is an anime and manga series by Masashi Kishimoto. Its main character,
Naruto Uzumaki, is a loud, hyperactive, adolescent ninja who constantly
searches for approval and recognition, as well as to become Hokage,
acknowledged as the leader and strongest of all ninja in the village.
The manga was first published by Shueisha in 1999 in the 43rd issue
of Japan''s Shonen Jump magazine. As of volume 36, the manga has sold
over 71 million copies in Japan. VIZ Media publishes a translated
version in the American Shonen Jump magazine. Naruto has become VIZ''s
best-selling manga series. To date, the first fourteen volumes are
available. In order to catch up to the translated anime, VIZ plans to
release volumes 16 to 27 three at a time over the months of September
to December 2007.Plot InformationA long time ago, a demon fox with nine
tails appeared. When a tail was swung, it would destroy a mountain and
cause a tsunami. To counter it, the people gathered ninjas. One ninja
sealed the monster in a life or death battle and died. That ninja was
known as the Fourth Hokage... and with his death, he sealed the powers
of the Nina-Tailed Demon Fox into the body of a young boy...
This young boy''s name is Uzumaki Naruto. Naruto hopes one day he can
become Hokage. Most people in the village dislike him and consider him
a pest. Naruto causes havoc in order to get attention; he is ignored
because people think he is the actual demon fox. After failing the
Genin exam, Naruto is tricked into stealing a scroll to become Genin.
He ends up in severe danger but Iruka, his teacher, comes to saves him.
However, it ends up being Naruto saving Iruka from possible death and
for that, he is upgraded to an official ninja where he begins his
journey to become Hokage!