Naruto (written in Japanese) is a manga (Japanese comic) made by Masashi Kishimoto (Japanese man). It was also made into an anime (Japanese animated series). The main character is called Naruto Uzumaki. He is a very energetic ninja who wants to become "Hokage". The Hokage is the strongest ninja and the leader of Naruto's village, called Konoha (meaning "leaf" in Japanese).
The manga was first published in 1999 in a Japanese magazine called Shonen Jump. It was also translated into English. The anime was on TV for the first time on October 3, 2002. In the United States, it started on September 10, 2005.
Growth and popularity[change | edit source]
Naruto is a long manga. The story is not finished yet. It is currently one of the most popular manga and anime.[source?] Since it began, a lot of Naruto fansites (websites made by people who like it a lot) were made with detailed information, guides and forums about the show. There is also a Naruto card game.
Anime[change | edit source]
The anime was released after the manga, but it quickly caught up because an anime episode is likely to be around 2 to 3 manga chapters. To stop the anime from catching up with the manga, "filler" episodes are created. Filler episodes are not part of the manga storyline. They are just there to make people wait until there are enough manga chapters to make new episodes based on the manga. For example, in Naruto, after episode 135, the anime was catching up with the manga. They made "filler" episodes that ended in early 2007.
The anime usually remains true to the manga but some scenes were changed to make it less violent. Some scenes were added to the anime that were not in the manga.
There are also four Naruto movies: Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, Naruto the movie 2:The Great Clash! The Phantom Ruins in the Depths of the Earth and Naruto the Movie 3: The Animal Riot of Crescent Moon Island, Naruto: Shippūden the Movie 4.
Plot[change | edit source]
Twelve years before the rest of the series, a giant nine-tailed fox attacked Konoha (Naruto's village). To save the village, the fourth Hokage (deceased) (leader of Konoha) sealed the fox's spirit inside a baby named Uzumaki Naruto. The Fourth Hokage had to die, but he was thought of as a hero in the village. He wanted people to think that Naruto was a hero, too. Sadly, most people thought of Naruto as the nine-tailed fox and hated him.
The people that knew that Naruto had the demon inside him could not tell anyone, but it did not stop them from being mean with Naruto. The people's children did not know about his secret, but they still hated Naruto because their parents hated him. Because of their bad behavior towards him, Naruto was very sad. As he grew up, he would make the first friends and then continue to make even more. Together, they would go on great adventures and fight the evils of their land.
Characters[change | edit source]
Naruto Uzumaki[change | edit source]
Naruto Uzumaki is the main character of this story. He is a ninja. He can use many jutsu (techniques), including a shadow clone jutsu which he excels at. He lives in Kohona.
Sasuke Uchiha[change | edit source]
Sasuke Uchiha is the rival of Naruto Uzumaki. He is one of Naruto's classmates. He is from the Uchiha clan and possesses the Sharingan, an ocular ninjutsu that can see through genjutsu, or copy moves from taijutsu or ninjutsu.
Sakura Haruno[change | edit source]
Sakura Haruno is the heroin of this story. She is one of Naruto's classmates. She has a crush on Sasuke Uchiha, but (in the earlier episodes) feels Naruto is immature and clumsy She lives in Kohona.
Kakashi Hatake[change | edit source]
Kakashi Hatake is the Naruto's teacher. He is very brilliant ninja, who also possesses the Sharingan, even though he is not of the Uchiha clan . He lives in Kohona.
Supporting characters[change | edit source]
Team 8 (Team Kurenai)[change | edit source]
- Shino Aburame
- Hinata Hyuga
- Kiba Inuzuka
Team 10 (Team Asuma)[change | edit source]
- Choji Akimichi
- Shikamaru Nara
- Ino Yamanaka
Team Guy[change | edit source]
- Neji Hyuga
- Rock Lee
Akatsuki[change | edit source]
- Obito Uchicha
- Itachi Uchiha
- Kisame Hoshigaki
Other[change | edit source]
- Killer B
Comics[change | edit source]
There are Naruto's comics from vol.1 to vol.65.
- Vol.1 Uzumaki Naruto
- Vol.2 The Worst Client
- Vol.3 Dreams
- Vol.4 Hero's Bridge
- Vol.5 The Challengers
Other websites[change | edit source]
|Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Naruto|
- VIZ Media's Naruto site (USA).
- Naruto Collectible card game site (USA).
- Shonen Jump's Naruto page (USA).
- Cartoon Network's Naruto page (USA).
- YTV's Naruto page (Canada).
- Manga Entertainment's Naruto microsite (UK)
- Naruto Planet (Italian)