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Naruto  
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Description
Twelve years ago, the powerful Nine-Tailed Demon Fox attacked the ninja village of Konohagakure. The demon was quickly defeated and sealed into the infant Naruto Uzumaki, by the Fourth Hokage who sacrificed his life to protect the village. Now Naruto is the number one knucklehead ninja who's determined to become the next Hokage and gain recognition by everyone who ever doubted him!

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Associated Names
Наруто
火影忍者
NARUTO―ナルト―

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Status in Country of Origin
70 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (Naruto) // Vol 27, Chap 245 (Naruto Shippuden)
Ends at Vol 27, Chap 238 (Naruto) // Ongoing (Naruto Shippuden)

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509 topics, 13637 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (4369 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.89 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 1st 2014, 8:28am PST

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Year
1999

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Serialized In (magazine)
Akamaru Jump (Oneshot Pilot)
Shuukan Shounen Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
JManga (Chapter 1 Preview - Defunct)
Viz (66 Volumes, 8 Omnibuses - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #19 increased(+14)
Monthly Pos #21 decreased(-4)
3 Month Pos #17 decreased(-5)
6 Month Pos #10 decreased(-1)

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On 15302 reading lists
On 391 wish lists
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Good Elements Mixed with Terrible Story Telling   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by decisions
March 26th, 2008, 2:56pm
Naruto is a story I have terribly mixed feelings about, especially since I devoted a lot of time in the past to writing fanfiction for it... back when I still liked the series.

The most addicting thing about Naruto is the "Naruverse." There is just so much potential in the Naruto world. You have ninja magic that covers a BROAD spectrum of abilities, you have a few deviants in Konoha (Naruto's home town), you have "missing-nin" who betrayed Konoha (most notably men by the names of Orochimaru and Uchiha Itachi), you have demon magic, you have enemy nations who are not on good terms with Konoha, and you have an evil organization bent on world domination.

Wow. Kishimoto spared no expense in setting up a world that would give him virtually unlimited storytelling options. There ARE some inconsistencies, specifically revolving around technology, but aside from that, you can easily get addicted to the Naruverse.

The problems arise in the storytelling. Naruto can be divided into two parts, each I will give thought into separately.

Part 1 of Naruto sets the stage in a very typical shounen way, with the difference that he is hated because of a demon sealed inside of him that everyone fears. He has a rival, an emotionally disturbed kid whose entire clan was massacred by his elder brother (the aforementioned Uchiha Itachi killed them all). They go through trialsand tribulations and appear to change and grow. Naruto starts growing up from the kid he once was and starts becoming a powerful ninja, while Sasuke is faced with choices regarding his revenge and his friendship.

Part 2 is where the story totally breaks down. Kishimoto throws all the character development out the window and changes characters into what he wants them to be at this point using a a 3 year time jump as the excuse. Character personalities in some characters have completely reverted back and in other characters seem different in ways that don't make sense. For reasons I cannot tell, the story stops focusing on developing characters and starts hyping them instead. We're TOLD that technique X or ability Y is super powerful and nobody can perform it except character Z and nobody can stop it no matter who they are. In this way, "S-class" ninjas are given an "S-class" shield by Kishimoto, which is only broken down by convenient plot devices that destroy characterization.

Rating: 4/10.

I'm fine with the cliche shounen elements so long as the storytelling is good enough. Part 1's storytelling was enough to keep me from bemoaning the problems with the series. Part 2 lost it.
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Kishimoto is a Good Mangaka...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by luizvga
June 21st, 2012, 3:31pm
I'm quite convinced that Kishimoto is a really skillful mangaka, but somethings are like restraints to him, like the shounen genre itself. It's quite common to see people complaining about this manga, but they can't tell why they don't stop reading it. I'd guess it's because Kishimoto can hold their attentions and make they wonder "what'll happen next?". They just don't realize it.

Naruto is a manga that probably makes WSJ earn a lot of money and that's why it keeps going for a long time. But I'm quite amazed by the fact that even being a big series, it didn't lost its coherence up to now, something that's really common to shounen series.

Naruto is a cliche manga? Of course it's cliche! Look at the magazine it's published! It's meant to be read by people who want to see cliche shounen! Its target public are teenagers, not young adults who have read a lot of other shounens in their lives!

In general, the art is good (for a weekly series, it's awesome), the plot and pace are steady and it's really addicting depending on your taste.
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Naruto? Ain't that a food? Ninja? Yeah, right.   
Rating: N/A
by FullmetalANDRA
July 21st, 2008, 12:43pm
There are only a few things wrong with Naruto:
1. Sasuke
2. Sasuke
3. WHY THE HELL IS THE TITLE CALLED "NARUTO" WHEN IT SHOULD BE "SASUKE (STARRING NARUTO)"!!!
4. They don't act like ninjas
5. When I see an obnoxious brat running around in an orange jumpsuit, I don't think of ninjas. I think of somebody who broke out of jail!
6. Wow. How ninja. Running around in flashy, colorful outfits casting magic spells
7. Narutards are watching you
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8. Only the cool people (Hayate, Jiraiya, Orochimaru, Asuma, etc.) die and not the annoying jerkwads (Sasuke, Sasuke, Sasuke, Sasuke, Sasuke, etc.)

9. It drags and drags and drags....
10. They talk too damn much
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Seriously though...   
Rating: N/A
by Splintered
March 12th, 2008, 3:50pm
Some of the scores are ridiculous and uncalled for. Naruto might be overrated by many, but even more so now it's being underrated. I've seen mangas that deserve 1's. Naruto isn't one of them.

Naruto became a trend, so much so that it's become so vogue to hate Naruto and claim it is horrible, and in that, Naruto hate has also become a trend.

