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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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72 Volumes (Complete)

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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 (4894 votes)
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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 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.

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.

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.

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

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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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I hate endings   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by HunterMaou
November 6th, 2014, 8:59am
Don't get me wrong i am not going to say i loved this series the most or that its the worst because of the many flaws of it. im just mainly sad that idiotic boy that i read about much earlier on has grown up to the point the manga has stopped. im not gonna say i enjoyed the 7ish years that Ive spent going in and around jap media but seeing as how this was the first manga that i read i feel a sense of sadness since its finished, since somewhere i thought this might all ways go on forever. i do not hate the ending that was there but i hate endings in general. that said this is the end of old Naruto (atleast naruto himself i heard there was going to be a spinoff) maybe the Naruto universe will go on but the book spanning 7years has slowly closed for me. its been great and cheers for another few more years of anime. i think i will be going to go outside for now
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Awesome Series but Shippuden part is Only a Replay...   
Rating: N/A
by Xiximaro
October 31st, 2014, 5:24pm
Whatever anyone says this is a good series, that is until Shippuden starts... Action, art, comedy, drama, this has everything. But there is a huge flaw, a good series has a good introduction, development and conclusion. This one is just like the majority of Shounen manga,
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the conclusion sucks. The reason I wrote in the title that it's a "replay", is because the story after Naruto comes from training with Jiraya goes the same way when half the story ended.
The later half(Shippuden) is just like the first one with just a difference at the end. You have a lot of new awesome fights and all, but all you see is Sasuke being bipolar and Sakura a bit**... In the first half it's understandable but in later one is just tiresome, the reason is because the end will be the same has they were kids, Sasuke makes himself as a victim as always and Naruto has to fight yet again with Sasuke, when Sasuke is weak he turns ally of Naruto but when he becomes stronger he turns a douche and tries to kill Naruto has always, so the later half will lead to the same has the first did, no originality there...
Frankly speaking I suppose no one likes a long series to have a predictable story, but that is what you get, because has most Shounen, the author is afraid to make a daring ending has he planed at the beginning for sure, pretty much like the author of Shingeki no Kyojin who change it because of pressure(can't be sure if it was a good decision or not)

So if you are looking for an awesome and different series, you have come to the wrong place. If you want something unpredictable and captivating until the end you are better of reading Berserk, Akame ga Kill!, One Piece or something similar. Even if you don't agree with this review, just remember that the plot will always end in something that it did in the beggining, the fate of some characters may differ or not, but the premise will always lead to the same. In my opinion, this being a 15 year long manga series, will surely give you a bitc** slap when you finish it.
In conclusion, first half a 10, second half a mediocre 6 score... If the manga was divided in two like the anime, the title would be "Naruto: Puberty Starts, But They Will Still be the Same".

... Last updated on October 31st, 2014, 5:50pm
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I waste my time... Boycott Kishimoto works   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
May 15th, 2014, 3:31am
I dropped this series about one year ago because shallow story line, many of us was kid when naruto published but now this manga turn to stupid scenario. about 3 ~ 4 days ago one of my friends asked me about new chapters (->674) and I'm still have same point of view about this series.

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I expected that naruto should be killed in battle in return to become a legend hero but editors dont want that (i think) so they will have rough battle against madara to process the stupid story and in the end i think both of them become legend or sasuke will hold title of hokage. If i remember that correctly in chapter 525 or 526 feudal lords should be taken as hostage but after 145+ chapter so far nothing happened

In tactical strategy matter, editors of naruto series doesn't know anything at all.

-update- until chapter 696
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First I dont talk about religions, so dont mix them up, im full of all of them.

The ideology of Sasuke show that hatred will lead the world to another war and rest of people will follow it automatically , In our world there is hate between us, When strong enemy show up all former enemies turn into allies to defeat that strong enemy. History is repeating again and again but we never wanted to live in peace because of greedy people that lead us, lets call them feudal lord for example and Kage (their dog).
Dictatorship is Sasuke ideology in management of country and this kind of person wont ever last.

The Ideology of Naruto give us that opinion, If we want to live in harmony we need remove the hatred and build the tower of trust and love but can you live under command of feudal lords ? If they order you to kill innocent people ?

In point of my view point the Naruto still immature compared to Sasuke because Naruto never had the experience of murdered family (clan) by hands of his brother because of greedy people.

To me both of them are wrong, there isn't any resolve.

For Kishimoto, Thanks for hard work but what do we get after this ?
You wanted to show us how we can make a better world but truth is we can't even if we want to people around us wont let you do that because of their interest. They are bunch of parasites of society that claim the power, If we want to make better world we have to sacrifice our people for that cause. You tried to show that part but in this matter we and our children will never make it.
You never talked about other sins. hatred will change to wrath, what about other sins ? (I know this is shounen manga but he can make comment about this in his work)

-update- until chapter 700 (THE END)
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WTH. Im not feminist you know, If I would be I should take it as insult from your last chapter honestly you showed most of female characters to be housewife and I feel sorry for Sakura for being most idiot character in this story is she masochism or something ?
The ending its look like something that Japanese men want from their wives. (pisst you draw naruto with yellow hair dont you?)
and for Naruto ideology fan, Your character wanted to be Hokage. Its your responsibility now. Can you be good father when you value your work more than your family?
and for last page, They made allies. Okay for what kind of reasons ? supporting that greedy feudal lords ? don't kidding me okay they will eventually become enemy when they looking for same source of WEALTH. I dont know for what kind of reasons they didn't disband ninja armies (is there any enemy in that world ?) you don't believe it ? check chapter 9! How they make money ? babysitting?

