|The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi/Novel|
|(NARUTO -ナルト- ド根性忍伝, Naruto: Dokonjō Ninden)|
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|Japanese||August 4, 2010 (ISBN 978-4-08-703229-1)|
The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi is a novel written by Akira Higashiyama and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. Except for the dust jacket, the entire book is formatted as though it were the actual book that appears in the anime and manga, with Jiraiya being given author credits. Included with it are a map of the book's world, Jiraiya's autograph, and a picture of him, Minato Namikaze, and Kushina Uzumaki.
Several ninja villages exist around Mount Hyakki (百亀山, Hyakkizan, Literally meaning: Hundred Turtles Mountain). During the First Ninja World War, the northern village, Kotsu (忽, Literally meaning: Abruptness), tried to conquer the village of Konton (混沌, Literally meaning: Chaos). Konton sought aid from the southern village, Shuku (儵, Literally meaning: Suddenness), and together they began the Sōten Project (Literally meaning: Heavenly Funeral Project) to create a destructive kinjutsu called Gukōizan (Literally meaning: Even a fool can move a mountain if he's persistent).
When the chance for peace with Kotsu emerged, Gukōizan was no longer needed. Shuku's Second Village Chief, Kaen Mahiru, ordered everyone involved in Gukōizan's creation be killed so that knowledge of its existence wouldn't get out; Naruto and Renge's fathers died during the war, possibly because they were part of the Sōten Project. Kaen also broke the village of Konton in two in order to further keep Gukōizan a secret, with Kon (混, Literally meaning: Disorder) to the east and Ton (沌, Literally meaning: Confusion) to the west.
- My Name Is (オレの名前は, Ore no Namae wa)
Some time after the Second Ninja World War, Naruto Musasabi fights a ninja that tries to attack Shuku. (This is the same scene that Naruto and Nagato envision in the manga and anime.)
- Mission (任務, Ninmu)
Naruto and Tsuyu's teacher, Shū, summons them to a meeting with Shuku's Third Village Chief, Kokage Mahiru. He informs them of the recent destruction of Ton due to the shifting of Mount Hyakki. Kokage worries that its destruction may be a sign that Kon has rediscovered how to use Gukōizan, possibly with the help of Renge Momoashi, who recently abandoned Shuku to discover the larger world. Kokage instructs Naruto and Tsuyu to find and eliminate Renge.
- Three Man Cell? (スリーマンセル?, Surī Man Seru?)
Naruto investigates Renge's house to try and learn his whereabouts, and while there he is attacked by a giant centipede. He defeats it, but not before it bites his neck, leaving a mark resembling a cross between a spider web and a compass; he finds this same mark drawn on a wall in a hidden room.
Kokage summons Naruto and Tsuyu to meet with him again the following day. He modifies his previous order to instead have them capture Renge alive and bring him back to Shuku. To help them with this, he assigns Nikaku Onikoma, a sensor, to help them track Renge down. Nikaku was thought to have died during the First Ninja World War, executed for killing his allies. In order to prevent the public from learning he's still alive, he disguises himself as a donkey. Naruto and Nikaku have several donkey-related arguments before setting out to search for Renge.
- Everyone's Fights (それぞれの戦い, Sorezore no Tatakai)
- The End of the World (この世の終わり, Kono yo no Owari)
- A Heart That Isn't Giving Up (諦めない心, Akiramenai Kokoro)
- Someday, Surely (いつか,きっと, Itsuka, motto)
- Naruto Musasabi, a jōnin from Shuku. Trained in the Sage Arts, Naruto's ninjutsu include "Gale Supreme Slash" (Jinpū Hazan), which generates a focused whirlwind, and "Comet Sphere" (Suiseigan), a giant ball of wind and lightning. Naruto can also summon giant mice named "Tora, Miki, and Mini. His personality is similar to Jiraiya's.
- Tsuyu, a jōnin and medical ninja from Shuku. Tsuyu's ninjutsu include "Wind Release: Riot of a Hundred Flowers" (Fūton: Midare Hyakka), a palm strike that releases a gust of air filled with flower petals. Tsuyu can also summon a giant "mythical" bird named Karura. Her personality is similar to Tsunade's, but she is described as being "flat-chested".
- Renge Momoashi, a missing-nin and formerly a jōnin from Shuku. Hailing from a clan of centipede users, Renge's ninjutsu include "Watery Moon" (Mizu no Tsuki), which causes his form to sway and flicker, allowing him to easily avoid enemy attacks. True to his clan, Renge also can summon giant centipedes, one most porminent named Gokomaru who greatly dislikes Renge. His personality is similar to Orochimaru's.
- Nikaku Onikoma (Onikoma Nikaku), a sensor-type shinobi from Shuku. A talented shinobi once known as "Nikaku the Assassin", many of Nikaku's ninjutsu revolve around the gourd he wears around his neck, such as the "Wind Release: Meteor Sphere" (Fūton: Ryūseigan), the inspiration for Naruto's Comet Sphere.
- Kokage Mahiru (Mahiru Kokage), Shuku's Village Chief, the Third Kokage.
- Kaen Mahiru (Mahiru Kaen), Kokage's predecessor, the Second Kokage.
- Maei Yagyū (Yagyū Maei), Kotsu's village head. Similar to Hanzō, he dubbed Naruto, Renge, and Tsuyu the "Legendary Three Ninja" during the Second Ninja World War.
- Kaosu, Kon's village head.
- Shima, a jōnin from Kon. She is described as a sixteen-year-old girl with large breasts. Shima aids Naruto during his mission to stop Renge.
- Shū, the sensei of Naruto, Renge, and Tsuyu. When he isn't scolding Naruto, he is leading Team Shū, Shuku's Anbu-like organisation.
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