Masashi Kishimoto at New York Comic Con

By Cindy Caraturo

This past weekend was New York Comic Con, and Masashi Kishimoto, creator of the immensely popular Naruto, was there signing autographs and speaking at his own panel. In fact, his visit to NYCC marked his first international appearance. Kishimoto’s visit to New York’s biggest pop culture convention began Thursday evening, in which he discussed his career and took questions from the panel’s attendees. On Saturday, the famous mangaka had an autograph session, after which he introduced the North American premiere of the film Boruto: Naruto the Movie, for which he was an Executive Producer and co-writer of the screenplay.

During his Thursday panel, Kishimoto confirmed that he would be working on a new manga. This time around, the mangaka will be writing a science fiction manga, rather than one based heavily upon historical Japanese culture. It will be interesting to see what he comes up with, seeing how he put his own creative spin on ninjas with his character designs and story details. In addition to announcing his next project, Kishimoto seemed impressed with those cosplaying as Naruto characters, who incorporated even the smallest of details into their costumes.

Check out an interview Anime Games Online conducted with Masashi Kishimoto during his time at New York Comic Con below!


Are any of you fans of Naruto? What are some of your favorite moments from the manga or show? Any thoughts on how Masashi Kishimoto will write a science fiction story? Tell us in the comment section below!


Sources: New York Comic Con Press Release and 2015 ScheduleRocketNews24, and Yibada.

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Cindy Caraturo

Continual student of the Japanese language and valiant attempter at novel (and article!) writing. Enjoys when it's softly raining outside and is an avid drinker of quali-tea. Also thinks she is amusing. Take that for what you will. (⌒▽⌒)

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