This is the article on volume 55 of the manga. For chapter 515, head to The Great War Breaks Out!.
The Great War Breaks Out!
(大戦、開戦!, Taisen, Kaisen!)
Volume Info
Previous A Suspension Bridge to Peace
Volume 55 (Read Online)
Next Reunited, Team Asuma!
Pages 200
Release Date
Japanese April 21, 2011 (ISBN 978-4-08-870185-1)
English March 06, 2012 (ISBN 978-1-4215-4152-5)
HanUtakataKitsuchiGariIttanTangoZajiHoheto HyūgaKiri KussakuChūkichiPakuraToroiTessaHot Water DaimyōFrost DaimyōMangetsu HōzukiTajikiKushimaru KuriarareJinpachi MunashiAmeyuri RingoJinin AkebinoEnsui NaraSanta Yamanaka
Earth Release: Ultralight-Weight Rock TechniqueEarth Release: Moving Earth CoreInsect Jamming TechniqueCloud-Style Crescent Moon BeheadingCloud-Style Reverse BeheadingBlack Secret Technique — Machine Triple ShotBlack Secret Technique: SalamanderSuper God Imitating DrawingTailed Beast RasenganIce Release: Ice Rock Dome of Magnificent NothingnessEight Trigrams Vacuum Wall PalmEarth Release: Opening Earth Rising ExcavationFang Rotating FangCloud-Style Front BeheadingChakra Draining SealRuptureScorch Release: Extremely Steaming MurderExplosion Release: Landmine FistLeaf Coiling WhirlwindShadow Imitation Shadow Bind TechniqueCloth Binding TechniqueConcealed Sand Picture CatDustless Bewildering Cover
Bubble-Utilising PipeSteam ArmourKurosawaChakra Transmission Communication DeviceKiba KabutowariShibuki NuibariBinding Cloth

The Great War Breaks Out! (大戦、開戦!, Taisen, Kaisen!) is volume 55 of the Naruto manga.

Chapter 515

"The Great War Breaks Out!" (大戦、開戦!, Taisen, Kaisen!)

Ōnoki escorts the Island Turtle to Kumogakure. Killer B begins teaching Naruto how to control tailed beast's chakra. Sasuke wonders if its okay to take the bandages off his eyes, but Zetsu says it isn't and that he should be more patient. The Allied Shinobi Forces discover the amount of troops Akatsuki's army has, and they begin formulating counter-measures. Kabuto reveals the rest of his reincarnated servants and he and Tobi along with the Zetsu army begin the march to war.

Chapter 516

"Gaara's Speech" (我愛羅の演説, Gaara no Enzetsu)

After discovering that Akatsuki's forces are moving out, Anko orders her team to return to headquarters, while she searches the enemy base. Kabuto's reincarnated servants discuss the reasoning for their reincarnation. Kabuto forms a Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon using four of his servants. Afterwards, Kabuto confronts Anko and engages her in battle. Naruto moves on to the next step of his training. Gaara gives an inspiring speech to the shinobi army, which stops the fighting between the troops. Afterwards, the army heads out for war, and the Kage all agree that they will win.

Chapter 517

"Omoi's 'War'!!" (オモイの「戦争」!!, Omoi no 'Sensō'!!)

The Surprise Attack Division moves into enemy territory, and Omoi worries about what will happen if he is captured. The allied forces evacuate the lands of Hot Water, and Frost. Anko is defeated by Kabuto. Akatsuki's Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon engages in battle with the Allied Shinobi Forces Surprise Attack Division. Sai realises that his "brother" has been reincarnated to fight for Akatsuki. Omoi raises his sword, and says that he won't allow the enemy to force friends and family to fight.

Chapter 518

"The Offence/Defence of the Surprise Attack Division!!" (奇襲部隊の攻防!!, Kishū Butai no Kōbō!!)

Omoi frees the ninja under Sasori's control. Ittan and Kiri get the wounded to safety and heal them. Sai, Omoi, and Kankurō battle the Akatsuki team. Kankurō and Omoi succeed in capturing Sasori and Deidara. Shin, after seeing Sai's completed drawing, has his soul freed.

Chapter 519

"The Tailed Beast Ball" (尾獣玉, Bijūdama)

After hearing Kankurō's speech, Sasori's body begins to crumble. Before returning in the afterlife, Sasori entrusts Kankurō with his puppets "Mother and Father", and tells him to pass them on to the next generation. After discussing a potential weakness in the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation, the team prepares for their ambush. Kabuto tells Tobi to go ahead to the front lines, while he stays hidden, and focuses on his technique. Naruto begins to learn a new technique.

Chapter 520

"The Secret of the Impure World Reincarnation" (穢土転生の秘密, Edo Tensei no Himitsu)

Naruto continues to practice making the Tailed Beast Rasengan. Tobi orders Kabuto to kill Anko, but he says he can get stronger by absorbing the remnants of Orochimaru's chakra that is in her, so instead, he has Kabuto show him how Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation works, by having him use Fū Yamanaka to reincarnate Torune, whom he just killed. Kabuto does so. The Allied Forces learn of the White Zetsu Army moving underground. The Surprise Attack Division continues their assault.

Chapter 521

"Great Regiment, the Battle Begins!" (大連隊、戦闘開始!, Dairentai, Sentō Kaishi!)

Kabuto tells Tobi how he can stop Impure World Reincarnation, and then leaves. The shinobi army clashes with the White Zetsu Army. Kakashi's division arrives to help out the Surprise Attack Division. Zabuza and Haku ask about what had become of Naruto since their deaths. Kabuto uses Anko Mitarashi to strengthen the Impure World Reincarnation technique even more.

Chapter 522

"Because I'm Already Dead" (死んだんだ, Shinda'nda)

Kabuto erases the personalities of Zabuza, Haku, Pakura, and Gari. They begin to battle with the Third Division. Suigetsu and Jūgo escape from their imprisonment within the Land of Iron, due to weakened security caused by the mobilisation of forces for the war. The previous Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist are summoned to the battlefield as backup.

Chapter 523

"The Legendary Seven Shinobi Swordsmen!!" (伝説の忍刀七人衆!!, Densetsu no Shinobigatana Shichininshū!!)

The Third Division battles the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist. While searching for his sword, Suigetsu explains why he wants to obtain the seven swordsmen's weapons, and explains their abilities. Kakashi nearly hits Zabuza, but is stopped, and held by Haku. Zabuza prepares to cut through both Haku and Kakashi.

Chapter 524

"Thing You Should Protect" (守るべきもの, Mamorubeki Mono)

Kakashi narrowly avoids Zabuza's attack. Zabuza and Haku are captured and restrained. Kitsuchi is informed of thousands of more Zetsu travelling underneath them. , the Second Tsuchikage, is discovered by Gaara with his sand.

Author's Note

Quite a few dearly missed characters appear in this volume. I had to keep checking past volumes while drawing them because I'd forgotten some of their specs, which ended up taking way too long. Argh!!

Masashi Kishimoto, 2011