Sunday, 13 February 2011


The Fire country is marked by forests, helping to give rise to its ninja village "hiding in its leaves". The Fire Country is one of the largest ninja countries in the Naruto world, sharing borders with more countries than any other. It borders Grass, Rain, Waterfall, Sound, River, Tea and several unnamed countries. The Fire Country is home to many cities, including Konohagakue no Sato, Tanzaku Gai, Otafuku Gai, Otakame Sato and Tokkuriji.

Hidden Leaf is one of the most powerful ninja villages in the world. The village was founded approximately 65 years before the start of the series when several ninja clans came together. These included the Senju Clan of the Forest, which included the brothers who would become First and Second Hokage and the Uchiha Clan under Uchiha Madara. In the beginning the gathered group was essentially a ninja unit; with the First's death his younger brother established the village infrastructure. By the end of the first Ninja World War, Konoha had grown and its citizenship diversified. Konoha has a strong tradition of protecting its own and the Kyuubi attack provided the best example. The villages Fourth Hokage gave his life by trapping the Kyuubi within Uzumaki Naruto. Later on the Third Hokage would also give his life in battle protecting the village. Over the years Konoha has gone to war with many of its neighboring countries, but new ties of alliance have been forged in recent years. Currently Konoha is allied with fellow Great Shinobi Country Sand, and lower shinobi countries Grass, Rain and Waterfall.

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Country Leader:

The current leader of the Fire Country is a daimyo. The Daimyou is charged with selecting the ninja who will become Hokage. After the Daimyou has made his selection, a council of Leaf Jounin will vote on the choice. His wife uses the services of Konoha to do such tasks as finding her lost cat. The daimyou is protected by the elite Twelve Guardians.

Village Leader:

The current leader of Hidden Leaf is Danzou. Acting as Hokage, he has yet to be fully endorsed by the village Jounin. He came to power after Tsunade over-exerted herself saving villagers when Akatsuki leader Pain attacked the village.

Kyuubi Attack (Approximately 12 years before the series start):
A beast of horror and myth who could level forests with his tails, the nine-tailed fox demon attacked Hidden Leaf while apparently under the control of Uchiha Madara. The demon had the power to level forests with its tails and the village ninja fought a losing battle to try and stop its fury. It took the sacrifice of the Fourth Hokage to stop the beast's rampage and imprison it within the newborn baby Naruto.

Uchiha Massacre (Approximately 4 years before the series start):

Uchiha Itachi was a respected and highly skilled member of the Legendary Uchiha Clan, the holders of the Sharingan Kekkei Genkai. Itachi desired more power and wanted to push himself. He felt his clan were not utilizing their powers as best they could. One night he murdered them all save his brother Sasuke in an effort to test his capacity. He also used the massacre to awaken the legendary Mangekyou Sharingan, an advanced variation of the Sharingan which few had attained. Though Itachi first claimed to do the evil deed himself, he later admitted he was assisted by legendary clan member Uchiha Madara. Itachi hoped to drive Sasuke to obtain Mangekyou himself. Itachi hoped he could then steal Sasuke's eyes, as original Mangekyou eyes will lead to blindness, while Mangekyou eyes stolen from kin will become everlasting and avoid the ill effects.

Sand and Sound Invasion (Approximately 1 year into the series):

Orochimaru was a Konoha missing-nin who sought revenge against his former country. Allying with Sand, he exploited their ninja to help him attack Konoha. Orochimaru managed fight his former sensei the current Hokage Sarutobi. The Sandaime Hokage was forced to utilize the suicidal Death God Technique to stop Orochimaru. It failed though and only managed to remove Orochimaru's ability to use jutsu. Konoha lost many ninja in the invasion but managed to win with Orochimaru's injury and the arrival of the Sannin Jiraiya. Sand later learned their Kazekage had been killed by Orochimaru earlier, and he had drawn them into the conflict through impersonation without them even being aware. Konoha became severly weakened due to the conflict, and was forced to utilize most all their ninja on missions to not look weak to their enemies.

Pain Assaults Konoha (Approximately 4 years into the series):

After Itachi was killed in battle, Pain took it upon himself to capture the Kyuubi Jinchuuriki Naruto. Using his six Pain Rikudou bodies he launched an assault in conjunction with Konan. Finding Naruto absent from the village, he utterly wiped it out. Naruto then arrived and using his new Sage Mode training he fought Pain, eventually defeating him in battle. He went to confront Nagato, the man controlling Pain, and appealed to Nagato's principles and swayed him to his side. Nagato then revived everyone he recently killed at the cost of his own life. Konan chose to honor her friend Nagato's sacrifice and left Akatsuki. As a result of the attack, Tsunade was weakened and in a coma. Danzou then became the new Hokage. Yamato and other construction workers then started rebuilding the village.

What is Naruto?

Naruto is a Shonen (teen male oriented) animated series and manga (Japanese comic) created by Masashi Kishimoto. Both the anime and the manga are ongoing in Japan at the moment. The series has been licensed abroad in various countries. You can find Naruto manga on American shelves and the animated series airing in the Philippines.

The show takes place in a world populated by ninja villages. The ninja in the series serve as the armies for the countries that inhabit the world. Most of the countries have their own Hidden Village, which serves to train and manage the ninja of the country. Also the ninja in the series are able to utilize jutsu techniques, which are the secrecy, body and illusion arts of the ninja. These allow the ninja to perform many amazing skills such as the manipulation of the surrounding elements.

The main character of the series is Uzumaki Naruto, a young boy who dreams of becoming the leader of his Hidden Village. It will be difficult though for Naruto, because when he was a baby an evil demon was placed inside him to stop its rampage. As Naruto grew the townspeople saw Naruto himself as the demon, even though he was merely its container. When the series begins the reader and viewer will begin their journey with Naruto on his path to become respected by the village.