001 naruto , you could say at first glance seems like a tyical shounen manga . . . a loud-noisy-misbehaving-and-mischievious protagonist , lots of action , fast-paced plot and humor abound . what makes it atypical is that beneath the brash exterior is the hidden soft center . face it , naruto is a bleeding heart in disguise .
naruto is an orphan with a mysterious past who is known as the #1 troublemaker in the shinobi ( ninja ) village of hidden leaf . the story starts of with him in the midst of a prank , much to the anoyance of the villagers . what we don't know ( yet ) is why he finds it absolutely imperative to do so . . . resulting in his behavior . mysteriously , nearly all the adults of hidden leaf is cold and antagonistic towards him , which inadvertently results in his seclusion even amongst kids his age . it doesn't help that naruto isn't exactly the average high achiever at ninja academy , in fact , he has always been the last in his class . studies isn't exactly one of his finer points . the story moves on quickly ; his third attempt at graduation exam leads him from one problem to another , all without losing a beat . amidst all the madness and general shunning of the village population , only naruto's homeroom teacher seems to understand what goes on in naruto's head . ironically , this doesn't stop naruto from making trouble for iruka-sensei . . .
i really do like the artwork in naruto , even if may seems to be unaccustomed to it . after seeing many mangas with generally sparse art , i find the illustrations of this manga to be detailed and lively . the village in the background seems to come alive with daily activities and the combination of modern infrastructure and mystical ninja arts makes an interesting combination . i like that naruto takes place in an alternate universe , and the contrasts of the ancient and new in this world makes it unique and entertaining .
the characters are also very endearing , and one finds it hard not to be attached to at least one of them . in fact , i am fond of a few ! although there seems to be stereotypical characterization , somehow none of them seems stale . what makes them special is that each of them has their quirks and depth . and for a cast with ever expanding numbers , i have to tip my hat to the mangaka for making them distinct and personable .
let me warn you though , that while this book is full of hijinks and humor , it also is unexpectedly rife with tear-inducing scenes and angsty undertone . it's one of the few books that could make you cry and laugh at the same moment . i've read nearly all the chapters there is of naruto ( currently 200 + and still going on strong ) , and i have to say it's like that all the way . personally , i won't read this in public coz i know it'll be a tragic day indeed when i laughed at one moment and then burst into tears the next for all and sundry to see .
another quirk concerning this series is that one of the most mentioned about character in this series , the 4th hokage ( also called by his other title , yondaime ) is a character shrouded in mystery . other than his title and his incredible skills and reputation , hardly anything is known about him , not even his real name . for a character that only appears in flashbacks and conversations his legacy is undoubtedly far reaching and incidentally , he's one of my favorite characters . i'd love to see if kishimoto will dedicate a chapter or two on the 4th hokage , and how he will be portrayed .
naruto is , imho , a true gem in the world of shounen manga , and perhaps even in the world of mangas in general . even after ( currently ) 24 volumes published in japan , it hasn't lost its freshness , intensity and gripping plot that makes readers clamor for more , yours truly included . quite a feat indeed . this is not a manga to be missed .
002 Naruto , while not an all-time favorite , is a great , funny manga series that everyone should give a read . It is a wacky Ninja tale , complete with magic nine-tailed foxes and secret ninja techniques . Anyone looking for even a grain of historical accuracy should look elsewhere , as Naruto is just about the hijinks . Definitely nothing subtle here , just pie-in-the-face style of humor and laughs .
This first volume , The Tests of the Ninja , lays the groundwork , including Naruto's origin and the cast of supporting characters . While stereotypes abound , each is interesting enough and offers some unique drama .
The art is nice , although not groundbreaking , and suits the funky story . Viz's decision to run the book in the correct way , right to left , is really appreciated as the artwork can be original an un-flipped as it is in most English-translated manga series .
One note : as someone who has read both the Japanese version and the English , the translation is excellent . No worries there .
003 Volume 1 of Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto begins the action-packed manga ( Japanese comic ) saga of a twelve-year-old boy undergoing the tests of the ninja in his home village . He is a showoff , a klutz , and an unpopular young man , yet hidden within him is a terrible power - a nine-tailed fox demon that once claimed the life of the village's greatest champion . Enthusiastically written and drawn , Naruto doesn't disappoint in terms of action yet offers a strong dose of comedy and whimsy lest it take itself too seriously . A highly enjoyable , thoroughly entertaining read , Naruto is especially commended to the attention of manga and Japanese anime enthusiasts .
004 I'm actually in my mid-twenties and I can't put this book down . At first when I saw it on Cartoon Network I thought this is stupid , a mischevous Bart Simpson clone who stars in his own anime . But seeing how popular it had become I decided to buy the first DVD boxed set with money that was burning a hole in my pocket . After that I was hooked ! I had to start buying all of the manga because I can't stand waiting to find out what happens next . Even though I'm definently not an Otaku , and reading right-to-left gives me a headache ; it never slowed me down even a little bit . I read all 11 books in less than a week and I even bought the Shonen Jump magazine to see one of the conclusions .
The character development is great , there isn't a single one that I think they should do without . Naruto has a lot of heart and it is a pretty inspirational story . I'd be lying if I said I didn't even get choked up at some parts . It's also very unpredicable , the protagonists don't always win , the antagonists aren't always as tough as they seem . One thing is for sure , it's full of suprises . It is almost like it's own little world that forms itself in real-time . I think many non-anime fans may even like it too .
005 I normally don't read shonen ( boys ) manga , because it just isn't my thing . BUT . . . after a friend loaned me this first volume , I couldn't get enough ! There's a lot of character development and back story packed into this manga . The students grow and change , becoming more mature as the volumes progress .
There's a good mix of action scenes and plot movement , so I think it's safe to say that there's something for just about everyone in the Naruto manga ( it even has a lot of female fans ! ) . The battles are interesting in that your favorite character ( or the one who seems most likely to win ) may not win . The use of extreme force is often balanced by the fact that it's a severe drain on the user . The characters need to think quickly and choose which fighting form is appropriate to the given situation , rather than just rush in haphazardly .
But all that is , in my mind , secondary to the interesting characters present in the manga . Many of them have elaborate backstories which serve to bring this story to life .
The only downside is that one of the main females is rather . . . well . . . useless . But I have a feeling that will change as she learns and grows from the trials presented her .
I can't recommend this manga highly enough !
009 Are you an avid manga reader ? Do you salivate at the thought of owning the complete Ruroni Kenshin or Dragon Ball Z ? Then I totally recommend Naruto . It mixes intense Ninja Action , screwball comedy and thrilling suspense and plot twists . There are ten volumes of Naruto available and I own volumes 1 - 9 so you know you can trust me . Each Naruto volume gets better every time and is never disappointing . If you enjoy Naruto , other manga from Shonen Jump I might recommend to you are One Piece and Dragon Ball Z which have ( like Naruto ) Great battle sequences . Manga from Viz Media I would recommend are Inuyasha and Ranma 1 / 2 . They combine thrilling action with hilarious comedy . To sum it all up Naruto is my favorite manga and is one of the best manga in the world . Plus if you like the manga you can purchase the anime ( Japanese animation or cartoon ) on DVD . It may not be as good as the manga but it's still nice to have to add to your treasured collection of manga and anime .
011 I first came across Naruto in my little bro's copy of shonen jump . At first glance , it looks very childish and has no real depth of a story . It feels like it's a rough ' em up and take them down manga and I dismissed it .
