This is naruto one of my favourite comic series'. The action is fast and I am often left wondering what is to happen next. I haven't read every issue yet but what I have read so far is pretty impressive.
Anyway back to the point at hand! Upon reading Naruto I found it enjoyable unlike the sometimes over-testosteroned Dragon Ball Z. With Naruto there is focus on not only strength, but technique.
What intrigued me most was not knowing what was going to happen next. A ferocious nine-tailed beast trapped in a person. So I figured he'd be pretty mean. But oops! He's a bit of a loser instead.
Is it me or does the american dub of Naruto seem somewhat lacking in terms of quality and is rather boring. It doesn't seem to live up to the atmosphere created in the comic. The drastic cuts in the animation, mean there's hardly any blood and gone is the sense of danger. I watched the Japanese version and immediately saw what a hatchet job the american version was. The japanese one is pretty close to the comic, in terms of the mood of the show. With the action sequences being pretty much spot on. The american version is all over the place especially the sound levels. The background music is most of the time inappropriate and is it me or do most of the people sound the same. If you closed your eyes and heard several different voices. You'd be hard pushed to identify who is talking (except of cause naruto and maybe sakura).
About the Author
Author: Masashi Kishimoto
Kishimoto first authored a one-shot of Naruto in the August 1997 issue of Akamaru Jump. The plot differed substantially in that Naruto was the son of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox instead of being the container, and the story was placed in a more modern setting. This early version of Naruto already had the ability to transform into a sexy young woman - but when he did so, a fox tail sprouted. Kishimoto then rewrote the story to its current form, which was first published by Shueisha in 1999 in the 43rd issue of Japan's Shonen Jump magazine. As of volume 36, the manga has sold over 71 million copies in Japan. Viz Media publishes a translated version in the American Shonen Jump magazine. Naruto has become Viz's best-selling manga series. As of February 22, 2008, the first 27 volumes are available in English.