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It's Deidara vs. Sasuke! Is even Deidara's Ultimate Art no match for the all-powerful new Sasuke? Plus, deep inside the Land of Rain lies a secret of the Akatsuki that sheds doubt on the mysterious organization's true intentions as well as their bizarre leader, Pain. It's Deidara vs. Sasuke! Is even Deidara's Ultimate Art no match for the all-powerful new Sasuke? Plus, deep inside the Land of Rain lies a secret of the Akatsuki that sheds doubt on the mysterious organization's true intentions as well as their bizarre leader, Pain.


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It's Deidara vs. Sasuke! Is even Deidara's Ultimate Art no match for the all-powerful new Sasuke? Plus, deep inside the Land of Rain lies a secret of the Akatsuki that sheds doubt on the mysterious organization's true intentions as well as their bizarre leader, Pain. It's Deidara vs. Sasuke! Is even Deidara's Ultimate Art no match for the all-powerful new Sasuke? Plus, deep inside the Land of Rain lies a secret of the Akatsuki that sheds doubt on the mysterious organization's true intentions as well as their bizarre leader, Pain.

30 review for Naruto, Vol. 40: The Ultimate Art

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Once the fight ended, the story picked up nicely, pushing the main action right where we all want to see it. Itachi, Ero-Senin, and Pain. We're seeing the hints of good things to come, too, such as Madara. Finally! A major villain worthy of a saga! Once the fight ended, the story picked up nicely, pushing the main action right where we all want to see it. Itachi, Ero-Senin, and Pain. We're seeing the hints of good things to come, too, such as Madara. Finally! A major villain worthy of a saga!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mit

    This one is by far the best manga volume in this series. This contained almost everything. The thrilling conclusion between Deidara and Sasuke's fight. Also, the terrifying Deidara attack. We finally see the hunt to get Sasuke intensified. The masked guy Toby's secret. Invitation to Sasuke from Itachi and finally, we will be able to see Akatsuki's main leader's powers. Next volume is set to be a thrilling ride. Even though I can see many plotholes in this whole series, it still amazes me because This one is by far the best manga volume in this series. This contained almost everything. The thrilling conclusion between Deidara and Sasuke's fight. Also, the terrifying Deidara attack. We finally see the hunt to get Sasuke intensified. The masked guy Toby's secret. Invitation to Sasuke from Itachi and finally, we will be able to see Akatsuki's main leader's powers. Next volume is set to be a thrilling ride. Even though I can see many plotholes in this whole series, it still amazes me because of the way this storyline turns and characters pick up the story nicely.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Siona St Mark

    I think Jiraiya is one of the best characters in the series at this point. In Part I he could be annoying, but now that everyone is more mature, he really starts to shine.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This fight is pretty intense. Deidara outsmarted Gaara! Freaking GAARA guys. And now he's up against Sasuke...and he's getting a can o' whoop ass dealt to him. Still, it's really good. This fight is pretty intense. Deidara outsmarted Gaara! Freaking GAARA guys. And now he's up against Sasuke...and he's getting a can o' whoop ass dealt to him. Still, it's really good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anusha Narasimhan

    Isn't it weird that we are all rooting for Sasuke even when he has turned evil? He is no longer the kid who is the protagonist's friend. He is a different person consumed by his need for revenge. He is a bad guy, just like Orochimaru and the members of Akatsuki. Shouldn't we be indifferent to this battle? What does it matter whether Sasuke or Deidara wins? Yet, we want Sasuke to succeed. Maybe we want to see him turn good in the end because of Naruto. I guess that shows our own hope and optimism. Isn't it weird that we are all rooting for Sasuke even when he has turned evil? He is no longer the kid who is the protagonist's friend. He is a different person consumed by his need for revenge. He is a bad guy, just like Orochimaru and the members of Akatsuki. Shouldn't we be indifferent to this battle? What does it matter whether Sasuke or Deidara wins? Yet, we want Sasuke to succeed. Maybe we want to see him turn good in the end because of Naruto. I guess that shows our own hope and optimism. Full manga review at https://anushanarasimhan.com/2015/12/...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gavin Abdollahi

    Finally, someone used tickle as a form of torture!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Insomnolent Reader °ㅠ_ㅠ°

