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“The Last: Naruto the Movie” to be Shown in Philippine Cinemas in May

After months of delay, SM Cinema finally announced the release date of “The Last: Naruto the Movie”. The tenth Naruto film will be screened in Philippine theaters on May 13, 2015 after it was originally planned to be shown on December 17 last year.

Source: SM Cinema

Source: SM Cinema

The film became the highest-grossing Naruto movie in Japan when it premiered on December 6, 2014. Masashi Kishimoto’s manga concluded in November last year after its 15-year serialization on Weekly Shōnen Jump. Its anime adaptation series, on the other hand, is still ongoing.

(©Masashi Kishimoto)

 

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Top 20 “Most Powerful” Weekly Shonen Jump Manga

There is no denying that Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump is one of the best-selling magazines in Japan as it homes several of the widely-known manga including the recently concluded work of Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto), which ended its 15-year run in the magazine. Da Vinci News conducted a survey and asked its readers to name what they think are the “most powerful” Weekly Shonen Jump manga. And those which managed to clinch a spot in the top 20 are as follows:

Rank Title Author
1 Dragon Ball

©Akira Toriyama/Shueisha

Akira Toriyama
2 One Piece

©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha

Eiichiro Oda
3 Gintama

©Hideaki Sorachi/Shueisha

Hideaki Sorachi

4 Slam Dunk

©Takehiko Inoue/Shueisha

 Takehiko Inoue
5 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

©Hirohiko Araki/Shueisha

 Hirohiko Araki
6 Captain Tsubasa

©Youichi Takahashi/Shueisha

Youichi Takahashi
7 Kochikame

©Osamu Akimoto/Shueisha

Osamu Akimoto

8 Fist of the North Star

©Tetsuo Hara/Shueisha

 Buronson and Tetsuo Hara
9 Naruto

©Masashi Kishimoto/Shueisha

Masashi Kishimoto

10 Saint Seiya

©Masami Kurumada/Shueisha

Masami Kurumada
11 Hunter X Hunter

©Yoshihiro Togashi/Shueisha

 Yoshihiro Togashi
12 Kuroko’s Basketball

©Tadatoshi Fujimaki/Shueisha

 

 Tadatoshi Fujimaki
13 Rurouni Kenshin

©Nobuhiro Watsuki/Shueisha

Nobuhiro Watsuki
14 Hikaru no Go

©Takeshi Obata/Shueisha

Takeshi Obata and Yumi Hotta
15 Death Note

©Takeshi Obata/Shueisha

Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
16 Bleach

©Tite Kubo/Shueisha

Tite Kubo
17 Reborn!

©Akira Amano/Shueisha

Akira Amano
18 Haikyu!!

©Haruichi Furudate/Shueisha

Haruichi Furudate
19

City Hunter

©Tsukasa Hojo/Shueisha

Tsukasa Hojo
20

To Love-Ru -Trouble-

©Kentaro Yabuki/Shueisha

Saki Hasemi and Kentaro Yabuki

(Source: ddnavi.com via ANN)

“Shonen Jump” Manga Authors Pay Tribute to Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto

Following the end of Naruto’s 15-year run, various mangaka (manga authors) commented and paid tribute to Masashi Kishimoto in this year’s 50th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The series started its serialization in 1999 and lasted for 15 years after the final chapter was released on November 10. And to pay tribute to the global success of Naruto, the magazine’s contributors wrote their comments and congratulatory messages about the end of one of the most popular manga which also inspired them to create their own series, in one way or another.

©Weekly Shonen Jump

Masashi Kisimoto – Naruto

In accepting the final story, there are both happy and sorrowful (mixed feelings/a complicated mental state). Nevertheless, I’m able to speak clearly(/bluntly), thank you to all the readers. To the end, I truly thank you. Otsukaresama dattebayo!!

***Otsukaresama is a phrase to praise someone who is a hardworking, tired person as a form of appreciation for their job well done. As in you would say this at the end of the day to be like “Awesome job/Great work! You worked so diligently today! Have a rest!”.

Yusei Matsui – Assassination Classroom 

It’s been an honour to be present/witness to the end of great footprints. Masashi Kishimoto, truly, Otsukaresama Deshita.

Yuji Kimura – Garden

I ought to be able to commemorate and honor this issue of Weekly Shonen Jump by garnishing it with flowers. I await your thoughts/impressions.

Eiichihiro Oda – One Piece 

Both my friend and rival. Thank you for 15 years of cheerful/heartfelt serialization!! Kishimoto-san, Otsukaresama!!

Kohei Hirikoshi – My Hero Academia

Naruto was my youth (/springtime of adolescence) itself. Thank you for the greatest Shonen manga.

Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki – Shokugeki no Soma

During middle/junior high school, the work that (we) came across (by chance) is finally…! Kishimoto-sensei, Otsukaresama Deshita! We both really agree! (followed by the author names)

Kawada – Hinomaru Sumo

Ever since the time I was a student, I really enjoyed (myself) reading it. I admired (you). Kishimoto-sensei, Otsukaresama Deshita!

