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Naruto
NARUTO—ナルト—
Naruto English Volume 1
First English Volume Of Naruto.

Publishers

Shueisha Flag of Japan
Viz Media Flag of CanadaFlag of US

Author (Mangaka)

Masashi Kishimoto (岸本 斉史)

Serialized In

Weekly Shōnen Jump (週刊少年ジャンプ) Flag of Japan
Weekly Shonen Jump Flag of CanadaFlag of US

First Japanese Issue

November 1999

Last Japanese Issue

Ongoing (At Least 1.5 Years Left)

Serialization Frequency

Weekly

Number Of Volumes Released

62 Flag of Japan
59 (60 Coming 02/05/2013)
(61 Coming 05/03/2013) Flag of CanadaFlag of US

Anime

Yes

Official Japanese Websites

naruto.com
NARUTO—ナルト—

Official North American Website

Naruto @ Viz Media

Naruto
NARUTO—ナルト—
Naruto DVD 1
First DVD Volume Of The English Release Of Naruto.

Animation Studio

Studio Pierrot

Based On

Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto (岸本 斉史)

Aired On

TV Tokyo, Animax & others Flag of Japan
Cartoon Network (Toonami) Flag of CanadaFlag of US

Japanese Air Dates

October 03, 2002 - February 08, 2007

Number Of Episodes

220

Number Of Movies

3 Flag of Japan
3 Flag of CanadaFlag of US

Releaser Of Series In Each Country

Aniplex Flag of Japan
Viz Media Flag of CanadaFlag of US

Simulcast

Crunchyroll
Hulu

Official Japanese Websites

NARUTO -ナルト- @ TV Tokyo

Official North American Website

Naruto

Naruto: Shippuden
NARUTO -ナルト- 疾風伝
Naruto Shippuden DVD 1
First DVD Volume Of The English Release Of Naruto: Shippuden.

Animation Studio

Studio Pierrot

Based On

Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto (岸本 斉史)

Aired On

TV Tokyo, Animax & others Flag of Japan
Disney XD Flag of CanadaFlag of US

Japanese Air Dates

February 15, 2007 - Present

Number Of Episodes

282+ (Ongoing)

Number Of Movies

Shippuden Movie 6 Flag of Japan
Shippuden Movie 3 Flag of CanadaFlag of US

Releaser Of Series In Each Country

Aniplex Flag of Japan
Viz Media Flag of CanadaFlag of US

Simulcast

Viz Anime
Crunchyroll
Hulu

Official Japanese Websites

NARUTO @ Pierrot
NARUTO -ナルト- 疾風伝 @ TV Tokyo

Official North American Website

Naruto

Naruto (NARUTO—ナルト— NARUTO) is an ongoing Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. The plot tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition and dreams to become the Hokage, the ninja in his village who is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all. The series is based on a one-shot comic by Kishimoto that was published in the August 1997 issue of Akamaru Jump.

The manga was first published by Shueisha in 1999 in the 43rd issue of Japan's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. Currently, the manga is still being serialized; sixty-one tankōbon volumes have been released so far. The manga was later adapted into an anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo network and the anime satellite television network Animax on October 3, 2002. The first series lasted 220 episodes, while Naruto: Shippuden, a sequel to the original series, has been airing since February 15, 2007. In addition to the anime series, Studio Pierrot has developed eight movies for the series and several original video animations (OVAs). Other types of merchandise include light novels, video games and trading cards developed by several companies.

Viz Media has licensed the manga and anime for North American production. Viz has been publishing the series in their Shonen Jump magazine, and as well as the individual volumes. The anime series began airing in the United States and Canada in 2005, and later in the United Kingdom and Australia in 2006 and 2007, respectively. The films, as well as most OVAs from the series, have also been released by Viz, with the first film premiering in cinemas. The first DVD volume of Naruto: Shippuden was released by Viz in North America on September 29, 2009, and it started broadcast on Disney XD in October of the same year.

Naruto is one of the best selling manga of all time having sold more than 113 million copies in Japan. Serialized in Viz's Shonen Jump magazine, Naruto has become one of the company's best-selling manga series. The English adaptation of the series has also appeared in the USA Today Booklist several times and volume 7 won the Quil Award in 2006. Reviewers from the series have praised the balance between fighting and comedy scenes, as well as the characters' personalities, but have criticized it for using standard shōnen plot elements.

