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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!


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70 Volumes (Ongoing)

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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: 7.9 / 10.0 (4389 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.89 / 10.0
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Akamaru Jump (Oneshot Pilot)
Shuukan Shounen Jump (Shueisha)

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Viz (66 Volumes, 8 Omnibuses - Ongoing)

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Did Naruto ever make chunin? 2 days, 7 hours, 46 minutes ago
Anyone think Sakura is an idiot? 5 days, 20 hours, 26 minutes ago
Sasuke 14 days, 1 hours, 10 minutes ago
Naruto to be ending in 5 chapters 14 days, 4 hours, 46 minutes ago
What is your favorite yaoi pairing of the Naruto characters? 16 days, 3 hours, 36 minutes ago

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Just waiting for the end   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by infidelityoncrank
November 26th, 2009, 10:10pm
I started reading this back when it first came out on the internet. I have always loved ninjas (TMNT is still my # 1 for kick butt ninjas) and this had promise. Now, it's just dragging on too long. I'm really just waiting to see who Naruto ends up with, Hinata or Sakura.
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just because i'm angry at the reviews.   
Rating: N/A
by sukinaru
November 23rd, 2009, 1:04am
Okay. First things first. I think Naruto is totally awesome just because it was able to entertain me after 472 chapters. Yes, I'm updated so I will not be biased like many of the anime watchers here that continue to believe the anime is exactly like the more superior manga.

I'm not saying it's the best manga in the world. No way will it hit that, but it's totally impressive to reach such popularity in the world.

Of course, compared to many shounen, Naruto's pretty good. The art is pretty bad at first, but it gets better. A LOT BETTER. I don't really read because of art though, so my opinion in art doesn't really matter.

EXTREMELY TOTALLY AWESOME. Not the plot in general, just his ideas pop like crazy. As if Kishimoto doesn't mind making the cash or not, he is able to put in new characters and everyone would think they had been in his head since he first made the first volume. The general plot can get a little boring though. It actually annoys me at times too, how Sasuke never seems to think rationally. This is fine overall though, just because Sasuke is the whole plot of Naruto. He is the one that speeds plot development and character development. AND HE IS PRETTY HOT. Even though everyone hates him, he is hot. AHAHHAHA.

LOOOOOVEEE THE CHARACTERS. One of Kishimoto's greatest talents is creating characters that will be memorable in your mind forever (or at least a very long time). (*whispers* HAKKUUUUUUU KYAAAAHHHHHH) I do wish that Sasuke was nice again though, but that would just give the story no plot. Character development happens almost all the time (I do believe that Naruto is the embodiment of character development). OH YES. CHARACTERS DO DIE. Kishimoto will kill characters if needed. It's not like what many say-THIS MANGA CAN BE FOR OLDER AUDIENCES TOO. Death does happen, just for the sake of development of plot and characters.

I think the length is doable, but 472 chapters is very long for many people. I do not think it is being dragged out though, since almost every arc (to me) seems very important and will alter the story ten folds. All the arcs seem as if they really are getting toward their goal. It does seem though that it is getting towards its end, since lots of important stuff happened within the last few chapters~ JUST SAYING. But it is the past the ten year anniversary already... so you never know.

I don't know why Naruto became so popular, probably just because it was on Cartoon Network (the animeless network in the day so no kids know quality shows) or maybe just because it appeals to both genders but I do know that I like it. AND IT'S NOT JUST BECAUSE IT IS POPULAR. It's because it has a pretty nice storyline that is followed through to the end (if there ever is one...), really awesome characters, decent art, and great development. (You can ignore this comment but BLEACH SUCKS. I TRIED SO HARD FOR SO LONG TO READ IT.... BUT IT REEKS OF MANGAKA DOING IT FOR THE MONEY.) Thank you Masashi Kishimoto for bringing this beautiful story and continuing to do it beautifully as if you really treasure it (I hope you do).
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I hate sasuke   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by John21
November 9th, 2009, 1:13am
People who are saying that Naruto is not worth a read are just stupid. Naruto truly has an awesome beginning, the first few arcs and the first 200 chapters or so were just plain awesome. There is a reason why it is so popular and I reckon its because of the beginning. The mangaka manages to create a very unique universe filled with different kinds of techniques, different kind of characters who are fleshed out quite reasonably. However there are problems as well and the main problem lies with Sasuke and more importantly the relationship between Sasuke and Naruto. I fail to symppathise with Sasuke, the mangaka's attempts at making us sympathise with Sasuke are an epic fail and I totally hate the relationship between Sasuke and Naruto. They take friendship to a whole new level of gayness and no matter what people say it is unrealistic. I am tired of Naruto's friendship antics and am just tired of Sasuke as a character. I believe the manga focuses too much on Sasuke as a character and sometimes his strengths are ridiculous and mangaka is seriously strectching how powerful the sharingan is. Like many people I am just waiting for Naruto to finish so that I can have my peace and also find out who ends up with Naruto lol

