as a one-on-one battle... sort of. I always wondered what his mother was like, and even more so, I wanted to know about the full circumstances of the demon fox's sealing and Naruto's parent's deaths. So much pathos. I loved it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anusha Narasimhan

    I loved the waterfall of truth sequence. We all have a bit of negativity hidden in our hearts, be it anger, resentment, hatred, ego, etc. This volume taught me that accepting and acknowledging that ugly part is important to eradicate it. Full manga review at https://anushanarasimhan.com/2015/12/... I loved the waterfall of truth sequence. We all have a bit of negativity hidden in our hearts, be it anger, resentment, hatred, ego, etc. This volume taught me that accepting and acknowledging that ugly part is important to eradicate it. Full manga review at https://anushanarasimhan.com/2015/12/...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leighann Higgins

    I automatically give 5 stars to every volume of Naruto (I know, I know) because I'm just that attached to the series, but this volume really freaking deserved it. Naruto's parent's backstory is so heartwarming and it had me crying all over again. I automatically give 5 stars to every volume of Naruto (I know, I know) because I'm just that attached to the series, but this volume really freaking deserved it. Naruto's parent's backstory is so heartwarming and it had me crying all over again.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    4.5 I can't just rate this a 5 because this series has its flaws as does this volume. But can we all just appreciate how touching and amazing this volume was? Poor Naruto... 4.5 I can't just rate this a 5 because this series has its flaws as does this volume. But can we all just appreciate how touching and amazing this volume was? Poor Naruto...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nonah

    I love it and I love Minato and Kushina!! Naruto is awesome and I just love it!! <3<3

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marialena I.

    A very touching volume! Finally, we learn about Naruto's parents and nine tails attack against Konoha! A very touching volume! Finally, we learn about Naruto's parents and nine tails attack against Konoha!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    At the time of this review, I have read volumes 40-43, 45, 47-48, and 53-54, which means I will try to focus only on the current view. With that said, let's talk about volume 53. The only thing I am going to say about this volume is I love this passage by one of the characters. "Naruto don't be a picky eater...Eat a lot and grow well! Make sure...to bathe every day...and stay warm...and...don't stay up late...get...plenty of sleep...!!! Plus...make friends...You don't need tons...okay...?! Just a At the time of this review, I have read volumes 40-43, 45, 47-48, and 53-54, which means I will try to focus only on the current view. With that said, let's talk about volume 53. The only thing I am going to say about this volume is I love this passage by one of the characters. "Naruto don't be a picky eater...Eat a lot and grow well! Make sure...to bathe every day...and stay warm...and...don't stay up late...get...plenty of sleep...!!! Plus...make friends...You don't need tons...okay...?! Just a few...That you can really trust...! And...Your Ma was bad at this...But study hard and learn your ninjutsu...! Just...everyone...is good at some things and not so good at others...so even if...things don't go well...don't get depressed, okay...? ...At the academy, respect...your teachers and those senior to you...! Oh...and...this is important...regarding the three prohibitions of the shinobi...especially money...be careful about loaning and borrowing...Make sure...to seriously deposit...your mission pay...and...don't start drinking until you're 21...too much sake is bad for your body...so...drink in moderation...! ...And...the most problematic...girls...I'm a girl so I don't really know much about this...But at some point you'll notice girls. And that's normal. ...Just be careful...don't fall for the first girl that comes your way...Find someone like me...!! ...Plus...speaking of the three prohibitions...be wary of...Mister Jiraiya, ya know...! ...Naruto...there'll be plenty of hard... and painful...times ahead...take care...of yourself...! ...Make sure to have dreams...and the confidence...to make those dreams...come true...!! ...So much! There's so...so...much...! There really is...so much more I want to tell you...I want to be with you longer...I love you..." Ah! Such a good moment! As I mentioned earlier there is a comparison I want to make. Naruto and Harry Potter share a similar backstory. Yes, I made that claim and I am going to stand by it. Naruto and Harry came into their worlds in similar ways. They are both the center of a prophecy. They both have the physical looks of their Dads. Their hearts/mannerisms are similar to their Moms'. Their moms both have red hair. Their parents sacrifice for their sons' well-being. It is interesting to note that Harry Potter came out in 1997, which is when the first version came out. Yet, Naruto did not get serialization until 1999. I wonder if Harry Potter influenced Naruto. Harry Potter was done by 2007. Volume 53 was published in 2011, which means those chapters probably first appeared in 2011 or 2010, which is two-three years after Harry Potter. The other option is this a situation found in biology called convergent evolution. This is where different species evolve similar traits. Verdict: Let's wrap-up this arc in 54!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zian B.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I adore how this volume showed just how much Kushina and Minato loved their son. It was wonderful seeing Kushina and how much Naruto takes after her; as well as seeing exactly what happened all those years ago when the Nine-Tails attacked. I wish we got to see more of Kushina and Minato’s love story but I’m satisfied with the summarized version that was provided. My only critique is that the 3rd Hokage is a giant douche for disregarding Naruto and letting him suffer. He could’ve at least had Naru I adore how this volume showed just how much Kushina and Minato loved their son. It was wonderful seeing Kushina and how much Naruto takes after her; as well as seeing exactly what happened all those years ago when the Nine-Tails attacked. I wish we got to see more of Kushina and Minato’s love story but I’m satisfied with the summarized version that was provided. My only critique is that the 3rd Hokage is a giant douche for disregarding Naruto and letting him suffer. He could’ve at least had Naruto trained or officially looked after but NOO. He left the poor child to fend for himself alone, as a bullied orphan, in an apartment(?).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angie Orens

