Naruto Chp. 369
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Edit: Went through and did a few revisions... Nothing incredibly major though...
Number 369: About Pain
The Akatsuki leader, Pain, bringer of strife. What is the ambition he keeps within those eyes...?
A shinobi roars with laughter!!
There, now spill it! Tell me everything you know about Pain
Guh... Pfft... Uh... Ugheh...
Don't give in!
I'll never betray... Uhguheh... My... Fellow... Heh... Pfft...
You're a bit tougher than I expected... Seems this calls for my secret weapon
Wh... What do you mean!?
If you're not giving me anything, then I'll use my jutsu to... turn you into a frog!
(The Japanese here is a pun, "turn [you] into a frog" = "kaeru ni kaeru", "frog" and "turn into" being homophonous)
T... Turn you... Into... A frog...
(Restating the pun here... I'll see if I can't think of something later)
Frame 2, Nobeard:
Frame 2, Beardguy:
Just what is it you want, anyway!!?
There, now spill it!
We might be underlings, but we're still shinobi... We'll never betray our comrades!
You can't do anything to change that! Don't you dare underestimate us!!
Heh... Well then, I have no choice...
Frame 2, Jutsu:
Ninpou - Kaeru Kaeru no Jutsu
Ninja Art - Frog Transformation Jutsu
(The pun again here)
Frame 2, Nobeard:
Frame 4, Nobeard:
Frame 4, Beardguy:
Why you! How could you do something so low!!
And you're next...
Pain-sama resides within the tallest of the western towers... Or so they say
Oh? What's this? Seems you betrayed your comrades quite easily... Huh...?
But whatever... What do you mean by "or so they say"?
... The thing is... Nobody really knows all that much about Pain-sama
And by that you mean?
It's said his blood is that of the Fuuma-clan... But no one knows exactly what he looks like, and there's even those who suggest he doesn't truly exist
Ah, but just from strolling about this city... Almost everyone mentioned his name, and with the utmost respect... Don't trifle with me now!
In this city Pain-sama is effectively a god... Whether he physically exists or not isn't of issue... He looks over and protects us at all times
Events of celebration, speeches, decrees... Every one of his words are transmitted through proxy
But he's your leader, correct? Why would he need to conceal his identity?
For situations like *this*, obviously...
... You... You're not part of the remnants of the former-Amegakure, are you? Who are you anyway?
That's none of your concern... But tell me, just what do you mean by "remnants of the former-Amegakure"?
Heh... You really don't know anything, do you? An outsider, huh...
Until just a short time ago the remnant faction would infiltrate us at every chance they got, looking to kill Pain-sama... Of course such worries are behind us... If someone could hope blend in here, it'd be an outsider, such as yourself, lucky enough to sneak in undetected
Frame 1, Jiraiya:
No more worries? And that would mean just what? I *have* been told you're in the middle of a civil war
Frame 1, Beardguy:
I'd expect as much... This country is quite isolated from the outside world... Here, let me fill you in
This civil war is over with... We've emerged victorious!
And that's the reason Pain-sama is a legend... He destroyed Amegakure... All by himself
Regardless of how strong this Pain may be... Amegakure's leader, "Salamander Hanzou", is renowned to the point that every shinobi everywhere will recognize the name...!
That's right... And his immense strength was also complemented by extreme caution, to the extent that simply approaching him was a feat in itself
Personal guards were stationed in rotations, protecting him twenty-four hours a day, and security was to the point that not even a child met him without being searched
And just how was Hanzou killed? What are Pain's abilities?
I told you already, we don't know anything!
This battle... In all likelihood, it will end in Konoha's victory... I'll spare you your lives
Frame 5, Jiraiya:
I have no need for mercy! I can still fight!!
Frame 5, Tsunade:
The three of you are strong... And even within this strife, you survived...
I, Hanzou... Will hereby honor you as the "Sannin of Konoha"
("sannin" = "three ninja")
I've given you your lives, now give me your names
I can't believe it... How could Hanzou have been beaten by a single man...
Heheh... This is a god we're talking about... His jutsu are quite fearsome indeed
But the true horror of Pain-sama is not his jutsu
The true horror lies in his strong and ruthless heart of blades
Those who might threaten his ideals are crushed without remorse
He did not kill only Hanzou himself, but also after murdering his parents, wife, and children, he extended his terror to all of Hanzou's relatives and friends, even their babies
And then, after burning all their houses to the ground, he turned to the clients from village that maintained connections to Hanzou, killing all...
Everything was reduced to nothing
It was judgment...
How could one not call him a god?
Frame 6, Character:
Frame 1, "Bed" Characters (Right, Front to Back):
One, Two, Three
Frame 1, "Bed" Characters (Left, Back to Front):
Four, Five, Six
Frame 1, Text:
There within lie the bodies of six "Akatsuki"... Who exactly is Pain, anyway!?
Well then... time to hunt the intruder
Witness the horror of Pain as he assaults Jiraiya! Next Issue, "Find Him..!"