Hideaki Sorachi – Gintama

When Shinobi pass by, as I expected, the wind/breeze was refreshing. Kishimoto-Sensei, A resounding farewell, dattebayo

Shuichi Aso – Flame of Saiki Kusunoki Takeshi

This week’s end of serialization, became an amazing (can mean dreadful) thing. (laughs) Kishimoto-Sensei, Otsukaresama Deshita!

Haruichi Furudate – Haikyuu!!

I was very honored to have collaborated at Anime Festa. I’m always aspiring to be as cool/attractive/stylish as Naruto.

Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro – Toriko

Uooh! Kishimoto-san, for 15 years, truly Otsukaresama Deshita! Naruto, Thank you!

Naoshi Komi – Nisekoi 

To be witnessing/present for such a great conclusion of a serialization, I feel happy! Truly, Otsukaresama Deshita!

Daisuke Ashihara – World Trigger 

Closing one of Jump’s histories, Kishimoto-Sensei, a long serialization for 15 years, Otsukaresama Deshita.

Shinsuke Kondo – Juudouzu

15 years of Jump’s supporting and continued great undertaking. Respectfully from the bottom of my heart, Kishimoto-sensei, Otsukaresama Deshita!

Ippei Goto – Hi-Fi Cluster

Kishimoto-sensei, for a while now, Otsukaresama Deshita. I ought to, and am honored, to be able to commemorate and be involved (with you) in this issue Weekly Shonen Jump.

Ryo Nakama – Isobe Iso Hyoe Monogatari 

To come after Naruto, as a young mangaka, Now, I’m fired up and dreaming/looking forward. I’ll also do my best.

Tite Kubo – Bleach

Kishimoto-san, Otsukaresama Deshita! Although I believe it’s been busy to finish up, For now, please rest well!

Osamu Akimoto – Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo

Kishimoto-san, for 15 years of long serialization, Otsukaresama Deshita I await the comeback of your new work.

Yuto Kubota – Sporting Salt

Kishimoto-Sensei, Otsukaresamadesu. I have been reading since my childhood. I love Rock Lee!

Yusaku Shibata – Yoakemono 

Kishimoto-sensei, Otsukaresama Deshita. On your own, come back with a fresh start from training/learning. Thank you.

What are your thoughts about the finale of Naruto? 

(via OrganicDinosaur on Reddit)

A Journey to the Village Hidden in the Leaves

Contains SPOILERS: 

©Masashi Kishimoto

The moment Masashi Kishimoto announced that he was going to end the manga this month, I was utterly in shock. I thought I was already mentally and emotionally prepared for it. When rumors circulated online about the impending conclusion of Naruto, I decided to ready myself just in case the gossips become true. But even after it was officially announced by Kishimoto himself, I was still doubtful. My inner otaku refused to believe it. I just couldn’t accept the fact that the story that I had been tailing for the past couple of years would finally end. No. I just simply couldn’t acknowledge it.

But no matter how much I repudiated, the truth haunted me. And the moment I dreaded finally came. Chapters 699 and 700 were released simultaneously, signaling the inevitable end of my favorite manga. Upon reading 699, the emotions that I had been trying to repress from the past couple of weeks suddenly poured out. The previous chapters, which mainly depicted the struggle between Naruto and Sasuke, were just too much for me. The feelings I had when Sasuke finally acknowledged his defeat were beyond description. To be honest, I was actually upset with him when he declared a revolution against the Kage and the shinobi world. But putting into consideration all the miseries he had suffered, I couldn’t totally blame him for his actions. He was annoying, that is true. But I couldn’t just simply disregard the reasons why he chose to stay in darkness. And I was thankful to Naruto for saving his friend. For chasing him and knocking him unconscious until Sasuke finally realized the path he was trying to take. So when I saw Sasuke flashing a genuine smile to Naruto, my heart just leapt for joy. The tears he spilled were so precious. He had never shown such emotions to anyone other than Naruto. 

Chapter 699, I believe, was a far more suitable ending to this manga than 700. In 699, Team 7 finally reunited, and when Sakura and Kakashi arrived at the Valley of the End. I felt like I was with them, too. That was one of the things I had been waiting for all these years—to see the four of them together again.

