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Naruto  
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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!

Note: Has been nominated for the 19th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and won the "Rookie of the Year" award in the media fine arts category by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2015.

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火影忍者
NARUTO―ナルト―

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Status in Country of Origin
72 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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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Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (4769 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.79 / 10.0
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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
Viz (70 Volumes - Ongoing)

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After 13 years of reading there shall come reflection-no-jutsu   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
November 9th, 2014, 7:38am
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Part 1: I started reading in 2002 and was and still am into this part. Real human € were paid. The art is stylish from the start and becomes really good during the chunin arc. The story itself can hold it's own against the well choreographed fights and the spirit of Akira is strong in terms of design and the occasional moment of eye-catching violence and slight punk esthetics. The characters are all inherently lovable from the start. Stand outs include Rock Lee (the definition of a shonen hero), Neji (great use of a tragic back-story), Shikamaru (best BFF on could dream of) and Hinata (has a more likable Yamato nadeshiko ever existed?). Kakashi is obviously Kenshin levels cool and Orochimaru is the best villain of the series. Gaara is a very strong rival. Another strength is the constant explanations diagrams of the jutsus and the reasonably grounded use of them. Yoshihiro Togashi would be proud. The theme of generation hits hard when Jiraiya comes a-perving. Ah yes the daytime anime- adaptation friendly light perving does not happen. Apparently Masashi cares about the intellect and attention span of his readers. Build upon themes of legacy over pandering of all forms like titz, shipping and a dozen new different attack modes for everyone per arc so we can keep selling figures are missing as of now. You don't want to know my opinion on Negi, Fairy Tail, Kenichi, Beach and the lowest hanging fruits they keep on grabbing to stay in print and of my reading list. Even the humor works too at this point. Hiruzen's big hero death (what a fight) is expected by well done and casts a reaching shadow. The weaknesses are the the use of SJ formula to a tee and some very big logic holes like the sheer number of pointlessly dead children and crazy bullying that path the road to happy endings. The more then weird society need to be mentioned too. Does everyone go to ninja school? How does money and the power/mission ranking actually work? Wouldn't clone jutsu make working obsolete? Can ninja crime even be fought? How is Naruto so clueless about his heritage? Is ninja sex as crazy as i expect? Even teenage me had these questions constantly. The anime adaptation is very well done outside of the expected pacing problems and the limited animation is used well and to stylish effect. I haven't seen the filler and neater should you. This part is a 8,5/10.

Part 2 till invasion of Pain: The world building really gets going and the new designs are great. The art becomes less quirky but noticeably good for a weekly shovel fest. When and how did Kishimoto meet his wife anyway? The exploding cast starts to turn into a problem. At least Kubo Tite syndrome(no resolving ideas before the next deadline you say, have 20 new characters with fabulous mullets instead !) never happens. The till now likable Sakura sadly takes a nosedive here. Good god is she LOYAL. Gaara's offscreen sprint to redemption turned him into nonsense too. I wish Hinata who now climbed the opularity poles would step in but her role is being a meat-shield with almost no screen time. Waste of a character- no-jutsu ! Sasuke's journey as secondly anti-hero is well done and Akatsuki builds greatly and logically upon the beloved snake lord. The path to pain is well integrated into the generations theme. Asuma's and Jiraiya's hero deaths are very effective but the small ones keep happening way less frequent. BUT the big war against Pain hits a wall called redemption. The pulled by the arguably long hair revelations about Itachi's motives and his gentle soul manage to spiral Sasuke down a journey that both character almost don't recover from for the next 30 Volumes. The musical chair of Sasukes true feelings and motivations almost killed him for me. Lead 2 takes a nosedive. Pain's motivation that is the same as Seymour from FF X (suffering needs to die ~so i will kill the world!) is a giant problem too. So is the revival-a-thon that makes death meaningless from now on. Akira Toriyama would be proud. A lot of good fight keep on happening but the second half of the arc runs into problems too. Way too many modes of attack and the constant needs of power ups destroy the grounded nature of the choreography. Especially with all the constant summoning of random crap. The action aspect still pulls through well enough the humor becomes a non-issue halfway in and is just there out of obligation. No Kenhsin level fight anymore but still better them most action comics worldwide. We aren't pandering completely by now but things are getting critical. This part is a 7,5/10. The anime looks like it is animated by vietnamese slaves half the time so i dropped it after a year. Kind of a shame. At least the soundtrack stayed strong.

