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Naruto Uzumaki (うずまきナルト, Uzumaki Naruto) is volume 1 of the Naruto manga.
- "Naruto Uzumaki!! " (うずまきナルト!!, Uzumaki Naruto!!)
Twelve years ago, the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox devastated the shinobi village of Konohagakure, and was only stopped when the village's leader, the Fourth Hokage, gave up his life to seal it within the body of an infant: Naruto Uzumaki. Years later, Naruto has grown into a prankster who is constantly causing trouble around the village. The villagers dislike him for it, but having no parents or friends, Naruto craves even negative attention.
Despite claiming to be a talented shinobi who will someday become Hokage, Naruto is incapable of performing even the most basic of techniques, such as the Clone Technique. After failing to graduate from the Academy, one of his instructors, Mizuki, tells him that if he manages to steal the Scroll of Seals and learn one of its secret technique, he will finally be allowed to continue on to the ranks of the ninja. After successfully stealing the scroll, Naruto is caught by another instructor, Iruka Umino. Surprised that Iruka found him so quickly, Naruto worries that he will now be unable to graduate. Realising that Naruto has been tricked, Iruka protects him from Mizuki's attack, Mizuki planning to take the scroll for himself.
Mizuki tells Naruto that he is alone in the world because of the Nine-Tails sealed within him, a fact previously hidden from Naruto. He goes on to explain that the villagers hate him for the monster he contains and that Iruka, his parents having been killed by the Nine-Tails, must hate him the most. Iruka says this is not the case as he does not blame Naruto for the beast's actions, and in fact he sympathises with Naruto, having also grown up craving attention. Naruto believes him and uses his newly mastered Multiple Shadow Clone Technique to defeat Mizuki. Amazed by the complicated technique Naruto has learned, Iruka officially makes Naruto a ninja in training.
- "Konohamaru!!" (木ノ葉丸!!, Konohamaru!!)
While preparing for his life as a ninja, Naruto Uzumaki meets the young Konohamaru in the middle of an attempt on the Third Hokage's life. When he fails, Konohamaru asks to train under Naruto, hoping that his Sexy Technique will be enough to defeat the Third and become Hokage. Planning to become Hokage himself, Naruto asks why he would want the title. Konohamaru explains that, as the Third's grandson, people only identify him as such and not by his name. He hopes that, by becoming Hokage, people will acknowledge him, not because he's the grandson of the latter.
Knowing what Konohamaru is going through, Naruto agrees to train him. Ebisu, Konohamaru's tutor, believes the "Nine-Tails boy" is a bad influence and attempts to stop their training. Konohamaru uses his perfected Sexy Technique to try and get rid of Ebisu, but it has no effect. Naruto follows up with his Harem Technique, which affected Ebisu and a proof he's also a pervert. Seeing that he still has much to learn, Konohamaru breaks off his student-teacher relationship with Naruto, as depending on Naruto's help to become Hokage would mean he is unfit for the position.
- "Sasuke Uchiha!!" (うちはサスケ!!, Uchiha Sasuke!!)
Naruto Uzumaki, having finally passed his graduation exam, heads to the ninja academy to be put into three man squads. He ends up paired with Sakura Haruno, a girl Naruto has a crush on, and Sasuke Uchiha, the person Naruto considers to be his rival. After Sakura shows disappointment at being paired with Naruto, and only happy about being paired with Sasuke, Naruto devises a plan. During lunch Naruto ambushes Sasuke and ties him up, then uses the Transformation Technique to turn into Sasuke. Approaching Sakura as Sasuke, Naruto goes about finding what she thinks of him. Interrupted by having to go to the bathroom (right before he can get a kiss from Sakura), Sasuke manages to get free. Sasuke passes Sakura and she pesters him about their time together a few moments earlier. She then goes about insulting Naruto, and makes fun of him having no parents. Sasuke retorts angrily, saying she makes him sick. Deciding she has been too mean to Naruto, she decides she should try and be nicer to him from now on.
- "Kakashi Hatake!!" (はたけカカシ!!, Hatake Kakashi!!)
The newly-formed Team 7 is given the jōnin instructor, Kakashi Hatake. To help them get to know each other, they all share something about themselves; Naruto wants to be Hokage; Sasuke wants to kill a certain someone; Sakura blushes before revealing that she likes Sasuke, but openly states she hates Naruto; Kakashi, despite it being his idea, refuses to tell them anything about himself, instead suggesting that they are all hopeless.
Before they can officially be made genin and thus ninja, Team 7 must take part in a survival test. Kakashi advises they do not eat beforehand and gives them until the next day to prepare. He then shows up late. Team 7 is tasked with getting one of the two bells he keeps on his person. Whichever two members get a bell will get lunch and be made into a genin while the third is sent back to the Academy with an empty stomach. Determined to take a bell for himself, Naruto attacks Kakashi. He is easily stopped, by Kakashi. Kakashi suggests that they may have potential after all.
- "Unpreparedness is One's Greatest Enemy!!" (油断大敵!!, Yudan Taiteki!!)
Sasuke and Sakura go into hiding, planning to ambush Kakashi when an opportunity presents itself. Naruto takes a direct approach and confronts Kakashi, planning to immediately take one of his two bells so that he can have something to eat. Kakashi repels Naruto's attacks with little effort, all without interrupting his reading of an Icha Icha book. Kakashi warns Naruto to avoids showing his bind spot to an enemy and attacks with One Thousand Years of Death that sends Naruto crashing into a nearby lake. Frustrated by the ease with which he is being defeated, Naruto creates a number of shadow clones to overpower Kakashi. The clones capture and attack Kakashi, only to discover that Kakashi is another of Naruto's shadow clones.
- "Only for Sasuke…!!" (サスケ君に限って…!!, Sasuke-Kun ni Kagitte…!!)
Naruto gets into a fight with his shadow clones, believing that one of them is Kakashi in disguise. This is not the case, to his disappointment, Kakashi having merely switched places with one of the clones. Naruto is quickly cheered up when he sees a bell lying on the ground. He goes to pick it up, but is tied to a tree before he can do so. Kakashi appears and lectures him about obvious traps. Sasuke takes Kakashi's preoccupation to attack, but finds that this is also a trap. His location exposed, Sasuke flees. Sakura, worried about Sasuke, goes looking for him, but falls prey to one of Kakashi's genjutsu. Kakashi tracks down Sasuke, remarking that he is the only one left.
- "Kakashi's Conclusion" (カカシの結論, Kakashi no Ketsuron)
Determined to prove himself better than Naruto and Sakura, Sasuke attacks Kakashi. Unlike the other two, Kakashi has difficulty with Sasuke, needing to close the Icha Icha book he was reading so that he can avoid Sasuke's attacks. When Sasuke uses the Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique, Kakashi is forced to stop playing around and immobilises Sasuke. Naruto, meanwhile, frees himself from Kakashi's trap and tries to steal some lunch. He is, however, caught by Kakashi red-handed. Kakashi calls Team 7 together and states that there's no need for the three go back to the Academy, however he advises them to give up on becoming ninja.
|“||Greetings. With everyone's support, my first comic has been published. I'm ecstatic. Speaking of ecstatic, the first time I won an award for one of my manga, I was so happy I was flying high. But this time is 10 times better than that. I don't know how to say it, but this is the happiest moment of my life. But I guess I'm happiest knowing that this comic will be read and enjoyed. Yup, that's it!||”|
—Masashi Kishimoto, 2000