Naruto (ナルト?) is a manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, who tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who constantly seeks recognition and dreams of becoming Hokage, the leading ninja of his village. The story is divided into two parts, the first part takes place in Naruto’s preteen years, and the second part takes place in his adolescence. The series is based on two one-shot manga of Kishimoto: Karakuri (1995), and that because of him Kishimoto won an honorable mention in the Hop Step award of Shueisha the following year, and Naruto (1997). Panini Comics licensed and released the manga in three versions in Brazil, and in Portugal, it is the publisher Devir Manga who licenses and publishes the manga. Naruto’s story continues with his son, Boruto Uzumaki in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
Naruto’s chapters were released in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from 1999 to 2014, with these chapters compiled and released in 72 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. The manga was adapted for an anime series produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex, which had its 220 episodes broadcast on TV Tokyo in Japan from 2002 to 2007; the Brazilian adaptation of the series was aired on Cartoon Network and SBT and is currently shown on Crunchyroll, Netflix, and Claro Video streaming services. The Portuguese adaptation of the series was exhibited at SIC Radical, SIC, SICK and Animax Portugal. Naruto Shippuden, the sequel to the original series, debuted in Japan in 2007 and ended in 2017 after 500 episodes. The Brazilian adaptation was aired on PlayTV from 2015 to 2017 and is currently shown on the streaming services Crunchyroll, Netflix, and Claro Vídeo. In addition to the anime series, Studio Pierrot has developed eleven movies and various OVAs. In Brazil, some movies were licensed and screened dubbed in the country by Viz Media. Other Naruto-related products such as light novels, video games, and collectible cards were developed by various companies.
As of 2017, Naruto became the third best-selling manga series in history, selling over 220 million copies worldwide, where it was released in 35 countries outside Japan. Critics praised the plot, character development, and manga’s fighting scenes. Critics also noted that the manga, which has a coming-of-age history, makes use of cultural references to Japanese mythology and Confucianism.