It's Shippuden homework time! Study up with this book and you'll pass the test for "most knowledgeable shinobi of all time (at least till the next update!)." This handy, huge guide covers all the way to Volume 43 of the best-selling manga!
Author/artist Masashi Kishimoto was born in 1974 in rural Okayama Prefecture, Japan. After spending time in art college, he won the Hop Step Award for new manga artists with his manga Karakuri (Mechanism). Kishimoto decided to base his next story on traditional Japanese culture. His first version of Naruto, drawn in 1997, was a one-shot story about fox spirits; his final version, which debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, quickly became the most popular ninja manga in Japan.