Five Kage arc till 700: Let the bitching begin but the art has to be mentioned first. Who has the time for such non digital background week after week? It has become good enough to follow along alone. Nine-Tails and friends have always only been misunderstood. Naruto fights his own Dark Link. EVERYONE comes back as zombies and or ghosts (how many final conversations with his parents did he have?). At least Kishimoto understood that Jiraya needed to stay dead. Repeated nostalgia milking so no new plots have to be woven went on for about 2 year of my life thanks to this. The fights against an army of clones are as pointless as i expected. Why was i looking forward to this? Talk and flashback-no-jutsu manage to become memes by now too. The shipping especially gets weird by this point and the female characters become completely pointless now. Hinata's near deadly confession that the whole village saw lacks a follow-up is the biggest offender. You know what? The number of characters is now over 9000 so nearly everyone is now a random superpower on legs. Am i secretly reading a X-men event comic? Kishimoto designed the ninjas as superheroes after all. The avengers run a school too by the way. Another big problem are the now pointless action scenes. All big characters can now turn into japanese gods, have more might in one hand then the lord (Ninja-Jesus shows up too) and stand around in the air while screening at the moon. Akira Toriyama would be proud. I guess Kishimoto started to pandering to the internet in all forms but nudity by now. Le sigh. "New“ big bad Obito was a very good at first and his backstory leads to great use of Kakashi. But he also went to the FF X school (i swear i like it) of villainy and friendship is magic by the end of his arc too. Madara is also nice at first but how many turtles deep are we now on the villains front? And he is basically Orochimaru with a unkempt hair and even he gets some stupid thing about friendship thrown in at the end. How high a mountain of corpses did he build again to get that final handshake? Will Griffith get that one too? That one is a joke of course. The web of connections for good and bad guys is now incomprehensible due to the ret-cons that happen every third week. Naruto Wikia is now mandatory and the data-books will thus turn into bestsellers. Brian M. Bendis would be proud. Kishimoto himself admitted that he didn't plan all these(maybe a record of non superhero fiction ?) in advance but they hold up reasonably well till now. But we are 50+ volumes in so even Cerebus Syndrome has kicked in so the humor is long gone too. Two identical Wars in (Hinata as a meat-shield again?) is the breaking point for both action, internal logic and nearly my patience. Neji 's big hero death is emotional for sure and sealed the shipping deal for Naruto for good. It may have been the right characters to burry but it was the wrong way to kill him. He has perfect eyes (!) and he could have kicked that stupid tree with both hands behind his back. Or final Ghibli princes (the manga has finally turned into Asura's wrath by now) that needs to be defeated is Ultimecia from FF VIII and she even brought the evil tree from FF V and a pile of random black goo that was the mastermind all along has to show his ugly bug too. Most should agree with me that this part of the arc is nonsense of the highest order ! Worst of all is that google now links the word Kaguya to her and not the folktales. I guess everyone and their dog were reading the manga by now. At least i now know that Kishimoto may have been a gamer before his life turned into 15 years a slave. The canon "The Last“ (sure you are) looks like FF VII and Majora's Mask after all and this and the triple Hyuga kidnapping or the existence of a fourth Kaguya child could turn into a problem. The only reason i didn't even think of dropping the series is because of my by now deeply rooted love for the characters, the art and shining points like chapter 605 and 699. Kishimoto may be a complete Shueisha slave at this point but his life blood was in it somewhere. The YouTube anime clips looked a bit better but this part needs a rewrite and a diet not an adaptation! This part is the lowest and most unjustified 6/10 i have ever given.


The END: 700 is good and croud pleasing enough (unless you shipped like a madman) but only a setup to ultimately print money. It still helped to move the final rating up by 0,5. My full opinion and another one of my novels can be found here. I even talk about kunoichi feminism and at least they keep their clothes on while fighting and were aloud on the battlefield...at times. SJ is apparently slowly moving forward from their Hokuto no Ken days. Isn't nearly half their readership female and technically adult by now? I like Naruto himself but i think that he is less alive then his other worthwhile peers like Luffy and Gon. Meaning that he is tied to his Hokage quest and search for acknowledgment a bit too much. I can see him eating ramen an being Baka(his grade school antics and naivety should have stopped shortly after the time jump) outside of the page but not living a rounded life. The next comparable shonen bestseller on my list are now HxH/Titan (arguably something else) and Ippo/One Piece (i am trying my best not to drop these but it is getting harder due to unmoving and repetitive arcs). It is not that i outgrew the formula but a weekly release schedule for years will break even the most talented writer. The genre apparently needs new blood and less One Piece/DBZ copies. A length of no more then 30 volumes is vital or a Berserk style Hitaus X Hiatus needs to take place to not turn into a mind killer. Naruto after all started almost as good as a certain alchemist and almost ended as a certain laundry detergent in it's 40s. But don't be that „new“ writer to Kishimto. You gave me (and us) joy and I care about you and read your interviews. Please retire in grace and don't be the a slave to the system that keeps chasing his lost youth and relevance! Go home and be a family man even if Naruto himself ironically doesn't have the time now (is this some Bakuman level commentary on working for Jump?). You deserve better and your wife and family miss and need you! Take that honeymoon you kept on delaying for a decade and only do passion project on your own schedule (but no more Mario please). And if you need to return to the world of ninjas then stick to Orochimaru and Kakashi miniseries in Ultra Jump only. Your journey is over and i have reached catharsis by way of this review too. Let the other Jump slaves do the now beginning river of spin-offs. If anyone cares about my opinion of the movies i think that Land of Snow is the "best“ and "Road to Ninja“ is a big waste of setting. They are close enough to canon and NONE other exist as of now. I vow to never write such a master's theses till Berserk ends and inspires me to write my second review novel. Thank you for your time and a great and first-time retrospective reading of the series can be found here.

