The backstory before Naruto (or rather, in an alternate universe where Naruto looks different) starts with Naruto excreting waste upon some person in a hole.
The chief gets angry at Naruto cause Naruto has no friends, so he tells Naruto to go to the BIG CITY to find a friend.
Naruto can’t return to the mountains until he’s found a friend, so he goes and buys ramen.
A guy named Kuroda and a guy named Matsushima enter the shop. Kuroda’s drunbk and Matsushima only eats french fries so the ramen owner LOSES ALL HIS MONEY
Anyways Naruto eats Kuroda’s ramen cause Kuroda passed out from drunbkneds, but he has to take him home, or else the ramen owner will EAT HIS KEYS
Kuroda’s an artist, and his assistant, Takano TAKASHI are repairing the Chairman of the Cultural Advancement Committee, the National Treasure-Class Artist Saburo’s painting “Symbol”. Not sure what the symbol is about but it’s a symbol. It’s also worth a couple million dollars.
Another important note is that “Symbol” smells REALLY REALLY BAD because of the oil-based paint used.
After Saburo’s death 5 years prior, Kuroda became the Chairman of the Cultural Advancement Committee because Kuroda’s Saburo’s BEST FRIEND.
A cop’s monitoring the front door too cause the painting’s worth that much.
Naruto uses the awesomest skill he knows – and ya know what I mean by ‘that’ awesomest skill.
It’s so awesome it completely PARALYZES all who see it. Providing they’re male.
Naruto tells his training story to Kuroda, who tells him it’s not worth it. Apparently he’s in emo-depression mode after Saburo died.
But the truth isn’t that he’s just sad Saburo died – it’s that Saburo stabbed him. They were best friends, and Saburo having Kuroda take over as the Chairman of the Long-name Committee was ultimate humiliation; so he tried to kill Kuroda, painted “Symbol”, and then committed suicide.
It’s obvious why Kuroda wouldn’t trust people after that incident. Anyways, Takashi tries to lighten the mood with some yaoi, and Naruto
Naruto goes to sleep in Takashi’s room
NO THAT’S NOT WHAT YA THINK I MEAN THIS ISN’T A… argh, never mind.
A robber comes in with a gun and shoots Takashi. Presumably TO DEATH
The police blame Naruto; which means someone is FRAMING Naruto for killing Takashi.
Naruto pleads that he will find the real murderer; but nobody believes him.
Finally, Kuroda does something COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED (if this was real life, but this is a manga) – he goes to jail in Naruto’s place to let him have a chance of finding the murderer.
Naruto gets on a motorbike (this is an alternate universe – there are skyscrapers, motorbikes, and cars; I think it’s actually in modern-Japan) and starts asking random people where the painting is.
After a week, Naruto takes a rest in a park. Two gangsters are talking about some random guy and how all he does is try to look cool, and can never fit in with the crowd.
In his mind, Naruto agrees – after all, he’s a STUPID UGLY MONSTER, so why should humans trust him?
But then some other gangster talks to them about how that random guy’s helped them a lot of times and stuff.
Naruto goes back to the cop’s place and tells him that his sense of smell is really good.
After getting a free meal, Naruto realizes who the murderer is – the cop, cause he smells so much of the paint.
But the cop STABS NARUTO
This story was pretty interesting. Though the concept is pretty clichéd already, there’s no stupid “BECAUSE I WANT TO PROTECT SOMEONE SO MY POWER GOES UP BY OVER NINE THOUSAND PERCENT”, Naruto just uses his spechul abilities to capture someone.
The art honestly sucked
There was no music so that sucked too
Anyways, back to the story; I liked it. I liked it much more than the actual Naruto. It was more… realistic. More intense. It managed to start a plot and wrap it up completely unlike certain shows (cough cough Bleach cough cough).
What I really liked about it is that it was /simple/. It was a simple tale about finding friendship, with a murder mystery to boost just cause that makes manga (9) times awesomer. Though the mystery wasn’t mystery we could solve ourselves (as opposed to other, better, mystery manga such as Detective Conan), because we couldn’t smell the manga, I don’t mind, because the murder isn’t the main plot in the story.
The taste was horrible
If Naruto was written to be in something like this, it wouldn’t be in the top three shounen “epic manga”s – but I’d like it much, much more. Quality beats quantity, and Naruto’s Pilot definitely demonstrated that.
However, as much as I liked it, I can’t rate it higher than Naruto because it just doesn’t have that complexity and insight. Nevertheless, this was a nice story, though the end was rather… jarring. I honestly didn’t expect Naruto just to die like that – what a weak-ass hero. Gosh, I’m even wondering why a manga like this received such positive responses. I’d expect the fans to start hatin’ on the author right now for killing Naruto…
…But… the truth is….
was cosplaying disguised himself as the cop.
He then PWNS Matsushima, who gets arrested.
Naruto returns the painting to Kuroda, who becomes his first human friend (even though he thinks Naruto’s creepy).
THE (REAL) END.
Overall Rating: 5/10 (Great)
(Cue Naruto Episode/Chapter One OP)
Post scriptum: Guess what? Exactly 1000 words.