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Naruto, Vol. 01: Uzumaki Naruto (Naruto #1)

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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 claimed the life of the Hokage, the village champion. Today, peace has returned, and a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate ...more
Paperback , 187 pages
Published August 6th 2003 by VIZ Media (first published September 21st 1999)
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Ilias Too many. I literally mean it... Too many episodes and volumes. Episode 1 to 93 is amazing, but after that it takes a big downhill dive. Too many…moreToo many. I literally mean it... Too many episodes and volumes. Episode 1 to 93 is amazing, but after that it takes a big downhill dive. Too many flashbacks, too many fillers to the point where you just want to do a table flip out of frustration. The producers really want to milk the franchise out like Pokemon. The manga is a bit better than the anime, but it lacks the amazing naruto background music. That's why I prefer the anime (with all its flaws) more than the manga.

But coming back to your question. The manga has finished (700 chapters), and the anime is about the finish. The series has some big flaws compared to other animes, but for me it's still one of my favorite animes of all time. That's mainly because of my high emotional attachment to the characters. Kishimoto really knows how to play my sentimental strings.

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Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
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:

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and wacky vending machines:

and wacky fashion:

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Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, fantasy
I'm pretty much a die hard fan of this series, and now that it's done, I'm sad.

For the sake of my aching heart, I'm going to reread it again and revel in its moments of light-heartedness, its pain, its desperate hope.

Well, there was a bit of pain in the first volume, a lot of light-heartedness, and a taste of the promise to come. The nine-tailed demon fox is still far off on the horizon, but for now, we've got cute character exploration and distant goals. Pretty standard for most manga, really,
Sean Gibson
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Buddy read with the inimitable Aja.

An interesting start to my Manga career. I'll write more after volume 2...
Sam Quixote
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Naruto’s a teenage orphan with a secret. He’s training to be a ninja in ninja school in a village that used to be menaced by a giant fox with nine tails. But he’s a bit screwy – he doesn’t have parents so he’s a bit wild and acts out quite a bit, though he just knows he’s gonna be the greatest ninja ever. I think he will too because his name is the series title!

The first volume introduces us to Naruto and his world. He learns how to make doppelgangers of himself; he fights some generically evil
Apr 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Nothing matters until this manga has Sabaku no Gaara.

He alone is worth 5 stars.

Χαρά Ζ.
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The nostalgia is killing me <3
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, favorites
My opinion about this manga is heavily biased because I basically grew up with it. This is the only manga that has ever hit me emotionally like a train on multiple occasions. If I could give it 6 stars I would do it in a heartbeat. Of course having said that ... Naruto has some big flaws . There were some huge plot holes that could not be explained. The final fight felt like as if Kishimoto had a good concept of how things should play out, but he failed a bit with writing it down on paper. I th
Sarah Apsey-Barres
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ninja, fantasy, manga
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
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
(Like a doofus I accidentally deleted my review of this. Fortunately I saved a copy.)

"Once appeared a nine tail demon fox, its might tails could crumble mountains and cause tsunamis."
"To fight the demon the people assembled all the shinobi of the village. One brave shinobi was able to seal it the demon, but because of that he lost his life. That shinobi was called the 4th Hokage."

Welcome to the wonderful world of Naruto. The title character Naruto is the protagonist of the series. He's an orp
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mohammad Saadeh
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite, manga
كانت أروع أيام تلك التي عشتها مع عالم ناروتو, أيام الطفولة ,أيام المراهقة, وأيام النضوج الفكري.
طالما تمنيت أن أصبح مثل ناروتو أو أن أعيش في عالمه في قرية الورق.
ناروتو يعلم البشرية كلها معنى الاصرار على الوصول إلى الهدف, ناروتو الذي كان مكروها من قبل أغلب قريته بسبب الوحش الذي كان بداخله, حارب الجميع وحارب نفسه إلى أن وصل إلى هدفه؛ إلى أن أصبح الهوكاجي, وإلى أن أنهى الحروب في عالمه.
ناروتو الذي لم يتخل عن صديقه ساسكي عندما تخلى الجميع عنه, ناروتو الوحيد الذي بإمكانه أن يعلمنا معنى الصداقة.
ليس من ا
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mangas-comics
que nostalgia ver al trio junto y tan chiquitos, el momento que conocieron a kakashi y a sakura odiando a naruto, todo quedo taan atrás y bueno aunque ya este avanzada por el anime no puedo no leer el manga de uno de mis animes favoritos y además esta bueno recordar. A ver cuanto me lleva terminarlo....
Ahmad Sharabiani
Naruto, Vol. 01: The Tests of the Ninja (Naruto, #1), Masashi Kishimoto
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This its better than anime for me. ...more
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it
(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
Edlira Dibrani
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having watched the entire anime during my childhood and my adult years, reading this manga brought me back memories when I first started watching it and I am so happy that I have already started reading the manga as well. During the whole anime, it hit me emotionally like a train on multiple occasions. If I could give it 6 stars I would do it in a heartbeat. Best anime ever.
Theresa ♫
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
--- Naruto 1-72 ---
Plot: Naik turun maju maju mundur maju.
Gambar: Ok.
Penokohan: Terlalu banyak tokoh yang likeable dan lovable.

