I've never been a huge manga reader, so I recently took the plunge with the first three volumes of "Naruto" in a handy omnibus edition to try to discover why it's one of the most popular mangas throughout the world. The series still going strong at 52 volumes in the U.S. as of this writing. As a character, Naruto Uzumaki is wildly endearing - an orphan prankster who manages to irritate everyone at his ninja school. I was under the impression that "Naruto" revolved purely around action, but I was wrong; the characters are quite three-dimensional! I also dug the intricate artwork and the creative take on the mythology of ninjas. Consider it a must-read if you're wondering what the manga craze is all about.