Masashi Kishimoto (岸本 斉史 Kishimoto Masashi, born November 8, 1974) is a Japanese manga artist.
Super-elite product “Naruto”
Do you know "Shonen Jump", a weekly shonen manga magazine?
It is the best-selling manga magazine and translated into many foreign languages. Naruto is serialized in it from 1999 to 2014. Learning "Shonen Jump" is a must for discovering Naruto.
“Shonen Jump” has run under the banner of "friendship, effort and victory" since 1968 though editors denied it in public.
It is just like Japanese Disney that adopts "Family Entertainment" as its slogan.
“Shonen Jump” is known to making a great deal of results of reader questionnaire on principle.
When the results are not satisfactory, serialized works are terminated even if the stories are half‐finished. This drastic measures helps the magazine to keep producing a series of hits for 47years including “Kinnikuman” (1979-87), “Fist of the North Star” (1983-88), “Dragon Ball” (1984-95) and so on. Naruto is one of the super-elite products in recent years that have survived the harsh measures, as well as “Death Note” (2003-06) and “One Piece” (1997- ).