The series Naruto had been adapted initially from the Japanese manga series of the same name. The series was originally both written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. The story traces the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a Ninja in his adolescence who embarks on a journey seeking fame and recognition. The astounding popularity of Naruto has inspired the making of the anime series which was telecast on both terrestrial as well as satellite channels all across Japan. The people of United States were able to view the series only in 2005 after Viz Media acquired the media rights for Naruto. The success of the series has also inspired various light merchandise to be named after the dashing Ninja hero.
Anime series of Naruto
The original story of Naruto was adapted by Hayato Date and made into an anime for the Japanese television. The show ran for a total of five years, ending after 220 episodes. While the first 135 episodes were based on the original manga series the others followed a completely original plot. The English adaptation of Naruto was first aired on 10th September 2005. The series enjoyed tremendous popularity even in the America and was aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami of the United States. The show concluded in 2009 although YTV of Canada still runs new episodes while the reruns are mostly scheduled in the afternoons. The American version of Naruto has been slightly modified and references to Japanese culture, alcohol and scenes of violence have been subjected to cuts. The DVD version of the same series has been left uncut and can be viewed in its entirety. Licensed versions of Naruto have also been telecast on web TV with well known websites like Hulu and Joost securing the rights.
Characters of the Naruto series
The story revolves around Uzumaki Naruto as he sets out on a journey across the world of Ninja. He soon realizes that he is a container of the Nine tailed Demon Fox. He is hated by the inhabitants of Konoha which is his native village, for this very reason. He grows up with a reputation of being a trouble maker which is really his way of seeking attention. However, his tough mental powers and a never say die attitude enables him to succeed in his adventures.
Apart from the main protagonist the plot of Naruto also follows the life of Uchiha Sasuke closely. Sasuke is Naruto’s closest friend as well as his rival. His life turns complex as he vows to avenge the massacre of his clan. The plot takes many interesting twists and turns and it becomes particularly difficult for the viewer to guess Sasuke’s real intentions.
Naruto’s team also consists of Haruno Sakura and Hatake Kakashi apart from Sasuke. Together they make an amazing team. All advanced Ninja techniques are taught to them by the three legendary ninjas, Jiraiya, Tsunade and Iruka. The determined and willful ninja then sets about battling monsters, fighting away other ninjas of his kind and even try to pass Ninja examinations with flying colors.
Although the story may seem to unravel the adventures of a young and mischievous young boy, it is actually based firmly on Japanese tradition and folklore.