Shonen Jump or what I’m now calling, the Japanese Magazine version of Comic Con had some heavy content this past weekend, but none came close to comparing to the announcement that Naruto is finally getting the live action movie adaptation treatment. AND THEY GOT the manga illustrator/writer/creator Masashi Kishimoto on board to assist with the creation of the movie?? Kishimoto Sensei?!! NAAAA B I’m dead. Asuma flow. No reanimation jutsu.
It’s about dam time. Naruto has been one of Japan’s most successful and long lasting anime properties, without question. 19 years strong in the Manga game ain’t nothin’ to take lightly. The story follows a young boy whose only goal is to become the widely revered protector of his ninja village, the Hokage. The story is rich with amazing characters, all with their own unique fighting style and special moves called jutsu. The plot is rife with dope villains, unexpected twists, questions of morality, hard work and highly comedic antics that set it apart from many other anime properties.
Rumors that the Naruto movie was happening surfaced back in July of 2015, but it wasn’t until now that people could have any faith in this Hollywood handling of one of the most beloved stories in anime. Why were people shook? Well this is prime territory for Hollywood’s coveted PG-13, action packed, cookie cutter, bullshit, trash adaptation of a story many fans ride for like no other. Remember that landfill levels of garbage live action DBZ movie a few years ago? Yeah..now you get it. Hopefully the announcement of Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto’s involvement means this will be that trill ass, hilarious, badass fight scene filled movie that we’ve all hoped for.