28 Facts About Naruto


Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.

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Naruto was serialized in Shueisha's magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump from 1999 to 2014, and released in tankobon form in 72 volumes.

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Naruto is one of the best-selling manga series in history having 250 million copies in circulation worldwide in 47 countries and regions, with 153 million copies in Japan alone and remaining 97 million copies elsewhere.

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Naruto is often scorned by Konoha's villagers for being the host of the Nine-Tails.

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Shortly afterward, Naruto becomes a ninja and joins with Sasuke Uchiha, against whom he often competes, and Sakura Haruno, on whom he has a crush, to form Team 7, under an experienced sensei, the elite ninja Kakashi Hatake.

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The story takes a turn when Sasuke leaves the village: Tsunade sends a group of ninja, including Naruto, to retrieve Sasuke, but Naruto is unable to persuade or force him to come back.

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Naruto confronts Sasuke to dissuade him from his plan, and after they almost kill each other in a final battle, Sasuke admits defeat and reforms.

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Years later, Kakashi steps down while Naruto marries Hinata Hyuga and becomes the Seventh Hokage, raising the next generation.

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When he created Naruto, Kishimoto looked to other shonen manga as influences for his work and tried to make his characters unique, while basing the story on Japanese culture.

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Naruto found it difficult to write about romance, but emphasized it more in Part II of the manga, beginning with volume 28.

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Naruto introduced villains into the story to have them act as a counterpoint to his characters' moral values and clearly illustrate their differences.

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Naruto considered including automobiles, planes and simple computers, but excluded projectile weapons and vehicles from the plot.

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Understanding the fears of war, Naruto's characterization was made more complex for him to experience the Fourth Great Shinobi War.

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Naruto was scanlated and available online before a licensed version was released in North America; the rights were acquired by Viz Media, who began serializing Naruto in their anthology comic magazine Shonen Jump, starting with the January 2003 issue.

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Naruto: Shippuden, developed by Studio Pierrot and directed by Hayato Date, is the sequel to the original Naruto anime; it corresponds to Part II of the manga.

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The first two, titled Art Collection: Uzumaki, and Illustration Collection: Naruto, were released in Japan in 2004 and 2009, with North American editions following in 2007 and 2010 respectively.

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The third artbook Illustration Collection: Naruto Uzumaki, was published in 2015 in Japan and later the same year in North America; it contains artwork originally on Shonen Jump comic covers.

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Naruto won the 16th Spanish Manga Barcelona award for the shonen category in 2010.

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Naruto anime was listed as the 38th best animated show in IGN's Top 100 Animated Series.

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In 2011, Naruto helped Viz Media generate in annual licensed merchandise sales.

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Naruto has been the top-earning anime franchise for TV Tokyo due to strong overseas and domestic sales.

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In 2020, Naruto was the third most watched series in the United States.

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Naruto: Shippuden has been ranked several times as one of the most watched series in Japan.

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Christopher A Born notes that the Naruto storyline contains traditional Confucian values, and suggests that students who analyse manga such as Naruto and Bleach will learn more about Confucianism than they would from studying its abstract ideas.

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Naruto has been described by several critics as a coming-of-age story.

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Omote Tomoyuki points out that there are many comic moments in the story despite the difficulties Naruto finds himself in, but the comic elements diminish dramatically over time as Naruto grows into a teenager, particularly once Part II begins.

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Tsunade herself, who is a figure of authority in Naruto, is portrayed as ridiculous in a way that men in the same position are not.

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Naruto run, or ninja run, is a running style based on the way the characters run leaning forward with their arms outstretched behind their backs.

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