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I HAD MAX DO A INVESTIGATIVE REPORT ON ONE OF HIS FAVORITE MANGAS MASASHI KISHIMOTO AND HE WAS VERY ENCOURAGE AND SURPRISE BY THIS NESE STORY ... VERY INTERESTING. I LIKED IT ALOT
Born: November 8, 1974
Masashi Kishimoto is a Japanese manga artist, best known for creating the hugely popular manga series known as Naruto. Born in the Katsuta county of Okayama, Japan, Kishimoto has been drawing from a very early age. But it wasn't until he was older that he recognized his dream to become a Mangaka (Mangaka is the Japanese meaning for cartoonist).
While in art college Kishimoto created a manga called "Karakuri" which he then submitted to the Hop Step award (Monthly award given by Shonen Jump for amateur Mangaka). Karakuri wins the award and sets Kishimoto on the path to his dream of becoming a Mangaka.
Upon graduation of art college, Kishimoto works hard on his next manga "Naruto" which the pilot is then published in Akamaru Jump in 1997. Two years down the line and Naruto is serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump and becomes the Naruto you know and love today. Naruto is still an ongoing series and has sold over 100 million copies in Japan alone since first being published in 1999.
Masashi Kishimoto Interviews
- Shonen Jump (US) interview with Masashi Kishimoto (click to read)
Manga created by Masashi Kishimoto
- Karakuri one-shot (1996, Hop Step Award winner)
- Naruto pilot (1997, published in Akamaru Jump)
- Karakuri (April 1998 – May 1998)
- Naruto (November 1999 – ongoing)
Books written by Masashi Kishimoto
- Naruto: First Official Data Book
- Naruto: The Official Fanbook
- The Art of Naruto: Uzumaki
- Naruto: Second Official Data Book
- Paint Jump: Art of Naruto
- Naruto: Third Official Data Book
- The Art of Naruto: Naruto
- Naruto: The Official Premium Fanbook
In the series, Naruto is a ninja affiliated with the fictional village of Konohagakure. The villagers ostracize Naruto because the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox, a malevolent creature that attacked Konohagakure, is sealed within his body. As such, Naruto has ambitions of becoming the village's leader, the Hokage, in order to gain recognition amongst his peers. Nonetheless, Naruto maintains a cheerful and boisterous personality, allowing him to befriend several other Konoha ninja throughout the series, as well as ninja from other villages. He builds an especially close relationship with Team 7, the ninja team where he belongs, treating them as his family. Naruto appears in all of the series' films, as well as in other media related to the franchise, including all video games and original video animations.
Several anime and manga publications have expressed acclaim and criticism of Naruto's character. Some view him as a stereotypical manga and anime protagonist comparable to those in many other shōnen manga, while others have praised his personality as well as his development in the series. Nevertheless, Naruto has remained highly popular with the Naruto fan-base, placing high in several popularity polls. Merchandise based on Naruto has also been released, including figurines and plush dolls.