Archive for December, 2009


Naruto Uzumaki

This is the main character of the series Naruto. He is a very ambitious boy with a huge amount of will power. The biggest motive in his life is to become the Hokage(chief) of his village Konoha(Hidden Leaf Village).

His hopes and dreams are high but he performs miserably in his Ninja Academy exams and barely passes to go to the next level.

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Uzumaki Naruto enters!!

Naruto is an ongoing Japanese cartoon series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. The plot tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition and aspires to become a Hokage, the ninja in his village that is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all.

The anime series was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo network and the anime satellite television network Animax on October 3, 2002. The first series lasted 220 episodes, while Naruto: Shippuden, a sequel to the original series, has been airing since February 15, 2007. In addition to the anime series, Studio Pierrot has developed six movies for the series and several original video animations (OVAs). Other types of merchandise include light novels, video games and trading cards developed by several companies.

Viz Media(the one which brought DBZ 🙂 ) has licensed the manga and anime for North American production. The anime series began airing in the United States and Canada in 2005, and later in the United Kingdom and Australia in 2006 and 2007, respectively. The films, as well as most OVAs from the series, have also been released by Viz, with the first film premiering in cinemas. The first DVD volume of Naruto: Shippuden was released by Viz in North America on September 29, 2009, and it started broadcast on Disney XD in October of the same year.

As of volume 44, the manga has sold over 89 million copies in Japan. Serialized in Viz’s Shonen Jump magazine, Naruto has become one of the company’s best-selling manga series. The English adaptation of the series has also appeared in the USA Today Booklist several times and volume 11 won the Quil Award in 2006. Reviewers from the series have praised the balance between fighting and comedy scenes, as well as the characters’ personalities, but have criticized it for using standard shōnen plot elements.

In TV Asahi’s latest top 100 Anime Ranking from October 2006, Naruto ranked 17th on the listNaruto Shippuden has ranked several times as one of most watched series in Japan

.Naruto in Shippuden series

Dragon Ball is a Japanese series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. Inspired by the Chinese folk novel Journey to the West, it follows the adventures of Son Goku(my profile pic is his final evolved form SSJ4 😉 ) from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven mystical objects known as the Dragon Balls, which can summon a wish-granting dragon(Chevron). Along his journey, Goku meets several friends and fights against several villains who also seek the Dragon Balls.

The story/comic has been adapted into three anime series produced by Toei Animation: Dragon BallDragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT. Additionally, Toei has developed seventeen animated feature films and three television specials. Several companies have developed various types of merchandising such as a collectible trading card game, and a large number of video games.

The series is licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media(the one we see on Cartoon Network). Several companies have dubbed and aired the three anime series in North America. In China, it was produced a live-action film adaptation in 1989. In 2002, 20th Century Fox began production of the first American-made live-action film which was released on April 10, 2009 which was named Dragon Ball Evolution(sadly a huge flop 😦) .

Since its release, Dragon Ball has become one of the most popular manga series of its time in both Japan and North America. It enjoys a high readership, with over 150 million volumes of the series sold by 2007. Several manga artists have noted that the manga series was the inspiration for their own now popular works, including Naruto(my other favorites 😀 ) and One Piece. The anime is also highly popular, ranking number 12 among the best anime series of all time in 2006. Reviewers praise the art, characterization, and humor of the manga story. The anime series have had more mixed reviews, with the first also praised for its characterizations, but the second was criticized for its long, repetitive fights, and the third series considered even more repetitive but still it will excite you to the core and leave you craving for more action. Go Goku!!