Naruto is an continuing Japanese manga series created and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. The storyline tells the tale of Naruto Uzumaki, a teenager ninja who continuously looks for recognition and desires to be the Hokage, the ninja in his village that is acknowledged as the leader and the most powerful of all.
Naruto is one of the biggest selling manga of all time having sold over 113 million copies in Japan.
Reviewers of this series have lauded the balance between fighting and humourous scenes, along with the characters’ individuality, but they have criticized it for applying standard shōnen plot elements.
The first 135 episodes are taken from the first twenty-seven volumes of the manga, whilst the remaining eighty episodes are original episodes that make use of plot elements not seen in the original manga. Naruto: Shippuden (“Naruto: Hurricane Chronicles”) is the continuing follow up to the original Naruto cartoons and covers the Naruto manga from volume twenty-eight on.
The series has additionally resulted in eight films; with the first three positioned during the first anime series, the remaining from Naruto: Shippuden. Naruto video games have made an appearance on several consoles from Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. the majority of them are fighting games where the player controls one of a select few characters directly based upon their brethren in the Naruto cartoons and manga.