Naruto, Vol. 01: The Tests of the Ninja

Naruto, Vol. 01: The Tests of the Ninja

In another world, ninja are the ultimate power—and in the village of Konohagakure live the stealthiest ninja in the world. But twelve 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 troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate...

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Title:Naruto, Vol. 01: The Tests of the Ninja
Author:Masashi Kishimoto
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Naruto, Vol. 01: The Tests of the Ninja Reviews

  • Arafel

    I resisted reading this for a long time because I was determined not to succumb to another one of my daughter's crazes (Pokemon -yes, I'm a 40 year old Pokemon Master, and Fruits Basket -wasn't as crazy about that one. A little too emo for my taste.)

    But this Naruto is well worth a read. I quickly grew to care for spunky, spazzy, orphaned Naruto and his shinobi-in-training classmates. They are oddly focused for 12-year-olds though, and the trials they face are arduous and their implications philo

    I resisted reading this for a long time because I was determined not to succumb to another one of my daughter's crazes (Pokemon -yes, I'm a 40 year old Pokemon Master, and Fruits Basket -wasn't as crazy about that one. A little too emo for my taste.)

    But this Naruto is well worth a read. I quickly grew to care for spunky, spazzy, orphaned Naruto and his shinobi-in-training classmates. They are oddly focused for 12-year-olds though, and the trials they face are arduous and their implications philosophical. Maybe this goes over the heads of junkfood-eating, short attention span American kids and they just like the action and the cool drawings. Between the great art and surprisingly complex story line, there's a reason this is the best-selling Manga in Japan!

  • ◕ ◡ ◕ Mayday ◕ ◡ ◕

    Call me mainstreamer and I don't care. There are reason why a book can be mainstream, one of them is because the book is good enough to attract people's attention.

    This review is perhaps totally biased because I love Sasuke too much

    God, those abs!

    Artwork: If you talk to me about manga, artwork always comes first. Among those shounen mangas that have become mainstream, Masashi-sensei's artwork is the simple one, the neat one, and just the way I like it. The panels are simple, never make me squin

    Call me mainstreamer and I don't care. There are reason why a book can be mainstream, one of them is because the book is good enough to attract people's attention.

    This review is perhaps totally biased because I love Sasuke too much

    God, those abs!

    Artwork: If you talk to me about manga, artwork always comes first. Among those shounen mangas that have become mainstream, Masashi-sensei's artwork is the simple one, the neat one, and just the way I like it. The panels are simple, never make me squint to see details.

    Story line: everyone lied to Sasuke or everyone hid facts about Naruto's or Sasuke's family. Never makes me tired with the turn of events. Expect sappy line every now then, because this is Japanese comic, remember. "My love will bring peace" and all~

    Characterization: pretty much like any shonen manga, Masashi-sensei created many amazing characters with intriguing personalities as well as good looks. Naruto, the dumb protagonist, too loyal, too weak, too

    . Sasuke, the I-am-better-than-thou, the sidekick. Kakashi, the best laid back sensei, Sakura the women! The character development was amazing~

    ....though I am pretty much pissed with Sasuke's character development.

    On hold until Masashi-sensei clears Sasuke's name :))

    I hope this won't end like Sasuke Deeper Kyo. OTL.

  • Bradley

    I'm pretty much a die hard fan of this series, and now that it's done, I'm sad.

    For the sake of my aching heart, I'm going to reread it again and revel in its moments of light-heartedness, its pain, its desperate hope.

    Well, there was a bit of pain in the first volume, a lot of light-heartedness, and a taste of the promise to come. The nine-tailed demon fox is still far off on the horizon, but for now, we've got cute character exploration and distant goals. Pretty standard for most manga, really,

    I'm pretty much a die hard fan of this series, and now that it's done, I'm sad.

    For the sake of my aching heart, I'm going to reread it again and revel in its moments of light-heartedness, its pain, its desperate hope.

