In a concealed village, a young man hides within a bunch of leaves. His name is Uzumaki Naruto, a mischievous boy attending Ninja Academy.
Naruto was born on October 10th to Minato Namikaze the Fourth Hokage, and Kushina Uzumaki a ninja from the former Whirlpool Country, and was named after the lead character in Jiraiya’s book. As a newborn infant, the nine-tailed demon fox, which had attacked the village of Konoha, was sealed within Naruto’s body by his father.
Everyday, he does nothing but cause mischief and making Iruka-sensei mad. And above all, it’s doubtful that he’ll be able to graduate from the Academy. But Naruto has a dream… A dream that he’ll become the head of the Ninja village, following Hokage and will become the best ninja around.
Despite the Fourth Hokage’s wish that Naruto be seen as a hero who contained the demon, the villagers of Konoha harbored a fierce hatred for the young child, since he bore the spirit of the demon who decimated their once peaceful village. Naruto wasn’t even aware of the presence of the demonic entity inside him until he was twelve years old, leaving him confused for most of his childhood about why the villagers of Konoha hated him so much.
However, all the adults in the village give Naruto cold looks. The truth is, Naruto has a secret about his birth. 12 years ago, “Kyuubi no Youko” (Nine Tailed Fox – A kind of evil spirit who tormented the village, was sealed within Naruto’s body who was, at the time, a baby. The head of the academy, Mizuki, uses Naruto to steal the “Fuujin Scrolls” and makes Naruto understand his past. Naruto is outraged.
Fortunately, Naruto was befriended by his compassionate ninja instructor, a Chunin named Iruka Umino. Though Iruka’s own parents perished at the hands of the demon fox, Iruka didn’t blame Naruto for their deaths. Instead, Iruka accepted Naruto and empathized with the boy’s desire to be accepted, since he too once had the same desire. He may have been the first person to believe in Naruto, and has made a lasting impact on Naruto himself. It is through Iruka’s presence as Naruto’s only family figure that Naruto learns to overcome his sadness.
Even with Iruka’s help, Naruto just barely defeats Mizuki. Knowing Naruto’s secret, Iruka knows Naruto will meet someone who’ll help him and so, makes a decision. Naruto is allowed to graduate safely from Ninja Academy. Along with his classmates, Uchiwa Sasuke and Haruno Sakura together, they make their first step as Ninjas!