Naruto (manga)

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NARUTO -ナルト-
GenreAdventure, comedy, fantasy[1]
Naruto (pilot chapter)
Written byMasashi Kishimoto
Published byShueisha
English publisher
MagazineAkamaru Jump
English magazine
Written byMasashi Kishimoto
Published byShueisha
English publisher
Viz Media
Viz Media
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Weekly Shonen Jump
Shonen Jump
Original runSeptember 21, 1999November 10, 2014
Volumes72 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byHayato Date
Written byKatsuyuki Sumisawa
(Episodes #1–132)
Junki Takegami
(Episodes #133–220)
Music byMusashi Project
Toshio Masuda
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Viz Media
NetworkTXN (TV Tokyo)
English network
Original run October 3, 2002 February 8, 2007
Episodes220 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Naruto: Shippuden
Directed byHayato Date
Masa'aki Kumagai
(Episodes #261–280)
Yasuaki Kurotsu[a]
(Episodes #290–295)[b]
Written byJunki Takegami
(Episodes #1–289, #296–500)
Satoru Nishizono
(Episodes #1–53)
Yasuyuki Suzuki
(Episodes #54–71)
Yasuaki Kurotsu
(Episodes #290–295)[c]
Music byYasuharu Takanashi
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Viz Media
NetworkTXN (TV Tokyo)
English network
Cartoon Network
Neon Alley
Animax Asia
Disney XD, Adult Swim (Toonami)
Original run February 15, 2007 March 23, 2017
Episodes500 (List of episodes)

Naruto (written in Japanese) is a manga (Japanese comic) made by Masashi Kishimoto. It was also made into an anime (Japanese animated series). The main character and hero 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). He was in love with a girl called Sakura, in his early days, but, he then later realized Hinata Hyuga, a very shy girl, who kept it a secret that she liked him, was the one for him, he then married Hinata.

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 in October 2002. In the United States, it started in September 2005.

Growth and popularity[change | change source]

Naruto is a long manga. The story finished in 2016. 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 | change 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.

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 | change source]

Twelve years before the rest of the series, a giant nine-tailed fox named Kurama 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 Naruto Uzumaki. The Fourth Hokage had nonchoice but 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 itself and disliked 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 went on great adventures and fight the villains of their land.

Ninja Ranks[change | change source]

Ninja Student[change | change source]

This is where a beginner learns to be a ninja.

Genin[change | change source]

Basically meaning lower ninja. Rank of missions they are sent to: D and C.

Chunin[change | change source]

Basically meaning middle ninja. Rank of missions they were sent to: C and B.

Jonin[change | change source]

Basically meaning high ninja. Rank of missions they were sent to: B, A, and S rank.

ANBU[change | change source]

They are like ninja black ops and are assassins. They serve the village's Kage.

Characters[change | change source]

Naruto Uzumaki[change | change 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 Konoha. His dream is to become the Hokage. He is also the Seventh Hokage. After Sasuke left for Orochimaru, Naruto did a lot to try to convince him to come back to the Leaf Village, and not be with Orochimaru

Sasuke Uchiha[change | change source]

Sasuke Uchiha is the rival and best friend of Naruto Uzumaki. He is one of Naruto's classmates. He is a survivor from the Uchiha clan and possesses the Sharingan, an ocular ninjutsu that can see through genjutsu, or copy moves from taijutsu or ninjutsu. He is very "Cool" and gets a lot of girls, like Sakura, and Ino.He seeks to avenge his family by killing their murderer, Itachi Uchiha (his brother). He later went on to serve Orochimaru, a bad guy in the series, his followers seek him for power. But at the finally battle of the series, he finally came back.

Kakashi Hatake[change | change source]

Kakashi Hatake is Naruto's teacher. He is a very brilliant ninja, who also possesses the Sharingan, even though he is not in the Uchiha clan. He lives in Konoha. He was given the Sharingan by his best friend, Obito Uchiha. He is the Sixth Hokage.

Sakura Haruno[change | change source]

Sakura Haruno is the heroine in this story. She is one of Naruto's classmates. She has a crush on Sasuke Uchiha, but (in the earlier episodes) she feels Naruto is immature and clumsy. She lives in Konoha.

Jiraiya[change | change source]

Jiraiya is the Toad Sage in this story. Later in the story, he becomes Naruto's teacher and mentor. He lives in Konoha and is most known as Pervy sage for his obsession for women, but is later killed in Naruto Shippuden.

Hashirama Senju[change | change source]

Hashirama Senju is the First Hokage in this story and one of the people who created Konoha along with his friend Madara Uchiha. He is the older brother of Tobirama Senju, the Second Hokage.

Tobirama Senju[change | change source]

Tobirama Senju is the Second Hokage in this story. He is the younger brother of Hashirama Senju.

Hiruzen Sarutobi[change | change source]

Hiruzen Sarutobi is the Third Hokage in this story.

Minato Namikaze[change | change source]

Minato Namikaze is the Fourth Hokage in this story and Naruto's father.

Tsunade[change | change source]

Tsunade is the Fifth Hokage in this story and is one of the Three Legendary Sannin along with Jiraiya and Orochimaru. Tsunade is the granddaughter of the First Hokage, Hashirama Senju and is also the former student of the Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi.

Comics[change | change source]

  • Vol.1 Uzumaki Naruto
  • Vol.2 The Worst Client
  • Vol.3 Dreams
  • Vol.4 Hero's Bridge
  • Vol.5 The Challengers
  • Vol 72 Uzumaki Naruto

Video Games[change | change source]

  • Naruto: Clash of Ninja
  • Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2
  • Naruto: Clash of Ninja 3
  • Naruto: Clash of Ninja 4
  • Naruto: Clash of Ninja EX
  • Naruto: Clash of Ninja EX 2
  • Naruto: Clash of Ninja EX 3
  • Naruto: Clash of Ninja Special
  • Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution
  • Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2
  • Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3
  • Naruto: Ninja Council
  • Naruto: Ninja Council 2
  • Naruto: Ninja Council 2 European Version
  • Naruto: Ninja Council 3
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Council 4
  • Naruto Shippuden: Naruto vs. Sasuke
  • Naruto: Ninja Destiny
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 3
  • Naruto: Path of the Ninja
  • Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2
  • Naruto RPG 2: Chidori vs. Rasengan
  • Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles
  • Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2
  • Naruto Shippuden: Legends: Akatsuki Rising
  • Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 4
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 5
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact
  • Naruto: Konoha Ninpouchou
  • Naruto: Konoha Senki
  • Naruto: Shinobi no Sato no Jintori Kassen
  • Naruto: Rise of a Ninja
  • Naruto: The Broken Bond
  • Naruto Shippūden: Dairansen! Kage Bunshin Emaki
  • Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Rumble
  • Naruto Shippuden: Dragon Blade Chronicles
  • Naruto Shippuden 3D: The New Era
  • Naruto Powerful Shippuden
  • Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
  • Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
  • Naruto Shinobi Striker

Online Games[change | change source]

  • Ninja Classic - Website:
  • Naruto-Arena - Website :

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Pseudonym for Toshiyuki Tsuru
  2. Credited as シリーズディレクター (Series Director)
  3. Credited as コンセプトワーク (Conception Work)

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Official Website for Naruto". Viz Media. Retrieved October 24, 2017.

Other websites[change | change source]