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"Naruto Uzumaki!!" (うずまきナルト!!, Uzumaki Naruto!!) is chapter 1 of the original Naruto manga.
Twelve years ago, the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox devastated the shinobi village of Konohagakure, and was only stopped when the village's leader, the Fourth Hokage, gave up his life to seal it within the body of an infant: Naruto Uzumaki. Years later, Naruto has grown into a prankster who is constantly causing trouble around the village. The villagers dislike him for it, but having no parents or friends, Naruto craves even negative attention.
Despite claiming to be a talented shinobi who will someday become Hokage, Naruto is incapable of performing even the most basic of techniques, such as the Clone Technique. After failing to graduate from the Academy, one of his instructors, Mizuki, tells him that if he manages to steal the Scroll of Seals and learn one of its secret technique, he will finally be allowed to continue on to the ranks of the ninja. After successfully stealing the scroll, Naruto is caught by another instructor, Iruka Umino. Surprised that Iruka found him so quickly, Naruto worries that he will now be unable to graduate. Realising that Naruto has been tricked, Iruka protects him from Mizuki's attack, Mizuki planning to take the scroll for himself.
Mizuki tells Naruto that he is alone in the world because of the Nine-Tails sealed within him, a fact previously hidden from Naruto. He goes on to explain that the villagers hate him for the monster he contains and that Iruka, his parents having been killed by the Nine-Tails, must hate him the most. Iruka says this is not the case as he does not blame Naruto for the beast's actions, and in fact he sympathises with Naruto, having also grown up craving attention. Naruto believes him and uses his newly mastered Multiple Shadow Clone Technique to defeat Mizuki. Amazed by the complicated technique Naruto has learned, Iruka officially makes Naruto a ninja in training.