Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Masashi Kishimoto and Shin Towanda (translated by Jocelyne Allen)
Publisher: VIZ Media, LLC
Sasuke's Story: Sunrise by Masashi Kishimoto and Shin Towada is a prose novel set a few years after the Fourth Great Ninja War. In this novel, Sasuke is out on his journey for redemption. While traveling, he comes across a town threatened by Dark Thunder, a band of murderers and thieves. This leads him to investigate the strange incidents that have been happening back home in Konohagakure. He finds that instances of exploding humans have been linked to the leader of Dark Thunder. Along the way, he ponders the meaning of his life and connections with others. His beliefs are tested when he faces the villain and defends his choice to protect Konohagakure. In the end, he realizes that his connections back home are worth engendering.
Sasuke's Story is an interesting look into the mind of Sasuke, a character who has had a rocky past. By rights, Sasuke should be imprisoned for his past crimes, however his connection to Naruto has allowed him to walk free. Sasuke's life has been hard, and in traditional Naruto style, the author flashes back to various times in Sasuke's life, which can be repetitive for someone who knows the Naruto story already. While the story is enjoyable, it is fair to note that there are several translation issues, such as using Sasuke's name in place of Shikamaru's. Sometimes certain passages are unclear, but these instances are rare. It should also be noted that the story has some differences compared to the animated version. Overall, the story is basically the same with some minor character changes.
*Moderate violence, mild language