Summary of naruto

Summary of naruto DEFAULT


Japanese manga series by Masashi Kishimoto

This article is about the manga. For the title character, see Naruto Uzumaki. For other uses, see Naruto (disambiguation).

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Naruto (Japanese: ) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who seeks recognition from his peers and dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. The story is told in two parts – the first set in Naruto's pre-teen years, and the second in his teens. The series is based on two one-shot manga by Kishimoto: Karakuri (1995), which earned Kishimoto an honorable mention in Shueisha's monthly Hop Step Award the following year, and Naruto (1997).

Naruto was serialized in Shueisha's magazine, Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1999 to 2014, and released in tankōbon (book) form in 72 volumes. The manga was adapted into an anime television series produced by Pierrot and Aniplex, which broadcast 220 episodes in Japan from 2002 to 2007; the English dub of the series aired on Cartoon Network and YTV from 2005 to 2009. Naruto: Shippuden, a sequel to the original series, premiered in Japan in 2007, and ended in 2017, after 500 episodes. The English dub was broadcast on Disney XD from 2009 to 2011, airing the first 98 episodes, and then switched over to Adult Swim's Toonami programming block in January 2014, starting over from the first episode. The English dub is still airing weekly on Adult Swim to this day. Viz Media began streaming the anime series on their streaming service Neon Alley in December 2012 on 99 episodes, and ended on March 2016, after 338 episodes. Besides the anime series, Pierrot has developed eleven movies and twelve original video animations (OVAs). Other Naruto-related merchandise includes light novels, video games, and trading cards developed by several companies.

Viz Media licensed the manga and anime for North American production and serialized Naruto in their digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The anime series began airing in the United States and Canada in 2005, and in the United Kingdom and Australia in 2006 and 2007, respectively. The films and most OVAs from the series were also released by Viz, with the first film premiering in movie theaters. The story of Naruto continues with Naruto's son, Boruto Uzumaki, in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: Boruto wishes to create his own ninja way instead of following his father's.

Naruto is the fourth best-selling manga series in history, selling 250 million copies worldwide in 46 countries, with 153 million of the sales in Japan alone and remaining 97 million copies elsewhere. It has become one of Viz Media's best-selling manga series; their English translations of the volumes have appeared on USA Today and The New York Times bestseller list several times, and the seventh volume won a Quill Award in 2006. Reviewers praised the manga's character development, strong storylines, and well-executed fight scenes, though some felt the fight scenes slowed the story down. Critics noted that the manga, which has a coming-of-age theme, makes use of cultural references from Japanese mythology and Confucianism.


Part I

See also: List of Naruto chapters (Part I)

A powerful fox known as the Nine-Tails attacks Konoha, the hidden leaf village in the Land of Fire, one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries in the Ninja World. In response, the leader of Konoha and the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze (with his wife Kushina Uzumaki) seals the fox inside the body of his newborn son, Naruto Uzumaki, making Naruto a host of the beast;[i] this costs Naruto's father his life, and the Third Hokage returns from retirement to become the leader of Konoha again. Naruto is often scorned by Konoha's villagers for being the host of the Nine-Tails. Due to a decree by the Third Hokage forbidding any mention of these events, Naruto learns nothing about the Nine-Tails until 12 years later, when Mizuki, a renegade ninja, reveals the truth to Naruto. Naruto then defeats Mizuki in combat, earning the respect of his teacher, Iruka Umino.[ii]

Shortly afterward, Naruto becomes a ninja and joins with Sasuke Uchiha, against whom he often competes, and Sakura Haruno, on whom he has a crush, to form Team 7, under an experienced sensei, the elite ninja Kakashi Hatake. Like all the ninja teams from every village, Team 7 completes missions requested by the villagers, ranging from doing chores and being bodyguards to performing assassinations.

After several missions, including a major one in the Land of Waves, Kakashi allows Team 7 to take a ninja exam, enabling them to advance to a higher rank and take on more difficult missions, known as Chunin Exams. During the exams, Orochimaru, a wanted criminal, invades Konoha and kills the Third Hokage for revenge. Jiraiya, one of the three legendary ninjas, declines the title of Fifth Hokage and searches with Naruto for Tsunade whom he chooses to become Fifth Hokage instead.

During the search, it is revealed that Orochimaru wishes to train Sasuke because of his powerful genetic heritage, the Sharingan. [iii] After Sasuke attempts and fails to kill his older brother Itachi[iv], who had showed up in Konoha to kidnap Naruto, he joins Orochimaru, hoping to gain from him the strength needed to kill Itachi. The story takes a turn when Sasuke leaves the village: Tsunade sends a group of ninja, including Naruto, to retrieve Sasuke, but Naruto is unable to persuade or force him to come back. Naruto and Sakura do not give up on Sasuke: Naruto leaves Konoha to receive training from Jiraiya to prepare himself for the next time he encounters Sasuke, while Sakura becomes Tsunade's apprentice.

Part II

See also: List of Naruto chapters (Part II, volumes 28–48) and List of Naruto chapters (Part II, volumes 49–72)

Two and a half years later, Naruto returns from his training with Jiraiya. The Akatsuki starts kidnapping the hosts of the powerful Tailed Beasts. Team 7 and other Leaf ninja fight against them and search for their teammate Sasuke. The Akatsuki succeeds in capturing and extracting seven of the Tailed Beasts, killing all the hosts except Gaara, who is now the Kazekage. Meanwhile, Sasuke betrays Orochimaru and faces Itachi to take revenge. After Itachi dies in battle, Sasuke learns from the Akatsuki founder Tobi that Itachi had been ordered by Konoha's superiors to destroy his clan to prevent a coup; he accepted, on the condition that Sasuke would be spared. Devastated by this revelation, Sasuke joins the Akatsuki to destroy Konoha in revenge. As Konoha ninjas defeat several Akatsuki members, the Akatsuki figurehead leader, Nagato, kills Jiraiya and devastates Konoha, but Naruto defeats and redeems him, earning the village's respect and admiration.

With Nagato's death, Tobi, disguised as Madara Uchiha (one of Konoha's founding fathers), announces that he wants to capture all nine Tailed Beasts to cast an illusion powerful enough to control all humanity and achieve world peace. The leaders of the five ninja villages refuse to help him and instead join forces to confront his faction and allies. That decision results in a Fourth Shinobi World War between the combined armies of the Five Great Countries (known as the Allied Shinobi Forces) and Akatsuki's forces of zombie-like ninjas. The Five Kage try to keep Naruto, unaware of the war, in a secret island turtle near Kumogakure (Hidden Cloud Village), but Naruto finds out and escapes from the island with Killer Bee, the host of the Eight-Tails. At that time, Naruto—along with the help of Killer Bee—gains control of his Tailed Beast and the two of them head for the battlefield.

During the conflict, it is revealed that Tobi is Obito Uchiha, a former teammate of Kakashi's who was thought to be dead. The real Madara saved Obito's life, and they have since collaborated. As Sasuke learns the history of Konoha, including the circumstances that led to his clan's downfall, he decides to protect the village and rejoins Naruto and Sakura to thwart Madara and Obito's plans. However, Madara's body ends up possessed by Kaguya Otsutsuki, an ancient princess who intends to subdue all humanity. A reformed Obito sacrifices himself to help Team 7 stop her. Once Kaguya is sealed, Madara dies as well. Sasuke takes advantage of the situation and takes control of all the Tailed Beasts, as he reveals his goal of ending the current village system. Naruto confronts Sasuke to dissuade him from his plan, and after they almost kill each other in a final battle, Sasuke admits defeat and reforms. After the war, Kakashi becomes the Sixth Hokage and pardons Sasuke for his crimes. Years later, Kakashi steps down while Naruto marries Hinata Hyuga and becomes the Seventh Hokage, raising the next generation.



In 1995, Shueisha released Karakuri, a one-shot manga by Masashi Kishimoto that earned an honorable mention in the Hop Step Award in 1996. Kishimoto was unsatisfied with his subsequent drafts for a follow up, and decided to work on another project.[3] The new project was originally going to feature Naruto as a chef, but this version never made it to print. Kishimoto originally wanted to make Naruto a child who could transform into a fox, so he created a one-shot of Naruto for the summer 1997 issue of Akamaru Jump based on the idea.[4][5] Despite the positive feedback it received in a readers' poll, Kishimoto was unhappy with the art and the story, so he rewrote it as a story about ninjas.[6]

The first eight chapters of Naruto were planned before it appeared in Weekly Shōnen Jump, and these chapters originally devoted many panels of intricate art to illustrating the Konoha village. By the time Naruto debuted, the background art was sparse, instead emphasizing the characters.[6] Though Kishimoto had concerns that chakra (the energy source used by the ninjas in Naruto) made the series too Japanese, he still believed it is an enjoyable read.[7] Kishimoto is a fan of Godzilla, and the tailed beasts mythology was introduced because Kishimoto wanted an excuse to draw monsters.[8] He has said that the central theme in Part I of Naruto is how people accept each other, citing Naruto's development across the series as an example.[9]

For Part II of the manga, Kishimoto tried to keep the panel layouts and the plot easy for the reader to follow, and avoid "overdo[ing] the typical manga-style".[10] He considers that his drawing style has changed from "the classic manga look to something a bit more realistic."[10] Because of wishing to end the arc involving Sasuke Uchiha's search for his brother, Itachi, in a single volume, Kishimoto decided that volume 43 should include more chapters than regular volumes. As a result, Kishimoto apologized to readers for this since volume 43 was more expensive than regular volumes.[11]


Main article: List of Naruto characters

When he created Naruto, Kishimoto looked to other shōnen manga as influences for his work and tried to make his characters unique, while basing the story on Japanese culture.[12] The separation of the characters into different teams was intended to give each group a particular flavor. Kishimoto wanted each member to have a high level of aptitude in one skill and be talentless in another.[13] He found it difficult to write about romance, but emphasized it more in Part II of the manga, beginning with volume 28.[9] He introduced villains into the story to have them act as a counterpoint to his characters' moral values and clearly illustrate their differences.[14] As a result of how the younger characters were significantly weaker than the villains, Kishimoto made the ellipsis in order to have them age and become stronger during this time.[15]


