Naruto (NARUTO—ナルト—) 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 dreams to become the Hokage-the ninja in his village who is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all.
Currently, the manga is still being serialized; with fifty-nine tankōbon volumes released so far. The manga was later adapted into an anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. The first series lasted 220 episodes, while [b]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 eight 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.