Naruto began publishing in 1999, when Kishimoto Masashi was 25 with Heroes Friends Naruto Luffy Songoku Tanjirou Kamado Shirt. At that moment, the creator superimposed his own figure to that of the scruffy ninja apprentice Uzumaki Naruto. Kishimoto confesses that the character “is a reflection of his strong desire for recognition from his surroundings” “Needless to say, he did not expect his first series to be published for fifteen years. “In the case of Shonen Jump magazine, three chapters of a comic must be presented for the board to evaluate the series. Stories usually begin to be published two months after approval. Most authors do not have enough time to prepare and plan the story; that’s why I think it’s better to have one or two wires planned, says the cartoonist. “The only thing I decided at the beginning, in the encounter with the person responsible for the edition, was the result of the story: Naruto and Sasuke [their rival from childhood] would face each other,” he reveals.
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The last two episodes, 699 and 700, were published in issue 50 of Shunen Jump magazine, which was released on November 10, 2014. The story takes place in five major countries, including the Country of Fire, which houses the Hidden Village of Konoha. In the latter is the ninja school attended by Naruto, who dreams of becoming a day in the hokage, that is, leader of the people. The youngman repeatedly suspends the final exam, but ends up passing it, becomes ninja genin [the lowest rank] and becomes part of the group of ninja master Hatake Kakashi alongside Uchiha Sasuke and Haruno Sakura. The reader witnesses the development of the protagonist, who together with his companions overcomes various obstacles.
In this way, naruto seems to show how the young ninja grows, a typical story. However, each chapter reveals a world that evolves in a more complex and profound way; it is a universe in which many characters live strong and abundant in ninjutsu (ninja skills and abilities). Naruto hides a secret from his birth: inside he houses a bijo, a demon that can have between one and nine tails; the one who dwells in his body is the most powerful of these beings, the one who has the most tails. In the past, the five great countries struggled to get such creatures to possess the most powerful energy, in order to increase their military capacity, but today each of them has its own shelter and therefore maintains a balance of power.
“At first it was more or less clear that it would include a fox among the characters. I like Godzilla, so I wanted to draw kaijo monsters; I wanted to draw big creatures and put them to fight. Therefore, I decided that there would be great beings and objects in the invocations [techniques that allow you to summon creatures and things that are in other places],” explains Kishimoto when you speak of the bijo. How has the author managed to publish the series for 15 years and increase its density? In this regard, the cartoonist comments:rawn everything I had to draw on it. However, when you draw a character, your love for it grows, and in the end you end up thinking that you want to draw a certain character in conditions. He had a bad habit of carefully drawing pieces that were not needed. That’s how Heroes Friends Naruto Luffy Songoku Tanjirou Kamado Shirt is nice.
Kishimoto confesses that drawing a scene took him longer than he had thought because he elaborated them according to the necessary realism according to each character and following his own natural emotions. However, it seems that the author does not know the total number of characters he has drawn in the series. When asked which characters have marked him the most, excluding Naruto and Sasuke, he mentions Haku and Jiraiya. “In a sense, Haku guides Naruto when he determines what his convictions are as a ninja, while Jiraiya is a character who, in my opinion, makes a strong impression: he acts as Naruto’s master, but does not comply with the three Shinobi prohibitions – on the women, money, and alcohol,” she says.
When it comes to drawing a ninja story, Kishimoto has some influence on Shirato Sanpei’s animated version of Sasuke’s manga Sasuke, although the work that has had the greatest impact on his career as a cartoonist is Dragon Ball, by Toriyama Akira, who read as a child. From the beginning, the author of Naruto had no intention of creating a ninja story full of stereotypes.
“”At first, I felt a little rebellious; it seemed to me that it wasn’t necessary for a Japanese man to make a ninja typical of his country. The protagonist is blond and has blue eyes. I thought a ninja didn’t have to hide in the shadows just because he was. I decided to wear orange clothes to make it eye-catching, and to be a ninja openly. In other words, I wanted to make a manga on pop-style ninjas that represented the opposite of conventional ones,” he says.
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The popularity of Naruto in Europe and North America is incredible. To date, it has been translated and sold in more than 30 countries and territories; in France, it often tops the lists of the most popular comics. The author himself is surprised by this fact: “I used to joke about how much I would like this manga to succeed abroad, but I didn’t imagine it would like it so much around the world. After I started the series I realized that for people from other countries ninjas are fascinating,” says Kishimoto. It is clear that Naruto is more than just a manga on ninjas; its popularity abroad could be precisely because it appeals to a perception of the world present in the fantasy novels of Europe and North America. Among the Japanese and foreign fans of this series there are even those who say it looks like the Harry Potter saga. “I haven’t read the Harry Potter books. When I started getting letters from fans saying [Naruto] looked like Harry Potter, I didn’t know what they meant. I think I understood when I saw the first film in the series; they might have meant that Harry, Ron and Hermione, who study at a magic school, look like Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura,” he says.
We asked Kishimoto again what he wanted to readers now that Naruto is finished after fifteen years of publication:
“The way to engage the reader is not something the author wants to decide. I dare say that it is the fact that the protagonist, who at first did not enjoy the recognition of his surroundings, managed to finally get his friends to recognize him. I think the protagonist was a character [with the necessary qualities] to be recognized. So I don’t think [it grew and] changed, but it was the environment that changed. People who didn’t want to recognize Naruto ended up recognizing him,” he says. According to the author, chapters 1 through 699 tell “the six years since Naruto was about 12 years old until he turns 17″. However, in the last chapter, the 700, it has already been a few years and both Naruto and Sasuke have their own family; they’re parents.The film The Last -Naruto The Movie – which premiered in Japan on December 6, 2014, chronicles what happens between chapters 699 and 700. Kishimoto has overseen the film.
At first I had no intention of making a film. The first version of the script was fine, so even I felt like watching the movie. I thought readers would find the same thing. I wasn’t much of a draw on love, but I thought it was nice for the film to tell everything I hadn’t been able to put on the manga,” he says. Kishimoto turned forty at about the same time the series ended. “I’ve been married for a decade, but I couldn’t even go on my honeymoon. I want to take a trip. I still don’t feel the need to start the next series, but I get nervous if I lead a life with no deadlines,” he explains. In the spring of 2015, the magazine Shunen Jump is expected to publish an extra edition of Naruto consisting of a short, concentrated series. In the case of an extraordinary edition, you could draw as many characters as one would like; however, it seems that Kishimoto intends to create a Heroes Friends Naruto Luffy Songoku Tanjirou Kamado Shirt completely new work when the time is right. “I make a lot of ideas in a notebook. I feel like drawing. If I encourage myself, my passion [to create something new] will suddenly increase. I haven’t lost my passion as a manga artist,” he says.