Kishimoto made use of the Chinese zodiac tradition, which had a long-standing presence in Japan; the zodiac hand signs originate from this.[7] When Kishimoto was creating the primary setting of the Naruto manga, he concentrated initially on the designs for the village of Konoha. The idea of the setting came to him "pretty spontaneously without much thought", but admits that the scenery became based on his home in the Japanese prefecture of Okayama. Since the storyline does not specify when it is set, he was able to include modern elements in the series such as convenience stores.[16] He considered including automobiles, planes and simple computers, but excluded projectile weapons and vehicles from the plot.[16][17]


When serialization began, Kishimoto decided the ending would feature a fight between two characters: Naruto and Sasuke. However, the writer felt the two were not equals as the former was not a victim of war like the latter whose family was killed to stop a possible civil war.[18] Nagato's arc paved the way for the ending of Naruto to occur. Nagato stood out as a villain due to suffering war and killing Naruto's mentor Jiraiya. Understanding the fears of war, Naruto's characterization was made more complex for him to experience the Fourth Great Shinobi War. These events end with Naruto forgiving Sasuke as he had forgiven Nagato in the final battle.[15]

Kishimoto chose Hinata Hyuga as Naruto's romantic partner from the early stages of the manga, since Hinata had always respected and admired Naruto even before the series' beginning, and Kishimoto felt this meant the two of them could build a relationship.[19] When Hinata first appeared, Kishimoto thought of expanding romantic plotlines.[20][21] but decided to leave Naruto's maturation through romance as an idea for the film 2014 The Last: Naruto the Movie where he worked alongside screenwriter Maruo Kyozuka, a writer more skilled at the theme of romance.[22] Similarly, the title character's relationship with his first son, Boruto, was explored furthermore in the 2015 film Boruto: Naruto the Movie to end Naruto's growth as the character had become an adult, but it was briefly shown in the manga's finale.[23]


Further information: List of Naruto media


Main article: List of Naruto volumes

Naruto was published in Shueisha's magazine, Weekly Shōnen Jump from September 21, 1999 to November 10, 2014.[24][25] The manga was also published in tankōbon (book) form in Japan and other countries, releasing 72 volumes—27 for Part I, and the rest for Part II. The first 238 chapters are Part I and constitute the first section of the Naruto storyline. Chapters 239 to 244 include a gaiden (side-story) focusing on Kakashi Hatake's background. The remaining chapters (245 to 700) belong to Part II, which continues the story after a 2+1⁄2-year gap in the internal timeline.[26] The first tankōbon was released on March 3, 2000.[27] Shueisha have also released several ani-mangatankōbon, each based on one of the Naruto movies,[28] and has released the series in Japanese for cell-phone download on their website Shueisha Manga Capsule.[29] A miniseries titled Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring[a], centered on the main characters' children, began serialization in the Japanese and English editions of Weekly Shōnen Jump on April 27, 2015, and ended after ten chapters on July 6, 2015.[30][31]

Naruto was scanlated (translated by fans) and available online before a licensed version was released in North America;[32] the rights were acquired by Viz Media, who began serializing Naruto in their anthology comic magazine Shonen Jump, starting with the January 2003 issue.[33] The schedule was accelerated at the end of 2007 to catch up with the Japanese version,[34] and again in early 2009, with 11 volumes (from 34 to 44) appearing in three months, after which it returned to a quarterly schedule.[35] All 27 volumes of Part I were released in a boxed set on November 13, 2007.[36] On May 3, 2011, Viz started selling the manga in an omnibus format with each book containing three volumes.[37]

The franchise has been licensed in 90 countries, and the manga serialized in 35 countries.[38][39]Madman Entertainment began publishing Naruto volumes in Australia and New Zealand in March 2008 after reaching a distribution deal with Viz Media.[40]Carlsen Comics has licensed the series, through its regional divisions, and released the series in German and Danish.[41] The series is also licensed for regional language releases in French and Dutch by Kana,[42] in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica,[43] in Russian by Comix-ART,[44] in Finnish by Sangatsu Manga,[45] in Swedish by Bonnier Carlsen,[46] and Italian by Panini Comics.[47]


A spin-off comedy manga by Kenji Taira, titled Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden[b], focuses on the character Rock Lee, a character who aspires to be strong as a ninja but has no magical jutsu abilities. It ran in Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine from December 3, 2010, to July 4, 2014,[48][49] and was made into an anime series, produced by Studio Pierrot, and premiering on TV Tokyo on April 3, 2012.[50] Crunchyroll simulcasted the series' premiere on their website and streamed the following episodes.[51] Taira also wrote Uchiha Sasuke no Sharingan Den[c], which released on October 3, 2014, which runs in the same magazine and features Sasuke.[52]

A monthly sequel series titled Boruto: Naruto Next Generations began in the Japanese and English editions of Weekly Shōnen Jump in early 2016, illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto and written by Ukyō Kodachi, with supervision by Kishimoto. Ikemoto was Kishimoto's chief assistant during the run of the original Naruto series, and Kodachi was his writing partner for the Boruto: Naruto the Movie film screenplay. The monthly series was preceded by a one-shot written and illustrated by Kishimoto.[53] The staff from Shueisha asked Kishimoto if he would write a sequel to Naruto. However, Kishimoto refused the offer and offered his former assistant Mikio Ikemoto and writer Ukyō Kodachi write Boruto: Naruto Next Generations as the sequel to Naruto.[54]


Part I

The Naruto anime, directed by Hayato Date and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo, premiered in Japan on October 3, 2002, and concluded on February 8, 2007 after 220 episodes on TV Tokyo.[55][56] The first 135 episodes were adapted from Part I of the manga; the remaining 85 episodes are original and use plot elements that are not in the manga.[57]Tetsuya Nishio was the character designer for Naruto when the manga was adapted into an anime series; Kishimoto had requested that Nishio be given this role.[58][59] Beginning on April 29, 2009, the original Naruto anime began a rerun on Wednesdays and Thursdays (until the fourth week of September 2009 when it changed to only Wednesdays). It was remastered in HD, with new 2D and 3D effects, under the name Naruto: Shōnen Hen[d].[60] Episodes from the series have been released on both VHS and DVD, and collected as boxed sets.[61][62][63][64]

Viz licensed the anime series for broadcast and distribution in the Region 1 market.[65] The English dub of the anime began airing on September 10, 2005 and concluded on January 31, 2009, with 210 episodes aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami in the United States.[66][67] The episodes were also broadcast on YTV's Bionix (Canada),[68]Jetix (United Kingdom)[69] and SABC 2's (South Africa)[70] programming blocks, and were released on DVD on March 28, 2006.[71] On August 25, 2017, Starz announced that they would be offering episodes of the series for their Video on Demand service starting September 1, 2017.[72] The first 26 volumes contain four episodes; later DVD volumes have five episodes.[73] Uncut editions were released in DVD box sets, each containing 12–15 episodes, with some variation based on story arcs.[74] In the American broadcast, references to alcohol, Japanese culture, sexual innuendo, and the appearance of blood and death were sometimes edited but remained in the DVD editions.[75] One of the censored scenes was the accidental kiss between Naruto and Sasuke, fitting in the long trend of removing content that alludes to homosexual relationships.[76] Other networks cut more material, for example Jetix censored scenes with blood, strong language, and smoking. The series was also licensed to Hulu, Joost, and Crunchyroll, which aired the episodes online with the original Japanese audio tracks and English subtitles.[77][78][79] On June 1, 2017, it was announced that an HD remaster version of the original Naruto television anime series would debut on Japanese TV on June 24, starting with the show's first episode.[80]

Part II

Directed by


  • Hayato Date
  • Masaaki Kumagai (#261–280)
  • Yasuaki Kurotsu[e] (#290–295)[f]
  • Osamu Kobayashi (#480–483)
  • Chiaki Kon (#484–488)
Written by


  • Junki Takegami (#1–289, #296–500)
  • Satoru Nishizono (#1–53)
  • Yasuyuki Suzuki (#54–71)
  • Yasuaki Kurotsu (#290–295)[g]
  • Masanao Akahoshi (#484–488)[h]
Music by
Licensed by


Original networkTXN (TV Tokyo)
English network
Original run February 15, 2007 – March 23, 2017
Episodes500 (List of episodes)

Naruto: Shippuden[i], developed by Studio Pierrot and directed by Hayato Date, is the sequel to the original Naruto anime; it corresponds to Part II of the manga.[81] It debuted on Japanese TV on February 15, 2007, on TV Tokyo, and concluded on March 23, 2017.[82][83] On January 8, 2009, TV Tokyo began broadcasting new episodes via internet streaming to monthly subscribers. Each streamed episode was available online within an hour of its Japanese release and includes English subtitles.[84]

Viz began streaming English subtitled episodes on January 2, 2009, on its series' website, including episodes that had already been released as well as new episodes from Japan.[85] In the United States, the English dub of Naruto: Shippuden premiered weekly on Disney XD from October 28, 2009, up until episode 98 on November 5, 2011.[86] Episodes 99 through 338 premiered uncut on the anime web channelNeon Alley until its shutdown on May 4, 2016.[87] The anime started airing from the beginning on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block on January 5, 2014, where it continues to air on a weekly basis.[88]

The series was released on Region 2 DVD in Japan with four or five episodes per disk; there are four series of DVD releases divided by story arc.[89] There was a special feature included with the seventh Naruto: Shippuden compilation DVD called Hurricane! "Konoha Academy" Chronicles.[90]Kakashi Chronicles: Boys' Life on the Battlefield[j] was released on December 16, 2009; featuring episodes 119–120, the story revolves around Kakashi Hatake's childhood.[91]

The first North American DVD of the series was released on September 29, 2009.[92] Only the first 53 episodes were made available in this format before it ended with the 12th volume on August 10, 2010.[93] Subsequent episodes were released as part of DVD boxed sets, beginning with the first season on January 26, 2010.[94] In the United Kingdom, the series was licensed by Manga Entertainment who released the first DVD collection on June 14, 2010.[95]


Main article: List of Naruto films

The series was adapted into eleven theatrical films and twelve original video animations (OVAs). The first three films correspond to the first anime series, and the remaining eight correspond to the second series. In July 2015, Lionsgate announced they were developing a live-action Naruto film with Avi Arad through his production company Arad Productions.[96]Michael Gracey will be directing, Jonathan Levine will be writing and Ari Arad, Brady Fujikawa, and James Myers will produce the film.[97] On December 17, 2016, Kishimoto announced that he has been asked to help develop the movie.[98]


Twenty-six Narutolight novels, the first nine written by Masatoshi Kusakabe, have been published in Japan.[99] Of these, the first two have been released in English in North America. The first adapted novel, Naruto: Innocent Heart, Demonic Blood (2002), retells a Team 7 mission in which they encounter the assassins Zabuza and Haku;[100][101] the second, Naruto: Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village! (2003) was based on the second OVA of the anime.[102][103] Viz has also published 16 chapter books written by Tracey West with illustrations from the manga. Unlike the series, these books were aimed at children ages seven to ten.[104]

Thirteen original novels have appeared in Japan;[99] eleven of these are part of a series, and the other two are independent novels unconnected to the series. The first independent novel, titled Naruto: Tales of a Gutsy Ninja (2009), is presented as an in-universe novel written by Naruto's master Jiraiya. It follows the adventures of a fictional shinobi named Naruto Musasabi, who served as Naruto's namesake.[105] The other independent novel, Naruto Jinraiden: The Day the Wolf Howled (2012), is set shortly after Sasuke's fight with Itachi.[106]

Itachi Shinden, which consists of two novels, and Sasuke Shinden, a single novel, both appeared in 2015, and both were adapted into anime arcs in Naruto: Shippuden in 2016, titled Naruto Shippūden: Itachi Shinden-hen: Hikari to Yami and Book of Sunrise respectively.[107][108]Hiden is a series of six light novels published in 2015 that explores the stories of various characters after the ending of the manga.[109]


Toshio Masuda composed and arranged the Naruto soundtracks. Naruto Original Soundtrack was released on April 3, 2003, and contains 22 tracks used during the first season of the anime.[110] This was followed by Naruto Original Soundtrack II, released on March 18, 2004, which includes 19 tracks.[111] The third, Naruto Original Soundtrack III, was released on April 27, 2005, with 23 tracks.[112] Two soundtracks containing all the opening and ending themes of the series, titled Naruto: Best Hit Collection and Naruto: Best Hit Collection II were released on November 17, 2004, and August 2, 2006.[113][114] Eight tracks from the series were selected and released on a CD called Naruto in Rock -The Very Best Hit Collection Instrumental Version- released on December 19, 2007.[115] Soundtracks for the three movies based on the first anime series were available for sale near their release dates.[116][117][118] On October 12, 2011, a CD collecting the themes from Naruto Shōnen Hen was released.[119] Various CD series were released with voice actors performing original episodes.[120]

The soundtracks of Naruto: Shippuden were produced by Yasuharu Takanashi; they were titled Naruto Shippūden Original Soundtrack I, II, and III, and were released in 2007, 2009, and 2016.[121][122][123]Naruto All Stars, released in 2008, consists of 10 original Naruto songs remixed and sung by characters from the series.[124] Ten themes from the two anime series were collected in the DVD box Naruto Super Hits 2006–2008, which appeared in 2008.[125] Soundtracks from the Shippuden films have also been released, with the first one available in 2007.[126][127] A final one composed of the series is set to be released in late 2017 with Aniplex having started a survey of all Naruto and Naruto Shippuden themes to be included in the CD.[128]


Video games

Main article: List of Naruto video games

Naruto video games have been released on various consoles by Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. The majority of them are fighting games in which the player directly controls one of the characters from Naruto. The player pits their character against another character controlled by the game's AI or by another player; the objective is to reduce the opponent's health to zero using basic attacks as well as special techniques unique to each character derived from techniques they use in the Naruto anime or manga.[129] The first Naruto video game was Naruto: Konoha Ninpōchō, which was released in Japan on March 27, 2003, for the WonderSwan Color.[130] Most Naruto video games have been released only in Japan. The first games released outside of Japan were the Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen series and the Naruto: Saikyou Ninja Daikesshu series, released in North America under the titles of Naruto: Clash of Ninja and Naruto: Ninja Council.[131][132] In January 2012, Namco Bandai announced they had sold 10 million Naruto games worldwide.[133]

Art and guidebooks

Main article: List of Naruto supplemental material

Three official artbooks based on the Naruto series have been released. The first two, titled Art Collection: Uzumaki, and Illustration Collection: Naruto, were released in Japan in 2004 and 2009, with North American editions following in 2007 and 2010 respectively.[134][135][136][137] The third artbook Illustration Collection: Naruto Uzumaki, was published in 2015 in Japan and later the same year in North America;[138][139] it contains artwork originally on Shonen Jump comic covers. It has no text except a brief commentary by Kishimoto about his favorite artworks.[140] An interactive coloring book called Paint Jump: Art of Naruto was released in 2008.[141] An unreleased artbook titled Naruto Exhibition Official Guest Book by Masashi Kishimoto was given to those who attended the Naruto art exhibition at the Mori Art Museum on April 25, 2015.[142]

Four guidebooks titled First Official Data Book through Fourth Official Data Book have been released; the first two cover Part I of the manga, and were released in 2002 and 2005; the third and fourth volumes appeared in 2008 and 2014.[143][144][145] These books contain character profiles, Jutsu guides, and drafts by Kishimoto.[146] For the anime, a series of guidebooks called Naruto Anime Profiles was released. These books contain information about the production of the anime episodes and explanations of the characters' designs.[147] A manga fan book titled Secret: Writings from the Warriors Official Fanbook appeared in 2002,[148] and another fan book was released to commemorate the series' 10th anniversary, including illustrations of Naruto Uzumaki by other manga artists, a novel, Kishimoto's one-shot titled Karakuri, and an interview between Kishimoto and Yoshihiro Togashi.[149]

Collectible card game

Produced by Bandai, the Naruto Collectible Card Game was released in Japan in 2003,[150] and in North America in 2006.[151] The game is played between two players using a customized deck of fifty cards from the set, and a game mat. To win, a player must either earn ten "battle rewards" through their actions in the game or cause the other player to exhaust their deck.[152] The cards were released in named sets called "series", in the form of four 50-card pre-constructed box sets.[150][151] Each set includes a starter deck, the game mat, a turn-counter, and one stainless steel "Ninja Blade Coin". Extra cards are available in 10-card booster packs, and deck sets. Four box sets sold in retailers are available for each series. Cards for each set are available in collectible tins, containing several booster packs and exclusive promotional cards in a metal box.[153] By October 2006, seventeen series had been released in Japan with 417 unique cards.[150] As of August 2008, ten of these series had been released in North America.[154]

Commercial performance

The manga has sold 250 million copies worldwide, making it the fourth best-selling manga series in history. More than half of the sales were in Japan, with the remaining sales from 46 other countries.[155][39] It has become one of North American publisher Viz Media's best-selling manga series;[156] their translation of the series appeared on USA Today and The New York Times bestseller lists several times, and volume seven of the manga won the Quill Award for graphic novel in 2006.[157][158] It was included in the fiction section of Teacher Librarian's recommended list for 2008,[159] and School Library Journal described it as an essential manga for school libraries.[160] Volume 28 of the manga reached 17th place in the USA Today Booklist in its first week of release in March 2008, only two places short of the record for a manga, held by Fruits Basket.[161] The volume had one of the biggest debut weeks of any manga in years, becoming the top-selling manga volume of 2008 and the second best-selling book in North America.[162][163] In 2010, Viz, the publisher, commented on the loyalty of readers, who reliably continued to buy the manga as the volume count went over 40.[164]

In April 2007, volume 14 earned Viz the Manga Trade Paperback of the Year Gem Award from Diamond Comic Distributors.[165] The manga was nominated for Favorite Manga Series in Nickelodeon Magazine's 2009 Comics Awards.[166] In February 2015, Asahi Shimbun announced that Naruto was one of nine nominees for the nineteenth annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize,[167] and the following month Kishimoto was the winner of Rookie of the Year for the series in the Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs 2014 Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Fine Arts Recommendation Awards.[168] Responding to Naruto's success, Kishimoto said in Naruto Collector Winter 2007/2008 that he was "very glad that the American audience has accepted and understood ninja. It shows that the American audience has good taste [...] because it means they can accept something previously unfamiliar to them."[169]

Naruto Shippuden has been ranked several times as one of the most watched series in Japan.[170][171] The first DVD compilation released by Viz received a nomination from the American Anime Awards for best package design.[172] In 2011, Naruto helped Viz Media generate $200 million in annual licensed merchandise sales.[173] As of 2019[update], Viz Media has sold more than 3 millionNaruto anime home video units, while Naruto is also a top digital streaming performer on Hulu.[174] It was also the top-earning anime franchise for TV Tokyo in 2019 due to strong overseas sales.[175]



Several reviewers commented on the balance between fight scenes and plot development; A. E. Sparrow of IGN and Casey Brienza of Anime News Network (ANN) felt that the result was a strong storyline,[176][177] but Carl Kimlinger, also writing for ANN, suggested that there were too many fights, which slowed down the plot.[178] Kimlinger liked the character designs, and approved of the fight scenes themselves[178] which also drew positive comments from Rik Spanjers, who felt that the excitement of the scenes depends on Kishimoto's skill in depicting action.[178] Javier Lugo, writing for Manga Life, agreed, describing the artwork as "dramatic, exciting, and just right for the story he's telling".[179]

The anime and manga magazine Neo described Naruto's character as "irksome", but considered that the series' "almost sickening addictiveness" was due to the quality of the characterization,[180] and in Briana Lawrence's opinion the growth of the characters gave Part II an adult feel.[181] In a review of volume 28 Brienza also praised Part II's storyline and characterization, though she commented that not every volume reached a high level of quality.[176]

The fights across the Part II received praise, most notably Naruto's and Sasuke's, resulting in major changes into their character arcs.[182][183][184] Meanwhile, the final battle between these two fighters in the finale earned major praise for the choreography and art provided as well as how in depth the two's personalities were shown in the aftermath. Some writers criticized Kaguya being the least entertaining villain, making the showdown between Naruto and Sasuke more appealing as a result. The finale earned nearly perfect scores from both ANN and Comic Book Bin, with the latter acclaiming the popularity of the title character.[185][186][187]

Gō Itō, a professor in the manga department of Tokyo Polytechnic University, compared the series' development to the manga of Dragon Ball, saying that both manga present good illustrations of three-dimensional body movements that capture the characters' martial arts very well. Gō felt readers could empathize with the characters in Naruto via their inner monologue during battles.[188]

The series also influenced the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World with director Edgar Wright saying he was inspired by how whenever there is a "killer move" in the manga, there is an impact in the background following any technique's usage.[189] When the manga ended, multiple authors from the magazine expressed congratulations to Kishimoto's work.[190] The fight scenes in general earned acclaim for how well written they are, something game developer CyberConnect2 took into account when developing the Naruto games.[191][192][193][194]

On TV Asahi's Manga Sōsenkyo 2021 poll, in which 150.000 people voted for their top 100 manga series, Naruto ranked #7.[195]


The Naruto anime was listed as the 38th best animated show in IGN's Top 100 Animated Series.[196] In September 2005, Japanese television network TV Asahi broadcast a popularity poll based on a nationwide survey in which Naruto placed 17th.[197] Mike Hale of The New York Times described the series as much better than American animation aimed at children,[198] but the animation received some criticism from both the T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews critics: Christina Carpenter felt Kishimoto's artistic style translated poorly into animation,[199] and Derrick Tucker was also negative, though he felt that at their best, the depictions "[left] little to be desired".[200] As with the manga, some reviewers, such as Theron Martin of ANN, along with Tucker, felt there were too many fight scenes,[200][201] though Justin Rich argued that the fight scenes were the most important and enjoyable element of the show.[202] Carpenter also commented positively on the characters, though she felt that most were fairly stereotypical.[199]Hiroshi Matsuyama further reflected the anime's 133rd episode to be one of his favorites not only for the action sequences between Naruto and Sasuke but also the emotional value displayed.[203]

Naruto: Shippuden was well-reviewed by Activeanime's David C. Jones who commented that the animation had improved.[204] ANN noted that the series has a more serious tone and a better balance between comedy and drama than the first anime series; with more interesting digressions from the main plot.[205][206] Although the pacing for the first episodes was criticised as slow, the delivery and development of the interactions between the characters received positive comments.[207][208] Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Charles Solomon ranked Shippuden the third best anime on his "Top 10".[209] In 2011, readers of Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition voted Naruto as the 29th-top video game character of all time.[210]

In 2020, Naruto was the third most watched show in the United States.[211]


Amy Plumb argues that Kishimoto's use of references to Japanese mythology in Naruto is intended to add further layers to the story. Kishimoto expects his readers to decode the references, which allows him to avoid direct explanations. One example is Itachi, who has three ninja techniques named after Shinto deities: Tsukiyomi, Amaterasu, and Susano-o. Plumb also cites Sasuke's clan's heraldic symbol, a fan known as an uchiwa. These fans are used in Japanese myths to exorcise evil, by blowing it away; Sasuke discovers late in the series that he has the ability to "blow away" the influence of the Nine-Tailed Fox on Naruto. Foxes (kitsune tsuki) are tricksters in Japanese mythology, and in some stories, they take over human bodies; Plumb comments on the obvious similarities to the Nine-Tail sealed in Naruto, and the pranks Naruto plays.[212]

Christopher A. Born notes that the Naruto storyline contains traditional Confucian values, and suggests that students who analyse manga such as Naruto and Bleach will learn more about Confucianism than they would from studying its abstract ideas.[213] Norman Melchor Robles Jr. evaluated the portrayal of both positive and negative ideas in Naruto by counting words in the script which were associated with either violence or positive values; he found that a small majority of tagged words were violent, but commented that the portrayal of violence seemed organized to show how positive strategies on the part of the protagonists could overcome the violence.[214] Sheuo Hui Gan considers the series to have a set of "traditional ethical values". She also compares the treatment of alienation in Naruto, which Naruto overcomes by joining his society, to the portrayal of alienation in Akira and Neon Genesis Evangelion, where the main characters remain alienated.[215]

Naruto has been described by several critics as a coming-of-age story.[216][217][218] Psychologist Lawrence C. Rubin suggests that the storylines would appeal to readers of any age who have lost loved ones, or are having difficulty finding friends, or who are in other situations shown in the series.[216] In Yukari Fujimoto's view, as the characters mature, they show respect to the adults who have raised and taught them, making it a conservative storyline in comparison to other manga of the same time period such as One Piece and Air Gear.[217] Rik Spanjers sees the difference between Sasuke (a loner) and Naruto (an optimist) as tragic, arguing that the contrast between the two protagonists' approach to the world is fundamental to the plot: "Naruto's strength grows as he gains more loved ones to protect, while Sasuke remains alone and is increasingly absorbed by his quest for revenge".[218] Omote Tomoyuki points out that there are many comic moments in the story despite the difficulties Naruto finds himself in, but the comic elements diminish dramatically over time as Naruto grows into a teenager, particularly once Part II begins. Shōnen Jump began to carry comedies such as Gintama and Reborn! from 2003 onwards, and in Tomoyuki's view this is part of the reason for the change in emphasis: Naruto "was not supposed to provide laughter anymore".[219]

Fujimoto argues that the story has overly traditional gender roles, noting "[...] its representations suggest that men are men and women are women and that they differ naturally regarding aptitude and vocation". For example, the girls initially outperform the boys in the Ninja Academy, but "once the boys get serious, the girls cannot keep pace". Fujimoto points out that this does not upset Sakura, who is now surpassed by Naruto. Character development based on female roles, when it does occur, again uses stereotypical roles: Tsunade, for example, a middle-aged woman with large breasts, is a clear mother figure, and when she teaches Sakura to be a medical ninja, which requires special skills possessed only by women, the story reinforces the idea that women only belong on the battlefield as healers. Tsunade herself, who is a figure of authority in Naruto, is portrayed as ridiculous in a way that men in the same position are not. Fujimoto suggests this presentation of women may explain why the female characters are often the most disliked characters among readers of the manga.[220]

Naruto run

The Naruto run, or ninja run, is a running style based on the way the characters run leaning forward with their arms outstretched behind their backs. It became popular in 2017, in which many students and groups worldwide have had events to run like Naruto characters, especially on anniversaries of the series.[221][222][223][224] On June 27, 2019, Matty Roberts posted a satirical event called "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us" on Facebook where he wrote "We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let's see them, aliens."[225] This quickly became an Internet meme, resulting in nationwide alerts and warnings issued by Nevada law enforcement and the U.S. Air Force.[226]


  1. ^The host is known as a jinchuriki in the story. The secret that the fourth Hokage who sealed the beast in Naruto is his father is revealed in Part II. It is a human being in the Ninja World who has a Tailed Beast inside of them. A Tailed Beast is a giant creature that contains a large amount of chakra (energy) inside of their bodies.
  2. ^In Naruto, a jutsu is a skill or a technique involving supernatural abilities.
  3. ^The Sharingan (写輪眼, lit. "Copy Wheel Eye", English manga: "Mirror Wheel Eye") is a special ability of the eye that the Uchiha clan holds. The Sharingan can copy any type of jutsu, can see rapid movements, and can cast an illusion on its victim, and Sasuke being the last member of his clan as he holds the Sharingan.
  4. ^He destroyed their clan and joined a criminal organization called Akatsuki.
  1. ^外伝・七代目火影と緋色の花つ月, Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki
  2. ^ SD ロック・リーの青春フルパワー忍伝, Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals
  3. ^うちはサスケの写輪眼伝, Sasuke Uchiha's Sharingan Legend
  4. ^ 少年篇, "Naruto: Youth Version"
  5. ^Pseudonym for Toshiyuki Tsuru
  6. ^Credited as シリ– ズディレクタ – (series director)
  7. ^Credited as コンセプトワ – ク (conception work)
  8. ^Credited as 構成 (composition)
  9. ^ 疾風伝, Naruto Shippūden, lit. "Naruto: Hurricane Chronicles"
  10. ^カカシ外伝~戦場のボーイズライフ~, Kakashi Gaiden ~Senjō no Bōizu Raifu~


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The Entire Naruto Storyline Finally Explained

By Alex G./March 5, 2020 11:18 am EDT/Updated: Aug. 13, 2020 12:29 pm EDT

It's not quite as sprawling as laughably long animated series like One Piece, but jumping into the world of Naruto at this point is still quite a daunting task.

The long-running and beloved show, based on Masashi Kishimoto's manga of the same name, follows a young ninja named Naruto Uzumaki as he navigates a world built around mystical control of in-born, elemental abilities. It takes long enough to tell the story of his training in these arts that many of the young fans of the show age right along with him.

The show is split into two separate storylines: the original Naruto following the young ninja-in-training as a child, and Naruto: Shippuden picking up with his later exploits as a teenager. While you might think this would make it easier to digest, the two shows come to a whopping 720 episodes between them. To give you a better idea of scale, the Adult Swim anime block Toonami began airing Shippuden's 500 episodes on a weekly basis in 2014. They are scheduled to finally wrap the series in 2024.

