Naruto (manga)

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Naruto
NARUTO -ナルト-
GenreAction, Adventure, fantasy[1]
Manga
Naruto (pilot chapter)
Written byMasashi Kishimoto
Published byShueisha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineAkamaru Jump
English magazine
Published1997
Manga
Written byMasashi Kishimoto
Published byShueisha
English publisher
Viz Media
Viz Media
DemographicShōnen
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Weekly Shonen Jump
Shonen Jump
(formerly)
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
StudioPierrot
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
StudioPierrot
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Viz Media
NetworkTXN (TV Tokyo)
English network
Cartoon Network
Neon Alley
Animax Asia
Disney XD, Adult Swim (Toonami)
SABC 2
Original run February 15, 2007 March 23, 2017
Episodes500 (List of episodes)
Manga
Films

Naruto is a Japanese manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto. It follows the journey of the eponymous orphaned ninja who dreams to become "Hokage". The Hokage is the strongest ninja and the leader for the village, called Konoha (meaning "leaf" in Japanese). Throughout the series, Naruto and his friends begin to solve the ancient history of the ninja world.

The manga was first published in 1999 in a Japanese magazine called Shonen Jump. It was also translated into English. The anime series premiered in October 2002. In the United States, it started in September 2005.

Growth and popularity[change | change source]

The manga series ran up to seventy two volumes. It became 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, forums and card games.

Anime[change | change source]

The series for the first part aired from 2002 to 2007 and the second part from 2007 to 2017. Some episodes and anime movies for the series are not based on the manga.

Original video animations[change | change source]

All original video animations (OVAs) have been released.

  1. Find the Crimson Four-Leaf Clover! (2003).[2]
  2. Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village! (2004).[2][3]
  3. Konoha Annual Sports Festival. (2004)[4]
  4. Finally a clash! Jonin VS Genin!! Indiscriminate grand melee tournament meeting!! (2005)[5]
  5. Shippū! "Konoha Gakuen" Den (2008).[6]
  6. Naruto: The Cross Roads (2010).[7]
  7. Naruto, The Genie, and The Three Wishes!! (2010).[8]
  8. Naruto x UT (2011).[9]
  9. Chūnin Exam on Fire! Naruto vs. Konohamaru! (2011)[10]
  10. Naruto Shippūden: Sunny Side Battle!!! (2014).[11]
  11. The Day Naruto Became Hokage (2016).[12]

Plot[change | change source]

Twelve years ago, a giant nine-tailed fox spirit attacked the village. The Fourth Hokage (Naruto's father) sacrificed himself to seal the fox's spirit within his son, whom he named Naruto Uzumaki. While Naruto had the demon inside of him, he trains to become of the ninjas and went on a great journey to travel each lands.

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]

The eponymous character of the series who spent his journey traveling to each nations for the Ninja World. He later becomes the Seventh Hokage.

Sasuke Uchiha[change | change source]

One of Naruto's friends and a survivor of the Uchiha clan. He possesses the ninjutsu within his eyes. He seeks to defeat his brother (Itachi) and avenge his family. Despite his failure, he is rescued by Naruto.

Sakura Haruno[change | change source]

One of Naruto's friends. She makes a relationship with Sasuke.

Kakashi Hatake[change | change source]

Naruto's teacher who has the same ninjutsu received from his friend (Obito). Kakashi is also the Sixth Hokage.

Tsunade[change | change source]

One of the Three Legendary Sannin and the Fifth Hokage.

Orochimaru[change | change source]

A snake ninja and one of the Three Legendary Sannin who often lives in the hideout.

Jiraiya[change | change source]

Naruto's mentor and one of the Three Legendary Sannin. He later dies in the second part of the series.

Minato Namikaze[change | change source]

The Fourth Hokage and Naruto's late father.

Comics[change | change source]

The series has seventy two volumes.

Video games[change | change source]

The series has most games based on the manga.

Online games[change | change source]

Websites for the game included Ninja Classic and Naruto-Arena.

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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Naruto Jump Festa Collection". Madman.com.au. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016.
  3. "Naruto OVA". Archived from the original on March 9, 2017.
  4. "Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (Deluxe Edition) (DVD)". Archived from the original on January 14, 2016.
  5. "Naruto -ナルト- ナルティメットヒーロー3" [Naruto – Narutimate Hero 3] (in Japanese). Archived from the original on April 5, 2016.
  6. "風影奪還の章 | TV DVD | NARUTO-ナルト- 疾風伝 | アニプレックス" [Chapter of the Temporary Recovery | TV DVD | NARUTO – Naruto – Shippuden | Aniplex]. Aniplex. Archived from the original on September 11, 2016.
  7. "Naruto, Toriko, One Piece Event Anime Shorts Streamed". Anime News Network. November 30, 2009. Archived from the original on November 8, 2016.
  8. "劇場版NARUTO ナルト そよ風伝 ナルトと魔神と3つのお願いだってばよ!! : 作品情報 - 映画.com" [Naruto theatrical version Naruto breeze and the devil and three wishings !!: Work information – Eiga.com] (in Japanese). Eiga. Archived from the original on March 3, 2017.
  9. "News: Naruto Anime DVD Offered at Uniqlo T-Shirt Stores". Anime News Network. December 20, 2010. Archived from the original on November 6, 2016.
  10. "炎の中忍試験!ナルトVS木ノ葉丸!!" [Naruto test of fire! Naruto vs. Konoha Maru !!]. シネマトゥデイ (in Japanese). Archived from the original on May 17, 2013.
  11. "Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution to Bundle Anime". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on March 3, 2017.
  12. "BORUTO -NARUTO THE MOVIE- | 劇場版 DVD | NARUTO-ナルト- 疾風伝 | アニプレックス" [BORUTO -NARUTO THE MOVIE- | Theatrical Version DVD | NARUTO-Naruto Shippuden | Aniplex]. Aniplex. Archived from the original on December 26, 2016.

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