Another 'Naruto' sequel? 'No way. Please, let me rest,' pleads series creator

By Casey Baseel, RocketNews24

The latest installment of the Naruto anime franchise, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, isn’t scheduled to open until August 7, but the film itself is already complete. Series creator Masashi Kishimoto recently appeared at an advance screening of the movie, where he offered glowing praise for the finished product, plus some candid talk on his feelings about producing a sequel.

The screening was held in Tokyo on July 28, where Kishimoto was joined by a number of the anime’s principle voice actors and actresses, including Yuko Sanpei, who plays new protagonist Bolt, the son of previous leading man Naruto.

At the event, Kishimoto said that he is extremely satisfied with how the film turned out, going so far as to say, “It’s perfect.” Sanpei seemed to share his enthusiasm, gushing to Kishimoto that she she’d love to see a continuation to the movie.

So how did Kishimoto react to her request?

“No way. Please, let me rest, already.”

It’s understandable that Kishimoto finds himself in need of a long break. He started drawing the Naruto manga in 1999, and the series’ sudden and growing popularity meant that its weekly serialization occupied his schedule more or less constantly for the next 15 years. “After finishing the manga serial [last year], I finally thought I could rest,” lamented Kishimoto, “but I couldn’t… ” That’s because even though Boruto is the 11th theatrical feature in the Naruto franchise, it’s the first one for which Kishimoto has handled the original concept, script and character designs.

Just how busy has Kishimoto’s life been since he found success with his world-famous manga? “The other day, I finally went on my honeymoon,” revealed the 40-year-old artist, “even though my own son is now about as old as Boruto is in the movie.”

Despite his protestations, this might not be the end of the road for the franchise, as Kishimoto accompanied his, “No way,” with a laugh and smile (albeit a tired one). Still, it looks like before we see any more of the adventures of Naruto, Boruto, and the rest of their ninja family, Kishimoto would like a little more time with his real-life one.

Source: Yahoo! News Japan

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“The other day, I finally went on my honeymoon,”

To me, this is the saddest part of the whole article. There is no reason why the man couldn't take a time out from life for two weeks or so, especially for a honeymoon.

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ARIGATO, sensei. But please, don't you dare give us a sequel until you're well rested! I can be patient.

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Finally got to see The Last movie a couple of days ago and it was well worth the wait, found it very enjoyable. Now all I need is to be patient for the retail release of the Boruto movie some time next Spring. The woes of not living in Japan and being unable to see these films in the cinema.

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Hmm... Seems like the marketing folk have decided to keep right on milking their cash cow no matter what it does to the creative types up front. Has a familiar ring to it. Not that I like Naruto but I can appreciate the problem. Methinks this has been done over 9000 times before, hint hint. ^_-

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Poor guy, he should indeed be let off the hook. Do something else for a change. And if he's still going to do manga, then he should get into some other genre. Just being known as the "Naruto guy" just seems silly.

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Please let us all rest. This series is vastly over inflated in reputation. It has one cranky and selfish main character who constantly gets into trouble abuses others and then miracullously saves the day. over and over and over and over.

it was over after the first coeur. Now they are beating us to death with it

let him rest. please.

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He deserves winder full, long, indefinite retirement.. The man has clearly done something right and deserves to have peace for once! I'll have to take a look at the franchise! Might as well support him in his newly found rest~

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