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Synonyms: Naruto Pilot
Japanese: NARUTO-ナルト-


Type: One-shot
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: 1
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 18, 1997
Genres: Action, Shounen
Authors: Kishimoto, Masashi (Story & Art)
Serialization: Akamaru Jump


Score: 6.551 (scored by 7991 users)
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Ranked: #143782
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Popularity: #684
Members: 13,050
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Jul 30, 2013
Polyphemus (All reviews)
This pilot gave me a whole new appreciation for Naruto. Why? Because, I still dislike it, but it could have been so much worse. I thought Naruto had too much immature comedy, but in this pilot there are two instances of scatological humor within the first two pages.The art is just awful and the character designs are absolutely butchered. Naruto is not only annoying, as he was in the eventual main series, but he is also a complete dickbag. The "power of friendship" is promoted from one of the main themes to being the entire freakin point. All of the characters are idiots. They're also read more
Feb 7, 2018
PharuanUndearth (All reviews)
This is a very different story compared to the Naruto we all know and i agree with SaintsKoi, I like the changes in the current one compared to the story this presents. Naruto is the same goofball as ever but he's a demon's child instead of a child with a demon suppressed inside. The Kage is a Chief and his design is terrible compared to the mainstream manga.

Art is visually similar to the mainstream manga and the characters are pretty similar as well so they get an average score from me. If you're a Naruto fan this is one chapter you must read.
Jan 17, 2017
Anime_Lover_JR (All reviews)
My first manga review I will try to make it good

Story: 9/10

The story is well written and it's not confusing although it does have some two loop holes but that's just a nitpick in the whole chapter. What does bother me is that the chapter doesn't explain why the security guard killed Takashi and stole the picture. And also since Takashi was Naruto's first friend they could still make Naruto a bit more vengeful then letting both of the main antagonist live.

Art: 9/10

It's classic Naruto art. It's great but nothing too amazing or too bad

Characters: 9/10

The characters are made out great, the only problem read more
Nov 20, 2016
Paraturtle (All reviews)
Naruto's prototype is very barren but still quite enjoyable. It's a stand-alone work with no credence to the actual narrative of Naruto but it's a fun way to see what could have been. What if Naruto was more modern? What if not everyone was a ninja? What if demons and humans lived together? There's definitely some tropes here that could have gone into detail that aren't primarily used in Naruto's standard narrative, and that's okay. This work is it's own body, and it's actually pretty decent.

The pacing of each page and the paneling of everything is pretty solid, but the narrative itself is just a read more


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