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Live Spectacle NARUTO Unveils a Complete Visual for the Upcoming Musical

A complete visual for the upcoming stage musical adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto’s world-renowned manga reveals all the characters that were already previously unveiled for the upcoming play which is scheduled to run from March until June, including its international shows.

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

Kōdai Matsuoka will play the protagonist Naruto, and he will be joined by Ryūji Satō, Yui Itō and Kimisawa Yūki as Uchiha Sasuke, Haruno Sakura and Hatake Kakashi, respectively.

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

Gaara will be portrayed by Kenta Suga and Umino Iruka by Hidekazu Ichinose.

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

Asahi Uchida will act as Zabuza Momochi, and Miho Imamura will be Haku.

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

Others who are also included in the cast are Kazuhiro Hirakawa (The Third Hokage), Hiro Yūmi (Orochimaru), Yoshiaki Umegaki (Jiraiya) and Tatsunari Kimura (Kabuto Yakushi).

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

Team 8 is comprised of Saki Takahashi as Hinata Hyūga, Yūta Iiyama as Kiba Inuzuka and Shinichirō Ueda as Shino Aburame, while Anju Inami (Ino Yamanaka), Tsubasa Hattori (Shikamaru Nara) and Ryō Katō (Chōji Akimichi) complete the Ino–Shika–Chō Trio of Team 10. 

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

The Live Spectacle NARUTO” will be filled with drama, songs, dance, and acrobatics and the story will cover the manga’s first volume up to the 27th one. The complete schedule of the musical, including the world tour and the ticket information can all be found on their website. Here is a short PV to get you hyped for the upcoming stage play!

(via ANN)

20 Most Shocking Anime Deaths According to Fans (SPOILERS)

There is nothing more depressing than seeing your favorite anime character die in the series. So Charapedia asked 10,000 fans which among those anime deaths left the biggest impact, and the poll was completed last week. The results are as follows:

NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD! 

Ranking VOTES CHARACTER ANIME
01 1325
Portgas D. Ace
ONE PIECE
02 932
Lelouch Lamperouge
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
03 831
Tomoe Mami
Magical Girl Madoka ☆ Magica
04 687
Raoh
Fist of the North Star
05 347
Edward Newgate/Whitebeard
ONE PIECE
06 331
Caesar A. Zeppeli
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
07 329
Light Yagami
DEATH NOTE
08 303
Ito Makoto
School Days
09 297
Vegeta
Dragon Ball Z
10 281
Kamina
Gurren Lagann
11 275
Itachi Uchiha
NARUTO
12 267 Neji Hyuga NARUTO
13 217
Lockon Stratos
Mobile Suit Gundam 00
14 209
Jiraiya
NARUTO
15 208
Goku
Dragon Ball Z
16 206
Maes Hughes
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST
17 195
Ito Kamotaro
Gintama
18 181
Okita Soji
Hakuouki series
19 171
Nagisa Kaworu
Neon Genesis Evangelion
20 169
Furukawa Nagisa
CLANNAD

Ten Most Heartbreaking Deaths in Naruto

The end of Naruto is drawing near, so before that happens, I decided to make my second list about Masashi Kishimoto‘s most popular manga. So here goes my top 10 saddest deaths in Naruto, just in time for All Soul’s Day.~

10. Chiyo and Sasori

Since they are related to each other, I decided to tie them together in the last spot. The background story about the two of them provided enough reason for me to be saddened by their deaths. Poor Sasori was killed by the puppets he created a long time ago that resembled his parents. He could have dodged the attack, but it seemed like he intentionally let himself be killed for some reason. Grandma Chiyo, on the other hand, sacrificed her life to revive Gaara who died after Shukaku was extracted from him. I would like to comfort myself by believing that Chiyo and her grandchild Sasori were reunited after their deaths.

“I’m the one who should have been killed.” -Chiyo

“Everyone, pray for Elder Chiyo.”

9. Neji Hyuga

Neji had been part of the story for a very long time, and when I heard that he would die, I expected it to be really heartbreaking. Well, it was…a little. I was quite disappointed because I thought there would be some flashbacks like with the other characters before. I feel like that episode didn’t pay enough tribute to Neji. Nonetheless, the fact that Neji is gone is sad enough, and no one else can fill that void in his team.

“Why would you go so far for me?” -Naruto to Neji

8. Hiruzen Sarutobi

This was taken from the first Naruto series. I really have a soft spot for old people, so when the Third Hokage died protecting Konoha from the hands of Orochimaru, you can just imagine how doleful I was. The funeral scene made it even worse.