But when the 1st volume came out , I was captivated by the bright cover art and the style of the drawings as I flipped through it . I bought it compulsively and I was blown away by it .
The artwork is not too cluttered and it's very easy on the eye . But the characters were the main reason why I fell in love with this book .
They are fully developed and very well written . You get the reasons behind their motives and as you understand them , you get to like them better . This is the case especially with Uzumaki Naruto , who at first seems like a bratty little jerk you want to bat around until you see that there's a lot more going on underneath the surface and he comes off as someone that you wouldn't mind being friends with . The same goes with Sasuke and the teacher characters . I recommend getting this book and the others that follow for well rounded action and good characters .
012 Being obsessed with anime and manga for quite a while , I have been on constant search for the new and amazing of both . Recently , I found Shonen Jump ( well , more like waited for it to come out . . . ) , and I fell in love . Unfortunately , I cannot read Japanese * yet * so I cannot get the weekly Jump . Anyway , Shonen Jump contains several different manga . One of which is obviously Naruto ( it was them who released this book after all ) .
Naruto , is a story about a 12 year old outcast who is determined to become his villiage's greatest ninja , the Hokage . Naruto soon fins himself with a team of two other ninjas in training ( Sasuke and Sakura ) , and their sensei , Kakashi . You'll have to read it for the good stuff .
Now this manga is the best I have ever read ( this and One Piece ) , so if you don't get it , you WILL miss out . Don't listen to the reviewer who claims the translations are bad , he just doesn't know how to utilize a dictionary . Get this manga , or read it in the store ( or in Shonen Jump ) . Either way , you will not be dissapointed . ( Check out the anime too when it comes out !
PS : doppelganger , according to dictionary.com , is a spiritual or ghostly double or counterpart .
014 This ( obviosly ) is the first Naruto.I find the story to be interesting , but there needs to be more action . I recomend this book and all of the others in the series . I also recomend Bleach , Dr . Slump , and Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z ( some people think they are for kids , but kids won't be able to handle them ) !
016 Naruto is great fun to read . It is about a boy , Naruto , who dreams of being Hokage , the top ninja in his village . But he has a dark secret , sealed inside of him is the nine-tailed demon fox , Kyuubi . The first volume deals with Naruto and becoming a Genin , a low level ninja .
As Naruto continues it developes a strong plot and has some really interesting storylines . It keeps getting better as it goes . Anyone who wants a fun read with action , the occasional romance ( the one-sided schoolgirl crush kind of romance ) , and heart should read Naruto .
017 Naruto the manga was better than I thought it would be . From what I heard , it seemed pretty juvenile , simplistic , unimaginative , and aimed at young teen boys . Thankfully , I picked up the first volume and it was a treat .
The story is about Naruto , a short , spiky-haired juvenile delinquent who desperately wants to become a full-fledged ninja . He lives in a hidden village . The village is run by an older ninja leader called a Hokage . Someday , he will be succeeded - and Naruto has set his goals high .
Unfortunately , Naruto is an outcast in every way . Shunned by both adults and peers , his only friend is a young teacher named Ikura . All the kids in the village , girls and boys , attend Shinobi school . Naruto , though a poor student overall , has mastered a couple of ninja techniques , one of which is the Ninja Centerfold . Naruto needs to graduate . He is put in a group with his secret crush Sakura , who loathes him , and Sasuke , a handsome boy whom Sakura loves .
The art is very good . The village buildings look very whimsical , just what you would expect of a hidden village . No thatched roof huts here . The action is drawn really , really well . Fights and action sequences flow smoothly . There is no confusion as to who is fighting who . And there is a lot of humor and funny moments .
I am looking forward to the rest of the manga .
019 This is the best anime out there right now . #1 in japan . I have all 19 volumes of the manga in japanese . They are soo much cooler even though it's hard to read japanese if it's not your native language . By the way you can read all 197 chapters of naruto comics at narutochuushin.com which is a great site . If you haven't seen the anime version then you gotta go see it . It's way cooler . Just go to one of those anime dvd sites . This manga has everything . humor , adventure , love story , action , personality character development , etc . . It's mainly about ninjas in training and you get to see their process as they improve their skills and grow up .
020 This book is the first volume to the hit series Naruto that has currently spawned 20 volumes and has no end in sight . Surprassing just about any other manga , anime , or TV show in Japan the series is about a young ninja named Naruto . He is a prankseter and somewhat an oddball . But there is something special about naruto ; he is sealing the legendary Nine Tails Fox Deamon inside of himself ! Follow him on his path to be the Hokage !
The story may seem to be starting slowly , but you deffinatly won't regret buying this book !
021 Twelve years ago , there lived a powerful and fearsome fox spirit . This fox and its legendary nine tails caused devastation everywhere they went . But , when the fox traveled through the fire country , the shinobi of Konohagakure village ( Village hidden among the fallen leaves ) attacked Kyubi , the Devil fox . Together , with the help of the fourth hokage ( fire shadow ) they captured it and sealed it in newborn child . The fourth hokage died during the sealing , and the boy , Naruto , grew up with Kyubi sealed inside of him , unbeknownst to him . The third Hokage came out of retirement to rule . All of the people of the Konohagakure village shunned Naruto . He had no parents to love or love him back . He grew up alone , and twelve years later this manga starts .
This manga by Masashi Kishimoto has become extremely popular in Japan . Its unique art style lets you pick it out among all others , and unlike Dragonball and other fighting manga , this one plays out the battle with each kick , punch , and kunai thrown . This is a refreshingingly new way to present it .
Naruto is built around its memorable personalities . Naruto , Konohamaru , Sasuke , Sakura , Kakashi , Haku , Zabuza , Gaara of the sand , Temari , Kankuro , Orochimaru , Kabuto , Shikamaru , Chouji , Ino , Shino , Hinata , Jiraiya , Ebisu , Anko , Gai , Lee , Neji , Tenten , Princess Tsunade , and even Gama Bunta ( toad boss ) and his sons gamukichi and gamutachi . As each comes and goes , they are all remembered for what they did , and how they changed .
Naruto is a manga that has broken barriers , for the better.This has quickly become my favorite manga in Shonen Jump , and I'd recommend to any newcomer , and every seasoned veteran of manga .
As a last note , When and if the Naruto OST ( song album ) comes out , I would recommend it to anyone . The music is classic , and Wind by Akeboshi is a song that ranks way up there with Tank of Cowboy Bebop . Also when the Anime comes out , I recommend buying the subtitled version as long as it is not edited . No edited Anime is worth buying . It takes out the heart of manga , its realism . I've seen many screenshots of the Naruto anime and it looks awesome , so you should check it out . To make a note , I know many people are furious with Viz for butchering the translation . Yes , they did , but as the translation WAS approved by Masashi Kishimoto , I have no problem with it . For all those who want to read the actual names of techniques , you can go to narutoguide.com which includesoth the japanese and American names for the manga . Although it hasn't been updated in almost a year ( wonder why ? ) It has every technique up to chapter one-twenty or so . So , if your bored reading Art of the Doppeldanger , or the Art of substitution , you can always head out there and enlighten yourself .
022 I'm no Naruto fanatic . I think it's cool , but I don't buy all the manga ( read it in Shonen Jump ) Don't keep track of the latest dvds , and don't put it on my wishlist for Naruto games . But I'll give it its props . It's pretty sweet .
