Naruto Uzumaki’s journey to becoming a Hokage is the center of the Naruto manga and anime series. The series is an adaptation of two one-shot manga written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. The first of the one-shot manga follows the life of the main protagonist during his pre-teen years and the second one, during his teenage years. The titles of the manga are Kishimoto: Karakuri and Naruto released in 1995 and 1997 respectively. A third book about his adult years also followed.
Weekly Shonen Jump featured the serialized manga from 1999 to 2014. The popularity of the series paved the way for other multimedia franchises such as an anime TV series which aired in Japan from 2005 to2009. An english version also aired from 2009 to 2011 on Disney XD, and transferred to Toonami in 2014. Naruto has spawned 11 movies, 11 original video animations (OVA), novels, video games, trading cards, and other merchandises such as shirts, accessories and school supplies.
Naruto hails from the fictional village Konohagakure, where his father was once the Fourth Hokage. Hokage is what the villagers call their leader. When he was a baby, a Nine-Tailed Demon Fox attacked the village, but Naruto’s father defeats it by sealing into Naruto’s body. His father dies in the process, and the event was only revealed to him when he was 12 years old.
Since then, he trained to become a ninja and forms a bond with Sasuke Uchicha and Sakura Haruno, who accompanied him throughout his journey. Together they discovered a more complicated world filled with mysteries.
The end of the series sees Naruto as a husband to Hinata Hyuga and a father to Boruto and Himawari. A spinoff series revolving around Naruto and Boruto also followed which was eventually followed by Boruto’s own adventure with a new batch of ninjas.
Naruto is one of the best-selling manga series in history with its various franchises having loyal customers all over the world.