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Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto with an anime adaptation. The plot tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a loud, hyperactive, unpredictable, adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition and aspires to become a Hokage, the ninja in his village that is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all. The series is based on a one-shot that Kishimoto first authored 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 and it is still being released with forty-four volumes. The manga would be later adapted into an anime 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 nine seasons, while Naruto: Shippūden, a sequel of the series, began its first on February 15, 2007 and is still airing.

Viz Media has licensed the manga and anime for North American production. The Naruto anime debuted in the United States on Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block on September 10, 2005, and in Canada on YTV's Bionix on September 16, 2005. Naruto began showing in the United Kingdom on Jetix on July 22, 2006. It began showing on Toasted TV on January 12, 2007, in Australia, which features the Manga Entertainment TV version and the German-language dub opening, although it could be watched on Cartoon Network in 2006.
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review by . December 13, 2008
The first thing i noticed when reading/ watching Naruto is the depth of the characters and how the story lines serve as modern day lessons of morality for its young audience. Themes include friendship, overcoming odds, setting goals, and the importance of practice. Unlike other popular manga and anime series like Pokemon, Inuyasha, or Yu Yu Hakusho that is filled with senseless action, Naruto is a series that blends action, imagination, and a set of diverse characters.   
review by . September 11, 2008
My favorite part about this anime, like most animes, is how the main characters start off all weak and they slowly progress to becoming more and more powerful to take on the most powerful evil guys.  Sounds stupid and obvious but I think they pulled it off really well when you watch them fight different guys and the training they go through.  I love the fight scenes and how each character has different powers to go with the basic ninja moves also.    Naruto would've …
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