Before you get discouraged by the massive pile of cartoon ninja-related homework, let us walk you through the world of the series. You'd be hard-pressed to find any story that needs 720 episodes to wrap itself up, but that doesn't mean the eventual tale told by Naruto isn't worth a bit of investment.

A world of ninjas

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Both Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden are set on a fictionalized Earth where people are born with innate, elemental chakra powers. The world, as it exists, is divided into five global powers and some smaller countries. These countries are named and organized around the dominant elemental trait of the people who live there.

For example, the five great powers are named the Land of Earth, the Land of Wind, the Land of Lightning, the Land of Water and the Land of Fire. The countries are ruled over by monarchs and protected by a warrior class of ninjas who have honed their elemental powers. These armies are maintained by training young people who show promise in hidden villages that double as academies. The young ninjas are frequently called upon to perform tasks using their powers, sustaining the village by earning money while also building up their experience.

It's in this world that we are introduced to an impetous young orphan with a chip on his shoulder: Naruto Uzumaki.

Raw talent

Naruto's parents were incredibly talented fighters for the Land of Fire, and his mother Kushina contained powers that were beyond even the most gifted ninjas. Her immense reserve of chakra allowed her to be a rare carrier of a demon spirit called a Nine-Tailed Fox. These beasts were sealed inside humans who could control them, giving them incredible powers while also making them responsible for containing the monster.

Naruto's mother was attacked by the leader of a renegade ninja group when she was most vulnerable: during the birth of her son. The attacker was able to unseal Kushina's beast, and the resulting rampage destroyed the Uzumakis' home village. Both of Naruto's parents were killed in the fight, with his father sacrificing himself to stop the beast's destruction. In the process, he sealed a portion of the beast inside his infant son.

The orphaned Naruto containing this power at such a young age, and that power coming from a beast that destroyed his village, made him an outcast even as the village looked after his well-being.

Brash and unsocialized, Naruto makes himself a bit of a nuisance if only to get people to look at him. He pulls pranks on the local villagers and frequently offends his elders for a break from the typical wide berth that people who know his origin give him. The village is largely happy to him leave when he's sent off to have his talents crafted at ninja academy.

Growing friendships

Once in the Academy, the cast fills out with a whole crew of young ninjas. We come to learn that they are all trying to be the best possible fighter in the Academy, though their motivations are quite different.

Naruto longs to be revered for his fighting talents because of the neglect he endured for most of his life. He develops a friendship with his classmate Sakura Haruno and a rivalry with the preternaturally talented Sasuke Uchiha. While Naruto is constantly frustrated by Sasuke's talent, and the way that it keeps Naruto from being held up in the highest regard by his trainers and classmates, the pair eventually become close friends.

Through this growing friendship, we learn that Sasuke is equally driven by a tragic origin story. His entire clan was murdered by his older brother Itachi, who is a member of the shadowy organization of rogue shinobi who killed Naruto's parents. Sasuke hopes to become a skilled fighter so he can seek out his brother and kill him.


We learn that Sasuke was always compared to his older brother, and it tormented him in the same way Sasuke's gifts bothered Naruto. He could never quite measure up. He returned home one day from training to find that his brother had killed his entire family. His brother projected visions of the grisly murders into his Sasuke's mind, and when Sasuke asked why he would kill their clan, he told him it was a test of his abilities.

Sasuke's fascination with revenge drives him mad. He goes rogue and abandons his friendships with his classmates. His choice to pursue life outside of the structure of the villages and kingdoms pushes him down into the criminal underbelly of the shinobi world. He joins a group called the Sound Four after he becomes frustrated with the speed at which his ninjitsu skills are developing.

Leaving the village

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The first series is brought to a close by the end of Sasuke and Naruto's friendship. The young ninjas clash after the Academy tracks Sasuke down. Powered by the substances that the Sound Four have given him, Sasuke is much stronger than he was when he ran away from the Academy.

The incredibly intense fight forces Naruto to call upon the beast trapped inside of him. Even so, he is overpowered by Sasuke. Though he does not wish to be foiled by any further attacks from Naruto, Sasuke ultimately spares his former friend's life. He feels that killing his unconcious friend would make him too much like his brother. In a symbolic gesture, he leaves the head protector he wore at the Academy by Naruto's body.

In the background of all this, there are looming attacks from rogue leaders and the secret organization called Akatsuki. Knowing that the potential for global war is brewing, and that Naruto will have to get much stronger to face the coming threat, a renowned ninja named Jiraiya takes Naruto out of the academy for personal training.


The timeline jumps forward several years between the end of Naruto and the beginning of Shippuden. The series begins with an older Naruto returning to the academy and we learn the progress of his friends. The trio at the center of the series are all training under legendary ninjas in individualized programs. Sakura has become an incredible healer, Naruto's abilities are much improved, and Sasuke is still on the run under the tutelage of the disgraced shinobi Orochimaru.

The new series deals with the older ninjas fighting against the growing forces of the Akatsuki, who stage bolder and bolder attacks on various cities as cover to attempt to steal the sealed beast powers that a small class of fighters like Naruto possess.

At the same time, the series offers a resolution to Sasuke's years-long quest to exact vengeance on his brother. Sasuke finds his brother and they engage in a long, drawn-out battle that features several feints and mind projections. Using their illusory ninjitsu abilities, the brothers go through several battles that end in gruesome and psychedelic ways, only for it to be revealed that the battle has yet to start outside of their minds.

Terrible tragedy

The pair eventually do fall into a pitched battle, blasting each other with ever-increasing attacks. Sasuke notices that his brother is off, and determines that Itachi was weakened before the start of the fight.

Eventually overcome by his injuries, Itachi approaches his brother, who can also no longer fight. Itachi taps Sasuke on the forehead before dying of exhaustion, leaving a bloody trail down Sasuke's face.

When Sasuke awakens after collapsing, Itachi's true backstory is revealed. He learns that Itachi murdered his clan as a part of his sworn oath to protect their home. The elders of the Uchiha clan were planning a coup, thereby throwing the relatively stable Land of Fire back into a series of small wars. Itachi, who was a child during the last Great War between the nations, realized that turning on his clan was the only way to prevent uncountable deaths. He killed his entire family and was labeled a traitor, but all the while he was working in service to his country.

The traitor status served a dual purpose, protecting Sasuke from being viewed with suspicion and allowing Itachi to infiltrate the rogue shinobi organization Akatsuki. He worked as a spy for the Land of Fire, passing on information about their battle plans to leadership and keeping himself alive just long enough so that his brother could come and have his revenge.

Revenge and more tragedy

Sasuke is not the dyed-in-the-wool patriot that his late brother was. Seeing the machinations of his home laid plain, and the way they were willing to sacrifice his entire family for their own well-being, pushes Sasuke to the actual areas that his brother was only engaging in as a double agent.

The murder of his clan and his all-consuming quest for revenge had effectively ruined Sasuke's life. He turned his back on his friends and his home, left the Academy before his training was over, fell in with an evil shinobi who nearly destroyed him and ultimately murdered his last living relative, all in the service of a lie. Figuring all of this out led him to vow that he would see his village burned.

His new goal in life becomes "the the complete and utter destruction of Konoha." He joins the Akatsuki to further his goals.

Immediately before the battle between brothers, more is discovered about the organization to which Itachi nominally belongs. In a battle between Naruto's mentor Jiraiya and Akatsuki leader Nagato, the core ideology of the group is revealed: They hope to unleash all of the sealed beasts in one attack (called the Infinite Tsukuyomi) that will seal the entire world in a dream forever.

The group is made up of disillusioned Shinobi who, seeing the effects of several great wars between nations, hope to put a permanent end to the concept of war. Jiraiya is killed in the battle before he can share any information about the group and its leadership.

Mask off

The leaders of the Five Great Nations meet to discuss how to deal with the growing threat of the Akatsuki. Leaders of the rebel group send Satsuke to attack the meeting and leave the leaders in a weakened state. Sasuke fails in his mission, and the Akatsuki are unable to demand anything from the global powers. Instead, the Akatsuki declares war on all five nations, prompting a global battle with allied superpowers on one side and an incredibly dangerous splinter group on the other.

The leader of the group, who has gone under the name Tobi throughout the series, is the same person who attacked Naruto's parents on the day of his birth. Then, as now, he seeks the spirits to create the superweapon that would turn the world to a dream state. He is frequently shown as masked, but in his declaration of war, he reveals he's a surviving member of Sasuke's Uchiha clan named Obito. He joined the group after he was thought to have died in the last Great War. Like many of the series' older characters, the bloodshed he had seen made him a staunch pacifist. However, when he couldn't force the leaders to cave to his demands, turning over their beasts in service of his plan, he started yet another world war.

Returning to the fold

The rebel group, lead by yet another believed-dead member of the Uchiha clan, is eventually successful in launching their superweapon. The havoc brought upon the world by the revival of the Ten-Tails beast forces a few of the series' baddies to re-evaluate their priorities. Tobi eventually turns on the entire project, sacrificing himself in an attempt to save the world.

Sasuke also begins to question the current world order, and reflects on his brother's commitment to keep his homeland safe. He opts to join the side of the great nations, and while he is viewed with distrust by his former colleagues, he ultimately helps thwart the beast that was released on the world.

Sasuke vows to remake the world under a better system, and after the war ends, he attempts to kill the five leaders as his first step toward a better world. This leads to a series-culminating battle between Naruto and Sasuke. They admit that they both view each other as brothers. The battle ends with both characters grievously injured and slowly bleeding out. They spend several days lying next to each other, talking about their bonds and atoning for their various wrongs. Ultimately, they are found by Sakura, who heals them both so they can remove the dream world weapon used on the world.

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If that's somehow not enough, there's plenty more Naruto out there in the world. We'd be remiss to not point out that the entire series is based on a manga that ran for 15 years. There are 72 volumes in the comic, written by Masashi Kishimoto, and its insane popularity makes it one of the most easy-to-find books in the genre.