... Last updated on April 7th, 2010, 10:26pm
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It's good, BELIEVE IT!   
Rating: N/A
by Riiko52
November 4th, 2009, 8:43pm
I remember watching the premiere of episode one on Cartoon Network. Mt friends read Naruto and liked t, but it never appealed to me. THEN, I saw the episode and loved it! Naruto was energetic and unruly. I couldn't wait for more. I loved watching it and even dragged my dad and stepdad into it! I love the diverse characters and finding out their pasts, watching them grow up was great, but after a while I lost interest. I am starting Shipudden now though. I was obsessed and lost interest. But that doesn't mean I don't still love it!It inspired me and makes me believe, in what, I don't know. Just don't avoid it because of its popularity. You'll miss out!
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too overrated   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by oraclegirl
October 30th, 2009, 11:21am
i just cant imagine: what is so good about this manga/anime?!
the art is not good, the plot is drawn-out,..
its just too overrated
and i don't say it without giving it a try
i read some chapters and even watched some episodes, but it was all the same. What i want to say it is, that it's not worth reading/watching
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Read This, It's USEFULL!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by asudake
October 30th, 2009, 5:50am
Reviewing Naruto is very hard, the reason: Something that's this popular is bound to have a lot of "Detractor's" or "Hater's" if you prefer. I'll say that when I first saw Naruto, was on Cartoon Network. It was very funny, and very good, i kept watching it, and until i got tired of waiting for new episodes every week, i watched all of the episodes online. Almost losing interest in the Fillers. But Soon found out it was average... Until... (Note: This is an unbiased review on a person that thought Naruto was nothing special.)

When i got around to reading the Manga, my perspective Changed. The anime that looked friendly and slowed down, was in the manga more intense. Naruto gets a bad rap for it's popularity, but it's very decent, and i'll tell you why.

Naruto goes from a story of a boy trying to find acceptance of the people that once called him a monster, to prove that he can be a person that people could depend and admire. Although it quickly turned into, A boy finding comfort in friends starts to feel better, and his bitter friend in his loneliness succumbs to darkness.
And eventually it escalates to boy turned man, looking for his friend turned enemy in a world where bitter men lead tragic lives, and revenge and hatred rains down and seeps through like radiation on their lives.

Naruto's characters are large and diverse. Sakura a strong willed girl. Hinata a nervous girl in love with naruto. Shikamaru a genius slacker. allot of good characters, and as the series goes on, you see growth, not only in the character models, but in their attitudes aswell, Shikamaru is a great example, Slacker becomes engrossed in a world where not all of his friends going into the same cave come out with him. That Cave is an obstacle, and Not everyone will leave Alive.

But what really shines is that Kishimoto Masashi has one really great talent, that talent has kept me reading every chapter each week. His talent is, he keeps each new chapter interesting. I just can't wait for the next one to come out, example: today i read 469, it was great!! A little action, with some emotional moments.

Not only that, but he made the Characters very poignant, like you really care about them. And the lore (History) in the world of Naruto is great too. The ninja world is a interesting one at that. Between the Kakashi story, and the Jiraya Story, they give a sense of emotion, like they failed their friends and apprentices, whether it's Kakashi's lost partners and pupil's disappearance, or Jiraya's pupil's coming to bad end, and never being able to truly be with the one he wants.

These story's are some of the reasons why this series shines gold in my eyes. It went from a kids manga, to one where a man wouldn't feel ashamed experiencing.
It teaches valuable lessons, that pain can be healed by the bond of a friend. And the main Character Naruto, who at first I didn't like, became my favorite Character because of his Determination, his Attitude and his Heart. He goes out of his way to protect his Ninja Way. His help toward Sakura and his friends have made him an adult character with a cool demeaner.

And lastly, Naruto's final journey doesn't end with Sasuke but begins with him, where he might lead a world where people will stop the wheel of Hatred and finally bring about a true peace.
Again this manga is a hoot, OVERATED My @$$, This unbelievably lives up to it's popularity, I would give this a higher score, but it's only limited to this number so i'll give it a
Don't underestimate it cause it's popular, it's very entertaining.

