Naruto, Vol. 1

Naruto, Vol. 1

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 127 x 191 x 15mm | 172g
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • 0
  • 1569319006
  • 9781569319000
  • 3,973

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"
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About Masashi Kishimoto

Author/artist Masashi Kishimoto was born in 1974 in rural Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Like many kids, he was first inspired to become a manga artist in elementary school when he read Dragon Ball. After spending time in art college, he won the Hop Step Award for new manga artists with his story Karakuri. After considering various genres for his next project, Kishimoto decided on a story steeped in traditional Japanese culture. His first version of Naruto, drawn in 1997, was a one-shot story about fox spirits; his final version, which debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, quickly became the most popular ninja manga in the world. The series would also spawn multiple anime series, movies, novels, video games and more. Having concluded the series in late 2014, Masashi Kishimoto has kept himself busy this year with the side story Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring and writing the story for the latest Naruto movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, both of which will focus on the title character's son, Boruto.
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Rating details

163,944 ratings
4.41 out of 5 stars
5 63% (104,021)
4 21% (34,015)
3 11% (17,819)
2 3% (4,885)
1 2% (3,204)

Our customer reviews

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!show more
by Casey Sharpe
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 more
by Ryszard Heller
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