Naruto: Tests of the Ninja v. 1

Naruto: Tests of the Ninja v. 1

Book rating: 04 Paperback Naruto (Paperback)

By (author) Masashi Kishimoto

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  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 190mm x 16mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 6 August 2003
  • Publication City/Country: San Francisco
  • ISBN 10: 1569319006
  • ISBN 13: 9781569319000
  • Edition: 9
  • Illustrations note: chiefly Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 3,799

Product description

Naruto is a ninja-in-training with a need for attention, a knack for mischief, and sealed within him, a strange, formidable power. His antics amuse his instructor Kakashi and irritate his teammates, intense Sasuki and witty Sakura, but Naruto is serious about becoming the greatest ninja in the village of Konohagakure!In another world, ninja are the ultimate power - and in the village of Konohagakure live the stealthiest ninja in the world. But twelve years ago Konohagakure was attacked by a fearsome threat - a nine-tailed fox demon which claims the life of the Hokage, the village champion. Today, peace has returned, and a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate from the Ninja Academy. His goal: to become the next Hokage. But unknown to Naruto and his classmates, within him is a terrifying force...

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Author information

Masashi Kishimoto made his debut in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999 with Naruto, which became a big hit with both boys and girls. Kishimoto added a modern flavour to the ancient world of Japanese ninja to make Naruto one of the most popular series in Japan.

Customer reviews

By Casey Sharpe 10 Jul 2013 5

As a 20-year-old female, I'm not exactly the target audience for this series, but I love it anyway!
If you enjoy the anime, you will love the manga. It gives you many insights that you don't get in the anime series, and helps you to better understand the characters and plot.
I'm currently up to volume 33 and I'm still not bored of it!
Highly recommend it!

By Ryszard Heller 10 Jul 2011 4

Naruto story starts on the day he was born, when a Nine Tailed Fox Demon attacks the Hidden Leaf Village which resulted in a lot of causalities and the death of the village leader, The Forth Hokage. The 4th sacrificed his life to seal the beast inside Naruto.

Years later Naruto is an untalented, troublemaking Ninja but innocent for his love of Ramen noddles and wares a bright orange jumpsuit...very Ninja

The jumpsuit wearing ninja's ambition is to become the ultimate figurehead of his society, the Hokage, believing that obtaining this position will attain him acknowledgment and respect from his fellow villagers, the opposite to the constant persecution he receives.

What makes him more special is that he has this ambition despite being in the dark surrounding the reason behind the prejudice he receives, as the Third Hokage forbid people to discuss it, the first chapter deals with issue and he does find it out the truth.

Supporting characters include Sasuke Uchiha, a young prodigy, who is popular with girls despite his cold persona and although they are at opposite ends of Ninja ability, they are considered rivals. Supporting female lead is Sakura Haruno , a girl that Naruto is attracted to but has a one sided love for Sasuke , which exacerbates Naruto and Sasuke's relationship. Finally the mentor of the group Hatake Kakashi, a talented yet mysterious ninja on account of his constantly covered face mask and leaving one eye exposed. Despite his lazy expression takes every opportunity to show how awesome he is.

Volume 1 servers as an introduction to the Ninja world's foundations, although I will say - don't bother trying to pinpoint what era this series is trying to emulate, as it shows odd bits of technology here and there, like refrigerators, in a supposed pre Meiji setting.

Sure the artwork isn't spectacular but readers are required to give pilot volumes a chance because the writer Kishimoto, most likely didn't receive the assistance he gets today.

But manga artwork is nothing without good narrative and Naruto is satisfactory.

Review quote

"'With a richly detailed background, complex, sympathetic characters, superb action and a main character who somehow balances tragedy with comedy, this is a series that delivers in every way. So strap on your leaf headband and join the oddest ninja in town. You won't regret it. 4/5' NEO magazine"