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Once upon a time, there lived a fox spirit with nine tails. And he was so powerful that whenever he shook those tails, landslides and tsunamis would result.
The suffering people gathered the great shinobi clans to fight this menace. Finally, risking his life, one ninja was able to imprison its soul.
Having defeated the demon, the brave shinobi died.
That shinobi was the Fourth Hokage, The Fire Shadow, Champion of the Village Hidden in the Leaves...
Naruto, Chapter 1 introduction

In a World… ruled by ninjas, there are five great ninja villages. Naruto Uzumaki wants to become Hokage — the leader and greatest ninja of the Hidden Leaf Village. There is one problem though; on the day of Naruto's birth, the village was attacked by the Nine-Tailed Fox, forcing the 4th Hokage to sacrifice his own life in order to seal the fox into a baby. That baby was Naruto. Now he has to deal with people after him, his team, and the rest of the world.

Naruto began in 1999 as a manga written by Masashi Kishimoto. Due to its immense popularity, it expanded into a multimedia franchise along with contemporary Shonen Jump series One Piece and Bleach (which fandom collectively called the The Big Three, as they were the magazine's flagship series through the 2000s and early 2010s). The original manga concluded in November 2014, with a movie in 2015 starring Naruto's son Boruto, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, serving as something of a finalenote . The anime adaptation of the second half, Naruto Shippuden, ended on March 23, 2017.

But it's not over yet. In Spring 2016, Shounen Jump began publishing a new Boruto manga drawn by Mikio Ikemoto (former assistant of Masashi Kishimoto during the publication of Naruto) and written by Ukyô Kodachi (involved in the Boruto movie and the various Naruto Hiden novels). Masashi Kishimoto himself has also released two Naruto Gaiden manga focusing on Boruto's teammates. Additionally, the anime adaptation of the Boruto manga, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, began airing in Spring 2017.

A live-action movie based on the franchise has been in development since 2015. Lionsgate will produce the film, and Destin Daniel Cretton will write and direct it. Masashi Kishimoto is involved with the production.

NOT to be confused with Narutaru and DEFINITELY not to be confused with a terrifying horror manga called Uzumaki. (Then again...).

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Sasuke Talks to Young Naruto

Kid Naturo talks to a strange man about his friend and how he desperately wants to save him, completely unaware that the stranger and friend are the same person.

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