What is Naruto?
The Naruto manga first debuted in Japan in 1997, and it ultimately ran for 72 volumes, not including spin-offs, light novels, and more. The anime series started airing in 2002, and with Boruto, it is still going strong now.
Naruto follows the titular character as he trains to be a Shinobi, with his eyes set on becoming the Hokage or Konohagakure. Ostracised by his peers for possessing the Nine-Tails Beast, which people view as a threat to humanity. Through perseverance, determination, and support from those who accept him, you’re able to experience decades of Naruto’s life as he becomes one of the greatest Shinobi.
The series now follows his son, Boruto, but Naruto is a key character in his son’s story, showing that his own journey isn’t quite over yet.
The Five Great Shinobi Countries
These five villages are recognised as the most powerful and are the only ones to have Kage’s. They periodically reconvene at the Five Kage Summit, to discuss ongoing and potential issues.
Konohakagure – Land of Fire
This is where Naruto lives, and where he wants to become Hokage, doing his best to care for the entire village. Found in the Land of Fire, many Shinobi here use Flame Release techniques. Other characters who reside here include Sakura, Sasuke, Tsunade, Kakashi, Hinata, and Jiraiya, and many of Naruto’s classmates.
Kirigakure – Land of Water
As expected, the Shinobi here specialise in Water Release techniques, but the village is also known for its incredibly high death rate, due to how graduation exams are performed at Kirigakure Academy. Sometimes it is referred to as the Village of the Bloody Mist.
Kumogakure – Land of Lightning
Many here use Lightning Release techniques, and the village is hidden high in the mountains, covered by clouds. They have a turbulent history with Konohakagure.
Sunagakure – Land of Wind
Surrounded by desert, Sunagakure has natural defence due to wild sandstorms and a lack of water outside of the village’s walls. The Shinobi here specialise in Wind Release techniques. They believe that the success of a mission is more important than their own lives, leading to them being aggressive in battle.
Iwagakure – Land of Earth
Using Rock Release techniques, Iwagakure is home to many strong-willed Shinobi, who will follow through on their assignments, even knowing that it could lead to their deaths.
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