Title: Naruto (Volume 30)
Age Group: Teens
Release Year: 2008
My Rating: 4.5/5
Now it is down to the battles with Kiba, Shikamaru, and Naruto. Each of them are fighting a sound ninja on their own in separate locations, trying to defeat their enemy.
Kiba and his pup, Akamaru, have to deal with the twins, Sakon and Ukon. With abilities to merge into other peoples' bodies, Kiba is at a disadvantage when one of them decided to take over his. How to get rid of the enemy when they are now part of you?
Shikamaru is outnumbered when Tayuya brings out her three giant puppets. She controls them with her flute, promising that he will never live to hear to the end of the song. As Shikamaru dodges the violent attacks, he tries to figure out how to get out of this mess.
In the meantime, Naruto brings out his clones by hundreds as he try to beat down Kimimaro. Kimimaro reveals one of his special ability: to use his own bone as a weapon! Right after, Sasuke emerges from his coffin! Naruto tries to convince him to come back but he ran away laughing like a mad man! What had gotten into him? Rock Lee makes a grand entrance as he try to stall Kimimaro so Naruto can chase after Sasuke. During their battle, Rock Lee pauses to take a sip of his "medication" when in reality he accidentally took Tsunade's elixir! Guy fears for Rock Lee's wellbeing when he finds out because the drink brings out a completely different side of him! Will he be able to beat Kimimaro now that the elixir may have tipped the scale?
I have to say, this volume was not so bad! I actually enjoyed most of it! Especially at the end when Rock Lee came along. He balanced out the seriousness that held on for more than ten episodes with his humourous stunts. It was getting good when the whole thing ended! I swear to god I was ready to smash the new TV in my grandmother's room at that point! This time I really do want to continue watching the show to see the outcome of the fights. Like before, there were some random flashbacks but they weren't as bad as before. It gives you a bit more background information on the characters instead of showing random clippings of an old episode. Naruto fans would not be so disappointed with The Beast Within!
Review copy provided by Viz.