Best wishes, Masashi Kishimoto! The author of Naruto turns 48 today, November 8th, 2022, in which he gave readers one of the most beautiful fighting shonen of all time. And while there are rumors of a possible Naruto anime remake announcement at Jump Festa, let's go back to the basic steps of Kishimoto's life and career.

Masashi Kishimoto was born on November 8, 1974 in Nagi, Okayama Prefecture Doraemonwhile in elementary school he is deeply impressed by the illustrations dragon ball, which lead him to draw all of his most popular characters. He is also writing a first-ever manga titled Hitari-kuncentered on a shadow ninja.

After moving away from manga for a few years, Kishimoto approaches it thanks to the works of Katsuhiro Otomo, which he repeatedly cited as a source of inspiration. In the last years of high school, Masashi Kishimoto begins to write small works, which, however, do not fully satisfy him, his father and his brother.

In the years that followed, Kishimoto attended an art school, where he exhibited in 1995 Karakuri, standalone manga that also wins an award. This officially began his career as a mangaka, which at first does not seem to take off: in fact, all his sketches are rejected by the editor.

In 1997, Kishimoto created a one-shot based on the character of Narutopublished in the journal Akamaru jump. The mangaka is then asked to start a series based on his debut work Karakuri, which is canceled after only 2 chapters due to a lack of public interest.

Disappointed with his results, Kishimoto plans to pursue the Seinen manga but is persuaded by his publisher to try shonen again. He devotes himself to the designs of Mushroomshe is asked to follow up on the one-shot Naruto in order to be able to serialize it.

After realizing the first three chapters, the new Naruto manages to find space Weekly Shonen Leap 43 of 1999, and from this date the magazine will not leave until its completion on November 10, 2014. The fame of his manga has reached every corner of the planet making him one of the most popular battle shonen of all time.

After so many difficulties, the master found his way, and today Kishimoto is a very popular author. He mainly devotes himself Boruto: Naruto the next generationsbut between 2019 and 2020 he also wrote another work, viz samurai 8. We therefore wish Masashi Kishimoto a happy birthday and a continuation of his career at a high level.

We leave you to the illustration celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Naruto anime

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