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Naruto, Vol. 01: The Tests of the Ninja (Naruto #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.

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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 Sasuke and wi...more
Paperback , 187 pages
Published August 6th 2003 by VIZ Media (first published January 1st 1990)
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karen
japan is full of wackiness. this is a fact. have you ever seen tokyo gore police?? i have. it is wacky. so is visitor q. they airbrush the pubic hair in their porn, they make beer for kids, they sell soy sauce flavored kit kats, their game shows are mind-boggling, everything is cute and brightly colored and for some reason, they still love hair bands from the eighties like bon freaking jovi.

it is a land of wacky inventions:







and wacky vending machines:




and wacky fashion:




i am kind of in love with a...more
Choco
Jul 28, 2014 Choco rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Manga fans?
Recommended to Choco by: John Egbert

Update July/2014: Oy, you fans who come looking to read endless praise? I have none. I'm not here to make you happy, I'm not here to give you reviews that make you feel good about whatever series you love. That's not my job. And I don't have to write reviews or my thoughts the way you want them. You can go do that yourself. Don't leave me your fucking shitty comments about what I did or didn't do and what I should think or shouldn't think, okay? Fuck off. Go write your own damn shit and fangirl...more
Arafel
Apr 05, 2008 Arafel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like ninjas, manga
Recommended to Arafel by: sigh, my 12-year-old daughter
I resisted reading this for a long time because I was determined not to succumb to another one of my daughter's crazes (Pokemon -yes, I'm a 40 year old Pokemon Master, and Fruits Basket -wasn't as crazy about that one. A little too emo for my taste.)
But this Naruto is well worth a read. I quickly grew to care for spunky, spazzy, orphaned Naruto and his shinobi-in-training classmates. They are oddly focused for 12-year-olds though, and the trials they face are arduous and their implications philo...more
Mayday
Call me mainstreamer and I don't care. There are reason why a book can be mainstream, one of them is because the book is good enough to attract people's attention.

This review is perhaps totally biased because I love Sasuke too much



God, those abs!

Artwork: If you talk to me about manga, artwork always comes first. Among those shounen mangas that have become mainstream, Masashi-sensei's artwork is the simple one, the neat one, and just the way I like it. The panels are simple, never make me squin...more
Joyzi
Anime Motivational Poster - Naruto - "Narutards" Pictures, Images and Photos

Now I'm going to review not this volume but Naruto as a whole, 'kay? Get it?

So Naruto, what can I say, I'm obsessed with the anime, and since my cousin was like spoiling things, like Sasuke kills Hitachi but Hitachi was not a bad guy blah blah blah...So I'm like Sasuke what? Hitachi what?

So my curiosity finally got me and then my cousin recommend this site onemanga wherein you can read manga scans for free and then I started to read not the beginning of the series because it's too long and it...more
Megan
Oct 04, 2013 Megan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I never had any plans on reading Naruto. I'd heard about it and to me, it did not sound that great. During the first book, I thought it was really boring. As I got further into the series, I started finding it more enjoyable. The characters are all unique. The drawings aren't bad. The plot is enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone who's addicted to ninja or action stuff.
Sarah Apsey-Barres
The quality of this level of story-telling is so superior to anything I've read before. Kishimoto weaves a moral tale that is dynamic, powerful, funny, dramatic ... it has everything one could hope for from any work of fiction one might endeavour to read, at any level. It is no wonder this series has reached the level of popularity that it has because it's so complete.

Most importantly, on this day Master Kishimoto has reminded me of why story-telling is important - because it gives the people h...more
M.J
I LOVE the Naruto world! The characters, the plot, the backgrounds, everything. And apart from a few 'blah' moments I find no faults with the manga or the anime, although I do prefer the Japanese adaption of the anime, the English voices do not do it for me, bring on the out and out sexy Japanese voices.

Masashi Kishimoto is a genius as far as I'm concerned. It's one of those 'you love it or you hate it' things and everybody has their own tastes and are into their own things, if this doesn't flo...more
Rosie
Naruto was one of the first shonen mangas I've ever read. It's unique, well thought-out, interesting and you can see a lot of changes in all the characters. That's probably one of my favorite aspects of this series, not including the fact that it's about ninjas.

