Biography [edit | Change the code]
From an early age Masashi was passionate about drawing, even if it was only graffiti, due to his inexperience. However, with his enthusiasm and patience, his drawings became more and more sophisticated. His main models were the characters of his favorite animations, drawn from the mangas of his favorite authors, such as Dragon Ball Z and Dr Slump from Akira Toriyama, Kinnikuman from Yoshinori Kunai and Takashi Shimada, but also Doraemon from Hiroshi Fujimoto, or Mobile Suit Gundam of Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yadate. Moreover, drawing is not his only passion, he likes to play video games (big fan of Akira Toriyama, he tells in the pages Bonus of Naruto his childhood and his discovery of the video game Dragon Quest on Famicom1) and The remote-controlled car.
From this time Kishimoto wants to devote himself entirely to his passion by becoming mangaka, following the incredible effect that the famous manga Dragon Ball has made to him. During his teenage years, Masashi created his first manga called Hiatari-kun, the story of a young ninja. Once he reaches college, he abandons drawing, no longer believing himself capable of becoming a mangaka, and devotes himself to sports such as baseball. He has at one time the idea of making a career in sport, but realizes that he is not capable of it. It is during a bike ride that it falls on the poster of a film named Akira; Contemplating it for a long time, suddenly a click, his passion for drawing had suddenly reappeared.
Once in high school, Kishimoto devotes very little time to his homework and spends most of his time drawing. He enters an art university on Kuushu Island and even begins a samurai manga that will never see the light of day. In his second year of high school, he works on many manga dramas, Michikusa, Asian Punk, and Yakiyû-ô, which will remain prototypes, none really suited him.
At the age of 21, Kishimoto receives the "Hop Step Awards" award from Shueisha to young authors with a promising future for his short story entitled Karakuri. The Hop Step Awards are prizes that have been awarded to mangakas such as Yoshihiro Togashi (Hunter × Hunter, Yu yu hakusho), Nobuhiro Watsuki (Kenshin the Wanderer) and Eiichiro Oda (One Piece). One can also find "Karakuri" in the 18th collection of the winners of the Hop Step Awards published in 1996 in the collection "Jump Comics".
Kishimoto also opens the "Top of the Super Legend" project by publishing a one shot called "Bench! "And about baseball. It is followed by one shot a week produced by other renowned authors such as Hideaki Sorachi (author of Gintama), Takeshi Konomi (author of Prince of Tennis), Kyōsuke Usuta (author of Jaguar), Osamu Akimoto Kochi Kame) and Akira Toriyama (author of Dragon Ball).
He starts a manga based on ramen soup, and that is how Naruto is born. When it was published in the Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump, the reactions were for the most part positive. At the same time, he drew a manga centered on baseball, his favorite sport but this one met with little success. Masashi then decides to take a step back to take stock of all the good elements of these mangas written to date, and make the decision to reinvest them all in Naruto.
The Naruto series has been pre-published in Weekly Shonen Jump since No 17 (1999) and is adapted to Japanese television. At the end of 2010, it reached some fifty volumes linked to Japan. This manga is undoubtedly one of the most important commercial success of the last ten years.
Today, the number of tomes continues to increase, and success is growing day by day on a Japanese scale, as global.
In 2004, Masashi Kishimoto was the 3rd most taxed mangaka in Japan with 112.8 million yen in taxes or 800,000 € and was the 9th taxpayer across the country.
In 2007, Masashi Kishimoto was the second most taxed mangaka in Japan, with 178.4 million yen (almost one million euros) in taxes2.
Masashi has a twin brother, Seishi, also mangaka and author of Satan 666 and Blazer Drive. These two brothers are so alike that there were misunderstandings for a long time: Seishi Kishimoto received many letters of insult from readers reproaching him for copying the ideas of his twin brother because they did not know the link between them . Nevertheless, the misunderstanding disappeared and Seishi was also recognized.
Inspiration [edit | Change the code]
Kishimoto, best known for his Naruto manga, has found inspiration through his daily life. Indeed Konoha, a fictional village belonging to the manga, was inspired by the author's hometown, as the author lived near a military base