Naruto is a Japanese manga sequence written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition and dreams to turn into the Hokage, the ninja in his village who is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all. The collection is predicated on a one-shot manga by Kishimoto that was revealed in the August 1997 subject of Akamaru Jump.
Naruto was serialized in Weekly Shonen Soar magazine from the 43rd concern of 1999 to the 50th difficulty of 2014, with the chapters collected into seventy-two tankobon volumes by Shueisha. The manga was later tailored into a tv anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered throughout Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and different TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The primary sequence lasted 220 episodes, whereas Naruto: Shippuden, a sequel to the original sequence, has been airing since February 15, 2007. In addition to the anime series, Studio Pierrot has developed ten movies and several original video animations. Different forms of merchandise include light novels, video games, and buying and selling cards developed by several companies.
Viz Media has licensed the manga and anime for North American production. Viz serialized Naruto of their digital Weekly Shonen Leap magazine, in addition to publishing the person volumes. The anime series started airing in the United States and Canada in 2005, and later within the United Kingdom and Australia in 2006 and 2007, respectively. The movies, as well as most OVAs from the sequence, have also been released by Viz, with the primary film premiering in cinemas. Naruto: Shippuden was first released by Viz in North America in September 2009, began broadcast on Disney XD in October of the same year and on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in January 2014. Viz Media started streaming each sequence on their streaming service Neon Alley in December 2012.
As of September 2014, the manga has over 200 million copies in print, with over one hundred thirty million copies in Japan and the remaining seventy five million being abroad, making it the third finest-promoting manga series in history. The manga is also accessible in 35 international locations outside Japan. It has additionally become one among North American writer Viz Media’s best-promoting manga series. Their English adaptation of the collection has appeared within the USA As we speak Booklist a number of times and volume 7 received the Quill Award in 2006. Reviewers of the collection have praised the stability between combating and comedy scenes, as well as the characters’ personalities, however have criticized it for using standard shonen manga plot elements.