StoryEdit

Twelve years before the start of the series, a powerful creature known as the Nine-tailed Demon Fox attacked the ninja village Konoha, killing many people. In response, the leader of Konoha's ninja military – the Fourth Hokage – sacrificed his life to seal the demon inside the newborn Naruto Uzumaki. Konoha, however, regarded Naruto as if he were the demon fox itself and mistreated him throughout most of his childhood. A decree made by the current Kage, the Third Hokage, forbade anyone mention the attack of the demon fox to anyone else. This included Naruto, who was not aware of the demon inside of him. Years later, Naruto is tricked by the renegade ninja Mizuki into stealing a forbidden scroll that would teach him a secret ninja technique, but he is stopped by his teacher, Iruka Umino. When Iruka almost dies while protecting Naruto from Mizuki, who also reveals that he is the container of the Nine-Tailed Fox, Naruto uses the Jutsu he learned from the scroll that creates multiple clones of himself, Shadow Clone Technique, to defeat Mizuki.

Naruto is assigned alongside Sasuke Uchiha, whom he often competes against, and Sakura Haruno to form a three-person team named Team 7 under an experienced and severe sensei named Kakashi Hatake. They are assigned by Iruka after Naruto's class graduates from the Ninja Academy. Like all the ninja teams from every village, Team 7 is charged with completing missions requested by villagers, such as doing chores or being bodyguards. After several missions, Kakashi allows Team 7 to participate into a ninja exam in which they can advance to a higher rank, and thus, take part in more difficult missions. During the exams, Orochimaru, a criminal at the top of Konoha's most wanted list, attacks Konoha and kills the Third Hokage in an act of revenge. This forces one of the three legendary ninja, Jiraiya to search for his former teammate Tsunade, who has been nominated to become the Fifth Hokage. During the search, it is revealed that Orochimaru desires to acquire Sasuke due to his powerful genetic heritage. Believing Orochimaru will be able to give him the strength needed to kill his brother Itachi, who destroyed his clan, Sasuke joins him. Tsunade sends a group of ninja including Naruto to make Sasuke return to Konoha, but Naruto is unable to defeat him and bring him back to the village. Naruto does not give up on Sasuke, however, and he leaves Konoha to train for two-and-a-half years under Jiraiya's tutelage in order to prepare himself for the next time he encounters Sasuke.

After the training period, a criminal organization called Akatsuki attempts to capture the nine powerful tailed beasts that are sealed within people - including the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox sealed inside of Naruto. Several ninjas from Konoha, including Team 7, fight against the Akatsuki members and search for their teammate Sasuke. Although they manage to save Gaara, the host of the One-Tailed beast, Akatsuki is successful in capturing seven of the creatures. In the meantime, Sasuke betrays Orochimaru and faces Itachi to take revenge. After Itachi dies in battle, Sasuke is told by the Akatsuki founder and leader Tobi that Itachi was ordered by Konoha's leadership to destroy his clan. Saddened with this revelation, Sasuke joins forces with Akatsuki to kill Konoha's superior who ordered the Uchihas' elimination.

Meanwhile, as several Akatsuki members are defeated by the Konoha ninjas, their figurehead leader Pain, invades the village to capture Naruto. However, Naruto defeats him and convinces him to abandon the Akatsuki. With Pain's eventual death, Tobi, as Madara Uchiha announces that he wants to obtain all nine of the tailed beasts in order to perform an illusion powerful enough to control all of humanity. The leaders of the five ninja villages refuse to aid him, and instead, join forces to confront him and his allies. This results into a fourth ninja world war between the unified armies of the Five Great Countries collectively known as the "Ninja Alliance Army" and Akatsuki's forces.


MangaEdit

Naruto premiered in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine in 1999. The first 238 chapters are known as Part I, and constitute the first part of the Naruto storyline. Manga chapters 239 to 244 comprise a gaiden series focusing on the background of the character Kakashi Hatake. All subsequent chapters belong to Part II, which continues the storyline in Part I after a two and a half year time gap. Besides the regular Naruto manga, a spin-off series focused in the character of Rock Lee started being published in Shueisha's Super Strong Jump since December 2010.

The Naruto manga is serialized in North America by Viz Media in their manga anthology magazine Shonen Jump, with the first chapter of the English adaptation published in the January 2003 issue. To compensate for the gap between the Japanese and English adaptations of the manga, Viz implemented its "Naruto Nation" campaign, where it released three volumes a month in the last four months of 2007 in order to close said gap. Cammie Allen, Viz's product manager, commented that, their main reason for the schedule was to catch up to the Japanese release schedule to give their readers a similar experience to that of Japanese readers. A similar campaign was planned for 2009, with eleven volumes from Part II of the series being released between February and April in order to catch up to the Japanese serialization. Starting with the release of volume forty-five, Viz will be releasing Naruto on a quarterly basis.

