Hello, how are you? I think there are no people who watch anime and haven't heard of the great Masashi Kishimoto, and if there is such a person it can be two things, a person who hasn't watched anime or a person who entered this world a short time ago.
If you are one of these two types of people, but you want to know who Masashi Kishimoto is or you already have an idea and would like to know more about him, just stick with the article and I'll explain the rest. But adding that he is one of the best known mangakas in the world, I only compare him with Akira Toriyama.
Anyway, without further ado, let's get down to business is knowing more about this guy who created the Naruto manga, that is, the creator of one of the most influential anime of the decade and undoubtedly one of the most profitable as well.
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To start talking about the master, let's talk about his work. And since Naruto is the best known, I will focus especially on this one and won't go into detail about his other works. But come on, in September 1999, the serialized version of Naruto debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump and was soon a hit.
Naruto was a smashing success, and ended its serialization on November 10, 2014 after more than 15 years and has a total of 700 chapters collected in 72 volumes. Its sales surpassed 113 million copies in Japan and hundreds of millions more worldwide.
A success that influenced and still influences generations today. Not only in Japan but all over the world, and not only because of its theme, but also because of its moving story and its very well developed dramas, in addition to several lessons that it passes through. No wonder he has the success and fame that precedes him.
History of Masashi Kishimoto
Born in Okayama Prefecture on November 8, 1974, he is the eldest twin in the family, along with his younger twin brother Seishi Kishimoto. During his childhood, Masashi Kishimoto showed interest in drawing characters from anime shows he watched, such as Dr. Slump and Doraemon.
While still in elementary school, he started watching the Kinnikuman and Dragon Ball anime alongside his brother. And over the next few years, Kishimoto began to idolize original Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, enjoying not only his series but also Dragon Quest, a series of role-playing games for which Toriyama is the designer.
Thanks to a school friend, he was able to keep up with these Shonen Jump series, that's because he couldn't himself. However, in high school Kishimoto began to lose interest in manga when he started playing baseball and basketball. But all it took was a movie poster Akira Toriyama to rekindle your desire.
Masashi Kishimoto's Success
In his final years of school, Masashi Kishimoto spent time drawing manga and went to art college with the hope of becoming a manga artist. Upon entering college, Kishimoto decided that he should try to create a Chanbara manga (Samurai manga) since Weekly Shonen Jump had not published a title of that genre.
However, during the same years, Kishimoto began reading Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal and Rurouni Kenshin's Nobuhiro Watsuki (the latter of which was published in Weekly Shonen Jump), which used said genre.
In his second year of college, Kishimoto started drawing manga for magazine contests. However, he realized that his works were similar to seinen manga, aimed at an adult demographic, rather than the shōnen manga read by children and teenagers.
Aiming to write a manga for Shonen Jump that targets a young demographic, Kishimoto found his style inappropriate for the magazine. When watching the anime series Hashire Melos! Kishimoto was surprised by the character designs employed by the animators and began researching animator jobs.
He later met Tetsuya Nishio, designer of the anime adaptation of the Ninku manga, who he was a big influence on. After this influence he was able to learn the way of drawing from various anime series character designers, which made his style begin to resemble the shōnen series.
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Masashi Kishimoto's projects
- In 1995 he had his first successful pilot manga, Karakuri, presented in Shueisha;
- In 1996 he began working with his editor, Kousuke Yahagi, and had several drafts rejected;
- 1997 he wrote a single version of Naruto, and this was published in Akamaru Jump Summer;
In December of the same year, he was given a shot at Weekly Shonen Jump, which was a fully reworked Karakuri. And it was premiered in 1998, but it performed poorly in the polls.
After the failure he reduced his production and moved towards the seinen genre in hopes of better luck. But Yahagi (his editor) convinced him to try one last time with shounen. What made him not abandon the genre and continue making sketches.
Later, the two decided to focus on a version of Naruto with a reworked story and world and produced storyboards for the first three chapters, earning them a spot in the magazine.
End of one to the beginning of another
After the conclusion of Naruto, Kishimoto became involved in the Start of a New Era project celebrating the manga's conclusion and 15th anniversary. On the last page of the final chapter, Weekly Shonen Jump announced that a spin-off miniseries, also authored by Kishimoto, would be released in 2015.
The series, Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and Scarlet Spring, was released from April to July 2015. In addition, Kishimoto was also deeply involved with two canon films, The Last: Naruto the Movie and Boruto: Naruto the Movie, as he personally supervised both films, and illustrated several light novels.
In August 2015, Kishimoto announced that he had already completed what would be his next manga series. A sci-fi manga, with a single protagonist, Kishimoto himself had already completed the character designs.
On December 19, 2015, it was announced that Masashi Kishimoto would be overseeing Boruto, starting in spring 2016. The new story is illustrated by Kishimoto's chief assistant in Naruto, Mikio Ikemoto, and written by his writing partner for Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Ukyo Kodachi.
In December 2017, it was revealed that Kishimoto would write a new manga series starting in 2018.
Facts about Masashi Kishimoto
Well folks, I apologize if I don't have a lot of peculiar information. What I can do is add some curiosities and information like:
- He's a Star Wars fan;
- He is married and has children;
- His twin brother is also a mangaka;
- The Naruto's Ichiraku is real;
Masashi Kishimoto received the following awards:
- Hop Step Award
- 5 grammy awards for the Naruto anime;
- Yakura Best Selling Manga Award;
He works in the following roles:
- Karakuri from April 1998 to May 1998, serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump;
- Naruto () (November 1999-November 6, 2014), published in the central manga Weekly Shonen Jump;
- Bench in October 2010, published by Weekly Shonen Jump;
- Mario in May 2013, published in the 6th Edition of Jump SQ;
What have we learned from Masashi Kishimoto?
Well, that's all I can offer, unfortunately I couldn't get any more interesting information. However, I don't know if it's good to do that, since his privacy is also important. But I think it makes no difference as long as he continues to produce other hits like Naruto.
I personally haven't read any other manga by Masashi Kishimoto, but I think it won't be long before that happens. But anyway, I haven't read it but that doesn't mean it's not worth reading. However, if you've read it, leave your opinion there in the comments.
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