IT has spawned so many things and came out of nowhere here in the U.S , no one knew about the manga , as soon as the anime aired on cartoonnetwork , everybody went wild . I was a manga fan before , ( started at 7 ) and could only watch as Manga spread , everyone wanting to read what happened next in Naruto .
Before , on almost every cover was Yu-Gi-oh ( of SJ magazine ) now , unless there picking a special time to use One piece or something , Naruto Dons the Iissue everywhere .
Story wise , it's not bad . Don't give it to kids under . . . 13 . There's some swearing , as well as blood . So parents might wan't to just let the kids watch the anime .
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Naruto is about Naruto , Naruto is a fox demon , Naruto is hated by everyone even though it's not his fault he's a demon . Insert Iruka . Iruka looks like a dolphin ( lol , irrelivent ) , he is the first person to ever acknowledge naruto . . . Enter Sakura , the apple of Naruto's eye . . . Sakura hates Naruto . Enter Sasuke , the apple of Sakura's eye . . . Sasuke hates everyone . Enter Kakashi , the most popular character . He's a perv , just because there isn't an anime without one . With Naruto breaking rules , Mizuki breaking Taboo , and Sakura breaking Naruto's heart , I'm pretty sure there isn't a person who can say this anime doesn't rock , because it does , and you know it .
Something I have noticed : The art . Chins aren't pointy , noses aren't pointy , some of the hair makes sense ( note i said some . . . Kakashi's hair is gravity defying ) and everything has a realistic way , yet is still anime .
Some bad things about this Naruto Manga : Some of the translations . Why translate Kage Bushin no Jutsu when Kamehameha was never translated ? I mean , its not like people would dislike it being translated when back wehn DBZ was the greatest thing , people screamed Kamehameha . No body would scream ' Turtle Wave Blast ' if they translated that move . They also translated sama , sensei , san , kun , etc . That makes no sense either . . .
Anyways , the manga is great , I reconmend it to any otaku . However , I reconmend the anime more . . . which unfortunatly hasn't been released in english as of today .
026 This review is from :
Naruto , Vol . 1 : The Tests of the Ninja ( Paperback )
Naruto is arguably the most famous manga in the world . This volume being the introduction of this manga means that it is a must read for any manga fan . Odds are there will be something you'll like if not love.The translation is spot on and the art is pretty good . The story will improve and the so will the art as the series goes on .
027 Naruto is arguably the most famous manga in the world . This volume being the introduction of this manga means that it is a must read for any manga fan . Odds are there will be something you'll like if not love.The translation is spot on and the art is pretty good . The story will improve and the so will the art as the series goes on .
028 Naruto is an action-packed book about a young boy who aspires to become a great ninja . He lives in the village of Konohagakure . His parents died when he was young , fighting a nine-tailed fox demon . He grew up by himself and pulled lots of pranks on others . After training at the ninja academy for some time , Naruto takes his test for the third time . And for the third time , he fails miserably . After his test , an older ninja named
Mizuki finds him . Mizuki tell Naruto that he needs a scroll to learn secret moves so that he can get his teacher , Iruka , to pass him . Iruka finds Naruto later , practicing with the stolen scroll . Then to everyone's surprise , Mizuki shows up and wounds Iruka . Naruto uses the shadow clone that the scroll taught him to defeat Mizuki , but not before tell tells Naruto that the fox demon that destroyed his village and killed his parents is trapped inside Naruto !
Days afterwards , Naruto is in the office of Hokage , the village leader , when he meets the Hokage's grandson . The grandson is an energetic boy younger than Naruto , who aspires to be the Hokage , as does Naruto . Naruto takes him on as an apprentice for a while , but they decide to become rivals and they part ways .
Later , Naruto is put onto a team with two other ninjas . They face their first mission ; trying to take two bells from their instructor . The trio of apprentices ( Naruto , Sasuke , and Sakura ) each tries to take the bells individually , but they are outmatched . As the bells ring , Kakashi tells the apprentices that they all failed and that they will never become ninjas !
I gave this book four starts because I loved the action . The only reason that it is not five stars is because I did not like the cliffhanger ending . Well , happy reading .
029 I had my first exposure to Naruto through the anime series , so I decided to take a look at the manga to see how the two compared . The early episodes of the anime definitely followed the manga rather closely .
Naruto , the title character of the series , is an orphan who has decided that he will one day become the Hokage ( the leader ) of the village where he lives . Unfortunately , Naruto isn't the best of students at the ninja academy , and he's constantly pulling pranks to force people to pay attention to him . It turns out that , unknown to Naruto , the fourth Hokage sealed a fox demon that was attack the village into Naruto when he was baby . The Hokage died soon after , but he had hoped that the villagers would view Naruto as a hero . Instead , the adults of the village shunned him , hence why Naruto feels he needs to to act outrageously in order to get noticed . After being tricked by a ninja academy instructor to steal a scroll , Naruto learns a cloning technique that becomes his signature jutsu during the series . Naruto is saved by his teacher , Iruka , and manages to graduate from the ninja academy with his class .
The Naruto manga series shows Naruto as he grows both as a person and as a ninja . From reading the first volume from the manga , you don't realize just how much further the series will go ; the only reason I knew when reading this volume was because I had already seen quite a few episodes of the anime series .
Naruto isn't a bad manga series at all , but it can be a little slow to get going . However , if you're willing to stick it out , you'll see just how much deeper the series gets over time . While the early volumes of the manga may be suitable for pre-teen readers , the themes in the later volumes are probably better suited for older teens .
In order to write this review , I checked out a copy of this manga through the King County Library System .
030 This review is from :
Naruto , Vol . 1 : The Tests of the Ninja ( Paperback )
This was the first manga I ever read ( as well as the first anime I watched ) , so it naturally holds a special place in my heart . And I still love it . The manga is definately better than the anime , and if you're looking for a well-written manga with detailed , excellent artwork - - I'd highly recommend Naruto !
031 This was the first manga I ever read ( as well as the first anime I watched ) , so it naturally holds a special place in my heart . And I still love it . The manga is definately better than the anime , and if you're looking for a well-written manga with detailed , excellent artwork - - I'd highly recommend Naruto !
032 If you're one of the many ` Narutards ' religiously following the anime , you won't see much of a difference between that and Masashi Kishimoto's original work ( though you wouldn't be a true Narutard if you didn't read it ) . If anything , the manga leaves some gaps the anime fills in , especially in action scenes . And the renaming of ninja techniques will still piss off purists . It's still worth it to read about Kishimoto's experience with the manga in the brief snippets and concept art wedged between each chapter . Believe it !
This comic is rated T for Teen : Graphic Violence .
033 Six years ago I began watching the Naruto series in Japanese with English subtitles .
Six years later I still keep up with it , and now I've started to invest in the manga series .
This first book is brilliant . The art , the storyline , the characters . It is the beginning of an era , and while I remember being slightly bored by this series until the Chuunin exams , I now find these first novels to be entirely captivating . You'll meet Naruto , Sasuke , and Sakura ; you'll love these characters and witness their first challenge of gratuating school and becoming full-fledged ninja .
There will be scenes in the manga that didn't make the anime , and things in the anime that didn't make the manga . All in all I think it's a worthy to invest in them both . In between each chapter you will find concept art and meet the writer behind the series .
Buy this series . If it doesn't captivate you immediately have no fear because I initially felt the same way . You soon will .
034 This review is from :
Naruto , Vol . 1 : The Tests of the Ninja ( Library Binding )
I love this series . The character development is what makes it so great . You really find yourself rooting for the main character to succeed , and cringing when he fails .