As of July 2012, 61 volumes/tankōbon have been released by Shueisha in Japan, with the first twenty-seven tankōbon containing Part I, and the remaining thirty-four belonging to Part II. The first tankōbon was released on March 3, 2000. In addition, several tankōbon, each containing ani-manga based one of the Naruto movies, have been released by Shueisha.

Viz has released 59 volumes of the English adaptation of the manga with the first being published on August 16, 2003. In addition, Viz Media released all twenty-seven volumes in a boxed set, thus constituting the entirety of the Naruto storyline before Part II on November 13, 2007.


Volume ListEdit

Part 1 (Volumes 1 - 27)Edit

Main article: Naruto Chapters - Part 1


Part 2 (Volumes 28 - Current)Edit

Main article: Naruto Chapters - Part 2


Chapters Not Yet In VolumesEdit

These chapters have yet to be published in a tankōbon volume. They were originally serialized in issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump from August 2012 onwards.

  1. "Shattered!!!!" (粉砕!!!! "Funsai!!!!")
  2. "Obito and Uchiha" (うちはオビト "Uchiha to Obito")
  3. "Why Not Sooner?" (なぜ今まで "Naze Ima Made")
  4. "Obito and Madara" (オビトとマダラ "Obito to Madara")
  5. "Alive" (生きている "Ikiteiru")
  6. "Rehab" (リハビリ "Rihabiri")
  7. "Reunion, and then..." (再会、そして... "Saikai, Soshite...")
  8. "Hell" (地獄 "Jigoku")
  9. "World of Dreams" (夢の世界 "Yume no Sekai")
  10. "It Doesn't Matter to Me" (どうでもいいんだよ "Dōdemo iinda yo")
  11. "Kakashi's Determination!!" (カカシの決意!! "Kakashi no ketsui!!")
  12. "End" (終わり "Owari")
  13. "Ten Tails" (十尾 "Jūbi")
  14. "Arrival" (到着 "Tōchaku")

AnimeEdit

The first Naruto anime is based on Part 1 of the manga, which includes volumes/tankōbon 1 to 27. The second Naruto anime, called Naruto: Shippuden is based on Part 2 of the manga, which includes volumes/tankōbon 28 to the current volumes/tankōbon and the chapters currently not in volumes/tankōbon. The first Naruto series also has 3 movies, while Naruto: Shippuden currently has 6 movies for a total of 9 Naruto anime films.


NarutoEdit

Directed by Hayato Date and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo, the Naruto anime adaptation premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo October 3, 2002, and ran for 220 episodes until its conclusion on February 8, 2007. The first 135 episodes are adapted from the first twenty-seven volumes of the manga, while the remaining eighty episodes are original episodes that utilize plot elements not seen in the original manga. Beginning on April 29, 2009, the original Naruto anime began a rerun on Wednesdays and Thursdays (until the fourth week September 2009 when it changed to just Wednesdays) in HDTV with new opening and ending themes under the name Shōnen Hen (少年篇, "Youth Version").

Episodes from the series have been published in DVD. The first DVD series has been the only one to be collected in VHS format. There are a total of five series, with each of the including four episodes per volume. The series has also been collected in a series of three DVD boxes during 2009. The newest DVD series is Naruto The Best Scene which collects scenes from the first 135 episodes from the anime.

Viz licensed the anime series for broadcast and distribution in the Region 1 market. The English adaptation of the anime began airing on September 10, 2005 and finished on January 31, 2009, with 209 episodes aired. The episodes have been shown on Cartoon Network's Toonami (United States), YTV's Bionix (Canada) and Jetix's (United Kingdom) programming blocks. Beginning on March 28, 2006, Viz released the series on DVD. While the first 26 volumes contain four episodes, since DVD volumes have five episodes. Uncut editions are compiled in DVD Box Sets, each containing 12-15 episodes, with some variation based around story arcs. In the American broadcast, references to alcohol, Japanese culture, sexual innuendo, and the appearance of blood and death were sometimes reduced for the broadcast, but left in, in the DVD editions. Other networks make additional content edits apart from the edits done by Cartoon Network, such as Jetix's stricter censoring of blood, language, smoking and the like. The series has also been licensed to the websites Hulu, Joost, and Crunchyroll, which air episodes online with the original Japanese audio tracks and English subtitles.


