Not everyone has survived Orochimaru's attack on the village. When a long-lost ninja returns with a dangerous entourage, Naruto finds his life in more danger than ever before. Who is Itachi Uchiha and what does he want with Naruto and Sasuke? Meanwhile, Jiraiya attempts to train Naruto to push beyond his limits while Orochimaru uses threats to coerce a legendary kuichi into helping him. But will her tragic past play a part in destroying Naruto's future?
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.