Naruto is a young shibi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He's got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world's greatest ninja! Stakes are high as Naruto, Sakura, Granny Chiyo and Kakashi engage in deadly conflict with Sasori and Deidara. One wrong decision, and one of Naruto's closest friends could pay the ultimate price. Upon returning from battle, Team Kakashi is rankled by new member Sai, whose secrets may be disastrous for Naruto. Meanwhile, Orochimaru has bigger problems of his own - his stronghold may be infiltrated by a spy!
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.