Naruto: ShippudenEdit

Naruto: Shippuden (NARUTO -ナルト- 疾風伝 Naruto Shippūden, lit. "Naruto: Hurricane Chronicles") is the ongoing sequel to the original Naruto anime and covers the Naruto manga from volume twenty-eight on. The TV adaptation of Naruto: Shippuden debuted in Japan on February 15, 2007 on TV Tokyo. It is developed by Studio Pierrot and directed by Hayato Date. ABS-CBN is the first TV network outside Japan to broadcast Naruto: Shippuden; it aired the first 40 episodes of Naruto: Shippuden, running the show through March 19, 2008. On January 8, 2009, TV Tokyo began broadcasting new episodes via internet streaming directly to monthly subscribers. Each streamed episode is made available online within an hour of its Japanese premiere and includes English subtitles. Viz began streaming English subtitled episodes on January 2, 2009, on its official website for the series. The uploaded episodes include both previously released episodes and the new episodes from Japan. Since October 2009, the English dub of Naruto: Shippuden started airing weekly on Disney XD.

The series is being released to Region 2 DVD in Japan with four or five episodes per disc. Besides the regular DVD series, on December 16, 2009 Kakashi Chronicles: Boys' Life on the Battlefield (カカシ外伝~戦場のボーイズライフ~ Kakashi Gaiden ~Senjō no Bōizu Raifu~) was released featuring episodes 119-120 which are set during Kakashi Hatake's childhood, which is based on chapters 239 to 244 of the manga in-between Part 1 and Part 2.

The first North American DVD of the series was released on September 29, 2009. Only the first fifty-three episodes were collected in this format that ended with the 12th volume released on August 10, 2010. Following episodes have been released as part of DVD boxes that started release on January 26, 2010 with the first season. In the United Kingdom, the series is licensed by Manga Entertainment who released the first DVD collection on June 14, 2010.


Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals (Naruto SD: Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth)Edit

In February 2012, Shueisha announced that the spin-off manga Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden would receive an anime adaptation. Produced by Studio Pierrot, the series premiered in TV Tokyo on April 3, 2012. Crunchyroll simulcasted the series's premiere in their website and will also stream its following episodes.


Anime FilmsEdit

The series has led to nine films; with the first three situated during the first anime series, the remaining from Naruto: Shippūden. The first film, Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, was released on August 21, 2004 in Japan. It tells how Team 7 is dispatched to the Land of Snow to protect the actors during the shooting of the new Princess Fuun movie, to whom Naruto became a fan. As a bonus, the short original video animation Konoha Annual Sports Festival was included with the Japanese release of the film. It premiered on June 6, 2007 in the United States.

It was followed by Legend of the Stone of Gelel, which was released in theaters in Japan on August 6, 2005. The film involves Naruto, Shikamaru and Sakura during a ninja mission in which they are involved in a war between the Sunagakure village and a large number of armored warriors. Unlike its predecessor, Legend of the Stone of Gelel did not see a theatrical release in the United States, and was direct-to-video instead. It aired on Cartoon Network on July 26, 2008 and then was released to DVD July 29, 2008.

The third film, Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, was originally released on August 5, 2006. It shows how Naruto, Sakura, Lee, and Kakashi are assigned to protect the future prince of the Land of Moon, Hikaru Tsuki. The English dub of the movie aired on Cartoon Network and was released to DVD on November 11, 2008. On July 3, 2008, Sony released a Japanese DVD Box containing the first three movies.

The series' fourth film, Naruto Shippuden: the Movie, was released on August 4, 2007, and chronicles Naruto's assignment to protect the priest Shion who starts having visions of his death.

The fifth film, Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Bonds, was released on August 2, 2008. It tells how ninja from the Sky Country attack Konoha and to stop them, Naruto and Sasuke join forces although the latter has already left two years ago.

The six film is Naruto Shippūden The Movie: Inheritors of the Will of Fire, which premiered in Japan on August 1, 2009.

Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower followed it in Japan on July 31, 2010. The seven film includes Minato Namikaze, who is Naruto's father, which was just releaved in the anime before this movie.

Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison was in the summer of 2011, it is the eight Naruto movie in total.

The nine and most recent Naruto movie is called Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja. The film was released on July 28, 2012. In the movie Naruto and Sakura go to an altertive universe created by Tobi. Naruto and Sakura find themselves in another world where everyone they know acts very differently. But things get more confusing when the two learn that a more good-natured Sasuke lives in Konoha, and that Naruto's parents Minato and Kushina are alive yet Sakura's parents Kizashi and Mebuki have long died.