Ok, so I will give it a shot with Naruto ^^ I'm inspired by Mooncrow review of OP in his fanboy way, so I will do the same with my all-the-time favourite Naruto <bear in mind, that anyone can write review with his/her own review - the more-the better for newbies xD>
Genres: Shonen, Action, Adventure, Comedy/Drama, Fantasy
Author: Masashi Kishimoto
Artist: Masashi Kishimoto and his team: Kazuhiro Takuhashi, Osamu Kazisa, Mikio Ikemoto, Takemi Kawahara.
Publication: Weekly Shonen Jump
Start Date: November 1999
End Date: On-going
Number of chapters at review: 491
Number of chapters read by reviewer: 491
General Overview: Uzumaki Naruto, a young boy who lives in the ninja village Konoha, wants to become one day a great, respectful Hokage. The plot starts from his early age at the academy, and move onwards as he becomes stronger and stronger, meets new friends and foes and try to change the world in his own ninja way.
Category Ratings: (1-10 scale)
The characters designs are detailed, because Kishimoto favors rather realistic style of art. The background is pure and simple, but bigger panels can have it amazingly detailed. Overall, series started with detailed art, and begun slowly to change to simple one, yet beatiful.
Series is well written, and has its moments of glory, when people will scream from happiness; there are also sad moments, when there's probability to shred a tear or two; but one thing for sure - there is little of moments, when someone will say: it's a crap. Kishimoto is unexpected, even though he gives some mithodology/art/martial arts hints from other sources. The fights are unpredictable, besides the few one, which occure rather later on in the series.
This is probably the ultimate moment of glory. Characters are well-written, ba!, they are superb written. Each character has his/her own history, background and special skills. A few characters made just to show off as the plain foes have no specific history, but you know from the first glance, if you like it or not. That's probably the one of the best things in 'Naruto' manga.
Shonen title, so: 'friendship', 'working hard for your dreams', 'genius and hard-work', 'protect what's important to you', 'power and responsibility' xD and much more. All are well written, and divided in such a way, that it's not a nuisance, but a pleasure from within.
I read many shonen title's, and 'Naruto' just seems to me the perfect shonen created up till now. I'm probably exageratting, but it's rather non-objective review. I think everything, from the beginning until now, is somewhat unique, and cool. Even if I read somewhat myths or other things, which seem quite correspond to Naruto, it's always done in the way by Kishimoto-sensei, that it shocks me - in positive way.
It's a piece of art in shonen genre mangas. It's masterpiece. It's a title, which every single person should read, if it's hobby is manga, exclusively 'shonen' one. I will just say one more thing: just read it and see for yourself. If, for some reason, you didn't like it, just stop and write your own review <based on chapters you read>
<I tried, i tried to be objective :x>. That's right, I'm completely fan/maniac of 'Naruto' <3 <if I would nto attempt to force myself, everywhere would be 10/10 :p>
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Spoiler: Manga's images taken from earlier chapters to avoid spoiler, generally the art improves show