Things You Need to Know About Naruto Anime Series & Movies

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What is the Naruto Anime About?

Naruto is an aspiring ninja who was abandoned and shunned by the people in his village, Konohagakure. Unknown to Naruto, the Fourth Hokage (leader of the village), captured the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox and imprisoned him in Naruto when he was only a baby. The process killed the Fourth Hokage and the rest of the village blamed Naruto for the loss. The Naruto anime series follows Naruto as he comes to grips with his literal inner demon and strives to become the new hokage.

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Where and When did the Naruto Anime Start?

Based upon the manga by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto was inspired by a short story that appeared in Akamuru Jump in 1997 and was first published by Shueisha in Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1999.

Studio Pierrot and Aniplex adapted the manga into an anime series and it premiered in Japan on October 4, 2002, and ran for 220 episodes, ending on February 8, 2007.

Viz Media licensed the title for North America and the Naruto anime series premiered in the U.S. on September 10, 2005, on Cartoon Network’s Toonami.

Are There Any Differences Between the Naruto Anime and Manga?

The Naruto anime series sticks closely to the manga for the first 135 episodes. After that, the remaining episodes were considered to be filler content that had nothing to do with the manga and created quite a controversy among fans.To appease its viewers, Studio Pierrot created Naruto: Shippuden, a sequel adapted from the manga starting at volume 28 and is set a good two and a half years after the end of the original Naruto anime.

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How Can I Watch the Naruto Anime Series?

The entire Naruto anime series has been released on DVD in North America and other regions such as Australia.

The Naruto anime is also streamed on several online services such as Crunchyroll and Hulu and can be bought digitally on iTunes in some countries.

Is the Naruto Anime Series Good?

Naruto tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki and his many friends and enemies as they travel down a path of self-discovery.

The characters of Naruto are well-crafted with even the serious and plagued Naruto himself presenting a notable silly and playful side. Each character brings his own set of skills to the table along with personal demons, and each has the opportunity to learn and grow by facing new challenges and truths.There’s plenty of action mixed with some comic relief, all set in a plot of “personal journey.” It’s a fun, endearing anime that combines mischief and humor with action and a deeper, more serious storyline to entice its viewers and keep you hooked.

Who Should Watch the Naruto Anime?

The original Naruto anime series is suitable for children around 13 years of age however there are some darker themes as the series progresses. Naruto Shippuden is best watched by teens onward due to its increased violence and emotional complexity.

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