... Last updated on October 31st, 2009, 5:30am
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Rating: N/A
by FriskyBandit
October 11th, 2009, 1:21pm
The Good:
I have to say i read some of the comments posted and most are negative. I myself am a bit on both sides; I feel that at the beginning Naruto was very intrigueing. The art of the actual characters (what they wore accesories etc.) was very creative paleing in comparison to xxxholic of course,however, Naruto at the beinning of the manga and even the anime had a very creative start i mean it was based on a whole new take of the ninja. I stuck with the manga and I am still currently reading it I did find intresting concepts that dont usually revolve around a main protagonist, such as the one for Narutos struggle for 'acceptance' into his ninja society.

The Bad:
The anime however was a total flop compared to the manga the beginning started out very well but the fillers killed it most defintly. Also after the whole Exam Arc I felt that Naruto and all those close were too focused on the whole 'Sasuke' issue and i felt that it lost fans for Naruto. Even Sasuke addmited to Naruto that they spent too much time looking for him so what can you say? Even still as the manga continues they still try to find a way to bring Sasuke back even though the odds are built up heavily against bringing him back alive and him being accepted as before.

I feel that i would recommend this to a person who is more into a mainstream manga. Hardcore manga fans (such as myself) would find lack of a plot line and repetitive.
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An unbalanced manga that is still very solid   
Rating: N/A
by dufus397
September 23rd, 2009, 5:13pm
Naruto is a pretty solid manga heavily focused on it's shounen roots. By that, I mean that Naruto is basically a stereotypic shounen manga, it has the over-simplistic good-vs-bad guys. The series is still so much more than that.

The series follows Naruto on his life and times, and is a very lengthy story with exceptional art to boot. The character drawings are near perfect, but the backgrounds are often plain.

The plot is good, with plenty of surprises, but there are also some very big issues with the plot. In the first, young Naruto(Not Shippuden), he is immature and clumsy and loves Sakura but hates Sasuke. After a while, he starts liking Sasuke better and better and he is also being accepted more and more by his friends and the people of Konoha.

My complaints about the plot are still many, though. For starters, it seems that every challenge thrown in Naruto's way is deemed impossible, and he eventually overcomes it. Also, Sakura, one of the main characters of the series and Naruto's love interest, is just a boring damsel in distress, wishy-washy girl. yes, she is the exact stereotype of the Japanese RPG female. Pretty, wishy, dumb, and weak. Also, after Sasuke's departure, Naruto's mind becomes balckened with "Sasuke". Yes, almost all plot events in Shippuden have something to do with him. I also laugh at how some battles can last 10 chapters, with over 90% of the scenes filled with dialogue.

Still, even after it's faults, the manga thrives. The magic of it is seeing Naruto grow and become who he is. There's no question that the manga is reaching a climax, and I hope so much that the ending will be fit and will not be rushed like to Love Ru's.
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Good series   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by shoujo22
September 8th, 2009, 2:01pm
I've been reading Naruto since it was first published (pilot and all), and I still like this series very much. I'll be the first to admit that certain aspects of the Shippuuden series annoyed the crap out of me, but since the original flow of the story that I love so much is coming back into play, I couldn't be happier.

Naruto is a pretty good series and I'd recommend it to anyone.

... Last updated on December 17th, 2009, 8:46am
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Rating: N/A
by Annita
September 1st, 2009, 1:00pm
art: at vol 20-something it gets better, and then it went down again (and uglier than the beginning) lol - so i have to say, 3/10 for the art overall

story: The more it complicated the situation, the more stupid this manga has become. All the "we will definitely get Sasuke back the way he was like before the curse" just get more tired and boring and dull and stupid and blah blah, so 2/10 for the story since it kept me entertaining for about 10 first volumes (~1/5 of the story lol)

Overall: Please, save your time by reading something else and wait for naruto to finish and then re-read. You might find it more interesting than now.

and lol @ the comment of virusbluemage about Naruto is better than One Piece. There's just in no way that Naruto can even come near one piece. OP is very solid and the storyline is always cleared and focused, even arts are more detailed than Naruto. But i won't go further on comparing.
And yes, i totally agree with La Plume smile there're brilliant shounen mangas that no matter how old you are, you'll keep finding it interesting and will re-read it hundreds of times (HnG is my fav btw). And Naruto definitely not one of them smile

... Last updated on September 1st, 2009, 1:10pm
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