- Story: Masashi Kishimoto.
- Art: Masashi Kishimoto.
- Released: December 26, 2003.
- Imprint: SHONEN JUMP.
- Pages: 216.
Now that Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura have passed their final test, they are now full fledged ninja part of Group Seven. For their first real mission they are bodyguards for a bridge builder from The Land of The Waves. Should be a harmless mission until the group is attacked by ninjas from the Village Hidden in the Mist. Group Seven is met with the greatest threat they have seen thus far. A highly skilled, deadly ninja known as Zabuza “The Demon of The Hidden Mist”. Zabuza intends to kill Tazuna the bridge builder unless Group Seven can stop him.
I find myself saying this a lot lately but this volume is a vast improvement over the previous entry. Naruto is a lot less annoying and obnoxious, Sasuke is a bit less brooding and Sakura is focusing less on Sasuke and more on the mission. I find the characters a lot more enjoyable this time around. Throw in the cool new characters Zabuza and the mysterious Haku and now we have the makings of a pretty amazing cast of characters.
This volume has been an absolute joy to read and I could not put it down. The art was simply amazing. The detail in the Jutsu used by Zabuza and Kakashi was insane. The battle between Kakashi and Zabuza makes this volume worth reading alone. I am ecstatic that the characters have evolved since last volume. Between the art, several plot points and the character improvements this series is looking great.
I would seriously recommend this volume to most anyone. There is something here for almost everyone. Amazing story, captivating art and relatable characters make this a very versatile series. The first volume was a little rough in my opinion but this volume more than makes up for it and has given me faith in the series. An excellent read.