The legendary manga creator of “Naruto,” Masashi Kishimoto made his first ever appearance outside Japan in NYCC 2015 event! Read on.
According to Emertainment Monthly, aside from answering questions regarding his work, Kishimoto also discussed his career and creative process in his interview at NYCC 2015 event.
Led by the VIZ Media’s President and CEO Ken Sasaki, he first made a speech to hundreds of people waiting for Kishimoto before leaving and giving the stage to the 40-year-old manga creator.
As expected, the room was filled of the fan’s screams for the mind behind the most popular manga of all time.
As he enters the room, fans can’t stop themselves from showing love and support for Kishimoto, proving that he is indeed made a big impact on the world of “graphic storytelling.”
In his first-ever New York Comic Con appearance, one of the very first question that was asked to him was about “Naruto.” Kishimoto admitted that he never imagined that his manga is finally done after year of making it.
“Actually, you know, I never imagined. I imagined it might get canned after the tenth week. That’s a regular occurrence at Jump. If there’s not a good fanbase after episode ten, then you’re done!” Kishimoto said.
Moreover, Kishimoto was also asked whether or not the editorial staff sought him to continue the manga, he simply answered that he would be lying if he said no and didn’t admit that there was definitely some pressure.
“I had a pretty clear vision of how I wanted the story to close and I put my foot down,” Kishimoto added.
Kishimoto also admitted in his interview that “life got a little easier” for him after he finished the last chapter. However, it was not that simple for him to finish the series since he was also told that time to make a screenplay for “Boruto.”
“It’s the first time I was able to work on a screenplay by myself, but I had just finished.” Kishimoto added.
Adding on, Kishimoto also said that it was only after he completed the script and the production for the story started was the time he started taking a break. He was able to relax and spend more time with his family.
Likewise, when asked about who among manga creators Kishimoto considers as a rival, “One Piece,” Eiichiro Oda was the one he chose.
“I would say my rival is Eiichiro Oda. Honestly, it’s interesting that I was saying that on my own in the beginning,” Kishimoto candidly said.
On the other hand, in Kishimoto’s previous interview, Anime News Network reported that the latter revealed that he already decided what will be his next project.
Kishimoto said that he’s thinking of making a science-fiction story before adding that he by now, he actually finalized the character designs and “the protagonist is one that hasn’t seen before in manga.”
Read Masashi Kishimoto’s NYCC 2015 full interview here.
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