The Tests of the Ninja In another world, ninja are the ultimate power-and in the village of Konohagakure live the stealthiest ninja in the world. But twelve years ago Konohagakure was attacked by a fearsome threat-a nine-tailed fox demon which claimed the life of the Hokage, the village champion. Today, peace has returned, and a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate from the Ninja Academy. His goal: to become the next Hokage. But unknown to Naruto and his classmates, within him is a terrifying force...Masashi Kishimoto is the author of 'Naruto, Vol. 1: The Tests of the Ninja', published 2003 under ISBN 9781569319000 and ISBN 1569319006.