is an ongoing Japanese manga 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.
is the ongoing sequel to the original
anime and covers the
manga from volume twenty-eight on. The TV adaptation of
debuted in Japan on February 15, 2007 onTV Tokyo. It is developed by Studio Pierrot and directed by Hayato Date. ABS-CBN is the first TV network outside Japan to broadcast
; it aired the first 40 episodes of
, running the show through March 19, 2008. On January 8, 2009, TV Tokyo began broadcasting new episodes via internet streaming directly to monthly subscribers. Each streamed episode is made available online within an hour of its Japanese premiere and includes English subtitles. Viz began streaming English subtitled episodes on January 2, 2009, on its official website for the series. The uploaded episodes include both previously released episodes and the new episodes from Japan. since October 2009, the English dub of
started airing weekly on Disney XD and has been editing out all the blood, and most of the violence, but like the original Naruto anime, Viz is releasing bilingual DVDs featuring the original Japanese version with English subtitles and an uncut English dub of Shippuden.
In TV Asahi's latest top 100 Anime Ranking from October 2006,
ranked 17th on the list.
has ranked several times as one of most watched series in Japan. The
anime adaptation won the "Best Full-Length Animation Program Award" in the Third US TV Awards held in the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. The first of the DVD compilations containing thirteen episodes, released by Viz was nominated at the American Anime Awards for best package design. It also ranked as the third best-seller anime property from all 2008.
was named "Best Full Animated Program" at the US TV Student's Choice Awards 2009 held at the UST Medicine Auditorium on February 19, 2009. In ICv2's "Top 10 Anime Properties" from the first half of 2009,
ranked as the second best anime franchise. The episodes from
have appeared various times in Japanese Anime TV Ranking.
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