Author(s): Masashi Kishimoto
Sasuke delves deep into his own past to reveal how his ideal big brother, Itachi, became the feared ninja he is today. Then Naruto is drawn into a bloody battle with his best friend. And as their battle rages on, Sasuke and Naruto find themselves to be the fiercest foes either has ever faced.
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.