Masashi Kishimoto Interview from 2017. The one and only naruto creator, just did a brand new interview with Shounen Jump at the Jump Festa 2017 event held in Japan. Check out what Kishimoto Sensei has to say about the Boruto manga and learn more about him today!
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Team JUMP had a blast at Jump Festa 2017, a.k.a. the biggest SJ party in the world! We bought exclusive swag, attended special panels and even got to meet our favorite manga creators! Editor Alexis Kirsch had a chance to sit down and interview the legendary Masashi Kishimoto Sensei!
Shounen Jump: How has your life been since the conclusion of Naruto? Did you get to go on your honeymoon?
Kishimoto Sensei: Yes, I’ve been taking it easy. I did get to go on a honeymoon like trip, but it was in Japan. We went to see Mt. Fuji. I hadn’t actually seen it properly before. Also, we had another baby, so that’s kept me busy.
SJ: As the original creator, how does it feel to read Boruto every month?
Kishimoto Sensei: I am separated from it, but I check over each chapter as it’s being made so I’m still part of the team. Because I’m still involved, I can’t really look at it from a fan’s point of view, especially since the current story is still adapted from the movie script that I created.
SJ: Can you talk about the differences between Naruto and Boruto as characters?
Kishimoto Sensei: Naruto moves without thinking, and he’s kind of unrefined. He’s like a classic rascal. As for Boruto, well, I wouldn’t say he’s lazy—he’s more refined than that. It’s more that he knows all the shortcuts. He’s crafty. He’s more mature in knowing how the world works. And Boruto is the more sarcastic of the two. Naruto is more straightforward—he yells what he’s feeling. That’s a big difference.
SJ: Sometimes when a manga series introduces the children of the main characters, they end up being clones of the original. Was that something that concerned you?
Kishimoto Sensei: Yes, it was. Part of it is that if the characters aren’t similar, if they aren’t a little clone -like, it can be hard to express who they are. And I have some who are pretty much clones. Shikadai is a lot like his dad. And some of the new characters are a combination of their parents, like Cho-Cho. With manga, sometimes you’re going to get archetypal characters like that.
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SJ: What can we look forward to in the upcoming Boruto anime?
Kishimoto Sensei: As it went along, the Naruto story kept getting more introspective and darker and darker. So for Boruto, I want it to be a little bit more happy and fun. Something that the younger boys and girls can also enjoy.
SJ: But the beginning of volume 1 shows some really dark future developments. Kishimoto Sensei: That’s true. I wanted the start of the manga to be happy, but I also wanted to show that there’s a dark turning point coming in order to grab the reader’s attention.
SJ: What excites you about creating a new series like Boruto?
Kishimoto Sensei: There’s a lot of characters that haven’t shown up in Boruto yet, so I’m excited about the drama involving them.
SJ: What are the concerns when starting a new manga series after concluding one that was a huge hit?
Kishimoto Sensei: For Boruto, because of everything that’s already been done with Naruto, you can’t help but have some things triat will be repeated. So I worry about the story being too similar. And with Naruto and Sasuke becoming so strong and the battles getting bigger and bigger, now you have kids fighting so the scale is gonna feel smaller. I don’t want it to feel lacking, so the focus needs to be on expressing things differently or coming up with new ideas. Those issues concern me.
SJ: What about for a completely new series?
Kishimoto Sensei: As for a brand-new series, I don’t worry about having to surpass Naruto. I never expected Naruto to become this popular, so I figure there’s no point in worrying about that. But for my next series, I’ll have all the know-how and experience I gained from doing Naruto. And I don’t really think of myself as some great person for having created Naruto or anything like that, so there’s no pressure for the next one. I can’t forget about Naruto, but worrying about it accomplishes nothing. I just need to focus on whatever I’m working on next.
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SJ: One of the more popular manga at the VIZ office is Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Shariagan Legend. What do you think of the amazing gags that Taira Sensei comes up with?
Kishimoto Sensei: Yes, his gags sometimes seem a little too mature for kids. [laughs] I thought he might have gone a Hole too far with the Hidan stuff, but I appreciate how he comes up with ideas that I never would have.
SJ: Reading that series makes you feel that Taira Sensei really loves Naruto.
Kishimoto Sensei: Yes, he’s a former member of my staff, and he really enjoys what he’s doing. Plus I told him he can do whatever he wants, so I hope he goes even crazier. It would be nice if he could keep it more kid friendly though. [laughs] Sometimes I’m surprised he can get away with some of those scenes. [laughs]
SJ: Was Naruto and Hinata getting married decided early on, or did you consider Naruto ending up with Sakura?
Kishimoto Sensei: When I introduced Sakura, I only considered her as another character. I didn’t do it to bring her in as a special female character. She was at the some level as characters like Kiba or Shikamaru, so there was nothing set in my mind at all about Sakura and Naruto being a couple. Obviously, they’d be friends and teammates. For Hinata, I decided pretty early on that they’d be together. Then I figured it’d be more interesting if Sakura would be in the middle, creating a messy love triangle. But to be honest, there wasn’t much space and time to include stuff like that. Naruto’s a battle manga, not a romance story. You have to decide what to focus on, what you think the readers want to see. So I never thought about making them a couple, but I did throw in some nuggets to make the readers think that. It was all about Naruto and Hinata getting married from an early stage.
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SJ: You came to NYCC a few years ago and got to meet and see thousands of your fans. How did the experience affect you?
Kishimoto Sensei: I had never gone abroad and experienced that kind of reception, so it was really special to me. I heard from so many fans about why they love Naruto, and the reasons were because Naruto isn’t perfect—he has hurdles he needs to overcome and he always keeps trying. I realized how people in Japan and abroad think about things in the same way. That really reassures me when I think about my next work. Where you’re from doesn’t make any difference—we all feel things in the same way. We might use different words and have different customs, but at the core we’re all the same. So I don’t have to worry about how different audiences will react to my work.
Source: Weekly Shonen Jump – Masashi Kishimoto Interview –
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