There are also continuing adventures from Naruto's son Boruto. His story has been ongoing since 2016, and is still cranking out new manga at a pretty steady clip. He's also featured in his own movie, one of 11 films that the series has produced so far. One movie, The Last, picks up after the events of Shippuden and follows the core of the series as they go on a mission to stop the moon from falling.

It would take you nearly 12 days of non-stop watching to get through it all, and countless more to get through the manga. If this summary made you feel like diving in, we'll see you in six months.

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Every Single Naruto & Shippuden Story Arc, In Chronological Order

The Narutoseries is one of the most well-known franchises worldwide. The series follows a young ninja named Naruto Uzumaki, who strives to become the Hokage of his village, the Hidden Leaf. Although he has the Nine-Tailed Fox sealed inside him and is shunned because of it, he works hard to become strong.

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Together with the sequel series Naruto Shippuden, the anime ran for 15 years from October 3, 2002, to March 23, 2017. Along with the series came many story arcs. Here are all of the story arcs in both Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, in chronological order.

49 Prologue — Land Of Waves (Naruto / Episodes 1—19)

Prologue — Land Of Waves ran from episodes 1 to 19 in the original Naruto anime. Fans can fondly remember the series's debut, with the first serious mission Team 7 causing them to encounter Zabuza and Haku—the most well-liked villains in the series.

This arc shows Team 7 getting into the first stages of understanding how serious being a ninja can be, as well as understanding not every ninja is a clear-cut definition of "evil" and "good"—as Zabuza ended up realizing what was truly important to him in the end.

48 Chunin Exams (Naruto / Episodes 20—67)

The Chunin Exams Arc ran from episodes 20 to 67 in the original Naruto anime. The chunin exams had the ninja handle some of the toughest tests thrown their way, from them attempting to figure out how to truly work together, from participating to near-death battles in the Forest of Death.

This arc marked the first appearance of Orochimaru, fully displayed all of the Kohona 11, and introduced Gaara, Temari, and Kankuro.

47 Konoha Crush (Naruto / Episodes 68—80)

The Konoha Crush Arc ran from episodes 68 to 80 in the original Naruto anime. Before the chunin exams could even get into their final stages, Orochimaru attacked the Hidden Leaf, to which Hiruzen—the Third Hokage—and his pupil battled to the death.

Although his death was ultimately in vain, the impact it left on the characters—and especially Naruto—could be felt throughout the village, which kicked off the next arc.

46 Search For Tsunade (Naruto / Episodes 81—100)

The Search For Tsunade Arc ran from episodes 81 to 100 in the original Naruto anime. After the Third Hokage's death, the running for a new Hokage to fill the previous one's shoes began. This also marked the first appearance of the Akatsuki, which revealed that Itachi Uchiha—Sasuke's brother who massacred his entire clan—was a part of it.

Naruto went on a journey together with Jiraiya where he first trained to master the Rasengan and had Orochimaru and Jiraiya both competing to recruit her.

45 Land Of Tea Escort Mission (Naruto / Episodes 102—106)

The Land Of Tea Escort Mission Arc ran from episodes 102 to 106 in the original Naruto anime. As a filler arc, it followed Team 7 on a mission that wasn't mentioned in the manga. The plot was simple—to help a genin from the Hidden Leaf, Idate Morino, win a race.

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The reason for this is the shortage of jonin after Orochimaru attacks the Hidden Leaf, so Team 7 was the only option left to aid the Wasabi family on an escort mission.

44 Sasuke Recovery Mission (Naruto / Episodes 107—135)

The Sasuke Recovery Mission Arc ran from episodes 107 to 135 in the original Naruto anime. After Sasuke received his curse mark from Orochimaru during the chunin exams and was called weak by Itachi during the Search For Tsunade, Sasuke wanted more power.

To do so, he decided to leave the village—leading to the Hidden Leaf's Konoha 11 to search for him with the order to stop him from joining Orochimaru, no matter what. Naruto and Sasuke had their first fight at the Valley of the End in this story arc, and it was the last canonical arc in the original Naruto series while the rest were fillers.

43 Land Of Rice Fields Investigation Mission (Naruto / Episodes 136—141)

The Land of Rice Fields Investigation Mission Arc ran from episodes 136 to 141 in the original Naruto anime. After Sasuke departed and defected to Orochimaru's side, only Naruto and Sakura were left of Team 7.

During this time, Jiraiya took the helm, and they went on a mission to investigate Orochimaru's whereabouts, hoping to get more information on Sasuke.

42 Mizuki Tracking Mission (Naruto / Episodes 142—147)

The Mizuki Tracking Mission Arc ran from episodes 142 to 147 in the original Naruto anime. Mizuki was the original antagonist responsible for Naruto gaining the information about the sacred ninja scroll that had the Shadow Clone Jutsu written inside of it.

In this story arc, Iruka gains the help and support of Naruto to recapture Mizuki.

41 Bikochu Search Mission (Naruto / Episodes 148—151)

The Bikochu Search Mission Arc ran from episodes 148 to 151 in the original Naruto anime. Instead of teaming up with Sakura or the remainder of Team 7, Naruto instead joins Team 8, so he can help search for the rare bikochu beetle—an insect that was used by the Aburame clan with the capabilities of searching for anything that was lost.

Naruto planned to use the forehead protector Sasuke left behind to search for Sasuke by his scent. The arc was well-received for its comedic undertones and the appearance of four rarely appearing characters; Shino Aburame, Hinata Hyuga, Kiba Inazuka, and Akamaru.

40 Kurosuki Family Removal Mission (Naruto / Episodes 152—157)

The Kurosaki Family Removal Mission Arc ran from episodes 152 to 157 in the original Naruto anime. As another comedic filler arc, this time, it featured Team Guy and supernatural happenings. Although all Naruto wishes to do is train, Jiraiya is nowhere to be found.

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As he has nothing else to do, he decides to join Team Guy with their mission of dealing with the Kurosaki family—namely, a jonin from the family named Raiga Kurosaki.

39 Gosunkugi Capture Mission (Naruto / Episodes 159—160)

The Gosunkugi Capture Mission Arc ran from episodes 159 to 160 in the original Naruto anime. Naruto once again heads out together with Team 8 to help a bounty hunter and bladesmith named Sazanami—formerly known as Tokichi—help clear his name.

While they are out searching for Gosunkugi, they come across him instead and vow to help clear his name, together with trying to find the elusive ninja they were sent to find.

38 Cursed Warrior Extermination Mission (Naruto / Episodes 162—167)

The Cursed Warrior Extermination Mission Arc ran from episodes 162 to 167 in the original Naruto anime. Naruto once again decides to join an excursion of ninja, this time composed of Tenten and Rock Lee, as they go on to explore a ghost.

They do so by heading to the Land of Birds—a small country in the Naruto universe between the Land of Wind and the Land of Earth.

37 Kaima Capture Mission (Naruto / Episodes 169—173)

The Kaima Capture Mission Arc ran from episodes 169 to 173 in the original Naruto anime. The team that Naruto joins is composed of Anko Mitarashi, Ino Yamanaka, and Shino Aburame.

Anko is on the lookout for information about her former teacher, so Naruto decides to join her so he can try and get any information about Sasuke's whereabouts.

36 Buried Gold Excavation Mission (Naruto / Episodes 175—176)

The Buried Gold Excavation Mission Arc ran from episodes 175 to 176 in the original Naruto anime. Team 8's teamwork is lacking, so Naruto is paired up with Kiba and Hinata so he can somehow help them improve it. In truth, this is because they all have low success rates with each of their missions—excluding Shino—and Tsunade has noticed this.

Kiba rarely listens, Naruto runs headfirst into issues, and Hinata avoids confrontation, wasting her capabilities. Tsunade then gives them an ultimatum—either improve their teamwork or be sent back to the Academy to redo their ninja training.

35 Star Guard Mission (Naruto / Episodes 178—183)

The Star Guard Mission Arc ran from episodes 178 to 183 in the original Naruto anime. Perhaps the most well-known filler arc is the Star Guard Mission Arc—and for a good reason. The story follows Naruto and Team Guy as they head to Hoshigakure to help the villagers protect their sacred star, but much more was put into the story.

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The characters Sumaru and Natsuhi, in particular, turned into fan-favorite filler characters, and the lullaby "Natsuhiboshi" turned into quite a heartfelt memory.

34 Peddlers Escort Mission (Naruto / Episodes 187—191)

The Peddlers Escort Mission Arc ran from episodes 187 to 191 in the original Naruto anime. This filler episode follows Naruto as he goes on a mission with Hinata Hyuga and Chojo Akimichi to protect peddlers traveling from the Land of Vegetables.

A trio targets them called the Janin—three brothers who can use special jutsu and use it for evil instead of good.

33 Third Great Beast Arc (Naruto / Episodes 195—196)

Third Great Beast Arc ran from episodes 195 to 196 in the original Naruto anime. This arc has more of a focus on Might Guy and Rock Lee. Together with the two, Naruto helps Might Guy be wrapped up in Yagura's—a genin from the Hidden Leaf Village—plot and thirst for revenge.

Although Might Guy was supposedly supposed to train him, he did not, which resulted in him trying to get revenge against him.

32 Konoha Plans Recapture Mission (Naruto / Episodes 197—201)

The Konoha Plans Recapture Mission Arc ran from episodes 197 to 201 in the original Naruto anime. This arc focuses on the Konoha 11 joining together to help protect the village once again, as it targets attacks—such as Orochimaru's failed invasion.

This time, Naruto and the Konoha 11 work together to stop a ninja from the Kagero Village from destroying their home.

31 Yakumo Kurama Rescue Mission (Naruto / Episodes 203—207)

The Yakumo Kurama Rescue Mission Arc ran from episodes 203 to 207 in the original Naruto anime. This arc focuses on none other than Team 8's leader Kurenai Yuhi.