    Cause Pain.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Petros

    Impressions for volumes 39 and 40 These two volumes are all about Sasuke’s vendetta and get wasted on him fighting Deidara, a guy he had no grudge against. The mangaka had no idea what to do with Deidara, so he wasted him for no good reason in this fight. And since Deidara was always shown to be the weakest of the Akatsuki and had spend most of his on-screen time in running away from Naruto, he never felt like much of a threat. This battle was bonkers, especially when immediately afterwards Sasuk Impressions for volumes 39 and 40 These two volumes are all about Sasuke’s vendetta and get wasted on him fighting Deidara, a guy he had no grudge against. The mangaka had no idea what to do with Deidara, so he wasted him for no good reason in this fight. And since Deidara was always shown to be the weakest of the Akatsuki and had spend most of his on-screen time in running away from Naruto, he never felt like much of a threat. This battle was bonkers, especially when immediately afterwards Sasuke goes to fight his brother. Since this takes place right after the fight with Deidara, when Sasuke is supposed to be somewhat injured and tired, means Deidara was so weak to the point Sasuke doesn’t even bother to heal or rest before facing Itachi.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    The battle between Sasuke and Deidara come to a close with Deidara eventually killing himself in an explosion to kill Sasuke. Sasuke manages to escape by using Manda, Orochimaru's familiar. Elsewhere Naruto and the Konoha ninjas tracking Sasuke come up short when Karin devises a plan to throw off Sasuke's scent. Back in the Leaf village, Jiraiya informs Tsunade that he has found the whereabouts of the Akatsuki leader and starts his infiltration mission. Also in this novel we find out who is pull The battle between Sasuke and Deidara come to a close with Deidara eventually killing himself in an explosion to kill Sasuke. Sasuke manages to escape by using Manda, Orochimaru's familiar. Elsewhere Naruto and the Konoha ninjas tracking Sasuke come up short when Karin devises a plan to throw off Sasuke's scent. Back in the Leaf village, Jiraiya informs Tsunade that he has found the whereabouts of the Akatsuki leader and starts his infiltration mission. Also in this novel we find out who is pulling the strings of the Akatsuki, it is none other then Madara Uchiha!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    The sasuke fight is fun but holy fuck do they need to explain to the other guy every time they outsmart them? Just fucking fight and let the audience enjoy it. I don't even mind if they're thinking it but to spout it out, really annoying at times and drags out what should be a better fight than just "fun". On flipside we do have some cool showdowns, Naruto talking to Iatchi, Sasuke and Itachi talking, and our Frog master sneaking into Pain's base to find out what the guy is up to. Get a little h The sasuke fight is fun but holy fuck do they need to explain to the other guy every time they outsmart them? Just fucking fight and let the audience enjoy it. I don't even mind if they're thinking it but to spout it out, really annoying at times and drags out what should be a better fight than just "fun". On flipside we do have some cool showdowns, Naruto talking to Iatchi, Sasuke and Itachi talking, and our Frog master sneaking into Pain's base to find out what the guy is up to. Get a little history on Pain too...things aren't looking good for Jiraiya

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    This volume concludes the epic and stressful battle between Deidara and Sasuke. The back-to-back plot twists throughout their fight are incredible but outwitting the other was always the key here. The story then shifts to the next big story arc as Itachi's character becomes even more important but also, most importantly, Pain is introduced. A storm is coming. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/ This volume concludes the epic and stressful battle between Deidara and Sasuke. The back-to-back plot twists throughout their fight are incredible but outwitting the other was always the key here. The story then shifts to the next big story arc as Itachi's character becomes even more important but also, most importantly, Pain is introduced. A storm is coming. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deidara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Deidara planned to kill Sasuke with his greatest work of art,himself.He failed greatly,in the end he just ended up killing himself.Sasuke got away,and the appearance of Pein and Konan(Blue)are near the end of the book.I was caught dead crying due to Deidara's final words,I enjoyed it... Deidara planned to kill Sasuke with his greatest work of art,himself.He failed greatly,in the end he just ended up killing himself.Sasuke got away,and the appearance of Pein and Konan(Blue)are near the end of the book.I was caught dead crying due to Deidara's final words,I enjoyed it...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danny Spillane

