Like many kids, he was first inspired to become a manga artist in elementary school when he read Dragon Ball. After 2 and a half years Naruto finally returns to his village of Konoha, and sets about putting his ambitions to work, though it will not be easy, as he has amassed a few more dangerous enemies, in the likes of the shinobi organization Akatsuki.
The story revolves around an older and slightly more matured Uzumaki Naruto and his quest to save his friend Uchiha Sasuke from the grips of the snake-like Shinobi, Orochimaru. After spending time oonline art college, he won the Hop Step Award for new manga artists with his story Karakuri.
After considering various genres for his next project, Kishimoto decided on a story steeped in traditional Japanese culture. The series would also spawn multiple anime series, movies, novels, video games and more. His first version of Naruto, drawn inwas a one-shot story about fox spirits; his final version, which debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump inquickly became the most popular ninja manga in the world.