The Sixth Hokage and the Failed Prince Review: The Dark Sides to World Peace

The Sixth Hokage and the Failed Prince Review: The Dark Sides to World Peace ...

The Naruto: Kakashi's Story, underneath the flashy fighting and impressive techniques typical of a shonen series, has always been a story of characters battling to reconcile peace. The Naruto world is plagued with the same limited resources and power-hungry people as the real world. This means that the ninja in Naruto, who are essentially soldiers since childhood, act as the military that holds their village, its rulers, and the feudal rulers of the country their

The narrative takes place many years after Naruto Shippuden's last great ninja war, all the way back to the Boruto era. After the last war, those five main nations maintained that alliance in an almost NATO-like manner. They ended fighting along their borders in favor of international cooperation and abundant commerce.

Despite all of this, all is not well. Nations and states outside of the five major ones remain entangled in conflict and poverty. Rogue ninja, with little to no employment opportunity in massive peacetime, are hired under contract to steal land and rule an area. The negative elements in most of the world were relegated to smaller offshoot regions as Kakashi investigates the area on Naruto's request.

In the World of Ninja, Scarcity

The shocking poverty within the Redaku, both to the reader and to Kakashi, is revealed. Back in the original series, the rest of the ninja world is so rich, even in comparison to the richest nations, and the harsh squalor of the Redaku feels even greater in comparison. If the country did not have this magical tool, the isolated, mountainous country would have virtually no rainfall.

Kakashi's journey through the capital provides a fascinating microcosm of poverty in a world where (essentially) magical powers exist. Kakashi can simply make water appear in his hand, or replenish a well with many months of capacity, or, even more, that rogue ninja make no use of their talents as ninja to provide assistance other than combat.

This article demonstrates both what a multinational order based on major powers implies and how its foundation affects people's thoughts. Ninja, former soldiers, continue to provide for themselves in the only ways they know how. The alliance, which was founded on the principle of great powers helping great powers, doesn't even know these tiny nations exist. All the while, a single ninja from them might heal a struggling city from water with a day's worth of chakra.

New Resolution and Layered Conflict

The Sixth Hokage and the Failed Prince is intended to portray a once prosperous nation's struggle, while the back half is about the country's response to that struggle. Kakashi learns that the country is planning a war with the Land of Fire in order to regain new territory and access to key resources. Nanara, who is a sweet kid, practically loves Kakashi's lessons, but also the moral realities of power.

Naruto: Kakashi's Story—the Sixth Hokage and the Failed Prince is a wonderful example of what might be ideal in Naruto's world. Combat takes a back seat to the narrative serving as its foundation, but you'll be surprised by how satisfying it is.

Viz has published Naruto: Kakashi's Story—The Sixth Hokage and the Failed Prince. Check it out on their website.

List23 received a copy of Viz Media's release of the novel for review purposes.

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