Masashi Kishimoto is one of the world renowned mangakas. He owes his success to the ever growing Naruto franchise. A few months back, Naruto Shippuden came to a halt, which was a very emotional time for the fans. It was a sorrowful time as they had to bid farewell to an important part of their childhood.
However, there was an instant announcement that Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will be getting its own anime. The sorrow soon became ecstasy. We know that Boruto is the sequel to Naruto Shippuden.
But, Kishimoto originally had other plans.
In a joint interview with Weekly Shonen Jump, Masashi Kishimoto sat down with Boruto’s illustrator Mikio Ikemoto to talk about Naruto and Boruto. During the interview, Kishimoto accepted that originally signed on continue Naruto as a reboot rather than a sequel.
Ikemoto said, “As the Naruto serialization was coming to an end, we talked about how it would be neat if the series could be rebooted and drawn by a new artist just like an American comic.”
He added, “At that point, it was just talk, and I hadn’t been working on my own thumbnails for a long time.
Continuing the interview, Ikemoto said, “We talked it over for a good six months to a year. If it was just going to be a sequel, then Kishimoto should definitely draw it. Plus if it’s a continuation, you’re bound to whatever came before. But with a reboot, you can do whatever you want and nobody can complain. I really liked that aspect of it. But when I received the story, it was totally just a sequel. And, at that point, I was in too deep to escape.”
Kishimoto didn’t hold back and revealed that he was approached by the publisher Shueisha about continuing Naruto after its manga was finished.
“When I ended Naruto, Shueisha asked me if I was interested in continuing the story,” Kishimoto said. “I had done everything I wanted to do with the series, so I wasn’t up for it. I was with ending it at that point, but if Mikio-kun was drawing the sequel, then I was okay with it. I told them it had to be him.” There was plenty of other talk as well. But, this was the highlight of the interview. That’s it from me. I hope you enjoyed it. Please your suggestions in the comments section.
The Main Reason Why Boruto Will Surpass Naruto
Boruto Uzumaki the son of Naruto Uzumaki, and Hinata Hyuga. He’s the protagonist of his own series, which is doing quite well so far. Being a Next Generations Ninja, Boruto has inherited quite a few things from his parents. He is very powerful for his age as well, and he definitely stands out among the rest. That’s no wonder at all, since he’s occasionally being trained by the Seventh Hokage himself, and even by Hinata.
Naruto Uzumaki reached a level that nobody else has ever reached, among the shinobi, bar Madara Uchiha. He’s literally a God level shinobi. And so, we were used to the power scaling of Naruto. Now, we have to go all the way back to Boruto, and start from the beginning. But, the biggest question that remains is whether Boruto will be able to reach the level Naruto was once on, or better yet, surpass him?
Boruto Uzumaki is a part of the next generation. As Kakashi used to say, the next generation always surpasses the previous one. But, will it apply to Naruto’s case?
Him and Sasuke are something else entirely. To surpass them requires work of a God, so Boruto will definitely have a hard time dealing with this stuff.
But, we have seen glimpses of Boruto’s talent. He may not work as hard, but he’s gifted. Take his eye for example. He is gifted with an eye that nobody has ever received. The Jougan has awakened in Boruto Uzumaki.
Toneri Otsutsuki particularly said Boruto will be the one to stop the destruction of the world. Meaning, he will be extremely powerful.