036 This review is from :
Naruto , Vol . 1 : The Tests of the Ninja ( Paperback )
I loved it ! The picture quality is amazing ! The dialogue was also really accurate to the television series . There is so much detail put forward in the pictures too ! Amazing if you have a thing for action : D
037 I loved it ! The picture quality is amazing ! The dialogue was also really accurate to the television series . There is so much detail put forward in the pictures too ! Amazing if you have a thing for action : D
038 I'm glad I read this as now I understand Naruto better . Kids love this and I had enough demand to stock it in my classroom . It's a hit !
040 I have to say i was a little uneasy about Naruto when i started reading it in Shonen Jump , my sister told me Its about a boy who can turn into a girl . So i thought why in the world would i want to see that . But after looking over a couple chapters i couldnt really get into it , but it was because i hadnt seen the beginning , so after Naruto finally premiered on Cartoon Network i had no choice but to watch it . I bought volume 1 of the manga the next day . This Manga is really great , i like to read the chapters as they appear on tv . It seems a little slow at first but it always leaves you wanting more . I bought mine a couple weeks before the one with the calendar came out , so i didnt get one . I reccomend getting the one with the calendar !
041 Naruto is one of my favorite manga series . It is full of character-development , humor , and action . In Japan , they are nearly up to chapter 285 , so if you're just starting this brilliant series , you have quite a long way to go . ( Some spoilers ahead )
The story follows a young boy ( Naruto ) in his quest to become the Hokage of Konoha Village ( Hidden Leaf Village ) . The Hokage is the leader and presently unsurpassable shinobi ( ninja ) of the village . In following Naruto , we learn a dark secret that was unknown even to him . Years ago , when Naruto was first born , a demon ( the Kyuubi ) was sealed inside of him by the 4th Hokage to save the village . This made Naruto one of the Jinchuuriki . Ultimately , this led Naruto to be ostracized and neglected . He has never had a true friend . The closest thing to a parent he has is Iruka , his sensei .
After Naruto becomes a Genin ( the lowest rank of shinobi ) , many interesting things happen . We are introduced to three new characters ( who become incredibly important as the series progresses ) : Sakura ( a girl from Naruto's class , she's very bright ) , Sasuke ( another student who is supposedly the only surviving member of the Uchiha Clan ) , and Kakashi ( the sensei of the three students ) . These four main characters are given depth and purpose as we learn about their past and intentions . Though it is a long wait until everything about them is revealed ( Sakura is actually somewhat shallow for about 40 chapters ) , it is worth it .
Once all of these characters are introduced , the plot takes a turn and the three are given their first real mission . It has a depressing conclusion and they return back to the village with a much better understanding as to what it truly means to be a shinobi .
Now things get a bit hectic .
Perhaps describing what ensues as all-out war is not appropriate , but in some ways it is . During the three student's participation in the Chunnin Exam ( a test which allows one to increase their shinobi rank ) , we are introduced to Orochimaru , a genius with malicious intentions . Jounin clash as the Exam is ended due to erratic circumstances . Devious antagonists make their move and we at last see just how thin the bonds and trust must be between villages to ensure the citizens survival . The Hokage is captured and an awe-inspiring battle takes place between sensei and student .
I am getting ahead of myself . What should be understood when starting the series is this : it is a masterpiece . A carefully woven story unfolds as years of planning pass . Akatsuki make their move and brilliant battles occur . The plot opens up and what started as a simple story following an orphan trying to prove himself to others becomes a carefully constructed conspiracy involving immortality and power .
The first volume is a great introduction . The artwork has not yet fully matured , but it is still very good . The plot is very basic at first but will evolve into something more complex . Buy this and become immersed as you follow a boy who wishes to be acknowledged , an avenger with wavering trust , a love-sick girl with an intellect , and one of the coolest jounin you will ever encounter .
Naruto is a masterpiece . Do not miss out on this classic series .
045 Naruto is awesome ! Some people say its for boys , but i myself think anyone can read it . . its entertaining learning about a young boy who wants to be the next lord hokage , raised with no parents . Also , I've been watching the naruto import dvds and they are quite good too ! Can't miss an episode ! ; D
046 Do you like ninjas ? ever wonder what it's like to be like one ? get a look at this book It's been fetured in shonen jump . it's gret anyone will imediatly like the characters , ther's humor , action , fanticy and romance and the Ninja centerfold . It's a bout a boy who has been shunned all his life and in order to get any attention he must be rude and bring havoc to the restdents of his village . can he graduate from the Ninja acadimy ? find out by reading this novel
047 Taking place in an alternate version of Japan , Naruto is one of the most popular manga and anime series running today ! In the ninja village of Konohagakure , young Uzumaki Naruto is training with the rest of his peers to graduate from the ninja academy and become full-fledged shinobi . With his impressive Centerfold Attack and Doppleganger Ambush techniques , Naruto has just barely made it through the training . He is revered by the rest of his clan because he is the reincarnation of a evil fox spirit that once ravaged the lands . Hoping to overcome this , Naruto sets out to be the next Hokage which is an elite brand of ninja . Being seperated into groups with the rest of his class , the other members of his finals team are made up of the school babe Sakura and the resident elitist Sasuke . They are paired to go against the upperclass shinobi Kakashi in order to pass . Pulling out all the stops , the three of them try their best in order to bring down the elite warrior . The Naruto manga is great with tons of intense action and pure hilarious comedy . Put it in your library now !
049 First of all , Naruto is Naruto .
Do the translation of / names / really matter ?
If you don't like Shonen Jump's translations , then go online and print out a list of names and their true translations .
If you think the names are fine , then read the book and don't be a fool - to each their own .
Names or not , Naruto is definitely worth checking out - if you like action , comedy , angst , drama or such , and even if you are looking for a character-driven read , Naruto is an excellent choice .
Trust me , it's worth lovin ' .
And if it's not your cup of tea , then fine .
it's not anyone else's problem anyway , right ?
^ _ ^ And Sasuke-kun is / so / cool . . .
050 I have to be honest . As a general rule , I don't like manga . I love anime but I generally hate manga . This one's different . Out of all the manga I read , this is the overall best . Oh , and don't listen to that other guy . The translations can be cool like Naruto's Doppleganger Technique when he creates 1,000 copies of himself and bashes Mizuki into pudding . The translations can also be hysterical like Earth Type Groundhog Decapitation ( I won't reveal the joke . I'll leave it at telling you it's hysterical . All in all I would buy this because it's definately worth reading and I couldn't find it in a library . One more thing . . . I am not twelve , I just happen to lack an e-mail adress
051 The book I was reading was Naruto book 1 . It is a very good book to me , and also very intresting . There is alot of action in this book . Me and my freinds love this book so I think other people would love this book to . This book is about a kid named Naruto his goals are to make people to acknolege him , and he thinks the only way to do thatis to defeat the master of the village . He is very lonley because his mom and dad died when he was very little . So now he does anything to get attention mostly jokes , and pranks . I would reccomend this book to people who like action , and funny books . This book is gerat you should read is i'm sure you will love it .
052 Naruto , a very popular manga series , comes to the United States . The problem is next volume of Naruto is three months apart from each other ! The series that started out as a small series in a monthly magazine called Shojen Jump ( who also published the series later ) is now one of the biggest things to hit the world since Pokemon or Dragonball Z !
