Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden have become so popular becausethey are based upon a popular theme, that of a youth who is trying to overcome obstacles and prove himself. The main character of Naruto is Naruto Uzukami. He is a teenager and a young ninja. Naruto dreams of receiving recognition as a competant ninja, and ultimately, dreams of becoming a Hokage. A Hokage is a ninja who has been acknowledged as being the strongest ninja in village, and is therefore the leader.
The animated versions of Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden have become so popular worldwide that they have been licensed in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. In the United States, volumes of Naruto: Shippuden have been released on DVD, and it is currently broadcast on the Disney channel XD. The print Naruto series has also acquired a huge following in the United States. Naruto is one of the best selling manga series for its publisher, and English translations have been featured on popular booklists several times.
The popularity of Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden have led to a huge following. In addition to books and television shows, the series has inspired trading cards, movies, and video games. In the United States, visit http://naruto.viz.com, which features Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden news, videos, and an online Naruto Store. Discounted Naruto books, merchandise, and vidoes can also be found on Amazon.com.
Here is a link to Naruto Volume One at Amazon, followed by editorial reviews:
Editorial Reviews from Amazon:
"'With a richly detailed background, complex, sympathetic characters, superb action and a main character who somehow balances tragedy with comedy, this is a series that delivers in every way. So strap on your leaf headband and join the oddest ninja in town. You won't regret it. 4/5' NEO magazine"
Author Masashi Kishimoto made his debut in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999 with Naruto, which won the Hop Step Award. Naruto must pass the difficult test to enter the Ninja Academy; deal with his rival, Konohamaru; and learn to get along with his new classmates, Sasuke and Sakura. Assigned to a three-person team, Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura must survive a brutal test against their upper-level ninja instructor, Kakashi. Only two can pass - will Naruto be one of them?
About the Author
Author/artist Masashi Kishimoto was born in 1974 in rural Okayama Prefecture, Japan. After spending time in art college, he won the Hop Step Award for new manga artists with his manga Karakuri ("Mechanism"). Kishimoto decided to base his next story on traditional Japanese culture. His first version of Naruto, drawn in 1997, was a one-shot story about fox spirits; his final version, which debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, quickly became the most popular ninja manga in Japan.
And here is a link to Volume One of Naruto: Shippuden
EPISODES 1. Homecoming, 2. The Akatsuki Makes Its Move, 3. The Results of Training, 4. The Jinchuriki of the Sand.
And the product description:
Naruto Shippuden is the follow-up to the international hit Naruto. Two and a half years have passed since first series ended, which Naruto has spent training under Jiraiya. The character has been redesigned to appear taller and less round-faced, as a teenager should. Although he's learned a lot of new skills and might have matured a little, Naruto remains the irrepressible knucklehead audiences know and love. While's he's been away, Tsunade has instructed Sakura in medical and fighting techniques. When Naruto returns to the Hidden Leaf Village, he and Sakura are given a familiar assignment: take a pair of bells from Kakashi-sensei. While Kakashi measures the skills his former students, have acquired, sinister forces go into action. The Akatsuki, a confederation of outlaw ninja once associated with Orochimaru, begin their campaign to capture the Nine-Tailed Fox Demon imprisoned within Naruto's body. Their first target is the Village Hidden in the Sand, now led by Gaara. An even more formidable warrior than he was as a boy, Gaara battles Deidara, an evil ninja who makes exploding animals out of folded paper--a sort of ballistic origami. Naruto Shippuden reunites director Hayato Date with many of the artists and voice actors from the first series. The results feel familiar yet new: it's just what legions of Naruto fans have been waiting for. (Rated T+ Older Teen, but suitable for ages 12 and older: violence, minor risqué humor) Studio: Warner Home Video Release Run time: 100 minutes
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