I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.
Things happened in this volume! It was a little less chaotic than several of the previous volumes, and I was glad to see(show spoiler)
As happy as I was to see some of the character deaths undone, I also considered this to be major cheating on Kishimoto's part. Either kill characters or don't. Fake deaths are just a cheap way to manipulate readers' emotions.
Speaking of emotional manipulation, as sad as Pain's past was, for some reason it didn't affect me nearly as much as learning all the details of Sasuke and Itachi's pasts. Maybe I've become numb to it all.
(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)