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Naruto (ナルト Naruto?) is an ongoing Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. The plot tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adole


The best manga about ninjas who fight in bright colors! This article is about the media franchise. For the title character, see Naruto Uzumaki. For other uses, see Naruto (disambiguation).
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Naruto
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Cover of the first Japanese Naruto manga volume
ナルト
(Naruto)
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Manga
Naruto (pilot chapter)
Written by Masashi Kishimoto
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
NA
Viz Media
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Akamaru Jump
English magazine
NA
Shonen Jump
Published 1997
Manga
Written by Masashi Kishimoto
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
AUS
Madman Entertainment
NA
Viz Media
UK
Viz Media
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
NA
Shonen Jump (formerly)
Weekly Shonen Jump (currently)
Original run November 1999 – ongoing
Volumes 66 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Hayato Date
Written by Katsuyuki Sumisawa
Junki Takegami
Music by Musashi Project
Toshio Masuda
Studio Studio Pierrot
Licensed by
AUS
Madman Entertainment
NA
Viz Media
UK
Manga Entertainment
Network Animax, TV Tokyo
English network
AUS
Cartoon Network (Toonami)
AU
Network Ten
BI
Jetix
CA
YTV, Télétoon, Neon Alley
US
Cartoon Network, Adult Swim (Toonami), Neon Alley
Original run October 3, 2002 – February 8, 2007
Episodes 220 (List of episodes)
Novel
Naruto: Innocent Heart, Demonic Blood
Written by Masatoshi Kusakabe
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
NA
Viz Media
Published 2002
Original video animation
Naruto: Find the Four-Leaf Red Clover!
Studio Studio Pierrot
Licensed by
AUS
Madman Entertainment
Released 2003
Runtime 17 minutes
Original video animation
Naruto: Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village!
Studio Studio Pierrot
Licensed by
NA
Viz Media
Released 2004
Runtime 40 minutes
Original video animation
Naruto: Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival
Directed by Hayato Date
Studio Studio Pierrot
Licensed by
NA
Viz Media
Released August 21, 2004
Runtime 11 minutes
Original video animation
Studio Studio Pierrot
Released December 22, 2005
Runtime 26 minutes
Original video animation
Naruto: The Cross Roads
Studio Studio Pierrot
Released 2009
Runtime 28 minutes
Anime television series
Naruto Shippuden
Directed by Hayato Date
Written by Junki Takegami
Music by Yasuharu Takanashi
Studio Studio Pierrot
Licensed by
NA
Viz Media
Network TV Tokyo
Animax
English network
AUS
Cartoon Network
CA
Neon Alley
US
Disney XD, Neon Alley
Original run February 15, 2007 – ongoing
Episodes 325 (List of episodes)
Related works

Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
Naruto Shippuden the Movie
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower
Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison
Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
Naruto video games

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Naruto (ナルト Naruto?) is an ongoing Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. The plot tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition and dreams to become the Hokage, the ninja in his village who is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all. The series is based on a one-shot comic by Kishimoto that was published in the August 1997 issue of Akamaru Jump.

The manga was first published by Shueisha in 1999 in the 43rd issue of Japan's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. Currently, the manga is still being serialized; sixty-three tankōbon volumes have been released so far. The manga was later adapted into an anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo network and the anime satellite television network Animax on October 3, 2002. The first series lasted 220 episodes, while Naruto: Shippuden, a sequel to the original series, has been airing since February 15, 2007. In addition to the anime series, Studio Pierrot has developed eight movies for the series and several original video animations (OVAs). Other types of merchandise include light novels, video games and trading cards developed by several companies.

Viz Media has licensed the manga and anime for North American production. Viz has been publishing the series in their Shonen Jump magazine, and as well as the individual volumes. The anime series began airing in the United States and Canada in 2005, and later in the United Kingdom and Australia in 2006 and 2007, respectively. The films, as well as most OVAs from the series, have also been released by Viz, with the first film premiering in cinemas. The first DVD volume of Naruto: Shippuden was released by Viz in North America on September 29, 2009, and it started broadcast on Disney XD in October of the same year. Viz Media will begin streaming both series on their upcoming streaming service Neon Alley this fall.

Naruto is one of the best-selling manga series of all time having sold more than 126.5 million copies in Japan alone. Serialized in Viz's Shonen Jump magazine, Naruto has become one of the company's best-selling manga series. The English adaptation of the series has also appeared in the USA Today Booklist several times and volume 7 won the Quill Award in 2006. Reviewers from the series have praised the balance between fighting and comedy scenes, as well as the characters' personalities, but have criticized it for using standard shōnen plot elements.