Author: Masashi Kishimoto
Why I started reading it? It’s common, it’s America’s idea of manga, I was young and impressionable.
In a yearbook, the main character would be voted Most Likely To: Fail while smiling obnoxiously.
Review: Naruto follows a middle school-aged ninja who is alone except for his teacher and has a demon sealed inside his stomach that almost destroyed his ninja village the night that he was born. It’s surprisingly not angsty until much later. Naruto will be considered a classic once it finishes, slated for this year. He has to gain the trust of his ninja comrades and navigate his world all while trying to become the leader of his village and the strongest ninja there. The theme here is protecting friends and making everyone in the world your friend. It gradually gains politics, battle action, mythology, psychology, various traumatized pasts, and, eventually, what being a soldier, a scapegoat, a leader, and a friend really mean.
This book reminded me of O-Parts Hunter and Hunter X Hunter because they’re all shonen. O-Parts Hunter was written by Kishimoto’s little brother and it really shows. They have similar premises and art styles, as well as character styles. Both are distinctive and good on their own; they aren’t copying each other. Naruto has been accused several times of stealing concepts and characters from Hunter X Hunter, which in my opinion is much better, but they aren’t that similar.
–Lexie, 15, West Seattle