“The Third didn’t die for nothing.”

7. Haru and Zabuza

You might wonder why they are only in number 7 when their death was one of the most sorrowful ones in the entire series. But you see, I was initially thinking to narrow down the list to those deaths in Shippuden only. However, I couldn’t just ignore these two especially when it cost me a few sheets of tissue back then when I watched that scene. Even the Demon of the Hidden Mist couldn’t hold back his tears as he lay beside Haru to be with him in the afterlife. I am starting to wonder. Perhaps Naruto’s emotions reach me close enough that I end up crying just like him in the anime.

“If possible, I want to go to the same place you’re going to.” -Zabuza to Haku

6. Asuma Sarutobi

Even though Asuma didn’t have a lot of screen time in the series, his death was woeful enough to affect me. The fact that he died right in front of his students was even worse. And do I even need to elaborate how his students, especially Shikamaru, mourned after his death? It was painful to watch, not to mention that he couldn’t even see Kurenai and their child.

“The smoke always makes…my eyes water.” – Shikamaru

5. Nagato, Yahiko and Konan (253)

These three died in separate instances but I decided to just count them all as one. After all, Yahiko, Nagato and Konan were good friends who grew up together to establish Akatsuki. Among them, I would say that Nagato “pained” me the most (no pun intended lol) perhaps because he played a much bigger role in the series compared to the other two. The last scene where Konan’s blood-soaked sheet of paper flew back to their old hideout pinched my heart.

4. Uchiha Obito

This guy had to die a couple of times in the series! The first one was when half of his body was crushed by a boulder. Well, he didn’t actually die there, though his speech back then was enough to bring his teammates to tears. A lot of things had happened to him since then, and he ended up being an ally to Uchiha Madara.

“I wish I had more time with everyone.”

*SPOILERS*

During the Fourth Shinobi War, he had to die again only to be revived later on to assist in the sealing of Kaguya Otsutsuki. Well, I’m just grateful that he at least managed to settle things with his friend Kakashi before he left the world to reunite with Rin. The poor guy finally got to rest peacefully.

3. Minato and Kushina

The love story between these two was only briefly shown in the series, but it left a good impression on me. The joyous expressions on their faces when they learned about Kushina’s pregnancy were short-lived when Uchiha Obito took out the kyuubi from her after she gave birth to Naruto. Namikaze Minato fulfilled his role as the Hokage by saving the village, but he had to give up his life for his family. And Kushina didn’t want him to shoulder the burden alone, as she also protected her newborn child from the nine-tailed fox. Both of them died at the same time, and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t shed some tears especially at the part where Kushina delivered her last words to Naruto. At least for some consolation, Naruto managed to reunite with his parents in the latter part of the story.

“I wish I could stay with you longer. I love you.” -Kushina to Naruto

2. Uchiha Itachi

Uchiha Itachi was, and will always be, my favorite Uchiha member. The guy was undeniably good in almost everything, not to mention his fine looks. He was a villain who perfectly portrayed his role as a ruthless murderer and traitor. Even then, I already liked his character. Then when the truth about Itachi was revealed, darn it. I just loved him even more. His death brought a lot of things to light and the reality behind his actions moved the audience to tears. The guy took all the blame and reproach by himself for the sake of the village and his younger brother. He died a heroic death, and if there is one thing I regret, that would be the fact that his heroism was never exposed to the public. And yes, he was reanimated later in the series only to make the fans cry once again as he bid farewell to his beloved brother, Sasuke.

“And no matter what you do from here on out, know this…I WILL LOVE YOU ALWAYS.”

1. Jiraiya

The previously mentioned deaths caused me sorrow or made me shed a tear or two, but with Jiraiya’s demise, I was extremely grief-stricken. He is one of my favorite characters in the series, and I felt affiliated with the bond he created with Naruto. All the flashbacks that were shown before he drew his last breath only aggravated my distress. I knew that his death was inevitable, with all the foreshadowing that was shown in the earlier episodes. (That part alone already constricted my heart.) My misery reached its peak when Naruto learned about the somber news. I was just thankful that I was watching that episode alone, because my family would surely get puzzled when they saw me crying in front of my  computer. And I blame Naruto and Tsunade for that.

“You fool…”

“I wanted him to keep watching over me.”

