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Naruto Creator Continues Chat with Newspaper

Earlier this week, Asahi Shinbun caught up with Naruto’s creator, Masashi Kishimoto, to ask him some questions on the occasion of the end of Kishimoto’s 15-year run. Now they’re back with part two of the interview.

Kishimoto made comparisons between his manga’s hero, Naruto, and himself. Both were laughed at when they announced their dreams: for Naruto, becoming Hokage, the leader of his ninja village; for Kishimoto, becoming a manga artist.

But both prevailed. Kishimoto is now one of the most successful manga artists in Japan.

Plus Naruto and Kishimoto both love ramen.

Kishimoto reveals lots more details in the interview, including his desire to go against the unwritten rules of shonen manga and have Naruto win fights not with power, but words.

“I wanted to tell [readers] that enemies who resort to violence probably do so because of unavoidable reasons,” said Kishimoto.

If you’re a Naruto fan, definitely check out the entire interview.

Source: Asahi Shinbun

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Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.