Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. He’s done well far, but with the looming danger posed by the mysterious Akatsuki organization, Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and haves his village for intense exercises that wil push him to his Limits.
Two and a half years later, Naruto returns to find that everyone’s been promoted up the ninja ranks—except him. Sakura’s a medic ninja. Gaara’s advanced to Kazekaqe, and Kakashi…well, he’s the same. But pride Isn’t becoming of a ninja, especially when Naruto realises that Sasuke never returned from his search for Orochimaru. Plus. the mysterious Akatsuki organization Is still an ever-present danger. As Naruto finds out more about the Akatsuki’s goals, he realises that nothing in his universe is as It seems. Naruto Is finding that he’s older, but will he prove wiser or stronger?
In the Village Hidden in the Leaves, ninja reign supreme, and school is literally a battlefield. Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura are teenage classmates and ninja-in-training, working together (sort of!) under the instruction of their teacher, Kakashi. Sasuke is training to win revenge… Sakura is training to win Sasuke… and Naruto, the class clown, insists that he’ll become the greatest ninja in the land!
Konohagakure (Hidden Leaf Village)
One of the five major villages, led by the Hokage. Together, Konohagakure’s skilled and patriotic ninjas have brought great prosperity to the village. Their loyalty is what makes Naruto’s home so special.
Otogakure (Hidden Sound Village)
Founded by Orochimaru, a rogue ninja from Konohagakure, its ninja population is small, but mighty. Otogakure’s strength makes it dangerous to the other villages.
Sunagakure (Hidden Sound Village)
One of the five major villages, led by the Kazekage. In the past, this village was engaged in mortal combat against Konohagakure. Now moving towards disarmament, it aims to train its ninjas with specialised ninjutsu techniques.
Kirigakure (Hidden Mist Village)
One of the five major villages, led by the Mizukage. This village is strictly governed and its ninjas specialise in the use of mist.