And I’m finally done with this list! This is the second list that I have made as a sort of tribute for Naruto before it ends on November 10. A lot of characters have died in the story, so it was really difficult for me to narrow them down to ten. If I were to include some runners-up in this list, that would be the deaths of Deidara, Inoichi, Shikaku and Rin. (Did I forget someone?)  However, I’m pretty certain that the loss of our favorite characters have somehow stirred our emotions. After all, even in the world of anime, death is an inevitable thing.

So, whose death pained you the most?

Five Most Epic Battles in Naruto

To commemorate all those years that I’ve spent reading and watching Naruto, I decided to make some lists regarding our favorite shinobi from Konoha. Perhaps you have already heard, but the serialization of the manga is going to end next month, November 10. And while I’m still in denial about the whole matter, I will try to write some posts about Naruto. And I’m going to start it with my top five favorite battles in Naruto Shippuden (before the start of the Fourth Shinobi War) that left me at the edge of my seat.

#5. Sakura and Chiyo Vs. Sasori (From Season 1, episodes 20-27)

I decided to include this one in my list since I wanted to give credit to Sakura and Chiyo for their victory against the first Akatsuki member who was killed in the series. Their teamwork worked out in the end though both of them sustained grave injuries. A short background story about Sasori’s life was also shown in these episodes which made them even more interesting. This part also showcased Sakura’s development as a kunoichi and a medic ninja. Kudos also to Granny Chiyo for her exemplary skills despite her age.

#4. Danzo Vs. Sasuke (Season 10 Ep. 208-211)

Danzo proved how powerful he was against Sasuke and with both of them possessing the power of Sharingan, the battle was incredibly gripping. The episodes revealed the true power of Danzo and the ten sharingan that he embedded and concealed on his right arm. Sasuke also exhibited his immense strength against a mighty opponent, even managing to defeat him at the end.

#3. Sasuke Vs. Itachi (Season 6 Ep.135-138)

Intense, gripping and emotional—that is how I’d describe the battle between these Uchiha brothers. We all know how strong Uchiha Itachi was, and even at the finale of their fight, he still obviously prevailed against Sasuke even though he died. Aside from the epic clash between them, bits of flashbacks when Itachi murdered the whole clan were also shown. You see, Itachi deserves an award for his perfect portrayal of a villain. (And dang, up to now, his death still makes me go teary.)

#2. Jiraiya Vs. Pain (Season 6 Episodes 129-133)

As the leader of Akatsuki, we knew just how difficult it would be to defeat him, even if his opponent was one of the Sannin. In this battle, we got to see the real power of the Perverted Sage, and learned how he was connected to Pain (Nagato) and Konan. The whole fight was action-packed, especially when the Six Paths of Pain were introduced. Jiraiya was definitely worthy to be called a legend, but I still can’t replay the last part without tearing up. WARNING: You have to prepare a roll of tissue for this scene. 

#1. Naruto Vs. Pain (Invasion of Pain Arc Season 8 Episodes 159-175)

This definitely has got to be the number 1 in this list! This arc lasted for more than 10 episodes and involved many other characters in the battle including Hatake Kakashi and Tsunade. (I also got somewhat traumatized when I thought Kakashi would also die in the series. The consecutive deaths of Itachi and Jiraiya haunted me.) A more powerful Pain attacked the whole village which was destroyed in an instant. And just before everything got worse, Naruto turned up to face the Akatsuki leader after his training at Mount Myōboku. And that was when the epic battle began.

And there you have it! I know I missed a lot of other amazing fight scenes in this list (cause Naruto has tons of that), but I will try to make up for them in case I have the time to write a continuation for this. Words are probably not enough to describe how epic those episodes are, so you guys better check them out and see for yourselves!

Now, which of the battle scenes in Naruto Shippuden do you like the most?

Naruto Final Countdown

As you all know, Naruto is going to end its serialization this coming November 10. The manga has been serialized for 15 years and has also spawned several films, video games, OVAs and an anime adaptation. And to commemorate all those years that the fans have spent with Naruto, its official website is doing a final countdown before the ending takes place next month. As you scroll down, you will find a timeline of the story with images from the manga including its characters and some important events that took place in the series. You can also find some memorable quotes from some of the characters including Uchiha Itachi, Hatake Kakashi, Jiraiya, and others. (So if you are ready to shed some tears while reminiscing all those years you’ve spent with Naruto, go check the website.)

www.naruto.com/j/countdown

Screenshot taken from the website

Screenshot taken from the website