Author(s) Kishimoto Masashi
Artist(s) Kishimoto Masashi
In another world, ninja are the ultimate power–and in the village of Konoha live the stealthiest ninja in the world. But sixteen years ago Konohagakure was attacked by a fearsome threat–a nine-tailed fox demon which claimed the life of the Hokage, the village champion. Today, peace has returned, and a trouble making orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate from the Ninja Academy. His goal: to become the next Hokage. But unknown to Naruto and his classmates, within him is a terrifying force . . . The Nine-tail fox.........
We can thank Ral Ω Grad for quickly getting out of formulaic monster-of-the-week mode—no more vanquishing random beasts and adding new main characters, because Ral pretty much has a full RPG party now—but if this is how the series is transitioning into the main storyline, it doesn't inspire a whole lot of confidence. There's still plenty of gorgeous art to drool over, as long as Takeshi Obata keeps doing what he's doing, but the story itself isn't building up excitement the way one would expect when business gets serious. Instead it's just another string of fights and predicaments, but with less rigorous organization (and sadly, fewer boob jokes). What else can be done when even a hotly contested duel and a rip-roaring jailbreak lack the spark of adventure?