    Finished it 10 minutes ago and I'm still a sobbing mess... God, this was beautiful. I used to think Minato and Kushina were awful parents for locking Kyubi into Naruto but holy shit, I wasn't expecting this. The scene of their death with Kushina giving smol Nard advices about life gave me chills and made me cry more than I thought I would... And damn, Minato is the cutest human being I have ever seen I'm not kidding Finished it 10 minutes ago and I'm still a sobbing mess... God, this was beautiful. I used to think Minato and Kushina were awful parents for locking Kyubi into Naruto but holy shit, I wasn't expecting this. The scene of their death with Kushina giving smol Nard advices about life gave me chills and made me cry more than I thought I would... And damn, Minato is the cutest human being I have ever seen I'm not kidding

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dominique "Eerie" Sobieska

    Overall Rating: 9/10 - This is basically a re-read for me as I have been reading Naruto since 2002, and I read every initial chapter release. There is just so much I can say about Naruto all of it Naruto, except the Kaguya part. I firmly believe it was a useless plot in a way and i would have been more content if we would have gone directly to the Naruto/ Sasuke fight after Madara's "defeat" (seriously he wasn't defeated just used, like Obito, like so many others....). I don't feel like I should Overall Rating: 9/10 - This is basically a re-read for me as I have been reading Naruto since 2002, and I read every initial chapter release. There is just so much I can say about Naruto all of it Naruto, except the Kaguya part. I firmly believe it was a useless plot in a way and i would have been more content if we would have gone directly to the Naruto/ Sasuke fight after Madara's "defeat" (seriously he wasn't defeated just used, like Obito, like so many others....). I don't feel like I should recommend this series, as it is pretty well known/ mainstream. Do I recommend it:

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aleshia

    This is definitely one of my favorite volumes in the entire series. (view spoiler)[I love Naruto's parents and I sincerely wish that they never died. Their death saved the village and inspires hope for the future, but they are such a cute couple and I wish they could've raised their child! (hide spoiler)] This is definitely one of my favorite volumes in the entire series. (view spoiler)[I love Naruto's parents and I sincerely wish that they never died. Their death saved the village and inspires hope for the future, but they are such a cute couple and I wish they could've raised their child! (hide spoiler)]

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Puckette

    I am almost afraid to watch the anime story line, because I think I will sob like a baby. Awesome story line.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elias Alexander

    This was so beautiful and sad

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chloé

    I think this is my favorite volume to date. I loved it so much.

  30. 4 out of 5

    James

    Naruto meets his mother. Very touching.

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