- To grow up kids that spend their 15 years of life with this ridiculous manga, Just be wise and dont get near this kind of mangas.
- I would never ever recommend this manga to anyone.
- To Kishimoto: You wanted to learn something? watch "La haine" movie, your brother did better than you.

... Last updated on November 7th, 2014, 8:43pm
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Flaws are negligible   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by TrackKing
April 23rd, 2014, 9:05pm
Naruto is a story about a Ninja who lives in a world full of Ninja's. Twist.... Nobodies a Ninja. If your looking for a story full of accuracy, then you will hate Naruto. These Ninja are blowing up mountains and are not stealthy in the slightest. But if your looking for action, comedy and a little drama mixed in, then you'll love Naruto.

It is not without it's faults however. One of the main Characters is just a complete ass wipe most of the series and if your not in love with him, you'll hate every scene with him in it.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Sasuke is so hung up on vengeance that it becomes tedious and becomes his only character quality. He is unnecessarily evil and the only way I could like him is if he was actually funny once in a while. But they do clear that up pretty well with the "Curse of Hatred" deal.

Another bad aspect in the series is the main Heroine. We all love Tsunaderes. There so fun and we generally root for them. In this case however, she is one of the most despised Characters in the Manga.

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Sakura is a badly put together Tsunadere. Generally a Tsunadere has a deep affection for the main hero, but tries to hide it by beating up the main character, making it harder for the Tsunadere to be liked by the main character. They generally come off as misunderstood and shy, but agressive out of fear. Sakura is not this.... She has little to no attraction to the main character and says some pretty messed up things that change her from Tsunadere to complete assholery. One of the first episodes she's in, she litterally makes an attempt to commit suicide to the fanbase by literally talking behind Naruto's back and talking about his lack of parents, implying that having no parents and growing up an orphan makes you a bad person. Now I can understand that she needed character development and to mature, but she still remains an overtly aggressive person who some of the people who work with Kishimoto believe that another female who goes by the name Hinata Hyuga would make a better heroin because she actually acts like a real human being and has a back story.

Now that I'm done with my ranting over important characters, lets get to the positives. Naruto is filled with A LOT of Japanese Folk Lore and influences Techniques, character design and personality throughout the series. In some cases they reference real life Ninja to better flesh out the Narutoverse. If it weren't for the incredible amount of power all these people possessed, then I would truly believe that this world could be real because of its realism. It's got everything down to diplomacy correct.

The themes that seem to be constantly recurring are few but easily relatable. The first is to never give up. Sounds simple because it is. The Main Character never gives up, ever. And in some cases you can really see he's tested on his decision to never give up. A second theme to occur, while not subtle, is incredibly strong and really hits home for me. The bonds you share with others, makes you a stronger person then if you where to have no ties whatsoever. In a world where everyone kills everyone else and you can't trust people half the time because, well, their Ninja; it's incredibly effective to use this because of how hard it is for bonds to form and to flourish. And when these bonds are taken away by someone else, the results are catastrophic. The third is a little more subtle. History never really changes. There will always be a hero and there will always be a villain. Even the strongest generations follow this guideline. The last one is my favorite. The bad guys aren't really bad guys. This is the same for how it is in real life. Evil is paved in good intentions is the term that fits best.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Orochimaru is the only exception. He's a grade A asshole and all his motives are greedy. Even when he becomes a good guy, we all know he's doing this for the worst of reasons.

All in all, this is my favorite anime, even with all the flaws. I'm addicted and follow every new chapter diligently. The fights are just like any other fight for an action manga, but I feel like the characters and their circumstances are somewhat unique and there is no one perfect character. Most people in the manga are really relatable and when they feel something, you sorta feel it too. The themes aren't just being shoved down your throat like your some kind of uneducated behemoth, but it's a story which I can appreciate. I would recommend this to just about anyone. Unless you can't stand filler, then I wouldn't recommend a lot of Anime and Manga I like....
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why why why   
Rating: 7.4 / 10.0
by moonmystery
March 20th, 2014, 5:18pm
I loved Naruto ever since I was a kid.... I had been following it since 2nd grade... and then the latest arc happened.

For 100+ chapters, the author dwelled on the same material.. Sure, I was glad to see sasuke and itachi again... but the madara wanting to rule the world because of the past just got too tiring...Seriously, that's pretty cliche. But that's not the problem. The problem is that, to drag the ending manga on and on, the author spent 2 years on the same arc!

What the heck is that?
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Good but getting boring   
Rating: 6.8 / 10.0
by butako chan
February 26th, 2014, 10:43pm
It started off really interesting. The world is immersive and interesting. The characters were also alive and have back stories. As soon as the 4th ninja war arc started, the weakness of Kishimoto Masashi started showing. The story began to drag on and on. There were sooo many asspulls and random character deaths that I have become numb to it. (spoiler* I mean C'MON, a bunch of dead people come back.) Therefore while it started off well, I think the manga has dragged on for too long. It might have been great if it ended at the Pain arc.

... Last updated on February 26th, 2014, 10:44pm
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"Won't end" Done Wrong   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by liquidsin
February 6th, 2014, 6:15am
I'm all right with Naruto not ending; if that's the case though, don't make it endlessly seem like it will. Explore other ninja villages, create new scenarios in which Naruto could develop, or anything really for that matter. Instead we have a 100+ chapter boss fight that felt old in the first 15.

... Last updated on February 6th, 2014, 6:16am
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