In the village hidden in Leaves and Trees , there lives ninjas who are sworn to protect everyone who lives there . There is the strong , the gifted , the smart , and then there is Uzamaki Naruto . Naruto , the village prankster wants to surpass all ninjas and become the top ninja , Hogage !
The series is very well put together but the wait time of three months is just too much to bare for anyone who reads the series . I recommend that you read the series but also buy the next volumes as well , because I guarantee that you'll be wanting more to read after the first one !
Naruto Volume 1 , with the three month waiting period , gets a five stars out of five !
My name is Amone ! Adios !
053 Naruto Vol . 1 is the start of an awesome series . It's about a boy named Uzumaki Naruto , the class clown and loner of his ninja school but dreams of becoming the greatest ninja of his village . He lives in the Hidden Village of the Leaf where 12 years before a Nine-tailed Fox killed many and was finally captured by the Fourth Hokage ( Highest ranked Ninja ) . What is the connection to this clown and the distructive power of the Nine-tailed Fox ? You can only find out if you read the book and I promise you , you won't regret it !
Highly addictive and amazing character development as you progress through the series . Do not miss out on this action packed , side splitting comedy of a story about a ninja named Uzumaki Naruto !
054 I'm a girl , but I'm a big fan of shonen manga and this is one of my favorite mangas.I'd have to seriously think about if I like Rave Master or Naruto better.Anyway , I'm a big Naruto fan , and I think that most people would love this manga.For those of us who are squemish , like I am a bit , you may end up having the same first impression that I did : ' It's too bloody ' . Some of the scenes are bloody , but this is still an excellent manga title.I read the entire title at the store before buying it because I was so absorbed in it.After I finished , I just couldn't wait to get volumes two and three.I believe that this series has realistic characters , given the situation , a feat a lot of manga-ka cannot acommplish.Naruto , for starters , is a young prankster who is detirmined to try his hardest at his set task.Naruto has a rivalry with SasukeHis dream is to surpass all who come before him and to become the leader of his village.Sasuke is smart and strong.He is detirmined to kill a ' mystery ' ninja and avenge himself . Normally calm and collected , he appears stronger than Naruto at times.Sakura has a large crush on Sasuke , who , in return , ignores her.Naruto has a crush on her.She is extremely smart , although she doesn't really fight.Even though she is the weakest of the three , she is a likeable character .
All in all , this is a great manga , with great action.My friend says that he has trouble understanding the fight scenes , so I guess that should be a warning to most.For those of you who purchase and end up liking this manga , the anime is coming to Cartoon Network in September .
055 Naruto is one of my all time favorite mangas . Even though it is technically shonen , Naruto appeals to both girls and boys . First off , the characters are all extremely likeable and humorous . Each character is delicately layered , and you'll find that even the seemingly carefree Naruto had a painful past . The art is good and there is plenty of action to keep the reader intrigued . The anime is good too . . . . Anyway , this is definately worth the money , and I say , buy it .
056 Naruto is an elegantly drawn graphic novel . It's dynamic panels and intriguing story line keep you reading . The classic appeal of a cheerful boy trying to become a hero will warm your heart .
The great detail , in both story line and art , gives a certain depth that other certain graphic novels lack . Naruto is a great read and it never slows down . Tragic sub stories litter it's pages and gives the novel a unique twist .
And with all the tragedy the artist still manages to throw in humor . The comedic aspect is neither lacking nor in surplus . This unique mixture of comedy and tragic depth gives this novel , at least , a head above any other novel .
057 Naruto is the story of Uzumaki Naruto , an aspiring junior ninja . On the day of his birth , an evil spirit that was terrorizing the village was defeated , but in it's escape , the sleeping spirit was sealed inside Naruto . Because of this , no-one in the village trusts him . Naruto grows up to be a headstrong , overconfident young man with a big goal . . . to finally earn the trust and respect of the townspeople by becoming Hokage , the leader of the Ninja . But Naruto has a long way to go before then !
058 Long ago , an evil nine tailed fox demon reaked havoc on the Hokage village . When they finnaly subdued the demon , they sealed him away in the body of a newborn child named Naruto . Even though the demon is gone , the adults of the village hate Naruto and see him as a threat . And by influence of the adults , the children hate him too , and they don't even know about his past . So in order to draw some attention to himself , the orphaned Naruto always pull pranks or does some act of vandilism . He knows very well that the entire town hates him and after 12 years he finds out why .
Naruto is a verry good manga created by a verry talented man . It's an action packed and hilarious story about becoming a great ninja . With many supporting charactors such as Sakura his crush , Sasuke his rival , and Kakashi his teacher the series is never boring . Kakashi is exceptionaly enjoyable as the layed back fighter who loves to read make out paridise .
Though originaly out in shonen jump magazine , Naruto has made it on to graphic novel format so more people can enjoy it .
Well all in all Naruto is a great manga and I highly recamend it !
059 Viz had to get their translations approved by Masashi Kishimoto , so I don't see what the problem is . Kage bushin no jutsu is 4 japanese WORDS . That's why they changed it . I'd rather them call it Shadow clone technique / art instead of art of the doppleganger myself , but the name change doesen't affect my enjoyment at all . If you're too wrapped up in names to enjoy the manga , then you need help . = /
Sharingan and Kamehameha ( since you mentioned dbz ) are words created specifically for attacks ( however , in kamehameha's case , it was taken from a hawaiian king , heh ) .
Stupid n00b anime / manga fans are ruining things for everyone with their complaining . If you're too cheap to buy an 8 dollar manga novel , then that's fine , but don't try to get other people to do the same unless you have a vaild / worthwhile point .
By the way , this volume of naruto rocks . Don't miss it !
062 Aficionados of pop culture can't make it through the course of a day without hearing / seeing reference to ' Naruto . ' After putting off this series for years I finally decided to give this one a shot and blazed through Volume #1 of Masashi Kishimoto's seminal ' Naruto ' manga series .
First impressions left me semi-interested . The story and concept is intriguing enough to keep me going at least a few more volumes to gauge whether or not I'm going to plow this series in its entirety . As fas as art goes my main complaint is that the action sequences ( long fight chapters ) can be difficult to follow at times . Also , based on this 1 book the overall tone feels seems to skew toward a younger audience so keep that in mind if you're wondering whether or not to take a chance with this series .
064 Naruto is one of the coolest mangas I've read , and plan to read more . It has great art , and a great story . It may seem kinda cheesy in the beginning , but give it a chance , because it gets TONS better , and more exciting further into the series .
And the best part is that the anime is coming to the US , I just hope they do a decent job on the dub .
066 Well I loved this manga ! it was funny and plenty of action when they meet Kakashi ! Mostly this one is to introduce the characters and why they are and what they act like ! No basic acton only with Mizuki and Kakashi ! But I can't wait to pick up the next one ! I kinda recommend this one to those who love mangas and ninja action !
067 ! Heather's teenage son that should probably register his own account so he doesn't have to put this message in before each of his crap reviews !
I love anime . I saw this at my local bookstore . Having read various reviews online about how GOOD it is , I decided to give it a try and I bought volume 1 . This is a great start to what seems to be a great series ! There is action and alot of comedy to keep you entertained . The art is very well done and I continue to wonder how they put so much detail in such small spaces . The storyline is pretty good and very interesting . I'm definately getting volume 2 . . . and 3 . . . and 4 . . . and 5 . . . and so on . . .
Perfect 5 out of 5 ! !
069 This is the first book in the Naruto series . In this book , we are introduced to Naruto , a troublemaking teenager who wants one thing more than anything else : To become the best ninja in the world !
