Naruto is a ninja-in-training with a need for attention, a knack for mischief and, sealed within him, a strange, formidable power. His antics amuse his instructor Kakashi and irritate his team-mates, intense Sasuke and witty Sakura, but Naruto is serious about becoming the greatest ninja in the village of Kohagakure! The battle between former best friends Sasuke and Naruto grows even more fierce. Will Sasuke risk everything, even Naruto's life, to obtain the power of the Mangekyo?
Masashi Kishimoto made his debut in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999 with Naruto, Naruto became a big hit with both boys and girls. Kishimoto added a modern flavor to the ancient world of Japanese ninja to make it a popular novel. It will become an anime series airing on Japanese networks this fall. To date, with the release of all 13 volumes of the graphic novel, this title has sold 12 million copies. Kishimoto has received the Hop Step Award.