... Last updated on May 5th, 2015, 5:06am
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Had potential, fell off a steep cliff   
Rating: 6.7 / 10.0
by TundraDweller
November 9th, 2014, 2:39am
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If you read Naruto from the beginning, you will get a sense of great excitement in anticipation of the future of the series. There's Naruto who has a legendary uber-powerful monster sealed inside him, Sasuke whose clan was annihilated and wants revenge, Orochimaru who is nearly the best villain ever, Kakashi and Gai, Kabuto, Sandaime, legends of past awesome ninjas like the hokages and the how the story and characters are affected by them. Etc. etc.

However, Kishimoto fails to capitalize on this great beginning to his story and gets carried away. Everything up to Naruto vs Gaara can be said to be the best part of the series. With the start of Naruto chasing after Sasuke, the series start going downhill. At some point it gets ridiculous. Right up until Naruto vs Sasuke, I still very much enjoyed the series. The fights were awesome back then. Deep and exciting.

With the 2-year time-skip, the manga loses control altogether. Naruto's training with the legendary ninja Jiraiya only yields Oodama Rasengan that he uses once, that's all. And it drains him too. The story starts sucking majorly. Akatsuki is cool and all, but the story is crap. Orochimaru is forced into the sidelines and people less interesting than him get all attention. Sasuke powers up, so much so that Naruto may as well have been not training at all during the two years. I forget other details, but this time was boring as hell.

Akatsuki easily captures the bijuu that we were led to believe were truly formidable, almost invincible monsters with near unlimited chakra and stuff. And the people who caught them? Most of them don't have the kind of power needed to battle a capable jinchuuriki even 2 on 1. But they caught them anyway.

Battles in part 2 are really shallow and boring. Compared to the battles in part 1, in the chuunin exam and the Sasuke-chase, these battles don't even compare. Of course, power-wise it levels up, as shounen genre demands, but the content and depth does not match up.

Towards the end, Kishimoto finally went full senile. Manga became a total wreck. All the people of the past we thought of as awesome were brought back to life and their characters ruined. The images tarnished. Really! Orochimaru becomes a side character. Tobi turns out to be Obito, ruining Kakashi Gaiden. Sasuke comes back to fight the good fight. Oh boy. Madara comes back to life and single-handedly, with little effort wipes out the previous and current kages that we considered capable shinobi. The bijuu are less than toys before him. Obito becomes Sot6P, kinda, but becoming juubi jinchuuriki. He's OP, but still loses. Madara takes his place. Heck, even I'm getting confused writing this. Umm, oh yeah, the real Sot6P comes and gives Naruto and Sasuke new powers, they battle Madara. Madara is back-stabbed by Zetsu (!!!). Turns out Zetsu really works for Kaguya, Sot6P's mother(!). She tries to destroy everything after getting rid of Madara. Naruto and Sasuke, with Obito's help (!!) manage to beat her. *gasp* I need a break. Hmm, then Sasuke back-stabs Naruto (!!!!). They fight to a draw.


I give up. Kishimoto sucks.

... Last updated on November 9th, 2014, 2:39am
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Thank you for the ending!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by himemai
November 8th, 2014, 9:43pm
It's unperfect for some people... but for me.. it's already a great ending! At least... I make myself read again Naruto for the ending and thanks for the ending, it's makes me update my rating again. Perhaps because some of my expectation becomes reality.
But, if I can say... it's still a very very long series^^ So perhaps I should collect just the last volume... O v O;; it's too difficult for me if I collect all //brickd


Oh... Kakashi's face is a mystery till the very end...
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10 reasons to burn it - it's not worth   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Kookma
November 8th, 2014, 1:59pm
Just like Naruto I have 2 kids now

1. Terribly getup (that drop leg holster of sasuke is killing me)
2. Too many characters and no character development
3. Terribly bad plot-wise
4. Too many flashbacks
5. They just talk
6. For breaking ninja codes and protocols
7. 71% of story is about Sasuke
8. Battles sucks and sometimes you will miss the important parts
9. Too much training (What they teach in ninja school?)
10. Boring as hell, story is the weakest aspect

