Naruto started a Japanese manga series that is written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto and revolves around the life of the main character Naruto Uzumaki.
The character Naruto is a young ninja who wants to be recognised by his peers and wants to become the leader of the village where he lives. The Naruto Uzumaki manga story is split into two parts with the first focusing on little Naruto and the second part following him into his teenage years.
The Naruto manga, that is the book form, was first released in 1997 with volume one but just like One Piece, quickly became one of the most popular manga series worldwide and the list of Naruto volumes now spans 72 books. The manga was adapted into an anime television series with 220 episodes airing between 2002 and 2007 and there are also movies, games, novels and other merchandise based on the original series created by Masashi Kishimoto.
With over two decades of history, there is so much to learn about Naruto so we have put together some great Naruto manga and anime facts and information so that you can discover things you didn't know about the much-loved character and his story.
Facts You Need To Know About Naruto
With Naruto being so popular with so many people across the globe, we decided to create a section containing all the facts we think any fan needs to know about Naruto that relates to key things about the manga and anime series.
1. Naruto is the fourth highest-selling Manga series of all time, beaten only by One Piece, Dragon Ball and Golgo 13.
2. Naruto's catch phrase is 'dattebayo' which doesn't have a translation but was dubbed in English as 'believe it'. Masashi Kishimoto chose this phrase as he wanted something that worked well with Naruto's character and felt it portrayed him to be somewhat of a brat.
3. In 2015 a Naruto musical was released and it was so popular that it had a second run a year later. Whilst only running in Japan, the Naruto musical was later released on DVD so there is still an opportunity to watch it!
4. Naruto came from the fictional village Konohagakure, which translates to Hidden Leaf Village in English.
5. Naruto was an orphan in the series because a nine-tailed fox attacked the Hidden Leaf Village and his parents sacrificed themselves to save him.
6. Naruto actually has the nine-tailed fox sealed inside him as a result of the attack in his home village and this is why growing up, many of the other villagers didn't like him.
7. Naruto references other manga and anime throughout the series. For example, in the very last comic in 2014, Naruto's son paints the Jolly Roger of One Piece's straw hat pirates onto a monument overlooking his village.
8. Within the first few episodes of the series, Naruto becomes part of a ninja squad called Team 7. The team is led by teacher Kakashi Hatake and includes Sasuke Uchiha, Sakura Haruno, and Naruto, who are all main characters throughout the series.
9. Naruto Shippuden is an anime series that is a sequel to the original.
10. In Naruto, ninjas must use chakra energy from inside their cells to be able to use Ninjutsu or Genjutsu.
11. The name Naruto comes from the Japanese city named Naruto which was founded on March 15, 1947.
12. The are four ninja rankings in Naruto: Genin, Chunin, Jounin and Hokage.
13. The Naruto manga has sold over 100 million copies in Japan alone.
14. In July 2015, Lionsgate film studio announced they would be making a live-action Naruto movie.
15. One Piece, which is another incredibly popular manga series, honoured Naruto when the series was coming to an end by including a reference to it on the 766th chapter's cover.
16. Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto was born on 8 November 1974 in Okayama, Japan.
17. Naruto Uzumaki was voiced by Junko Takeuchi in Japan and by Maile Flanagan for English speaking audiences.
18. The anime series began airing in the United States and Canada in 2005 but didn't air in the United Kingdom until the following year.
19. The manga books have been sold in 46 countries worldwide.
20. Viz Media publishes the manga and anime within North America.
Throughout the Naruto anime and manga series, there are a whole host of main characters that occur time after time. There is also a range of people that Naruto meets along the way in the series as well as some major adversaries that Naruto battles throughout his journey. We took the opportunity to find out more about them with these facts all about Naruto characters.
21. Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki were Naruto's parents.
22. At the start of the series, Naruto was 12 years old.
23. Sasuke Uchiha is a natural genius and a member of the powerful Uchiha Clan.
24. In Naruto, Sasuke has only one purpose in life; to avenge his family's death.
25. Shikamaru Nara has an IQ of 200.
26. Kakashi is a master of the Sharingan Mirror Wheel Eye
27. Hinata Hyuga, a female ninja, becomes Naruto's wife.
28. Boruto Uzumaki is Naruto and Hinata's son and he attends Konoha's ninja academy.
29. Zabuza Momochi was the first major antagonist to appear in Naruto.
30. Itachi Uchiha is considered one of the most famous anime characters of all time.
31. The ANBU are black op ninjas and are a tactical squad of assassins.
32. Sakura Haruno is considered the heroine in the Naruto stories is one of Naruto's classmates.
33. Hashirama Senju is the First Hokage and was one of the members of the Senju clan.
34. The three sand siblings are called Gaara, Kankuro and Temari.
35. The Akatsuki is a group of villains whose members include Itachi, Kisame, Deidara, Hidan, Kakuzu and Konan.
With so many books and episodes, there has been a huge variety of titles, storylines, volumes and seasons. This section looks at them in a little more detail.
