|aNaruto. Vol. 8, Life-and-death battles /|cstory and art by Masashi Kishimoto ; [English adaptation, Jo Duffy ; translation, Mari Morimoto].
|aShonen Jump Manga ed.
|aSan Francisco, CA :|bVIZ media,|c2005.
|a183 p. :|bchiefly ill. ;|c19 cm.
|a"This graphic novel contains material that was originally published in English in Shonen jump #31-35"--Title page verso.
|aTranslation of: NARUTO─ナルト─
|aNaruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He's got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world's greatest ninja! As the preliminaries to the third phase of the Journeyman Ninja Selection Exams begin, the student ninja face off against each other in no-holds-barred, one-on-one bouts. Deaf to Sakura's pleas to withdraw from the contest and despite the crippling effects of the curse placed on him by the nefarious Orochimaru, Sasuke enters the first match against one of the vicious Sound Ninja spies. But with his signature fighting techniques suddenly off-limits, how can Sasuke possibly prevail? And even if he manages to survive the violent brawl, Orochimaru's curse is threatening to change Sasuke forever!
|aRated T for teen.
|aTranslated from the Japanese.
|aNaruto|c(Fictitious character)|vComic books, strips, etc.
|aNinja|zJapan|vComic books, strips, etc.|vTranslations into English.
|aComic books, strips, etc.|zJapan|vTranslations into English.
Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences T Naruto is a ninja-in-training with a need for attention, a knack for mischief and, sealed within him, a strange, formidable power. His antics amuse his instructor Kakashi and irritate his teammates, intense Sasuke and witty Sakura, but Naruto is serious about becoming the greatest ninja in the village of Konohagakure! Believe it!
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.