... Last updated on November 11th, 2014, 11:20pm
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A masterpiece on every level!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by chaechaeboi
November 7th, 2014, 7:08am
What got me into the series initially was that I thought ninjas were cool when I was a kid. What kept me in it and made it my favorite series were the psychological warfare in the battles. A character will attack a certain way in order to decieve the opponent and make them fall for thier trap. Kind of like in death note where light has these awesome plans go well. I cannot give examples without giving spoilers so I won't. Unfortunately as the series progress the fights get less psychological in general and more like super heroes shooting energy but I grew to love it for other reasons over the years such as the artwork improves and the characters have a place in my heart. To me, this series will be a legendary classic right up there with DragonBallZ. I'm feeling so much nostalgia to know that it is over. Hopefully you will grow attached and love it like i did.

... Last updated on November 7th, 2014, 7:10am
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The ending is fanservice   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by SephiriaChronos
November 7th, 2014, 1:01am
The ending doesn't make sense. It killed off all the development made for the past 698 chapters and ended with some of the most ridiculous pairings.
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Naruto professed his love for sakura throughout the series but yet they didn't end up together? Stop kidding me!
Then what was the 698 chapters there for? If he's not going to follow up on it he shouldn't have spent so much time focusing on that.

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Seriously did Sakura not grow up after all the hooha with Sasuke and Naruto? It's unbelievable that they can get married after that.
Her character development flew right out of the window, faster than light.

Not to mention some of the character design is obviously flawed if you consider the facts of the series.
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How can the children of Naruto have whiskers, unless you're telling me it's a male preg and the father is really Sasuke.


There's also the behaviour of the main characters
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towards their kids. Sasuke and Naruto knows about the loneliness of childhood without parents yet they neglect their children for some reason. And no, being Hokage doesn't justify anything.


There are so many other things I can say to back up my reason of how many things are wrong but forget it, I'm not in the mood. I can only say the ending is pure fanservice and the pairings are there just for the sake of the
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side series that Kishimoto is going to make.
Because of the ending I'm going to give it a rating of 6. This is so ridiculous that it's not even funny.

All in all, sorry, I'm not going to read anything else made by this mangaka.
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it was good and is still good so actually good overall :)   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by CrossRyuu
November 6th, 2014, 6:17pm
well i grew up watching and reading this series but as i grew up of course yoiu change your taste, on what kind of demography you want to read but naruto is one of the mangas that are good even though its shounen its one of the most unforgettable manga there is that ive ever read but of course its not perfect in anyway its just the best shounen manga smile

im actually happy it already ended cause there are circumstances where the author goes AWOL or dies before completing it and the ending is not that bad couldn't ask for a better one

... Last updated on November 6th, 2014, 6:24pm
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Good from beginning but ended.... below expectation   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by dremondtanic
November 6th, 2014, 1:56pm
Sigh.... thats ending couldnt be any less cliche......
I loved the show bought at least the first 50 volumes, now what do i see at the ending, an ending predicted by everyone years ago.

I wont lie the show was the beginning of my addiction in anime and manga in 2003, it still leave me sad yet happy that the show ended.
it started amzing good, but kinda drop in its final arc. Now i dont mean the final arc was bad, its just that 4 year worth in this arc could have been done in 1 or 1 1/2 year. But still i wont say the story was not enjoyable, just...... expected more to that.

No spoiler

Story
Story was amazing in the beginning through the show, Its down fall was the final arc which seemed could have been done alot shortter. For the ending, it was really nothing new, very cliche in a story. You could tell exacly what to expect in the ending from years ago.

Art.
The art never was dissapointing to me, there is no reason to hate it, the artist stayed true to its quality though you could tell there were sometime rush work there btu i guess it might have been deadline.

Character
All enjoyable at first but.... some could be very annoying and some should have gotten more screen time. Many other character were more interesting and you could tell that some of the artist that work with the project like them to because of how well the were drawn.

Overall
I loved the show, it was my childhood enjoyment. I wont say it had its bad time but it was something i grew up with so it is sad for me to see it go. Though the ending was not to my expectation i still loved the show.

This show will keep my 9/10 i gived to it years ago, this is how original viewed it. But if i had to be honest with its rating at the ending it will get a 6/10

Peace
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Sayonara, Naruto...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Desert4142
November 6th, 2014, 12:11pm
After 12-13 years of the manga that introduced me to the manga/anime scene, it is now time for a heartfelt farewell. It's going to be incredibly diffiult to check for updates each week, knowing that none will come... As it is though, all things must come to an end! Thank you for all these years Kishimoto and i wish you the best of luck!smile
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Not going to lie   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Trey21
November 6th, 2014, 10:04am
I fanboyed like a lil girl when it came to the ending I kinda knew what was going to happen but to actually see and read it was great finally done with Naruto 7yrs later probably watch the last movie next to see how that goes
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