    Well, there was a bit of pain in the first volume, a lot of light-heartedness, and a taste of the promise to come. The nine-tailed demon fox is still far off on the horizon, but for now, we've got cute character exploration and distant goals. Pretty standard for most manga, really, but it's the heart in the series that keeps me coming back for more.

    True heart. I always look for that in anything I read, and it doesn't matter one bit where I find it, as long as I find it.

    The reason I keep coming back for this manga is because it never lost heart, including more and more until it fair burst upon the land. Huge effects and battles, the end of the world, you name it, it's here... but it's the characters that make it really shine. If you like your peeps to level up, then you'll love this series.

    Volume one is but a tiny, tiny taste of some really great stuff, but it's how the people change and grow that brings me to my inevitable tears.

  • illias

    My opinion about this manga is heavily biased because I basically grew up with it. This is the only manga that has ever hit me emotionally like a train on multiple occasions. If I could give it 6 stars I would do it in a heartbeat. Of course having said that ... Naruto has some big flaws . There were some huge plot holes that could not be explained. The final fight felt like as if Kishimoto had a good concept of how things should play out, but he failed a bit with writing it down on paper. I th

    My opinion about this manga is heavily biased because I basically grew up with it. This is the only manga that has ever hit me emotionally like a train on multiple occasions. If I could give it 6 stars I would do it in a heartbeat. Of course having said that ... Naruto has some big flaws . There were some huge plot holes that could not be explained. The final fight felt like as if Kishimoto had a good concept of how things should play out, but he failed a bit with writing it down on paper. I think he would have done a better job with a small break to bring his thoughts together (Good luck doing that with all the Shonen Jump pressure to end the series). Some people in the main story were really annoying

    and their existence really bothered me.

    With all those cons and probably many more, was it a bad manga? Absolutely not! The world building was amazing. The action and the villains were epic to say it subtle. A small touch of “invisible” romance that came to fruition in the ending of the manga was damn worth it.

    What I really loved about this manga above all else were the characters of this series. I really fell in love with some of them and enjoyed all the screen time they got. Specially a selected few like Jiraiya, Itachi and bushy brow Sensei. Not to mention that their emotional moments hit me emotionally as well, that includes their happiness and grief.

    For me it was a journey full of pleasure. And I am really thankful for having the opportunity to read this manga.

  • Djezelle

    Nothing matters until this manga has Sabaku no Gaara.

    He alone is worth 5 stars.

  • Χαρά Ζ.

    The nostalgia is killing me <3

  • Sean Gibson

    Buddy read with the inimitable

    .

    An interesting start to my Manga career. I'll write more after volume 2...

  • karen

    japan is full of wackiness. this is a fact. have you ever seen

    ?? i have. it is wacky. so is

    . they airbrush the pubic hair in their porn, they make beer for kids, they sell soy sauce flavored kit kats, their game shows are mind-boggling, everything is cute and brightly colored and for some reason, they still love hair bands from the eighties like bon freaking jovi.

    it is a land of wacky inventions:

    and wacky vending machines:

    and wacky fashion:

    i am kind of i

    japan is full of wackiness. this is a fact. have you ever seen

    ?? i have. it is wacky. so is

    . they airbrush the pubic hair in their porn, they make beer for kids, they sell soy sauce flavored kit kats, their game shows are mind-boggling, everything is cute and brightly colored and for some reason, they still love hair bands from the eighties like bon freaking jovi.

    it is a land of wacky inventions:

    and wacky vending machines:

    and wacky fashion:

    i am kind of in love with a bunch of things i noted above, but still - wackytown.

    but then there's manga. i am not going to be a convert to manga, the way i could go over to the kit kat darkside. i did read all the

    mangas a few years back. but i mean, i had read the novel, i had seen the movie - if they made a breakfast cereal, i would probably have tried that, too. i am a completist.

    but

    ?? i am not going to read the other 48 of 'em.i am not even going to read one more of 'em. i don't really understand the allure of this series, what makes the kiddies plop down with like eighteen of them and plow through them as though they were enjoyable.

