Masashi Kishimoto and Naruto


Masashi Kishimoto and Naruto

Masashi Kishimoto

Born and raised in Okayama, Japan on August 11th, 1974 Masashi Kishimoto would’ve never guessed that he would become the successor to the famous Akira Toriyama. In Kishimotos childhood he often enjoyed drawing characters from his beloved T.V. shows, but none could compare to his all-time love for Toriyama hit creation Dragon Ball. This one show was astonishing to Kishimoto and marked the beginning of his days as a Mangaka (Japanese term for Manga or Comic book artist). Throughout the college life of Kishimoto, he continued to work and perfect every element of design for his characters. However, he soon realized how close his style and character types resembled Toriyama as well as how normal they appeared so he put the past behind him and strived to create an adult demographic instead of one suited for children. From there “The Road to Ninja” was set, and thus the tale of Shonen Jumps most popular manga “Naruto” was born.



Based off of General Knowledge; Naruto was originally created in 1997 as a one-shot, meaning like all other manga’s Naruto began small and nothing but “a chance”. It became popular instantly drawing enough people in to develop a story-line which would transform into the first season of Naruto, called “Naruto” in 1999.

Masashis Art

Team 7

The art in the comic will no doubt look different compared to its animated counterpart because of technology; however I’m glad that a boundary of difference exists. My opinion is that hand colored work always proves to show more heart, when a machine is coloring for you, it doesn’t show the true ability to create art. In all both manga and anime are art, but it’s just I respect one moreover the other in that sense of traditional work.

Shonen Jumps Poster Art

Shonen Jumps Team 7 pic

Besides looking at the animated picture it’s just not as exciting anyways, it is a lot of work creating poster art, however there could have been improvements with the poses and maybe a more stunning effect on the shadowing to make it seem like it was just as good as Kishimotos work. Still having an anime to a Mangaka is a big deal; it’s like a dream come true, so its gets some credit.

Perspective and Stretch Cartooning


Lastly, Kishimotos’ ability to tackle perspective art doesn’t surprise me however his ability to apply stretch cartooning with ant and birds eye point of view is very different. Until viewing his work I thought there was no possible way to mix the two elements without something coming out deformed, but now I’m impressed and look to him for inspiration. The reason it looks like the boy in blue (Sasuke) is close to you is because his head is drawn bigger while his legs are smaller. Vice Versa applies to the boy in the orange (Naruto).

Even if Kishimoto is at the top of his game now, he still will continue to change and improve in things he himself knows to need practice, whether he’s conscious of it or not. With Naruto bringing him ultimate fame, lasting for more than 10 years it’s a wonder if he’ll resort to something new after the story concludes. I’m sure with the way Kishimotos imagination runs there will be more to his success list than just Naruto. In fact he will venture to make much more interesting stories and masterpieces as the Tale of Naruto remains as his greatest mile stone.



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