This is an amazing series . At first I avoided it , thinking that it would be to boyish for my tastes , but once I started reading I couldn't put it down . The jokes are great , the art is crisp and clear , and the characters are fun and unique .
If there is any downside to this manga , it is that the pacing can be a little uneasy at some times . There are points where it drags on , as well as points where the story goes a bit fast , but aside from that this is an excellent series that should be in everyones collection .
Artwork : 8 / 10 Story : 9 / 10 Characters : 9 / 10 Overall : 9 / 10 Trying to get a friend or family member interested in manga ? This is a great book for martial arts fans . Some swearing , violence ( though no exploding guts or the like ) make this book for ages 13 or older .
070 Wow ! Naruto is here in the U.S ! ! I would recommend Naruto to everyone !
At first i didn't take naruto very serious , hearing thats it's a shounen anime / manga ( meaning it mainly captures male viewers / readers ) , but once i gave it a chance , i fell in love !
Naruto is truly a great series , one of the best in fact . Both the anime and Manga are simply too great ! The anime follows the manga so much , your actually reading the manga as u watch the anime . Although the manga is way ahead of the anime , i still watch it . I can watch and read naruto so many times and it will never bore me .
I'm usually the type of person who likes to read mangas that have good plots . Not some long running plot that won't go anywhere for the longest time . Naruto ; however , is long but the story keeps getting better . Thats the glory of it ! : D
So what are you waiting for ? ! go buy / watch / read Naruto ! Do anything as long as u get naruto in ur system !
oh by the way , i agree with nathan , if Masashi kishimoto approved the translation , it's ok with me ! i actually think it's not that bad . : )
072 Any manga fan would love this - Masasashi Kishimoto is a great artist and his story line is great - First off , who can say ninja aren't cool ? ( only losers ) . Add in an ambitious boy with so many of the obstacles we regular people have ( Oh , and he has the kyubi ( nine tailed demon fox ) spirit sealed in him , as well ) . Then toss in the quiet , goth boy and the girl who has soooo much room to grow , slap in a perverted and funny sensei and WHAM ! Instantly addictive manga . All I can tell you is that once you start reading , you'll completely fall in love .
075 ( . . . ) Anway , i love Naruto ! I am obsessed , i have gotten anything i can get from it ! Sasuke is my favorite charecter , although Naruto is not totally horrible : ) I hope everyone will one day read this novel . When i read it , the drawings seem to come to life . That is how good they are ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Enjoy this book !
076 I've seen a lot of the anime , and have seen a lot of the manga . While the two do differ , I don't know what fool said they were identical : ( , but it's nothing that hurts the story . For example , Kakashi's test is different in the manga than in the anime .
I will be honest with you , this is one of my favorite series . It may never come to the USA , but despite that it's still very popular here . It's an intelligent , funny , action filled series ! In Japan it has a huge fan base - clothing lines , and a lot of video games . The story . . . a long time ago a fox demon was ravaging the town . A hero comes and seals the soul in infants body . Well , that boy grows up , and he is ninja trainee Naruto . I won't spoil anything else , except expect bad ass ninja killing scenes and the like . : ) Buy it ! If it gets popular enough maybe someone will liscence it !
077 Naruto how to begin . . . . I know ! Well I saw it in store one day . I didn't think much about it but later that day I called my friend in KS . She started taking about Naruto . She said that she watched it on TV and that she wished that it was a manga book . I then told her that I saw the book at the book store that day and then the next time I went to the store I thought that I should buy it . I did and it was great . And now , the story of Naruto . In the world of Naruto is a wrold were ninjas are the ultimate power . A boy , Naruto wants to be the best ninja in the villige . To prove himself to the people of the villiage . Now here is were it gets a little sad Naruto is an orphan his parents were killed by a evil nine tailed demon fox and not just his parents were killed by the fox but thousands of people as well . To make matters worse the demon fox's spirit is locked inside of Naruto . Poor Naruto lives all alone as a orphan and all the villiagers hate him . The only way for him to get attention is for him is to play pranks and he will never have a parents love . Moving on , he Sasuke and the strogist kid in the akadme Sasuke narutos rival but sasuke dosent even pay atenchen to naruto and there sensa Kakashi . Ending is to good to miss it is a huge cliff hanger . If you do not like cliff hangers ties is not a series for you . All of the Naruto Books end with a cliff hanger . One more thing I have to add is the #1 manga person in the USA is Kakashi Narutos sensa . I highly recamend Naruto . It is one of my favorites I have read all eight books and most of book nine in sneak peaks so I highly recamend it for kids from ten to fiften years old . Enjoy Shonen Jump Graphic Novel Naruto I highly rekamend it ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! It is a very good book . If you like Naruto you may like Rave Master , Tokyo Mew Mew if you are a girl , and you like Cardcaptor Sakura and if you are a girl , and you can't go wrong with Fruit Basket . Naruto is also on cartoon Netwerk on Friday at 7 : 30 to 8 : 00 and at 8 : 00 to 8 : 30 . I love Naruto , I hope you do to .
078 Viz really did a horrible job translating Naruto . I had expected alot better from them , but they disappointed me . If you wanna see what they messed up on ( detailed ) and want to help in getting it changed , you should go here :
it's really worthwhile for all the diehard Naruto fans outhere .
080 And I'm telling you , it's worth every penny ! The fansubs are still out there , and I'm up-to-date with episode 90 , and I've read the first and second Mangas . This series is an amazing feat of work and creativity !
Naruto , a boy with the spirit of a Kitsune inside him , struggles to become the greatest Ninja ever ! Action-packed , humorous , you'll laugh . . . you'll cry . . . you'll be very glad you bought this !
081 I've read the home translated comics and they are far better than these ones . The books are great but i really wished they had have used the same names for the techniques that they did in the japanese ones .
082 This one of the best , if not the best , anime series out . It is about a group of 12 year olds genins ( beginner ninjas ) in a Ninja Village who are trying to become chuunins ( upper level ninjas ) .
This anime has excellent character development and is quite fun to read so that you can see how the characters will develop . The drawing is quite good and further helps the wonderful story . I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of anime or wants to start reading anime .
Although this is just newly released in the US it already has a strong and growing fan base on the internet that will only grow larger now that the anime is available to all .
084 I want everyone to know that naruto is a great story for every age . The guts to never give up and never surrender . I get such a boner thinking about it , I mean right now I have a huge woody . Back to naruto and my raging boner later , every kid should read it , it is amazing .
085 The Naruto manga is indeed a truly great manga series and also a great anime but they practically killed this series . . They really shouldn't have changed the names around . . its the names and the techniques that gives this series the true feeling for a great manga . Instead they really screwed up the names . . i didn't read the english manga but i followed the japanese one all the way to the updated volume . I must say this is truely one of my favorite animes but i really dislike what they did to the american version . . they should have atleast kept the name of the jutsus ( spells ) .
088 Naruto is my favorite anime series / manga . The manga is about a boy ( Naruto ) who wants to grow up to be the strongest ninja in his village ( Hokage . ) Within 20 books , he fights against several strong kids . The action is like Dragon Ball Z , but the pacing is a lot faster .
The translations are horrible . The Kage Bunshin no Jutsu , a technique that creates clones of the caster , becomes The Art of the Dopple Ganger .
Overall , Naruto is an excellent series , but Viz did a horrible job translating the manga . If you can try to download the manga , I know it is wrong with the series being released and all , but Viz or whoever translated the manga did a horrible job in my opinion .
091 Reviewer : Jetto from Hattiesburg , MS United States
Viz had to get their translations approved by Masashi Kishimoto , so I don't see what the problem is . Kage bushin no jutsu is 4 japanese WORDS . That's why they changed it . I'd rather them call it Shadow clone technique / art instead of art of the doppleganger myself , but the name change doesen't affect my enjoyment at all . If you're too wrapped up in names to enjoy the manga , then you need help . = /
Sharingan and Kamehameha ( since you mentioned dbz ) are words created specifically for attacks ( however , in kamehameha's case , it was taken from a hawaiian king , heh ) .
Stupid n00b anime / manga fans are ruining things for everyone with their complaining . If you're too cheap to buy an 8 dollar manga novel , then that's fine , but don't try to get other people to do the same unless you have a vaild / worthwhile point .
By the way , this volume of naruto rocks . Don't miss it !
092 12 years ago , Konohagakure , a village famous for its inhabitants , who just happen to be the greatest ninja in the world , was attacked by a nine-tailed fox demon . A village hero named Hokage was able to arise , and imprisoned the demon's soul , but lost his life in the effort . All of the young students in training at the Ninja Academy see Hokage as a model to which they aspire . One of these students is Naruto , whose disregard for the past extends to defacing monuments of the village heroes because he feels he is more powerful . His greatest ability is the ninja centerfold technique in which he can make an illusion of a naked woman dressed in mist to distract his opponents . He causes a lot of messes because he wants attention . He has no home or parents , and the entire village dislikes him . Only his tutor Iruka , who tries to control his excesses , shows some caring for Naruto . Maybe Naruto isn't just full of himself . Perhaps he does hold a power greater than that of Hokage .
I have to admit , I am usually leery of anything with the words Shonen Jump on it . I decided to give Naruto a go anyway . The art was great , but it just all seemed a tad too kid oriented for me . It's mostly about people yelling and hitting each other and the characters are about as shallow as a one inch deep pond . There's really nothing here . I would recommend this manga to 12 year olds and below .
094 First off , whoever said that the anime was better , is simply an idiot . The manga far outstripes the anime in every category .
Second of all , the attack should be called Kage Bunshin no Jutsu because that's what the author named it . Viz left original attack names in for Dragonball Z , so why not Naruto .
I say , don't waste you're money , download fanscans .
096 It was good so good I didn't read it.This city's got big building , and I like food bye .
098 This review is from :
Naruto , Vol . 1 : The Tests of the Ninja ( Paperback )
Teacher at school sent it to the principal because of some of the risque pictures in it ( not totally nude but enough younger children are questionable to exposure . ) I didn't know much about it before I ordered it for my 10 yr old daughter at her request .
099 Teacher at school sent it to the principal because of some of the risque pictures in it ( not totally nude but enough younger children are questionable to exposure . ) I didn't know much about it before I ordered it for my 10 yr old daughter at her request .
025 This book is way better than the anime in many ways . First it has more length and description of what is going on . The art work is better than the anime in my opinion . If you love the anime or any anime then you will like this book . And it all starts from the beginning . From the Start you will have few to no questions about naruto or anyone else in the manga . I say that once you get into it you will love it !
013 This is a great book its like watching the shows in manga books but with no sound , this is a nice book but sometimes i get confused on whitch way you read it but ill just read it anyway , so this is a great book . I have 14 naruto manga books iam going to get the rest but this is a great book .
023 Naruto is great ! I wanted an anime book ever since I saw the first episode on Cartoon Network . I mainly connect with Naruto a.k.a the Nine-Tailed Fox because I don't have that many friends and I want to do my best at everything !
035 I love this series . The character development is what makes it so great . You really find yourself rooting for the main character to succeed , and cringing when he fails .
039 I loved the Naruto manga . It really pulled me in and made me want to read the 2 - 13 editions . This book is rated T for teen . This an adventure / action book . I really enjoyed Naruto and I hope you will too ! Naruto Rules !
048 I have to say , this has to be one of the BEST manga I have read ! ! The story and art is exellent , and it has everything , comedy , action , romance , and drama . I recommend this to everyone , and if you don't like it I suggest you get your head checked .
068 My Aunt has this comic and I read it all the time ! We have the TV show , also with japanese language and English subtitles only .
074 I found this book excellent a great intro to the main character its got it all romance , action , humour , rivals , spiky haired characters overall i think naruto is an excellent book a must have for all anime / manga fans i found it fun to read and i would read it again hard to put down it sucks you in .
079 I am 12 years olds and I am a actually a boy . This is a great manga . The characters are great . The storyline is also good . This book is rated 13 + but I think 11 + can read this manga . If you like this manga , I recommend the One Piece and Bleach manga , they're also cool manga to try out .
086 I love this manga but I think Fullmetal Alchemist is better . Anyway , this is a great series !
090 My brother loves the whole series ( I bought this for him ) .
093 This is the second manga I bought . I love naruto so I bought it even though I've downloaded all the fan translations already . I was dissappointed with this translation . . . . And they should've left sensei in there . They keep the authenticity by printing it right to left and starting from the back instead so why not keep the names of the techniques ? . . .
100 all i have to say is , yuk . . it mayb good , but I think it is not suitable for children 13 and younger . . . . jus flippin through the first few pgs . . . im gonna go return the book rite now . . . . . I for one , wud recommend Initial d and Rurouni Kenshin , but you may have your own opinions . . : |
065 Hey , guess what.Naruto is coming here on a plane called Cartoon Network and until then read , read , read.Anyway it is a great book that depicts ninjas as ordinary people ( except for Naruto ) trying to make it to the big leages of ninja ranks.There is a lot of course ninjutsu unlike you would ever imagin , using hand signal for signs of the Zodiac.Buy it and be warned.You will be a Naruto fan too .
015 Naruto is about a teenage ninja trickster who has A fox deomon inside him.After finaly Naruto passes his ninja test to become a jr.ninja Naruto has to be in a 3 man cell team with his worst enamy Sasuke and his greatist love Sakura ! Over all Naruto is a funny , Action packed book . buy it
044 first of all this manga is great.ive already read up to vol 23 in jappaneese . anyway i decided to check out the transaltions for the us version and they ( shonen jump ) transalated it pretty good.except they did change the jutus names a little ( kage bushin no jutsu now dopplegangers ) but other than that they did an alright job .
073 theres plenty of cool things about Naruto ( the show / manga , mind you ) that make it fun . you get to see tons of intriguing techniques ( namely those of Gaara , Shikamaru , Shino , Orochimaru , and a few others ) . there is great drum / chant background music that goes well with the action scenes . Its also kind of funny and the action is good . unfortunately , most of the character types / personalities are clich s . and the story is . . . well , a typical shonen teenagers-with-superpowers type , complete with moral speeches lessons about friendship , honor and other things of that nature .
and then there's Naruto himself .
you know , when I think about ninjas , I imagine silent , diciplined warriors that use incredible stealth . black-suited warriors that blend in with the shadows and strike without warning , then , leave without a trace . When I imagine a ninja , I do NOT imagine an annoying , loud-mouthed , chatterbox brat in a neon-orange jumpsuit who yells every line he says . . . ESPECIALLY in battle . Naruto may be the most UN-ninja-like character in history . in fact , he is the most UN-ninja-like IDEA in history . a piano tumbling down a hill is more ninja than Naruto . Cottage cheese is more ninja than Naruto . Traffic jams are more ninja than Naruto . Death metal music is more ninja than Naruto . you name it , its more ninja than Naruto .