In the beginning, Naruto is a boy that is shunned by his village, because he is the living "vassal" of an evil demon fox that the villagers encased in him to stay safe. Throughout the series, Naruto acts immature, and loves pulling pranks...more
Πέτρος
(just for the record, this is a slight alteration of my anime review)

Despite being one of the most famous shonen titles around, eventually Naruto doesn’t escape the pitfalls of its genre but it definitely does a better job than most in terms of complexity.

The artwork is definitely original in a way, as most areas, especially the ninja villages, are very cool looking in their design. Yet, it is full of anachronisms and irrelevant details. For instance, why are there ninjas in a world where ever...more
Megan Sanchez
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Стефан Русинов
"Наруто" е чудесен - има нескопосани нинджи, смахнати учители, тайни умения, готини лоши и (накъде без) несломим стремеж към правдата. Лошият иска да вземе тайния свитък, прохождащите нинджи трябва да се преборят със слабостите си, тоест със самочувствието си, тоест със себе си, за да станат нинджи на пълен работен ден, Наруто има в себе си демон, за който само той не знае, и може да се преобразява в гола мацка, чалнатият учител се кахъри, че "Ох, момичетата на тази възраст май се интересуват по...more
Rosh
If someone is to say that Naruto is quite dragging, I'll definitely agree. But saying the plot itself is boring... I would definitely beg to differ.

The story as a whole (well, ateast from its latest release) is quite catchy. Naruto anime might be disappointing at times because of the filler, but the manga itself is full of action, drama, comedy, angst and unending plot twist. The thing I somewhat hate though were the numerous characters that kept on coming out, when there's still a few more who...more
S.
funny story.

as I sit in a common room, a chinese american girl and mexican boy are speaking in very poor high school french under the belief that I'm monolingual. I've left them with this impression deliberately, because I'm annoyed by people who get the accent wrong and the content correct. as they talk about "L'oiel" and "hei cette ca regardez," (I'm transcribing the conversation), they believe themselves cleverer than me (they sneak peaks my ways with a haughty look). so I'm going to let them...more
Helen
Ah Naruto. We go back a long time, don't we? I remember watching you on Cartoon Network, an avid fan although I barely understood what was going on. But I knew this; you were different. Disney was changing, churning up absolute rubbish. Even at that age I knew their shows were shit. But you were different. You were fresh, you were exciting, you were something I could enjoy. Something that made me laugh and cry. You were awesome. And I was absolutely gutted when all of a sudden the shows stopped...more
Matti Karjalainen
Masashi Kishimoton shonen-manga "Naruto 1 : Naruto Uzumaki" (Sangatsu Manga, 2008) on eräs kaikkien aikojen suosituimmista japanilaisista sarjakuvista. Se kertoo 12-vuotiaasta ninjaoppilaasta Narutosta, joka on kasvanut orpona ja hyljeksittynä. Naruto on huonokäytöksinen keppostelija, joka herättää ärtymystä muissa kyläläisissä ja ninjakoulun väessä. Varsinainen käänne tapahtuu, kun hän saa kuulla olevansa jotain aivan muuta kuin tavallinen poika...

Sarjakuvan huumori on vähän liian hölmöä minun...more
Deniz Önol
Çizimler, konuşmalar ve konu güzel ama çok bir şey anlamadım. Sanki bir anda dalmış gibiydi hikayeye. Devamını merak ediyorum, mangaların en sevmediğim yanı çabuk bitmeleri!
Tim
Excessively super popular manga about Ninjas. I did not find it that great.
Theresa ♫
Nov 26, 2011 Theresa ♫ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fellow humans in search/in love with stories about freakin' NINJAS.
Recommended to Theresa ♫ by: My 5th grade Naruto loving buddies
I started Naruto with the anime and I'm just in love with the fact that the anime is JUST LIKE the manga. They didn't change a thing!!! HYAAA~H you can't imagine how thankful I am!!

Anyway, onto my review. NOTE: This is on the entire series--meaning Naruto Vol. 1-27 (not including the Shippuden series, but anyway . . .).