Apparently, Yakumo Kurama is the last remaining member of the Kurama clan, a clan skilled with genjutsu and has valuable kekkei genkai users. She is in danger, and Naruto joins Kurenai in helping rescue her from her attackers.

30 Gantetsu Escort Mission (Naruto / Episodes 209—212)

Gantetsu Escort Mission ran from episodes 209 to 212 in the original Naruto anime. Naruto teams up with both Sakura and Lee to help aid in transferring a criminal to prison.

Said criminal is a part of the Shinobazu and is extremely dangerous, leading to various difficulties with their mission.

29 Menma Memory Search Mission (Naruto / Episodes 213—215)

Menma Memory Search Mission ran from episodes 213 to 215 in the original Naruto anime. Menma is a ninja who was from the Land of Rice Fields, but he has amnesia. Naruto decides to help the young boy regain his lost memories.

As they grow closer, Naruto and Menma become fast friends—but not everything is as it seems with Menma or the people who are after his life.

28 Sunagakure Support Mission (Naruto / Episodes 216—220)

Sunagakure Support Mission ran from episodes 216 to 220 in the original Naruto anime. The last filler arc in the Naruto series that wraps up everything has the Konoha 11 head to the Village Hidden in the Sand to help reduce a girl named Matsuri.

The Four Celestial Symbols Men captured the genin from the Village Hidden in the Sand, and she has no one to rely upon besides them—and Gaara—to rescue her.

27 Kazekage Rescue Mission (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 1—32)

The Kazekage Rescue Mission Arc ran from episodes 1 to 32 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. The first arc of the series follows Gaara being targeted by the Akatsuki to extract Shukaku—the One-Tails—from him.

From the battle against Sasori, Sakura, and Lady Chiyo to Naruto trying desperately to rescue his friend, the first story arc kicked off Naruto Shipudden was memorable.

26 Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 33—53)

The Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission Arc ran from episodes 33 to 53 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. The new Team 7 now features a ninja who goes by the name Sai and is led by Kakashi Hatake—as he feels guilt for letting down his team.

Together, the four of them head to Tenchi Bridge to follow Sasuke and bring him back to the Hidden Leaf. This story arc features the battle Naruto had with Orochimaru and showed how the Nine-Tailed Fox could control him.

25 Twelve Guardian Ninja (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 54—71)

The Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc ran from episodes 54 to 71 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This is the first filler arc of Naruto Shippuden and shows Naruto's training to get better at chakra control and his wind nature with Kakashi and Asuma.

It also features the filler character Sora—a monk from the Land of Fire who is the pseudo-jinchuriki of the Nine-Tailed Fox.

24 Akatsuki Suppression Mission (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 72—88)

The Akatsuki Suppression Mission Arc ran from episodes 72 to 88 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This story arc introduced the Akatsuki members Hidan and Kakazu—with Hidan being both hated and loved for taking the life of Asuma Sarutobi.

Together with the first canon one, this arc showed how much darker Naruto Shippuden was in comparison to the original series, as it showed that people could die.

23 Three-Tails' Appearance (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 89—112)

The Three-Tails' Appearance Arc ran from episodes 89 to 112 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This arc introduced another filler character who fans grew to love—Guren.

This story arc showed the Hidden Leaf Village, the Akatsuki, and Team Guren's efforts to capture the Three-Tails—a Tailed Beast, used to reside within Yagura Karatachi, the Fourth Mizukage who lost his life after having it extracted from him.

22 Itachi Pursuit Mission (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 113—118)

The Itachi Pursuit Mission Arc ran from episodes 113 to 118 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. The anime began to focus more on Sasuke around this part, as it showed both Sasuke and Naruto's attempts to find Itachi.

Sasuke also formed the first iteration of Taka—a group composed of Suigetsu Hozuki, Jugo, and Karin Uzumaki.

21 Kakashi Gaiden (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 119—120)

The Kakashi Gaiden Arc ran from episodes 119 to 120 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This two-episode story arc adapted the side story The Kakashi Side Story ~ A Boy's Life on the Battlefield ~. 

It explained Kakashi's backstory in-depth, how he dealt with being on Team Minato, his rivalry with Obito, and his past with his father, who took his own life due to guilt.

20 Tale Of Jiraiya The Gallant (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 127—133)

The Tale Of Jiraiya, The Gallant Arc, ran from episodes 127 to 133 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This story arc followed Jiraiya as he discovered that Pain was actually Nagato—his first and former pupil—and his journey to stop him from attacking the Hidden Leaf Village.

Jiraiya lost his life to him and the six other Pains, but he still went out with a smile—and one that fans couldn't help but cry about.

19 Fated Battle Between Brothers (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 134—143)

The Fated Battle Between Brothers Arc ran from episodes 134 to 143 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. After Jiraiya's death, the next story arc dealt with Sasuke finding Itachi first and battling him to fight death.

Although the battle was wonderful, the one thing fans will remember from this story arc is how Itachi turned out not to be as big as a villain the story led others to believe.

18 Six-Tails Unleashed (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 144—151)

The Six-Tails Unleashed Arc ran from episodes 144 to 151 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. The arc introduced another filler character named Utakata, who was also the jinchuriki of the Six-Tails.

He has a student named Hotaru, who he cares about dearly, although he doesn't express it as much as he should.

17 Pain's Assault (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 152—169 & 172—175)

The Pain Assault Arc ran from episodes 152 to 175 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. The arc featured the long-awaited battle between Naruto and Jiraiya's former student and killer, Pain—otherwise known as Nagato.

Including this, it also featured that Naruto is actually the son of the Fourth Hokage that he admired so much and the love memorable confession from Hinata.

16 Past Arc: The Locus Of Konoha (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 176—196)

The Past Arc: The Locus Of Konoha Arc ran from episodes 176 to 196 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This story arc is different from every other filler arc shown thus far, as it was shown from multiple perspectives.

The arc featured imagery from Iruka's first meeting with Naruto from Kakashi's thoughts when he was first put in charge of Team 7.

15 Five Kage Summit (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 197—214)

The Five Kage Summit Arc ran from episodes 197 to 214 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. The famed Kage Summit focuses on Naruto with a more unhappy and hopeless demeanor than usual, as he wishes to ask the Kage not to execute Sasuke for his crimes.

It also introduces the more serious version of Tobi, the Akatsuki member no one truly cared about until he showed he was dangerous after killing Konan at the end of the Pain Assault Arc.

14 Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 215—222)

The Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown Arc ran from episodes 215 to 222 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. After Sakura attempts to "kill" Sasuke with a poisoned kunai after failing to sway Naruto with a lie, Naruto and Sasuke battle again.

This also marks the beginning traces of the war and shows Sasuke's hellbent focus on getting revenge on the Hidden Leaf Village for causing Itachi to suffer.

13 Paradise Life On A Boat (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 223—242)

The Paradise Life On A Boat Arc ran from episodes 223 to 242 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This is perhaps the most disliked arc from the Naruto Shippuden franchise, as it made its debut during the height of the Fourth Shinobi World War.

If it were placed anywhere else, fans would've probably liked it better. This story arc focuses on Naruto and the rest of the team as they search for the Land of Lighting atop a boat so they can keep him there during the war.

12 Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 261—270, 272—289, 296—31 & 312—321)

The Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation Arc ran from episodes 261 to 321, with various fillers and intermission in between, in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This part of the war introduces the reincarnated Hokage and other famous ninja as they join the fray.

Naruto cannot only meet his father in person—albeit sadly—but it turns out that he doesn't even have all of Kurama sealed inside of him. It also shows Naruto momentarily lose hope, to which he regains it after the aid of Hinata and the rest of the ninja.

11 Power (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 290—295)

The Power Arc ran from episodes 290 to 395 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This arc was a special case, as it was created to commemorate the series reaching 500 episodes.

The arc features Naruto and the rest of Team 7 investigating a mysterious incident.

10 Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 322—348 & 362—375)

The Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Arc ran from episodes 322 to 375 in the Naruto Shippuden anime.

At the climax of the Fourth Shinobi World War, it featured all of the Kage fighting together to defeat Madara.

9 Kakashi's Anbu Arc: The Shinobi That Lives In The Darkness (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 349—361)

The Kakashi Anbu ran from episodes 349 to 361 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This story arc features Kakashi as the protagonist, as well as Itachi as a supporting character.

This story arc gives an in-depth look at his background in the Anbu and the backstories of Yamato. It even gives more insight into Itachi as a character.

8 Birth Of The Ten-Tails' Jinchuriki (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 378—388, 391—393, 414—421 & 424—431)

The Birth Of The Ten-Tails' Jinchuriki Arc ran from episodes 378 to 431, with various fillers and intermission in between, in the Naruto Shippuden anime.

The war is heating up, and Obito becomes the jinchuriki for the Ten-Tails amidst everything that has transpired.

7 Jiraiya Shinobi Handbook: The Tale Of Naruto The Hero (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 432—450)

The Jiraiya Shinobi Handbook: The Tale Of Naruto The Hero Arc ran from episodes 432 to 450 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This story arc is both satisfying yet sad.

It features a story-within-a-story type of tale and focuses on a novel written by Jiraiya. Within it, everyone is friends, Tsunade's family isn't dead, and her fiance became the Hokage.

6 Kaguya Otsutsuki Strikes (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 451—455, 458—468 & 470—479)

The Kaguya Otsutsuki Arc ran from episodes 451 to 479, with various fillers and intermission in between, in the Naruto Shippuden anime. The first appearance of Kaguya shows the looming end to the war and the backstory of the character.

In this story arc, Kaguya's sons are also explained in detail and the parallels between them and Naruto and Sasuke.

5 Itachi Shinden Book: Light And Darkness (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 452—458)

Itachi Shinden Book: Light And Darkness ran from episodes 452 to 458 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This arc actually serves as an intermission in between Kaguya's appearance.

It focuses on Itachi's life before the Uchiha Clan Downfall, as well as his best friend, Shisui. Aside from showing him training from a young age, it also gives more insight into his thoughts and why he did everything the way he did.

