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10:30 AM on 10.29.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 698

Oof. That's gonna leave a mark. At least it's over, though! Almost.

Josh Tolentino


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5:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Does Naruto end up with Hinata in the last movie?

So, it looks like Naruto is coming to a close. I haven't followed the show or manga in quite some time, but all the hoopla around the end has got me a bit interested again. I also have just found out that it seems like Naruto...

Hiroko Yamamura



Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 695-697 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 695-697
by Josh Tolentino

At this point, we're not even three chapters from THE END OF NARUTO, and yet I'm left with little to comment on.

That's not to say that these last few chapters have been bad, or the ending especially shallow, but simply that as far as "endings" go, there's simply not that much "happening" in a narrative sense.

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 693-694 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 693-694
by Josh Tolentino

Well, I'm sure you've heard the news by now, but The End is near, and it's coming in six-odd chapters.

It's not completely over, of course. There's still a movie to go, the anime is some months behind even if they never touch filler again, and there's at least one more Ultimate Ninja Storm game  in the pipeline (many more if Bandai Namco's legacy of Dragon Ball Z games is any indication), so the saga of ninja madness will go for a long while yet after the last page is printed.

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9:00 PM on 10.06.2014

The 700 Club: Naruto manga ending on November 5th, 2014

I guess Masashi Kishimoto really wasn't kidding when he claimed that his baby and brainchild Naruto would be seeing its end sometime this year. That time is in six weeks or so, as the final chapter of the decade-and-a-ha...

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 691-692 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 691-692
by Josh Tolentino

If you were one of the many readers to think that this end to Naruto and Sasuke's struggle seemed a little bit too convenient, you were right to hold that view: This isn't the end.

And really, how could it be?

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 690 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 690
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome (again) to the second incarnation of this week's Annotated Manga for Naruto! It seems that some technical foulup wiped all the text from the recap while the watchers were looking the other way (or asleep).

Never fear, though, for a good ninja always keeps a backup, and this is it. Apologies for the mixup!

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 689 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 689
by Josh Tolentino

Just a couple of weeks ago - when the last chapter of Naruto hit the presses - I mentioned how it unusual it was that Kakashi got a straight-up power upgrade, thanks to dear, departed Obito. After all, the typical high-stakes Naruto fight almost never leaves the proceedings up to raw strength, and yet here's Kakashi with the only thing better than having one Sharingan - two Sharingan!

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Annotated Manga: Naruto 688 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto 688
by Josh Tolentino

Though we did just bid goodbye to the fifth wheel in Team 7's Reunion of Destiny, we were still left with a lingering question: Without the former final boss, how would the leads stand up to a risen deity? 

More particularly, what would Kakashi do, robbed as he was of his Sharingan, so long the key to all his abilities? 

This chapter answers that question, though not necessarily in the manner one might expect.

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 686 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 686
by Josh Tolentino

And now it's time for everyone's favorite cowboy manga recap! Mosey on down to this 'ere ranch and let's get caught up in the tales of rootin'-est, tootin'-est cowboy that ever fought in the Fourth Ninja World War!

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 685 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 685
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome again to your weekly dose of Association Ninja Soccer coverage. In today's update from the Interdimensional Ninja Cup 2014, and top-tier striker, Sasuke Uchiha, is ninja-running at speed toward his goal!

Will he make it? Or will humanity lose against the rabbit goddess in a crushing 7-1 final tally? Check out our detailed pitch analysis below!

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1:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 683

It's time now for a bit more Naruto, and to be honest, there's not all that much to say about the latest chapter despite the copious amounts of talking they do. And without a truly striking image to latch onto, the last week in Naruto ends up as yet more place-setting for the next set of steps in the fight, as well as another potentially infuriating hint-drop.

Josh Tolentino