Naruto is cliche shounen, but so is Bleach, Fairy Tail, HunterxHunter, and the list goes on. But I still think it still delivers entertainment, I still love the characters, I still enjoy the fights, I still like the strong panels, and it's a good download for a decent story. Remove yourself from the fandom politics and elitist snobbery, both inside and outside the fandom, and you'll generally enjoy yourself.
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Like it or Hate it   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Athaene
January 8th, 2011, 5:09pm
This manga seems to be really polarizing, you either really enjoy it or you think it's beyond stupid. I personally am one who enjoys it, but I'll admit, there are some chapters that make you think "why am I reading this again?"

Many people that complain that it should have ended awhile ago but for the scope and the amount of just everything that this manga has in it, making it end sooner would have just left too many untied ends. Currently, you can feel the story coming to a close but in a way that also answers the questions we've all been wondering.

Overall, I give Naruto a 9 for a few reasons.

One: action scenes. Too many brilliant manga have been ruined by poorly executed fight scenes that have so many things going on that no one can figure out what just happened, Naruto typically maintains a good balance between uncluttered drawing and dialogue.

Two: Characters. We've all read manga in which every other figure looks exactly like someone who appeared two pages ago, minus maybe a different hair color. In this manga, differentiating between two characters is easy: every person has a distinct look and all the main characters can be recognized with no second guessing. One other thing that I think is rather rare is the fact that parents/siblings/family members actually look related to each other.

Three: it's in depth. I'm not sure if this is just me but I find it cool when I can see a picture of a character and instantly know a huge chunk of info regarding who the person is, who their family is, what they can do, and how they tie into the story. The further and further you read into the story the more you realize just how massive Kishimoto's ninja world is.
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Very good manga in its early part but...   
Rating: N/A
by hlm11
April 23rd, 2012, 1:28pm
I like the first 20 volumes but as the series dragged on, the quality decreased as well. New plots keep pop up but many of them don't fit well with the original story thus making it seems a ragged piece of cloth. The fights' quality went down too. In early part most of characters, especially Naruto, have only a limited set of techniques and have to use their brains to maximize their abilities. That is what make their fights interesting to watch. But in later parts, Naruto keeps getting new techies thus previous abilities were rendered useless.
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Basic beyond shounen   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Bakuhatsu
January 1st, 2008, 9:47pm
It's a shounen manga with "twists" that are supposed to be amazingly "OMG!". I like kishimoto's art...I really do. It's fusion between slightly realistic and anime gives a nice aura to my eye. The art is detailed and screams "JAPANESE!" with it's fusion with old japanese legends. But that's all I liked about it. I gave it too many chances until I coughed up enough blood to finally put it down. The story is that usual "train, beat up meet stronger...train, beat up, meet stronger..." plus the occasional "evil person's scene" and quite lame "drama". You can label the characters with a snap of a finger. Their personalities seemed nice at first...then flushes down the toilet as they "developed". Character reactions are gettign unrealistic overtime...and I think slowly Kishimoto is responding to his fans more and more. I've read this series all the way through...and probably stopped at when ******* died. Yes, far from the beginning of shippuden by a trillion chapters...so far I'm still reading it...because I'm still giving it chances. (The art still inspires me). A VERY basic plot (by that, I mean straightforward) does not meet the requirements of a teen audience in my opinion. (maybe the "teeny boppers" as they call 'em in the 50's.) The only thing it's for teens is the blood and violence...but definitely not for the simple (and quite lame) storyline.
...Therefore, I find this series basic "beyond" shounen. It's just so basic that if this series' storyline was drawn as a line, it'll be as straight as a ruler...with a few nicks because you accidentally traced a small portion of your finger when you start.

... Last updated on January 2nd, 2008, 9:17pm
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Shounen - Better than most   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kurotan
January 26th, 2012, 7:08am
I wish read this before I read Bleach. I would've saved a lot of my time. People can say what they want but Naruto is simply entertaining. If you wanna complain about plot issues then read Josei manga because shounen manga aren't known for very coherent story lines. Don't get me wrong, I love Naruto's narrative but I guess some people find it hard to accept because of the over the top story arcs. I honestly can't help but think of Harry Potter when I read this simply because of the rich backstory and I think:

This is better than Harry Potter.

Its funny, its emotional, its sad, its interesting and many other things. If someone doesn't like Naruto, its not that there's something wrong with Naruto but rather something is wrong with their perception of what a shounen manga is supposed to be like.
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Meh   
Rating: N/A
by reina q
August 1st, 2011, 8:20pm
This is an amazing manga, and once you get in, you can't get out. What got me into it was the anime, the first three seasons of which were really awesome. When I got into the manga, which was when Shippuden was a couple dozen episodes in, I realized that Naruto hadn't changed AT ALL. He uses the same jutsus over and over again, with various different versions of the same jutsu being used. His attitude somehow always seems to get him in trouble, but it always saves him from danger and people secretly admire him for some unseeable reason. Sasuke is also very annoying. He wasn't even supposed to exist in the manga, but now he takes it over. I get that this is going in a direction that the mangaka has planned out, but I have a feeling that after more than a decade, he's done with this as well. Still, I recommend this for everyone. For the most part, all the other characters aren't so bad.
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oh my gosh...!!   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by cleanlyer
May 12th, 2008, 3:40pm
this is the MOST overrated manga/anime series!! the artwork isnt appealing (not that its bad, but ive seen MUCH better) and the characters are very annoying. the whole plot and how this series will go on forever until the author dies shows there will never be an actual end, even though everyone (even people who dont read the series) knows the planned ending, Naruto and his friends ALL become whatever they want to be in the beginning.
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