    This book is about Deidara vs. Sasuke. Deidara's Ultimate Art can not beat the new Sasuke Plus. But deep inside the Land of Rain lies a secret that can bring forth her new Ultimate power that can surpass Sasuke and win the battle. This book is about Deidara vs. Sasuke. Deidara's Ultimate Art can not beat the new Sasuke Plus. But deep inside the Land of Rain lies a secret that can bring forth her new Ultimate power that can surpass Sasuke and win the battle.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Just amazing, just simply amazing!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Che

    i really liked the book i would suggest it to people who like anime

  16. 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mino

    - Pacing issues aside (and there are many of those), I’d forgotten how *good* this series was. I’m surprised it holds up fairly decently and I definitely understand why it was at the peak of its popularity when these volumes were coming out. - The series has an issue with introducing way too many characters and trying to deliver on all of them. Akatsuki is a massive handful. Then Taka. Then Danzo in Konoha. Then ‘Madara’. It means that interesting characters get dropped and stay undeveloped. - Obi - Pacing issues aside (and there are many of those), I’d forgotten how *good* this series was. I’m surprised it holds up fairly decently and I definitely understand why it was at the peak of its popularity when these volumes were coming out. - The series has an issue with introducing way too many characters and trying to deliver on all of them. Akatsuki is a massive handful. Then Taka. Then Danzo in Konoha. Then ‘Madara’. It means that interesting characters get dropped and stay undeveloped. - Obito ominously calls himself Uchiha Madara and then jumps off of a building. I love how done Konan looks. - Goodbye Deidara. Rip. - I have a feeling this is roughly the time Itachi’s arc was changed and the massacre being an inside job was decided on as a plot point. See: Itachi ‘crying’. - I love the interactions all the Sannin have. Tsunade looks genuinely sad over Orochimaru’s death. I love that Jiraiya felt the need to know what Orochimaru was up to because he felt the need to keep his friend ‘safe’. I’m so curious how Tsunade knew about that. - Jiraiya opening up, then clamming up and saying how it’s not a big deal because he wouldn’t be a man if he couldn’t laugh his feelings away is very indicative of who he is as a character, and Tsunade points it out as well. Jiraiya is just self-aware enough to know he has done a lot of bad things. He believes himself to be beyond ‘redemption’ and that he’s fundamentally a bad person. So, he doesn’t put in any effort to be better. Instead, he covers it all up with humour and appearing stupid. Two birds, one stone: if you’re seen as stupid, you aren’t perceived a threat when gathering intel as well. - I like how smart Karin can be—figuring out how to throw Konoha/Naruto et al off track. If only she wasn’t written as rabid for Sasuke. - Itachi showing up to talk to Naruto like, “Hi, so I heard you have a thing for my brother. Why.” - Sasuke’s character arc is very very soon going to start spiralling and that would have been so interesting. Except, he gets painted a certain way by the narrative and his arc ends unsatisfyingly. - My Essay On Imperialism, Konoha, And Why Sasuke’s Arc Ends Badly: - The worldbuilding is surprisingly good. I’m very surprised at how good it is. I really like Ame. Its history of political unrest leading to a city-state that’s heavily isolated is so interesting. Also, it looks very cool aesthetically.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rockleese

    Soooooo good. This fight between Deidara and Sas'ke is absolutely amazing Soooooo good. This fight between Deidara and Sas'ke is absolutely amazing

  19. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    Its a fun volume, we have the end of Sasuke and Deidara fight, them resting, the Konoha ninjas in pursuit of Itachi, Sasuke finally confronting Itachi sort of and fighting and showing his power, getting to learn more about PAIN the ultimate villain or leader of the Akatsuki and his legends. Jiraiya has some cool moments and reminisces some memories of his former pupil Namikaze Minato and all, its a fun volume, and has some good moments that progresses the series further and builds towards the bi Its a fun volume, we have the end of Sasuke and Deidara fight, them resting, the Konoha ninjas in pursuit of Itachi, Sasuke finally confronting Itachi sort of and fighting and showing his power, getting to learn more about PAIN the ultimate villain or leader of the Akatsuki and his legends. Jiraiya has some cool moments and reminisces some memories of his former pupil Namikaze Minato and all, its a fun volume, and has some good moments that progresses the series further and builds towards the big story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    LuffyK