    naruto himself is pretty annoying; always doing stupid shit to get attention and bragging that he is going to be the most awesome ninja of all time, but he just doesn't have the skills to back it up. i know people like this - big talk, but really annoying to be around. "oh, but it isn't his fault!! people don't like him because one time, there was this giant ghostly fox-creature terrorizing the town, and so they captured it and put it in naruto's belly when he was a baby, so that's why people don't like him. poor poor dear. oh, and also, he is kind of a turd". i don't care about his fox-tummy, i just got annoyed by his loudmouth antics.and reading "backwards" kind of makes me seasick.

    and also the female character. oh, cool - girl ninja!! this is great progress in gender equality!! oh, but all she does is complain that she doesn't have much in the t&a department and she pines after a boy ninja who does not notice her and she is awful at being a ninja because of her infatuation with said ninja. so it kind of is a shame she doesn't have big knockers, cuz now she can't even become a high-end stripper when she realizes she is a dumb, shitty, ninja.

    i feel like this lack of manga-interest might be a side effect of being old and crotchety and "get-off-my-lawn" and all that, but that's just the way it is, wackos!

  • Sam Quixote

    Naruto’s a teenage orphan with a secret. He’s training to be a ninja in ninja school in a village that used to be menaced by a giant fox with nine tails. But he’s a bit screwy – he doesn’t have parents so he’s a bit wild and acts out quite a bit, though he just knows he’s gonna be the greatest ninja ever. I think he will too because his name is the series title!

    The first volume introduces us to Naruto and his world. He learns how to make doppelgangers of himself; he fights some generically evil

    Naruto’s a teenage orphan with a secret. He’s training to be a ninja in ninja school in a village that used to be menaced by a giant fox with nine tails. But he’s a bit screwy – he doesn’t have parents so he’s a bit wild and acts out quite a bit, though he just knows he’s gonna be the greatest ninja ever. I think he will too because his name is the series title!

    The first volume introduces us to Naruto and his world. He learns how to make doppelgangers of himself; he fights some generically evil dude; and he gets teamed up with Sesuke the class heartthrob, and the girl he fancies, Sakura, who, of course, fancies Sesuke – Naruto’s gross! – as they train under a deceptively skilled ninja teacher.

    Unfortunately there’s not a whole lot I liked about this book. Writer/artist Masashi Kishimoto barrels through the setup too quickly and clumsily so characters come and go without making an impression. Here’s Some Kid – he’s gonna be your nemesis, Naruto! Here’s Some Evil Guy and Some Good Guy – save Good Guy and fight Evil Guy, Naruto! It’s simplistic, and that’s fine, but that doesn’t mean it should be artless.

    Naruto is trying a bit too hard to be the likeable scamp and appealing hero. So much so that I wanted someone else to be the main character – he’d make a decent supporting character instead. Sakura is an embarrassingly poor female character. She’s a female ninja but because she’s a girl she’s obsessed with love and romance, like eeeeevery girl, riiiiight?! That’s why she’s not a great ninja – because she’s obsessed with the dreamy boooooyyyyyyy LOL!! Ugh.

    The whole doppelganger thing is weird – literally producing copies of yourself doesn’t seem like a ninja skill. Naruto manages to turn himself into an adult naked hot woman and back, then later scores of himself that are physically and mentally real. Is he a ninja or a magician?! How does this ninja magic work anyway!?

    The art is more-or-less generic manga so it’s not especially eye-catching, and it’s a bit rough in places, particularly with the fight scenes. Naruto vs the ninja teacher is a bit jerky with the panel transitions – they’re not as fluid or well-paced as Akira Toriyama’s near-flawless Dragon Ball – and Kishimoto has to go back to certain scenes and explain with diagrams what happened in them, which isn’t great.

    This first volume of Naruto is pretty bland stuff by most manga standards. Obviously the series has done well with dozens of books and a hit TV series but I didn’t see anything special here to make me want to read the rest of the series.

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