FC: KISHIMOTO MASASHI By Eden Kurr
1: Kishimoto Masashi was born November 8, 1974. He was born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
2: Masashi has O-type blood. His zodiac sign is Scorpio.
3: He also has a younger twin named Seishi. Seishi wrote the manga O-Parts hunter but was not as successful as Masashi.
4: As a child, he greatly enjoyed the manga "Dr. Slump." He also enjoys Doraemon.
5: Masashi wanted to be a mangaka (manga artist) from a very young age. Mamoru Oshii and Akira Toriyama were his greatest role models.
6: In middle school, Masashi left manga to temporarily pursue a baseball career. He had to get a buzz cut for the school baseball club, which he didn't enjoy.
7: Masashi's favorite food to this day is ramen. He also enjoys playing video games and watching anime.
8: He graduated high school ranked 38/39, so he went instead to art college.
9: In art college he wrote "Karakuri" ('Mechanism') and submitted it to Shonen Jump's Hop Step award. Shonen Jump is a main publishing company in Japan, and the Hop Step award is for young artists.
10: He won the Hop Step award, propelling him forwards to write his popular series Naruto. Naruto is now up to 63 volumes and is still going!
11: Masashi enjoys Spiderman. He also collects Gundam Action figures.
12: Kishimoto-sensei doesn't design the action figures--the editor does. Konohagakure, the main setting of the story, is based off of Okayama Prefecture.
13: The hand signs used to activate the jutsu (magical fighting arts) in Naruto are based off of the ancient Chinese Zodiac symbols.
14: Books by Kishimoto-sensei include the first part of the Naruto series (volumes 1-27) and the second part, known as Naruto Shippuden, which is volmes 28 on up.
15: I read Naruto volume 1. Naruto is a young orphaned ninja living in the village of Konohagakure.
16: He is confronted by Mizuki, one of his teachers, who tells him he has the nine-tailed demon fox sealed within him! (The demon fox destroyed the village 12 years ago by the Fourth Hokage)
17: He is later placed into a team with Haruno Sakura (his crush) and Uchiha Sasuke (his rival). Together they complete missions to become full-fledged ninjas!
18: However, later on in the series Sasuke decides he wants to run away and join Orochimaru,the evil mastermind running the attacks against Konoha. Can Naruto bring his friend back before it's too late?
19: "This presentation contains copyrighted material used under the educational fair use exemption to U.S. Copyright law." (Simpson, 70)