I'm actually surprised at how addicting this series is despite the main character being so annoying , along with some stupid takling frogs and the overall predictability of it all . its a fun show if you're looking for some good intrigue and you dont mind if the fighting is much closer to the likes of Dragonball Z than any REAL ninja program .
007 This was my first manga sieries and my first favorite . It's a great manga very exiting , great story , great drawings , and the characters are very lively and funny but there may not be picturs suitibal for kids under 10 years of age like the violence and certain inappropriate things .
Really i don't get why people don't like NARUTO but it's there stupidity so don't listen to them . But for those who don't know you probobly should that in manga you have to read right to left instead of left to right but don't worry you'll get used to it .
But any way the sieries boils down to a demon fox who tries to destroy the land . And a powerful ninja ( by the way the storys about ninjas ) seals the demon in a baby boy and when the boy grows up he's dispised so he has a dream to be the best ninja ever so he can get respect aside from the fact that he acts like a 4 year old . But later on in the sieries he becomes more mature . But still don't be surprised if the story goes down hill from volumes 2 through 4 because it's all Zabuza and he won't die and it get's annoying . My personal favorite is volume 7 .
Anyway you won't be dissapointed with this seiries trust me .
some other manga that i perfer are Whistle ! , One Piece , the Prince of tennis , hikaru no go , MAR , Zatch Bell , Gamerz Heaven , Shaman King , Dragon Ball Z , and Yu-Gi-Oh . Bleach I would give 4 stars and Yu Yu Hakusho i would give three and a half stars .
018 I collect over 20 different Manga and this is the absolute best . Its got
hot girls ( Sakura ) , the right amount of Violence ( Sasuke ) , and is extremely funny ( Naruto ) . The storyline is well thought out and makes you wish you were Ninja . BEST MANGA EVER ! I also recomend . Hack / / The legend of the Twilight , One Piece , and Shaman King .
042 This by far is one of my personal favorites out of my 87 manga book collection . The story is good , the characters are cool , and the art is perfect .
In this edition of Naruto , Naruto tries to pass a ninja exam , but failed . Since Naruto has failed this 3 years before , he is very sad . But then one of his teachers tells him if he steals the sacred scroll and learns what is in it , that he will surely pass . The other teacher doesn't know about Naruto stealing it and later Naruto is wanted for stealing it and all the people are seaching for him . Then the evil teacher finds him and tells him to give him the scroll . Naruto refueses , and then the good teacher that failed him shows up . After some cool fighting the evil teacher tells Naruto a secret that is agaist the law to tell him ! It is that when he was born , the soul of a satanic demon fox that terrorize the city years ago was stealed into his body , thus making Naruto the living sacrafice of the demon fox ! The good master being inraged by the evil teacher telling him this attacks the evil teacher and they fight . But the evil teacehr is to much for him and he is beaten and thrown agaist a tree with a gaint star-thingy thrown in his chest . Naruto also becomes inraged and uses one of the tricks tha the learned from the sacred scroll . Naruto makes 1000 solid douplegangers of himself and attacks ( NOTE : normal douplegangers are just allusions but the thing so cool about Naruto's is that they are all real and attack in different ways at the same time ! ) Of course the evil teacher is beaten and after thinking about it the good teacher passes Naruto as a Ninja . The next day Naruto wakes up and then goes to school . He goes into 3 man cels and that will be his team through his training . But what hardships await Naruto ? You'll have to read the book to find out ! BUY THIS BOOK AT ALL COSTS !
060 naruto is just awesome ! he is a klutz , knowit all , funny , unpredictable boy ! he has crush on a girl named sakura , but she hates him , and she likes a boy named sasuke ! But sasuke hates the world , especially her . but when they get paired up on a 3person ninja team , will they get along ? NARUTO IS JUST THE BEST ! I COULDN'T STOP READING IT . nauto also has a demon fox sealed inside him which he must keep a secret ! What life ! i definitly recommend this book !
083 Don't litsin to all those idiots out there ! Whats all this fuss about doppelganger ? ! IT'S ONLY I FRE'KIN WORD ! ! ! JUST LOOK IT UP IN A DICTIONARY !
Another thing : BUY ALL THE NARUTO YOU CAN GET ! IT IS ( TO ME ) THE BEST MANGA OUT THERE !
089 I am the biggest fan of naruto ! ! ! ! i would also like to argue the statement that NICK gave , about the dopple ganger thing . Nick have you ever played Chrono Cross . If so , then you would know that dopple ganger means the abilty to copy or change into another object . ( at least from what i understand ) .
Therefore it is not a grammer error or mistraslation ( from what i belive ) that the move kage bushin no jutsu means the same as doppel ganger . i may be mistaken but after all , if it wrent translated then i would still be in japanese ( is that where it comes from ) anyway BUY EVERY NARUTO COMIC YOU CAN GET ! ! ! ALSO look at onepiece and shaman king
097 Well , what ot say about Naruto . Fairly origonal idea , nice art , NO STORY . First of all , the first 3 and 1 / 2 issues were REALLY GOOD . so if you want buy the first four and read halfway through four . I own through issue 7 , and now it's becoming the next dragonball Z .
The first four issues were very well done , ( and violent . heh heh ; 3 ) but after that the story kinda fell apart . what I used to love is now gone . The battles were epic , and well thought out . the surprises just kept on coming , and the enemies were really fun to hate . But all that's gone now .
The story as of issue 5 is now the ninja are going the the Ninja exams . Nothing is nearly as epic , you can't evan TELL who the enimies are , and the story doesn't seem to be going anywhere . And if it is , it shouldn.t take 100 chapters to do so . And when I say you can't tell who the enimies are , I don't mean that in the good way where there isn't a clear line between good and evil , there's just an absence of evil . It's just a bunch of mindless fights for these exams . there seems to be some wandering enemy named Orochimaru but he never does anything except at one point he bites one of the main characters , which gives him a painful rash then he gets over it the next issue ( of course . )
So in conclusion , if you are looking for a good long-running series , I would not buy Naruto , but Bleach , the most underrrated series ever . It has much more likable characters , and a story ( always important . )
095 . . . Instead for some reason , Viz falls face forward in what happens to be one of the worst translations ever . . . .
In trying to American-ize the manga , they have decided ( and this is just one example ) Naruto's main move Kage Bunshin no Jutsu ( SHADOW CLONE SKILL ) and changed it to Art of the Doppleganger . . . . Is this translation A JOKE ? ! DOPPLEGANGER . . . Is that even a word ? !
I don't even know if this is trying to make this more appealing to American people . . . . The volume itself was held back to fix simple grammical errors , and they still have a bunch in the book .
For those who wish to read the true Naruto manga find it online . I'm giving this three stars due to the fact I love the Naruto manga and the anime .
At least One Piece is okay .
008 this was a terrific book , it was exciting and thrilling ! it's an action and a real thriller ! i recommend it , however for older readers . it contains nudity and offensive behavior .
087 this is the best manga i have ever read and i have read a lot of mangas around 30 !
101 I hate this series , so boring , dumb characters , FREAKIN CRAPPY NINJAS ! DO NOT BUY THIS MANGA ! Such a waste of money ! I prefer magical girl mangas , that don't include crap ninjas ! Please don't buy this if you hate dull , boring , and NON - magical girl manga ! ! Buy kamichama karin instead ! !