Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Masashi Kishimoto and Akira Higashiyama (translated by Jocelyne Allen)
Publisher: VIZ Media, LLC.
Naruto: Kakashi's Story: Lightning in the Frozen Sky is a prose novel written by Masashi Kishimoto and Akita Higashiyama. It is set a year after the Fourth Great Ninja War and follows Kakashi as he struggles to become the Sixth Hokage (leader of the village). Feeling that he isn't a proper "vessel" for the next Hokage, he gets tied up in a terrorist attack on a new airship. As he struggles to free the prisoners, he also deals with Kahyo, a dangerous, yet beautiful enemy ninja with a powerful Kekkei Genki (a unique ninja ability). He is able to help change her heart, as well as save most of the passengers. Seeing his comrades fighting, he realizes that the Hokage is someone who takes other people's sorrows upon himself and helps the people of the village stay as safe as possible.
This story is interesting because it follows Kakashi Hatake, a main character of the original series, yet a mysterious character. While the end of the Naruto series showed Kakashi's backstory and motivations, it's still hard to get a grip on his personality. In this novel, Kakashi has become discouraged by the fact that he lost his Sharingan eye (a special ninja talent). While this would be normal for an average person, it almost seemed out of character for Kakashi, who is often aloof and self-assured. Keeping with his character, his realization at the end of protecting his comrades is very true to Kakashi's core beliefs. While this novel was an enjoyable read, it was sometimes hard to follow what was going on. Higashiyama did not have the best descriptions when it came to outside characters. It actually seemed like he revealed Kahyo before he meant to. Other than a couple of scenes, the rest of the novel was fairly well written and enjoyable.