4 Childhood (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 480—483)

The Childhood Arc ran from episodes 480 to 483 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This story arc is unique, as it shows both a Part A and Part B for each character and how their memories connect with the other.

For example, two of the first episodes are called "Naruto and Hinata" and "Sasuke and Sakura" and show their precious memories at that time in their childhood.

3 Sasuke Shinden: Book Of Sunrise (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 484—488)

Sasuke Shinden: Book Of Sunrise ran from episodes 484 to 488 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This arc adapts the light novel of the same name from Sasuke's point of view.

After the Fourth Shinobi War, Sasuke becomes a wanderer and goes on various missions. The story arc, in particular, focuses on Sasuke meeting a young girl named Chino, a kunoichi from the deceased Chinoike clan.

2 Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting In Silent Darkness (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 489—493)

Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting In Silent Darkness ran from 489 to 493 in the Naruto Shippuden anime. This arc adapts the light novel of the same name from Shikamaru's point of view.

It focuses on Shikamaru's life two years after the Fourth Shinobi World War and takes place after Sasuke Shinden: Book Of Sunrise. It deals with Shikamaru taking time to reflect on his life and his ever-growing pile of responsibilities.

1 Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day For A Wedding (Naruto Shippuden / Episodes 494—500)

Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day For A Wedding ran from episodes 494 to 500—the final episode of the Naruto Shippuden anime. The Naruto series's final arc finishes with the Konaha 11 and the rest of the important people to Naruto and Hinata trying to figure out what they should get for their wedding.

It is a relaxing and comedic couple of episodes that finish with various conversations between characters. It also shows the character growth and impacts Naruto had on everyone in his life.

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  • On the day of Naruto Uzamaki's birth the village of Konoha was attacked by the 9-tailed fox demon. In order to protect the village Naruto's father the 4th hokage sacrificed his life and sealed the demon in his new born son. 13 years later Naruto graduates the ninja academy and becomes a shinobi with goal to be the hokage of the village. Joining him are rival Sasuke Uchiha who attempts to gain power to avenge his clan after they were murdered by his older brother Itachi. And Sakura Haruno who is Naruto's love interest who of course loves his rival Sasuke. But when itachi returns to the village after the chunnin exams and Sasuke proves to be powerless against him. Sasuke will fall to the villainous Orochimaru to gain power. Naruto must do everything in his power to stop his friend from loosing himself to darkness even if it means losing himself.


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A powerful fox known as the Nine-Tails attacks the ninja village Konoha. In response, the leader of Konoha -the Fourth Hokage -seals the fox inside his newborn son Naruto Uzumaki at the cost of his life. As a child, Naruto is isolated from the Konoha community, who regards him as if he was the Nine-Tails itself. A decree made by the current Kage, the Third Hokage,forbids anyone mentioning the Nine-Tails to anyone else. Twelve years later,renegade ninja Mizuki reveals Naruto the truth before being defeated by Naruto with the Shadow Clone Jutsu,earning the respect of his teacher Iruka Umino. Shortly after, Naruto becomes a ninja and is assigned alongside Sasuke Uchiha, whom he often competes against, and Sakura Haruno,whom he has a crush on, to form a three-person team named Team 7 under an experienced sensei,the elite ninja Kakashi Hatake. Like all the ninja teams from every village, Team 7 is charged with completing missions requested by villagers, ranging from doing chores, and being bodyguards or executing assassinations.

After several missions, most notably one to the Land of Waves, Kakashi allows Team 7 to participate in 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 top-wanted criminal, invades Konoha and kills the Third Hokage in an act of revenge. This forces one of the three legendary ninja, Jiraiya,to search with Naruto for 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, the Sharingan. Believing Orochimaru will be able to give him the strength needed to kill his older brother Itachi,who destroyed their clan, Sasuke eventually joins him after a humiliating defeat at his brother's hands. Tsunade sends a group of ninja including Naruto to retrieve Sasuke, but Naruto is unable to bring him back to the village. Naruto and Sakura do not give up on Sasuke, however, and the former leaves Konoha to train under Jiraiya's tutelage in order to prepare himself for the next time he encounters Sasuke, while the latter becomes Tsunade's apprentice.

Two and a half years later,Naruto returns from his training with Jiraiya, and the criminal organization called Akatsuki,from which Itachi is a member, starts kidnapping the hosts of the nine powerful Tailed Beasts, including the Nine-Tails sealed inside of Naruto, to extract them. Several ninjas from Konoha, including Team 7, fight against the Akatsuki members and search for their teammate Sasuke. Akatsuki is successful in capturing seven of those creatures whose hosts are killed in the process, except for Gaara,the host of the One-Tail whose life is saved in time by Naruto and his comrades. In the meantime, Sasuke betrays Orochimaru and faces Itachi to take revenge. After Itachi dies in battle, Sasuke learns from the Akatsuki founder Tobi that Itachi was ordered by Konoha's superiors to destroy his clan to prevent a coup d'état to which he accepted with the condition of allowing Sasuke to be spared. Saddened with this revelation, Sasuke joins forces with Akatsuki to kill Konoha's superiors who orchestrated the Uchihas' elimination and destroy Konoha to exact revenge. Meanwhile, as several Akatsuki members are defeated by Konoha ninjas, their figurehead leader, Nagato,kills Jiraiya and devastates Konoha. However, Naruto defeats and redeems him, reviving those who perished and earning the village's respect and admiration as a result.

With Nagato's eventual death, Tobi, while disguised as one of Konoha's founding fathers 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, in an effort to create supposedly world peace. The leaders of the five ninja villages refuse to aid him and instead join forces to confront Tobi and his allies. This results in a fourth ninja world war between the unified armies of the Five Great Countries (collectively known as the Allied Shinobi Forces) and Akatsuki's forces of zombie-like ninjas. Naruto, and Killer Bee,the host of the Eight-Tails, head for the battlefield refusing to sit back as instructed. During the conflict, it is revealed that Tobi is actually Obito Uchiha, Kakashi's former teammate who was thought to be dead, but he was saved by the real Madara and has been working with him ever since. As Sasuke learns the history of Konoha, including the circumstances that led to his clan's downfall, he decides to protect the village and rejoins Naruto and Sakura to stop Madara and Obito's plans, which unleash the Ten-Tails. However, Madara's body ends up possessed by Kaguya Ōtsutsuki,an ancient princess who intends to subdue all of mankind, and a reformed Obito sacrifices himself to help Team 7 stop her. Once Kaguya is sealed, Madara dies as well, but Sasuke takes advantage of the situation and takes control all the Tailed Beasts to realize his true goal of ending the current village system. Naruto confronts Sasuke to dissuade him, and after they almost kill each other in a final battle, Sasuke admits defeat and reforms. After the war, Kakashi is chosen to become the Sixth Hokage and pardons Sasuke of his crimes. Years later,Kakashi steps down and Naruto becomes the Seventh Hokage, raising the next generation.

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Naruto Series Profile and Story Summary


Naruto (English)
Naruto (Japanese)


Author and Artist: Masashi Kishimoto



39 volumes (continuing)

Manga Genres:

Content Rating:

Teens - Age 13+ for martial arts violence

About the Manga:

Naruto debuted in 1999 in the pages of Shonen Jump, the most popular shonen manga magazine in Japan. Naruto quickly became a reader favorite, and today the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki and the ninjas of Konoha village are enjoyed by readers worldwide. Naruto has been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Korean, English, German and French.

In North America, Naruto is serialized in the English-language edition of magazine and is also a top-rated animated series on the Cartoon Network.

About the Author / Artist:

Masashi Kishimoto, creator of Naruto is a former apprentice of Akira Toriyama (creator of Dragonball Z). Like Dragonball, Naruto is filled with memorable characters and pulse-pounding fight scenes within a detailed Japanese-inspired, yet fictional world. Kishimoto-sensei was the recipient of the prestigious Hop Step Award for new talent awarded monthly by Shueisha, a major Japanese manga publishing company.

Story Summary:

Naruto follows the adventures of a teen ninja-in-training, Naruto Uzumaki. Orphaned at birth, Naruto is a practical joker who’ll do anything for attention. His grades at the Ninja Academy suck, and he’s shunned by most of the adults in the village.

Naruto’s secret? His body is the living prison for the Nine-Tailed Fox Demon that almost destroyed the Village Hidden in the Leaves 15 years ago.

The 39-volume (and counting) series is an epic journey, as the teen Naruto grows from a bratty misfit to a powerful ninja with the potential to become the next Hokage, or the leader of Konoha village.

Main Characters:

Naruto teams up with two other genin, or junior ninja: The talented but tormented Sasuke and the spunky and intelligent Sakura. The three-man team is mentored by Kakashi, a laid-back jonin or senior ninja with a taste for tacky 'adult' fiction and an arsenal of unbeatable fighting techniques.

As the story develops, numerous other ninjas are introduced from Konoha and rival villages, each with their own battle techniques, personalities, loyalties and rivalries. The young ninjas also test their skills against fearsome opponents, including ruthless assassin for hire, Zabusa Momochi and the evil snake ninja Orochimaru.

Main Characters

Naruto Uzumaki
Orphaned at birth, Naruto Uzumaki is a teen ninja in training who can’t seem to do anything right in the eyes the ninjas of his village. Unbeknownst to Naruto, the main reason why he’s treated this way is a secret locked inside his body since his birth: He is the living prison for the Nine-Tailed Fox Demon that nearly destroyed the village 15 years ago.

Sasuke Uchiha
Moody Sasuke is almost the opposite of Naruto. While Naruto was the class dunce, Sasuke always got top marks for his skills in the ninja arts. However, Sasuke bears the burden of a tragic past: His entire clan was murdered by his older brother Itachi.

Sakura Haruno
Sakura may not have Sasuke’s innate talent or Naruto’s raw strength, but her intelligence, spunk and discipline allows her to surpass the boys when their hot-headed, attack-first/ask-questions-later approach fails.


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