Naruto/Naruto Shippuden is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga series falls under these genres: Action, Comedy, Martial Arts, Shounen, Super Power, Fantasy, Adventure. The story is about a boy ninja, named Uzumaki Naruto. He strives to be the Hokage, the Hokage is recognised as the strongest ninja of the village. The manga was first published by Shueisha in 1999. The manga would be later adapted into an anime produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. Naruto lasted for 220 episodes, while it’s sequel – Naruto Shippuden, continued airing since February 15, 2007.
Naruto has a large number of characters, most of whom are ninjas. They initially study at the Ninja Academy, where the story begins, are split up into squads of three after their graduation and become Genin, rookie ninja. Each squad is assigned an experienced sensei. These core squads form a basis for the characters’ interactions later in the series, where characters are chosen for missions for their team’s strength and complementary skills; Naruto’s squad 7 becomes the social frame where Naruto is acquainted with Sasuke Uchiha, Sakura Haruno, and their sensei Kakashi Hatake, forming the core of his world-in-the-making.
Naruto has been well received in both Japan and the United States. As of volume 36, the manga has sold over 71 million copies in Japan. During 2008, volume 43 sold 1,188,881 copies becoming the 9th best-selling comic from Japan. The manga also appeared in the USA Today Booklist with volume 11 holding the title of the highest ranked manga series on the list. Carl Kimlinger from Anime News Network praised the designs of the characters, since every one shows their unique way of acting and appearance. He also noted how even the “goofiest looking character” can act “damn cool” when he fights.