Technically, I first heard about this story in 3rd grade, when one of my friends explained to me that it was about a blonde ninja with spiky hair. And THEN, within that same month...more
Bryan Willis
Main Summary: Naruto is the story of a young would-be ninja living in a village and society of Ninja, I say would-be because Naruto is easily the worst ninja in the village as we meet him. However, Naruto's greatest attribute is that he never gives up, no matter how hard the ordeal or how difficult the training. So we follow him on his quest to become the greatest ninja in the world. We meet his friends, his allies, his enemies, and even learn that he is vessel of a truly dark secret that the en...more
Ashley
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Finn Parker
This book was recommended to me by my flat mate.
My favorite quote from this book is when Naruto says "I can do this no matter how many times you may put me down I will get back up" this shows how much he wants to gain his rights in the hidden leaf village. The story is based on Naruto not know that he controls a spirit inside of him called the Nine Tailed Fox and that he destroyed the very town he lived in. Naruto has been an orphan for his hole life and was taught by the teachers as not good en...more
Mike
Naruto is a ninja in training with seemingly poor prospects. He's the ostracized class clown who has a secret desire to exceed and more dangerous potential than he realizes...

The misadventures of Naruto and his comrades has become one of the most popular manga series of all time. I've heard that it's somewhat uneven, with certain excellent arcs and others not as strong. I haven't been all that interested in checking it out, but gave the first volume a look as part of a recent reading challenge....more
Susan
The popularity of this series simply can't be denied, and there's a reason for that. Take an action-packed series about the ultimate underdog (cursed at birth) who has to fight for every ounce of recognition he gets, then insert ninja training episodes, an intricate repertoire of ninja battling strategies, intense battle scenes, and struggles with inner demons and you've got quite a storyline. Some people may call some of these things cliche, but there's something about Naruto that taps into som...more
Bryan
Dec 31, 2010 Bryan added it
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Rose
So. Me and Naruto. It happened. I never thought it would, to be honest. But it did and even though I went into this with the lowest expectations possible, I actually kind of liked it. There were a few things that bothered me, though. For a manga this felt a bit too long, maybe because certain things could have been a little less dragged out (like the who's-gonna-get-the-bells part of the story) and I'm not entirely sold on some of the secondary characters yet (like Sakura and Sasuke) but otherwi...more
Bbabri
Ki ne ismerné Naruto történetét? Mint általában mindenki, én is az animét láttam először. De azt már sokszor. A mangának ezt a részét még nem olvastam. Már a manga elején Naruto balhézik. Az akadémián is megbukik, de Mizuki – az egyik tanára – azt mondja, van még lehetőség, hogy átmenjen. Csak el kell lopnia egy tekercset. Meg is teszi, de nem lett volna szabad. Iruka-sensei megvédi, és kialakul Naruto első emberi kapcsolata. A mangában azt is mutatják, hogy hogyan sikerült ellopnia a tekercset....more
Arlina
'Naruto' tells about the adventures and misadventures of the goofy 12-year-old Naruto Uzumaki, who wants to become 'Hokage' (head of all ninjas) of his town one day. Misunderstood and hated most of his life, because he has a nine-tailed fox demon sealed within him, he has to prove himself all the more for some recognition.

It has a lot of stereotypical things going on, but still there is an edge to it that makes a lot of characters interesting enough to read on. From time to time humorous, seriou...more
Pipper
Naruto, Vol.1: The tests of Ninja, was a great book. The book is Anime, anime means a comic of manga or cartoon people. Naruto, a work-in-progress ninja, is on journey's with his friends becoming a full pledged ninja. Naruto is my favorite character because he has some of my personality, he's bubbly, adventurous, curious, and very fun. His spirit animal is the Nine Tailed fox. When he gets challenged by a boss or a very powerful kitsune, he turns into his spirit animal, the Nine Tailed Fox, whic...more
Voldemort
I grew up with this manga. I can count every tear I dropped for Naruto’s pain, every night I wished I could kill Sasuke, every heartbeat when Itachi appeared. Yes, I do think Kishimoto is fucking up the end (especially with the Obito walking the same path Pain took) but how can I give up on a part of me?

Naruto is a manga about hope, about never giving up! It tells us reasons why we become what we become. And it also contains my story, yours and the next reader’s one.

Irrelevant but damn, Naruto’...more
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