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10 Hidden Details You Never Noticed About Naruto’s Art Style

The animation industry is fascinating. Not just in how it’s made, but in the styles it varies in. Anime/Manga, in particular, comes in different shapes and sizes. People unfamiliar with the anime/manga genre will say it all looks the same, but each author has a very different art style, at least the successful ones.

Ask any Shonen manga fan (when they’re not complaining about what they hate or raving about what they like) and they’ll tell you that the art in A piece, Dr Stone, and my hero academia couldn’t be more different. Every mangaka has certain aspects that they like to draw more, and some that they try to avoid completely. Some experiment, some don’t. Naruto’s Masashi Kishimoto, in particular, is the one we are going to study today, more specifically the artistic aspects of naruto frankness that you may have never noticed before.

ten Masashi Kishimoto likes to design bags, clutches and pouches


One thing is certain, Shinobi seems to carry many different tools into battle. Whether it’s shuriken, kunai, blades, daggers, scrolls, talisman or even food, they should keep all their equipment tidy and closed so that it doesn’t make noise when they are moving. For this reason, their uniforms tend to have lots of pockets and pouches.

the naruto The shinobi, in particular, have an absurd number of extra sleeves, as it seems Kishimoto just likes to draw them. Looking back, it’s funny because as the series progressed he simplified his drawings to make them more recognizable and easier to draw, but the number of covers remained.

9 The Manga Designs Eventually Matched The Anime Ones


As we have just said, the artistic style of naruto Simplified a bit specifically during Tsunade’s discovery arc. Kishimoto made a conscious effort to merge his designs in the manga with the more streamlined ones from the Anime. Why? Well, because first of all, the designs are more memorable and recognizable because they keep a certain level of simplicity.

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But also, it allows him to give a kind of guideline to his characters. Before that hair in the manga was everywhere, each new Naruto chapter protag would have a different amount of hair spikes or Kakashi’s pouf would be even bigger. Now there is an exact number and height for each.


8 Masashi Kishimoto likes to imitate aspects of the film


Many art styles revolve around trying to combine comic book ideals with realistic detail. Because people subconsciously have a harder time identifying with characters that don’t feel “real”, whether through design or writing. Kishimoto, in particular, has consistently used the fisheye lens throughout the shinobi series to make his character appear to have physical mass.

It’s easier to believe a character is “real” if you can see they’re affected by a camera lens the same way we would be. Seriously, re-read some volumes and count how many times a character, background, or moment is drawn as if it were filmed with a specific camera.


seven Masashi Kishimoto has mastered anatomy for his fight scenes


Battles in anime or manga are a whole different stage of difficulty. They require an insane amount of planning, detail, and visual skill to be clearly legible to the viewer. Some use exaggeration to get their point across, some use tons of accent effects (sparkles, gore, etc.) and some keep it simple. And, surprisingly for an anime about ninja magic, Masashi keeps it simple.

He may not understand how people run, but hand-to-hand combat in naruto are some of the most easily understood fights in all of anime simply because Kishimoto is fantastic at human anatomy and what they look like when using martial arts.


6 Masashi Kishimoto likes to experiment with visual style


Unlike realistic anatomy, naruto as a franchise experiments with its visual storytelling from time to time. The first example we can think of is when Itachi pulls Kakashi into his Genjustu and the color scheme is basically reversed.

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However, there are other examples such as how Kishimoto visualizes Naruto’s inner spirit with Kurama, how Sai tells the story of his tragic past, and how Kurama’s possessed Naruto is drawn. It works great as a narrative device because the reader can tell at a glance that these things are important because they seem so intentionally out of place.


5 Masashi Kishimoto loves drawing eyeballs


Pain is a character clearly recognized by his spiraling purple eyes, otherwise known as Rinnegan. And that underlines another obsession of Kishimoto’s eyes. Now, there are actually quite a few manga artists who like to experiment with eye styles, fire force Atsushi Ōkubo (who, oddly enough, is the brother of one of Kishimoto’s assistants) is the most recent example.

However, the different pupil designs for all Sharingan types were so incredibly cool back then. We still remember all the fan-made types of Sharigan we’d see just by browsing the forums. But, even if someone tries to argue that the student’s obsession is only limited to Uchiha characters, then what about Naruto’s frog eyes?


4 The art style changes because the person drawing it has changed


Now most manga readers probably already knew this, but for fans who just enjoyed the series and didn’t dig further, yes Kishimoto passed the baton to his assistant/protege in the later parts of Shippuden. It is common practice among the most popular mangaka to have at least one art assistant.

Kishimoto had quite a few assistants, which is rare for a mangaka, and this allowed him to maintain some semblance of a social life outside of work. As the series progressed, more and more series were supported by Mikio Ikemoto. Now Ikemoto is the lead artist behind Boruto, so it’s safe to say that his 15-year dedication to Kishimoto has paid off.




3 Masashi Kishimoto Nails mixes architecture and fantasy elements


Naruto’s the plot can be all over the place a good deal of the time, the characters can have absurd motivations, and the villains can be cliched, but damn it, these backgrounds are amazing. Sure, most of the time Kishimoto relies on a few trees or a single building as his background, but when he draws a city, he draws it well.

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Its incredibly intricate backgrounds are some of the best panels in the series. Our favorite examples are when Pain sits atop the village of Hidden Rain with the town behind him when Naruto and Sasuke return to Konoha after the time jump, and Boruto’s first time looking at the new and improved Hidden Leaf Village.


2 Masashi Kishimoto is a master of designing open sandals


Another thing fans and mangaka tend to notice over the course of a series is how many times they draw specific mundane objects. For example, One Piece Oda has gone amazing in designing Jolly Rogers thanks to all the pirate crews – see, they’re similar, we don’t have to choose sides!

During this time, Naruto’s The designer has become amazing at designing strange open sandals thanks to the fact that this is a set standard for all shinobi in the series. Sure, there are the standard shoes that most Konoha citizens wear, but he’s also designed a wide variety of sandals throughout the 15-year run. A strange thing to note, of course, but still absolutely true.


1 Masashi Kishimoto seems to be obsessed with swirling patterns


And finally, we can also say that Kishimoto has a fondness for spirals in the same way as Studio Trigger (the creators of gurren lagann) must also. Why do we think so?

Well, just look at the image provided and the following: Chakra flow is determined by how the hair spirals, Naruto’s trademark move is the spiral-based Rasengan, Kakashi’s most seen Sharingan power and Obito spins around in a spiral, and much more.

And hey, we get it, spirals are a great visual. They embody repetition, which is one of the most common traits of any Shonen hero. We’re only pointing out how prevalent they are throughout the franchise!

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