Author/artist Masashi Kishimoto was born in 1974 in rural Okayama Prefecture, Japan. After spending time in art college, he won the Hop Step Award for new manga artists with his mangaKarakuri ("Mechanism"). Kishimoto decided to base his next story on traditional Japanese culture. His first version ofNaruto, drawn in 1997, was a one-shot story about fox spirits; his final version, which debuted inWeekly Shonen Jump in 1999, quickly became the most popular ninja manga in Japan.
Naruto is a ninja-in-training with a need for attention, a knack for mischief and, sealed within him, a strange, formidable power.
Reads R to L (Japanese Style). 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 witty Sakura, but Naruto is serious about becoming the greatest ninja in the village of Konohagakure!
Naruto must decipher the cryptic last words of his beloved mentor. What did Jiraiya find out about the leader of the Akatsuki that was so important he had to hide it in code? And can Naruto stand a fighting chance against those who managed to take down one of the Three Great Shinobi?