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Masashi Kishimoto
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September 21, 1999
Junko Takeuchi, Maile Flanagan, Noriaki Sugiyama, Yuri Lowenthal, Chie Nakamura, Kazuhiko Inoue, Dave Wittenberg
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35 Most Powerful Naruto Characters, Officially Ranked

The strongest Naruto characters are capable of everything from superhuman physical abilities to elemental mastery and reality-warping spells.

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Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Gives Tendo a Naruto Hobby — But It's More Dangerous

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead homages an addiction Naruto had as a kid in Konoha, but Akira Tendo's bad habit puts his life at risk a lot more.

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Every Akatsuki Member In Naruto Ranked By Their Taijutsu Skill

In Naruto, all Akatsuki members could use taijutsu to some degree during battle, but certain members were more skilled with it than others.

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10 Most Toxic Shonen Couples

There are some really toxic romances in shonen anime; couples like Light Yagami and Misa Amane from Death Note are especially off-putting.

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How the Naruto Anime's Best Theme Became a Hypocritical Dead End

Hard work is supposed to beat talent in Naruto's world, but the protagonist ditched this idea halfway through and left the real hard workers behind.

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10 Best Speeches In Anime, Ranked

Anime fans love a good speech, from Gintoki's silly Strawberry Milk monologue in Gintama to Erwin Smith's dying declaration in Attack on Titan.

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Naruto Ninja Rankings, Explained

Naruto's shinobi world has many skilled ninja, but they don't all hold the same rank.

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45 Best Shonen Anime Ever

From Dragon Ball to Naruto and One Piece, anime's shonen series tend to be some of the most popular in the medium. But which are the best of them all?

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One Piece Creator Reveals Sanji's Surprising Original Name

One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda reveals that Sanji originally shared the same name as Masashi Kishimoto's iconic orange-clad ninja.

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10 Best Immortal Anime Characters, Ranked

Whether they gained it accidentally or through evil experiments like Naruto's Orochimaru, many anime characters have achieved immortality.

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40 Most Popular Characters In Anime History (According To MyAnimeList)

MyAnimeList is a great way to gauge which characters fans prefer at any given time.

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The 15 Most Popular Anime Of All Time (According To MyAnimeList)

It's hard to choose which anime is the best, thankfully MyAnimeList shows which series fans love the most.

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10 Times Naruto Broke New Ground

Naruto is one of the most influential series in the world of anime and manga. Here are ten ways it breaks the typical mold of shonen anime.

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10 Best Fantasy Anime From The '80s & '90s, Ranked

The '80s and '90s have produced some of the best anime in history, especially fantasy titles like Saint Seiya, Dragon Ball, and Macross.

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Kakashi & Obito's Rivalry, Explained

In Naruto, Kakashi Hatake and Obito Uchiha had a meaningful ideological clash that set them apart, then united them, and they were both better for it.

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Every Naruto Hero & Their Birthday

Each of Naruto's heroes has unique personalities, backstories, and birthdays, rendering them believable and endearing individuals.

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The 10 Best Anime Characters Who Were Doomed From The Start

Some of the best anime characters couldn't avoid their tragic fates, no matter how hard they tried, including AoT's Eren Yaeger and MHA's Himiko Toga.

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10 Huge Problems Naruto Never Addressed

With inconsistent worldbuilding, wasted characters, and underdeveloped plotlines, Naruto made many mistakes that are still an issue today.

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The 15 Most Iconic Anime Openings, Ranked

Delivering stunning visuals and catchy beats, the most famous anime openings perfectly set the tone for their respective series.

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10 Kid-Friendly Anime That Constantly Sneak In Fan Service

Though fan service is common in anime, it's strange to see it pop up in kids' anime like Sailor Moon and Naruto.