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Who is Masashi Kishimoto?


Masashi Kishimoto is a Japanese manga artist and writer best known for creating the popular series "Naruto." The series ran for 15 years, from 1999 to 2014, and has sold over 250 million copies worldwide as of May 2019.


Kishimoto began his career as a manga artist in the late 1990s, submitting his work to various publishers. In 1999, his first major series, "Naruto," began serialization in the weekly magazine Shonen Jump. The series quickly gained popularity and became one of the best-selling manga series of all time.


Early Life and Career


Kishimoto was born in Nagi, Okayama, Japan, on November 8, 1974. He began drawing manga at a young age and was heavily influenced by the works of his older twin brother, Seishi Kishimoto.



In September 1999, Kishimoto's first major manga series, "Naruto," began serialization in the weekly magazine Shonen Jump. The series quickly gained popularity and became one of the best-selling manga series of all time.



"Naruto" tells the story of a young ninja named Naruto Uzumaki who dreams of becoming the leader of his village. The series is known for its complex and well-developed characters, as well as its themes of friendship, perseverance, and the desire to become stronger.



Later Works


In addition to "Naruto," Kishimoto has also created several other manga series, such as "Karakuri" and "Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru." He also made a one-shot manga, "Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, " published in 2016.



Here is a list of all of the work Kishimoto has published or contributed to so far


Manga

  • Karakuri (one-shot) (1996; Hop Step Award winner, published in Hop Step Award Selection 18 ('95~'96) (1996) and Akamaru Jump Winter (1997))

  • Karakuri (December 21, 1997; debuted and canceled in Weekly Shōnen Jump #4–5, 1998)

  • Bench (one-shot) (October 11, 2010, published in Weekly Shōnen Jump #45, 2010)

  • Mario (one-shot) (May 2, 2013, published in the June 2013 issue of Jump Square)

  • Boruto: Road to B (one-shot) (August 17, 2015, published in Weekly Shōnen Jump #36, 2015) — a collaboration between Kishimoto and Kenji Taira (author of Rock Lee SD)

  • Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru — creator, writer, storyboard artist (May 13, 2019–March 23, 2020; serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump; debuted in issue #24, 2019)

Naruto


Manga

  • Naruto (one-shot) (1997; published in Akamaru Jump Summer (1997)

  • Naruto: The Official Fanbook (2002)

  • Naruto (September 21, 1999–November 10, 2014; serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump; debuted in issue #43, 1999)

  • Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring (April 27, 2015–July 6, 2015; serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, debuted in issue #22–23, 2015)

  • Naruto: The Path Lit by the Full Moon (one-shot) (April 25, 2016, published in Weekly Shōnen Jump #21–22, 2016)

  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations — editorial supervisor (volumes 1–13; May 9, 2016–November 2020), writer (volume 14 onwards; December 2020–present) (serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump (2016–19) and V Jump (2019–present); debuted in Weekly Shōnen Jump #23, 2016)

Motion comic

  • Motion Comic: Naruto — 2012, designer

Animated films

  • Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie — 2012, story planning and original character designer

  • The Last: Naruto the Movie — 2014, original story, original character designer, and chief story supervisor

  • Boruto: Naruto the Movie — 2015, original story, screenwriter, original character designer, and chief production supervisor

Video games

  • Tekken 6 — 2009, guest character designer

  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution — 2014, character designer and editorial supervisor

Artbooks

  • The Art of Naruto: Uzumaki — 2004

  • Paint Jump: Art of Naruto — 2008

  • Naruto Illustration Book — 2010

  • Uzumaki Naruto: Illustrations — 2015

Novels

  • Naruto: Tales of a Gutsy Ninja — 2010, illustrator, co-author

  • Naruto Jinraiden: The Day the Wolf Howled — 2012, illustrator

  • Naruto: Kakashi's Story — 2015, illustrator

  • Naruto: Shikamaru's Story — 2015, illustrator

  • Naruto: Sakura's Story — 2015, illustrator

  • Naruto: Konoha's Story — 2015, illustrator

  • Naruto: Gaara's Story — 2015, illustrator

  • Naruto: The Akatsuki's Story — 2015, illustrator

  • Naruto: Tales of a Chaste Ninja — 2015, illustrator

  • Naruto: Itachi's True Story — 2015, illustrator

  • Naruto: Sasuke's True Story — 2015, illustrator

  • Naruto: Konoha's New Story — 2016, illustrator

  • Naruto: Naruto's New Story — 2016, illustrator

  • Naruto: Sasuke's New Story — 2016, illustrator

  • Naruto: Shikamaru's New Story — 2016, illustrator

Other

  • Strings on Fire by Chisako Takashima — 2015, special album cover artist

  • Learning Japanese History Through Manga, Volume 1 — 2016, cover artist

  • Learning Japanese History Through Manga, Volume 5 — 2016, cover artist



Personal Life


Kishimoto married his longtime girlfriend in 2008, and the couple has a son. He is known for his dedication to his craft, spending long hours working on his manga and striving for perfection in his art. He has also been a major influence on the manga industry, inspiring countless other artists to pursue their own careers in the manga industry.



Kishimoto's works have been translated and published in several countries, including the United States, France, Italy, and Spain. He has a huge fan base worldwide and is considered one of the most successful manga artists of all time.


FAQs


Q. Why did Kishimoto stop writing Naruto?

A. Kishimoto decided to take a break from the series to acquire a much more sustainable work schedule. It is quite understandable that any creative individual would face burnout after continuously working on a project for a long time.


Q. Who is Kishimoto’s favorite Naruto character?

A. Kishimoto stated in an interview that his favorite character to draw is Sasuke Uchiha.


Q. What is Masashi Kishimoto’s net worth?

A. Kishimoto’s net worth is not public knowledge. However, based on public reports, Kishimoto’s net worth is believed to be around $25-27 million as of May 2022.


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