Naruto: Nearing The End of a Manga Era

First published in Japan back in 1999, manga artist and author Masashi Kishimoto created a brand new manga series for Shonen Jump (a Japanese equivalent to Marvel and DC) that even today is considered to be one of the most popular comic books in recent years. With the beloved Naruto series coming to an end within the next year and the current chapters and volumes setting up what could be an amazing ending for fans, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to explore its origins, the many characters that the author has made and how the franchise has expanded to trading cards, action figures and the successful anime.

After studying at an art college and winning an award from Shonen Jump, Kishimoto made his first version of the character in 1997 as a short story before setting his head down and working on the final version of the series.

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