    I greatly enjoyed reading this book, but the Sasuke/Deidara fight at the beginning wasn't my favourite; it was just testing out what would happen. Still, I liked how the fight ended, and I liked how Sasuke survived the explosion. So with that said, I did enjoy the book, even though I hated Sasuke for leaving. However, this is just part of the plot, so it doesn't really matter. The four stars I gave this book were very well deserved; if I could, I'd put 4.5 I greatly enjoyed reading this book, but the Sasuke/Deidara fight at the beginning wasn't my favourite; it was just testing out what would happen. Still, I liked how the fight ended, and I liked how Sasuke survived the explosion. So with that said, I did enjoy the book, even though I hated Sasuke for leaving. However, this is just part of the plot, so it doesn't really matter. The four stars I gave this book were very well deserved; if I could, I'd put 4.5

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zian B.

    Oh is the suspense building...Sasuke defeats Deidara but is very injured. Naruto and other Konoha ninjas attempt to find Sasuke but Naruto runs into Itachi briefly. Sasuke then finds Itachi before Itachi runs off saying they’ll fight officially another time; which I’m excited for. Jiraiya goes off to search for the Akatsuki but specifically Pain; which I am very worried for.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Somya

    Is everyone jealous of the Uchiha clan? Taking out Itachi's frustrations on his little brother, Deidara vs. Sasuke was an amazing battle. I wish Karin died during that blast even though she was nowhere near it. XD Is everyone jealous of the Uchiha clan? Taking out Itachi's frustrations on his little brother, Deidara vs. Sasuke was an amazing battle. I wish Karin died during that blast even though she was nowhere near it. XD

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alan Fricker

    Dickensian naming for Mr Pain

  24. 5 out of 5

    Polt

    Now we're finally getting interesting again. Now we're finally getting interesting again.

  25. 5 out of 5

    tomás.

    After the thing with Deidara ended things really got better. The Pain thing was pretty cool tbh.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    The Sasuke/Deidara fight goes out with a bang as Masashi Kishimoto does his best Akira Toriyama impression by lifting fights and characters directly from the Cell Saga of Dragon Ball. But afterwards we get massive lore drops, reveals, and set up for some really cool plot development next arc. How did the "Three Great Shinobi of Konoha" earn that title? Who or what is the leader of the Akatsuki? Why is Tobi a member of Akatsuki when he hasn't actually done anything so far? Who are Naruto's parents The Sasuke/Deidara fight goes out with a bang as Masashi Kishimoto does his best Akira Toriyama impression by lifting fights and characters directly from the Cell Saga of Dragon Ball. But afterwards we get massive lore drops, reveals, and set up for some really cool plot development next arc. How did the "Three Great Shinobi of Konoha" earn that title? Who or what is the leader of the Akatsuki? Why is Tobi a member of Akatsuki when he hasn't actually done anything so far? Who are Naruto's parents? Yeah, that's a lot of stuff! Next volume is where all the really good stuff start.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kulwinder Singh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After recovering from his fight against Deidara, Sasuke clashes against Itachi to exact his revenge. On the other hand, Konoha's team are desperately trying to locate Sasuke or any Akatsuki member while Jiraiya infiltrates the Village of Rain to obtain intelligence on Pain, the Akatsuki leader. "𝙍𝙚𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙨 𝙢𝙚𝙣 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧." The stakes are looking all-time high now! No matter what happens next, I'm in for a lot of fun! After recovering from his fight against Deidara, Sasuke clashes against Itachi to exact his revenge. On the other hand, Konoha's team are desperately trying to locate Sasuke or any Akatsuki member while Jiraiya infiltrates the Village of Rain to obtain intelligence on Pain, the Akatsuki leader. "𝙍𝙚𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙨 𝙢𝙚𝙣 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧." The stakes are looking all-time high now! No matter what happens next, I'm in for a lot of fun!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mariela Diaz

    This was intense. So far this is the best volumen in the series. I cant believe Tobi is that person! WOW. Pain looks bad ass. Itachi and Sasuke FEELS. And Naruto’s parents are revealed WHAT Also calling it now, rip jiraiya.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bee (BacchusVines)

    I feel like the next volume is going to KILL ME.

  30. 4 out of 5

    gabi

    This is all setting up for something big. All these shocking revelations... AH! I can hardly handle this. And I’m worried about Jiraiya.

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