Oh ya ampun!
Saya belum pernah menuliskan review untuk Naruto? Baiklah, kukatakan saja sekarang. Ini salah satu judul komik terpanjang yang pernah saya ikuti. Nama besar Naruto juga sudah tidak perlu dipungkiri lagi diantara para pembaca komik (mungkin). Tentu saja, ada yang suka dan tidak suka. Saya sendiri? Oh-o, tentu saja saya akan berdiri di salah satu barisan terde
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
This is going to be a great challenge. I haven't read a manga this long, but it makes sense to read one of the mangas that started the whole anime/manga/japan love for me!

It's bringing a lot of memories already (I watched a loooot of the show), and even though I was spoiled for the ending, I feel like I'm going to enjoy this.

PS: I cringe every time I read Naurto's famous line, "I'm going to be Hokage." I don't know why, maybe because he says it so damn much? :D
Sara➽ (Ink Is My Sword)
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Fun, quick, full of action and ninjas! What else would you ask for? hahaha

This is my first time reading naruto, besides I haven't watch the tv series, so it is my first time with this manga. Altough it took me a little while to be able to read without getting confused in the order of reading.

I am excited to continue :)
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
pretty good
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Excessively super popular manga about Ninjas. I did not find it that great.
Hitarthi Pandya
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
note:i havent read it....just religiously watched for many years.

ahhhhhh i was (and still am to a degree) obsessed with naruto they were the best years of my life. me and my brother used to wake up super early and sit in our room and watch naruto all day long. we cried, we laughed, we felt all the emotions watching it. lol i am getting emotional just thinking about it. Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke are all annoying idiots and but they all grow immensely over 7ish years and overcome so many challeng
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've decided to finally pick up the Naruto manga, since it has finally reached it's end! I really missed these characters who were so much part of my teenage years.

I had completely forgotten how hilarious this was. I identify myself with Naruto a lot, when I was younger I was a troublemaker who loved pranking - mostly to get people's attention.

The fact that Naruto has the Nine-Tail fox demon inside of him still gives me the chills.

This is such an epic story with amazing characters, Kakashi (my h
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was actually really good. I've always been intimated when it comes to the three big Manga series (Naruto, Bleach, & One Piece) so when I was required to read a manga for one of my classes I got really excited. Naruto is an interesting and hilarious character and I really enjoyed his confidence despite the fact that everybody pretty much hated him. The final scene which I won't go into for spoiler reasons had me laughing out loud and I genuinely can't wait to see where the rest of the se ...more
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Im giving this a 2.5, mostly because I didn't like the beginning.

See, all this manga and anime business never really sits well with me. I don't understand how matured people with a job and children still have the time to sit down and watch anime (I'm no where near that age bUT I KNOW PEOPLE LIKE THAT!). The only anime I have ever enjoyed is Vampire Knight, and even though my Japanese teacher described it to be a girly anime, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. It was kind of like vampires meet Virgin
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Masashi Kishimoto (岸本 斉史 Kishimoto Masashi) is a Japanese manga artist, well known for creating the manga series Naruto. His younger twin brother, Seishi Kishimoto, is also a manga artist and creator of the manga series O-Parts Hunter (666 Satan) and Blazer Drive. Two of his former assistants, Osamu Kajisa (Tattoo Hearts) and Yuuichi Itakura (Hand's), have also gone on to moderate success followin ...more
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