36. The first manga edition of Naruto came out in Japan in a weekly manga magazine called Weekly Shonen Jump.
37. The first episode of Naruto Shippuden was titled 'Homecoming'.
38. Through volumes 4-13 of the manga series, the Chunin exam arc took place which revolved around Team 7's entrance into the Chunin Exam to be promoted from genin to Chunin ninjas.
39. The first episode of the original Naruto anime aired on 3 October 2002 and was titled 'Enter: Naruto Uzumaki!'
40. There were nine seasons of the original Naruto anime.
41. Many episodes of the Naruto anime were filler episodes that were not based on the books and were used to give the creator more time for the manga.
42. 42% of the Naruto Shippuden anime episodes are filler episodes.
43. The Pain Invasion arc in Naruto Shippuden is considered one of the best storylines in the show.
44. The Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant helped develop the character and cement him as a memorable character.
45. The Land of Waves storyline included the first mission for Team 7 that has any real consequences.
46. The battle between Naruto and Sasuke is considered to be the best character battle in the original anime show.
47. Naruto was born on the 10th of October.
48. Naruto is officially registered as a ninja on the 21 January and attends a graduation ceremony the next day.
49. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is a manga series which began in 2016 and follows Naruto's son Boruto.
50. Masashi Kishimoto revealed that he didn't always know what was going to happen in the books and at times, he made it up as he went along.
Naruto Mythology And Religion In Naruto
There are aspects of Japanese mythology that appear in Naruto and this section explores the connections between the two as well as mythology that is created within just the Naruto universe itself and the religious elements of the series.
51. The tailed beasts in Naruto are known as Bijuu and are monsters who have overflown with chakra energy. The nine-tailed fox, Kyuubi, is one such creature as is Rokubi, the six-tailed weasel.
52. The Bijuu are known as demons in Japanese mythology and in the manga and anime series, they are captured inside newborn babies in order to stop the destruction they would otherwise cause.
53. Much of Naruto's key plot points, such as ninjutsu, are based on Buddhist mythologies.
54. Within Naruto, the chakra energy they harness is said to have five natures: Earth, Fire, Air, Water and Lighting.
55. The ability to use chakras in Naruto is based on hand seals which are also prevalent in Buddhist and Hindu practices.
56. The hand seals themselves have origins in the Chinese zodiac.
57. Naruto Uzumaki is a jinchuriki, a human that has had a tailed beast sealed inside them.
58. In mythology, the number of tails a kitsune (fox) has correlates with its age, wisdom and power and this is used in Naruto in relation to the nine-tailed fox.
59. Naruto's four-tailed beast Son Goku, is named after the monkey king from Chinese mythology.
60. The eight-tailed beast, Gyuki, is a cross between an ox and an octopus and is named after a monster found in Japanese folklore.
61. The Shingami in Naruto is a reaper character and is based on the death Gods in Japanese mythology.
62. Within Naruto, there are elements of Shinto spirituality and the cult of Jashin.
63. Uchiha powers are named after gods of the Shintoist creation myth.
64. Naruto uses the fabled Gods from Japanese mythology as characters or jutsus such as Amaterasu who is Goddess of the sun.
65. The eight gates are based on the eight chakras in Hinduism.
Fun Facts About Naruto
When speaking of anime, Naruto is one of the most popular of all time but here are some Naruto fun facts that you might not know about its creation, its stories and its characters!
66. Although there are over 700 episodes of Naruto, Team 7 only complete 16 of their assigned missions successfully.
67. Naruto Uzumaki has blood type B and this is because, in Japan, there is a theory that blood type can relate to personality traits.
68. The distinctive headband worn by the character was designed through laziness. Naruto was originally drawn with goggles on his head but the creator decided they would take too much time to draw every week.
69. Naruto’s favorite ramen shop “Ichiraku” actually exists in real life and is located in Kyushu.
70. Naruto wasn't originally supposed to be a ninja and was instead going to be able to use magic.
71. The toads are all named after famous Japanese actors from the 1980s.
72. Masashi Kishimoto had to wait over ten years to go on his honeymoon due to how much time writing and drawing the volumes took him.
73. The character Sanji from rival anime One Piece was originally going to be named Naruto but Naruto was released before One Piece so it was changed.
74. If you want to learn how to be like Naruto, the internet is filled with articles and videos which show how to move and train like him.
75. Naruto is not the youngest shinobi to ever become Hokage; Sarutobi and Minato were titled as Hokages before the age of 23 whereas Naruto was 27.
76. Naruto's orange clothing is a nod to his parents who had yellow and red hair respectively which when the colors combine, creates orange.
78. Naruto failed the graduation test from the academy three times.
79. According to official Naruto databook, the main character has two main hobbies; pulling pranks and watering flowers.
80. After becoming the Hokage, Naruto's nickname became 'Konoha's Orange Hokage' due to his mother being known as the 'Red Hot-Blooded Habanero' and his father's nickname being the 'Yellow Flash'.
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