In the first chapters of the series, Kishimoto did not conceive the idea that Naruto would be the son of Minato Namikaze.
However, as time passed on, the manga author made touches to Minato's face shown in the Hokage Mountain in Konoha to make them more similar to Naruto with an emphasis on their spiky hairs.
Minato Namikaze (father, deceased) Kushina Uzumaki (mother, deceased) Jiraiya (godfather, deceased) Hinata Hyuga (wife) Boruto Uzumaki (son) Himawari Uzumaki (daughter) Hiashi Hyūga (father-in-law) Hanabi Hyūga (sister-in-law) is a fictional character in the anime and manga Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.
The eponymous protagonist of the series, he is a teen ninja from the fictional village of Konohagakure.
Kishimoto notes as an example of this the cover of volume 10, where Kishimoto depicts Naruto mimicking a turtle as a child might do.
Naruto appears in the series' films and in other media related to the franchise, including video games and original video animations (OVA), as well as the sequel Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, where his son Boruto Uzumaki is the protagonist.
When creating Naruto for the initial part of the series, Kishimoto kept the character "simple and stupid", while giving him many attributes of an ideal hero.
Kishimoto changed his design for Part II of the storyline, which starts two-and-a-half years after Part I.
Naruto is voiced by Junko Takeuchi in the original animated series and Maile Flanagan in the English adaptations.