The Naruto manga is written by Masashi Kishimoto and published by Shueisha in Weekly Shōnen Jump . The series began its serialization in the issue 43 from 1999. Shueisha later collects these chapters in tankōbon bound volumes. The first 244 chapters are known as Part I, and constitute the first part of the Naruto storyline. All subsequent chapters belong to Part II, which continues the storyline from Part I after a two and a half year timeskip. Viz Media licenses the Naruto manga for an Englishadaptation in North America , where it is serialized in the American Shonen Jump and released in volume format.
Several adaptations based on Naruto have been made, including two anime series and seven feature films. The firstanime series , also titled Naruto , covers the entirety of Part I over 220 episodes. The second , named Naruto Shippuden (ナルト 疾風伝, Naruto Shippūden, literally, Naruto : Hurricane Chronicles), is based on Part II. Both series are produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo , and air on TV Tokyo .
Shueisha has released 72 tankōbon in Japan , with the first 27 containing Part I, and the remaining 45 belonging to Part II. The first tankōbon was released on March 3, 2000 , and the latest volume 72 was released on February 4, 2015 .