©Masashi Kishimoto

©Masashi Kishimoto

The Infinite Tsukuyomi had been undone, and everyone was saved. It was just too unfortunate that Naruto and Sasuke lost one of their arms, but I think it was also very symbolic. The blood that gushed out of their severed arms was linked together, as if representing the strong bond that held them through their ventures. Kakashi became the sixth Hokage, and everything turned back to normal. Sasuke was pardoned for his previous sins, but he chose to continue traveling the world as he took his road to redemption. He flicked Sakura on her forehead, and that action was enough to melt my heart. I am not a big fan of any pairings, but I must admit that that scene was touching. But what’s even more touching was the last part where Naruto met Sasuke before the latter began his journey. He already returned Sasuke’s forehead protector that was left after their first big fight at the Valley of the End. That panel could have been the best ending for this series, as it provided a sense of closure between the rivalry and friendship of Naruto and Sasuke. The only missing part would be the inauguration of Naruto as the Hokage, which I thought would never happen since the trailers of the upcoming movie only showed Kakashi as the Hokage. I would totally flip out if Kishimoto didn’t let Naruto achieve his other dream that he also chased for the last 15 years.

That information was actually included in the final chapter. But that was the only thing I liked about 700. Personally, I would love it even more if the characters were only portrayed as adults, but WITHOUT ANY KIDS. I wished to see all of them supporting Naruto with his duties as the seventh Hokage, and Sasuke serving as his right-hand man and staying in the village for good. Now that they had finally acknowledged each other, it would be such a waste if Sasuke would just continue to wander somewhere. Besides, the other pairings seemed to be forcibly made up. How did Chouji and Karui end up together if (correct me if I’m wrong) they were not even shown conversing with each other in the previous episodes? There were a couple of plot holes here and there, and I also didn’t like the fact that Naruto and Sasuke didn’t seem to take care of their children as you would expect them to do considering the solitude lives they had when they were kids. (And LOL, Sarada actually resembles Karin more than Sakura.)

And speaking of Karin, a lot of other characters were not shown in the finale. Team Taka and Yamato (oh my poor Yamato!), for instance, did not exist in any panels. I pity Yamato since he had been gone throughout the most parts of the Fourth Shinobi War, and he was only briefly shown again after Infinite Tsukuyomi was dissolved. How great it would be if he was shown chatting together with Kakashi and Gai!

©Masashi Kishimoto

Yamato’s final appearance in 699 ©Masashi Kishimoto

Chapter 700 was probably just fine for most fans, and it was actually okay for me, too. I was only expecting it to be far better than that. After all, I didn’t wait every week for a new chapter for so many years to get a plain ending like that.

The only things I actually liked about this chapter are the following:

  • Naruto finally fulfilling his dream of becoming a Hokage.
  • Temari and Shikamaru with their son, Shikadai. I ship these two more than the other OTPs in the series. So their pairing is fine with me.
  • Sasuke with his Madara hairstyle. Nuff said.
  • Kakashi and Gai casually talking with each other. Just like the old times.
  • Everyone matured really well in terms of their physical appearance.

Aside from those, the whole chapter itself was nothing special, much to my disappointment. It didn’t reach my expectations. Chapter 699 would have been a better ending for the manga’s 15-year run. But I am not a critic or something. I am just a mere fan. And as a fan who grew up together with the characters in this series, I cannot convey my feelings now that it already concluded. I laughed at their antics and stupidity. I cried at their deaths and pain. I got annoyed and fell in love with each of them. I imagined myself living with them. I waited anxiously every week for what was going to happen next. I endured watching all the fillers in the anime. But now, I don’t have anything else to look forward to every week. And that thought makes me sad. It has been a long and rough journey, but it was worth reaching the end. After 15 years, Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke, together with their friends and other shinobi, have finally grown up. And I am proud to say that I grew up with them.

So I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Masashi Kishimoto-sensei and to everyone who was behind the creation and production of Naruto. It has been a wonderful roller coaster ride, and I wouldn’t mind riding it again in the future. I am looking forward to the upcoming spin-off series next year. But for now, let me just reread the manga from the very start, だってばよ!

Uzumaki Naruto, as the seventh Hokage ©Masashi Kishimoto

Uzumaki Naruto, the seventh Hokage of Konoha ©Masashi Kishimoto

Naruto to End its Serialization on November 10

There’s no denying that Masashi Kishimoto‘s best-selling manga Naruto has become one of the most popular series across the globe. The story, which revolves around the main character named Uzumaki Naruto, has been so famous that it spawned several media franchise such as anime series, OVAs, films, video games, and so on. The first Naruto anime adaptation was aired in Japan from 2002 until 2007, with 220 episodes in total. Its sequel, Naruto Shippuden, first premiered in 2007 and is still ongoing with 380 current episodes.

However, much to the surprise of all the fans, it has been recently announced that the serialization of the manga will conclude on the 10th of November next month. The manga currently has 690 chapters with the recent ones still not yet published in a tankōbon volume. Dozens of rumors about the impending conclusion have buzzed the internet, but the announcement published on Shonen Jump seems to be the real deal.

After 15 years of its publication, the world of Naruto is coming to an end. Don’t worry though! The anime series still have a long way to go, and there will still be a movie coming up this December, entitled The Last: Naruto the Movie.

But what are your thoughts about its inevitable end?

(Source: Shonen Jump)