Naruto (ナルト) is a shōnen manga written and drawn by Masashi Kishimoto. Naruto was prepublished in the weekly Weekly Shōnen Jump of the publisher Shūeisha between September 1999 and November 2014. The series has been compiled into 72 volumes.
The origin of Naruto takes place in a retro-futuristic world where, although many modern technologies have emerged, the ninjas and samurai have remained true military powers. Each country has a village, which represents the military force of the country, led by a Kage. The villages, through their ninjas, fight wars with each other, on a small or large scale, whether it is to obtain advantageous characteristics of the enemy villages, or to subdue another village and gain power.
In this ninja world, there are nine gigantic creatures, called « Tail Demons », which can be sealed into a human after a ceremony. The human becomes a host and then has the power of the demon. Twelve years before the beginning of the story, one of these creatures attacks the hidden village of Leaves in the Land of Fire, Konoha. It is captured and half of its spirit was sealed in a newborn named Naruto Uzumaki by the fourth Hokage: Minato Namikaze, making him the jinjuri (host) of the nine-tailed demon, Kyubi.
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