Word got 'round a couple weeks ago
of my favorite ninjas
will be finishing
his adventures soon:
is one of the most popular manga of all time,
and after 15 years of continuous publication,
American publisher Viz Media has announced
the series will come to an end this November.
The final installment of Naruto will make its appearance in the
November 10 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.
Masashi Kishimoto’s long-running manga first appeared in
Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999,
so it makes sense that Naruto will come full circle
and end its serialization in the same publication.
I'm not sure I want to know what life is like without
I read a bit of Naruto
in Japanese way back when,
but I didn't really get into the
ramen loving rascal
until the American
Shonen Jump came out.
They were woefully behind the
weekly output of Japan.
I never watched the anime
because it was ahead of the manga.
and I didn't want to spoil anything.
But I spent a lot of time cajoling
into getting the show,
which they eventually did.
But eventually SJ decided to
play catch-up by releasing
3 volumes a month
for 7 months.
WHICH WAS LIKE HAVING
PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM
YOU COULD EAT!
then went to a
all digital format,
which is probably one of the
things that has ever
happened to me.
What I love about Naruto
is kinda the same thing I love about
It's about friends.
And never giving up on them.
There were plenty of times
I actually cried reading Naruto
because the story was so emotional.
And now it's coming to an end.
To be honest,
like most things that go on for a long time
Naruto has gotten a bit bloated, overwrought and confusing.
(yeeesh, i can't keep track of all those characters
and the difference between sharingan, rinnegan, blah blah etc!)
But I still love it and
I'm gonna miss it.
Arigatou gozaimasu, Kishimoto-san!
Naruto no ato de, dou suru ka?!
I used to have a notebook where I would keep
cool poses or character designs
I tore from old comics and magazines.
Naruto had it's fair share
of stuff I ripped out: