After two and a half years of intense training, renowned prankster Naruto returns to the Hidden Leaf Village with more power and stamina than ever. He still dreams of becoming the next Hokage, but his goal is getting side-tracked by his old comrade Sasuke, who he needs to rescue from the clutches of Orochimaru. But first, Naruto will have to face the Akatsuki, a powerful new group that's targeting the Nine-Tail Fox Spirit inside of Naruto.
Through his training with Jiraiya, Naruto has acquired the means to control the Nine-Tail Fox Spirit, although it is not nearly as easy as it sounds. For the power of Nine Tail is too devastating, he swears never to rely on it again, and trust his own chakra instead.
Aside from his strength, Naruto has the peculiar power to befriend anyone. Easing up characters like Gaara and Sasuke, and connecting people and villages despite their past, Naruto has established a formidable network of friends and comrades that can confront any obstacles.
He is the little man with a big dream. He becomes friends with his teammates Sasuke and Sakura, but to his villagers, he is only known as the mischief with the demon fox living inside his belly. All through Naruto’s life, he was neglected and treated like an outsider. That is why his dream is to become the hokage of Konoha-gakure, and be acknowledge by all those people that disregarded him. One thing that the other genin do know, is that he will never give up until he obtains his dream.
Eyes: Blue(normally), Red(when he fuses his chakra with the fox)
Status: Genin (entry-level ninja)
Ninja rank Genin
Ninja team Team 7
Quote: "Dattebayo" ("Believe it.") "Miso chashu omori"(spicy, large noodles topped with BBQ pork)
Naruto can mean "maelstrom", and is also the name for a sliced stick of Kamaboko with a pink whirlpool design in the middle that is used as a topping for ramen which is also Naruto's favorite food. The surname Uzumaki is a pun on "spiral" (渦巻), while uzumaki refers to a three-dimensional spiral, like a whirlpool or vortex. A more accurate translation for spiral would be "Rasen". The Konoha leaf symbol is drawn with an arrow attached to a spiral, part of the seal on his abdomen is a spiral, the symbol on the back of his jacket and shoulders is a spiral, and one of his attacks is Rasengan, which means "Spiraling Sphere". Uzumaki can also mean "whirlpool", in reference to the Naruto whirlpool (鳴門の渦潮), named after the city of Naruto. An interesting fact is that his mother is from the Whirlpool Country.
Naruto's definitive characteristic in battle is his immense amount of chakra. While naturally having a significant amount of chakra on his own, he can summon a gargantuan amount given to him by the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox.
October 10th, Naruto's birthday, was Health and Sports Day ("Taiiku no hi") in Japan when his character was conceived. The holiday, however, was moved to the second Monday of October in 1999.
, the creator of the manga series, stated in a recent interview with the U.S. Shonen Jump that his childhood was like that of Naruto's years while he was enrolled in the Academy.
Naruto consistently ranked in the top two (taking first place twice) in the first five official Shonen Jump character popularity polls. However, in the sixth character poll, he was ranked fourth. According to the latest character poll, Naruto took second.
Several anime and manga publications have expressed acclaim and criticism of Naruto's character. Some view him as a stereotypical manga and anime protagonist comparable to those in many other shōnen manga, while other have praised his personality as well as his development in the series. Nevertheless, Naruto has remained highly popular with the Naruto reader base, placing high in several popularity polls. Merchandise based on Naruto has also been released, including figurines and plush dolls.