Kishimoto: “I Actually Wanted To Write A Ramen Manga”



Naruto mangaka Masashi Kishimoto has been busily embarrassing Narutards with his first ever TV interview, revealing that he initially planned Naruto “to be about ramen” and that “it is aimed at boys in middle school.” Paraphrasing some of his comments, he apparently wanted to write a ramen manga but this was not accepted so he decided to write a manga about not being accepted, for schoolboys and full of ninja  – and so Naruto was born:

“I initially thought I would write a story about ramen, but it wasn’t accepted.”

“The theme of ‘wanting to be accepted or recognised’ crops up a lot in my works…”

“So I thought I might do something about Japan and with ninja in it.”

“I treasure the kind of memories boys in middle school have, even if I am getting on a bit.”

“At Shonen Jump we are all rivals.”


There has been a certain amount of despair amongst Naruto fans online at him being so blunt about the manga targeting 2nd year middle school boys (not that this would surprise anyone) – in Japanese the phrase “chuu-ni-byou” (中二病), “8th grader sickness,” is actually slang for behaving in the juvenile manner expected of a knuckle-headed little 14-year-old.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 21/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.9)

    So Naruto isn't a manga about ninjas, it is a manga about rejected ramen...
    NOW I understand.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:17 21/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    And it so happens Madara is the embodiment of the Flying Spaghetti Monster trying to force his wastern tastes to all of Japan using mind control and making them eat spagetti all day long during breakfast, during work, during classes, during breaks, during lunch, during exercise, during dinner, during sex, during childbirth and on on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:45 26/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Better than having it fall out of their pockets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:53 13/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, no the memes.

    Stop, I can't take it anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:49 11/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    can't be if he was the flying spagethi monster his minions would be pirates

    Comment by Anonymous

    Have you been touched by his noodly appendage?

    Comment by Anonymous

    So it's Ramen vs Spaghetti. No wonder I always felt hungry from reading the manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:49 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Well it was kind of obvious in the name...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So by your logic dragon ball should be an anime based on food since the entire cast is named after either food or undergarments

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:54 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    so he wanted to write a ramen menu

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    Comment by Mauvais
    00:48 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pain is actually an embodiment of Kishimoto himself. All the anguish he feels every time he writes Naruto, while wishing it were his true passion: Naruto ramen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now that i know the whole thing was about ramen, i guess i will have a little more respect for the manga, since it's not what it was intended to be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is as if a veil has been lifted from my eyes allowing me to see clearly once again...

    Please put it back on.

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    Comment by Ishmon16
    04:19 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i knew it all along :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I had a Naruto lunch today and didn't even know it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh no you ate the last of Naruto's Sage chakura clones! Poor idiot, what the fuck is he going to do against Pain.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Feel extremely rejected and run away, hence finally ending the manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:14 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rejected ninjas eating rejected ramen fighting people who reject the world......

    Reject-ception!! >.>

    Comment by Anonymous

    bro i heard you like rejection

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:46 21/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Fucking surprise where?
    Pokemon is clearly meant for kids too but millions of adults enjoy it, in private of course you don't want your boss giving someone else the raise if he thinks you're immature ,but with no real shame of the fact that they play a game for little kids.

    Seriously who gives a shit if something is meant for kids?
    I still play with my legos every now and then too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:37 21/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I remember my legos, I stepped on one and it was the most painful thing I felt as a child.

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    Comment by kintama00
    03:58 21/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Wrong place dude, this isn't a place for reasonable thinking :s

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    12:33 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Originally a ramen manga..?


    *Chef Orochimaru storms into Sound Ramen kitchen*

    Orochimaru: Damn those chefs at Leaf Ramen! Their Slug and Frog noddle combos are taking even our own customers away from us!

    Kabuto (eyes not leaving his eroge PSP game): So what do you suggest we do? Put sand in their ramen or something?

    Orochimaru: ...

    *Orochimaru takes out his cell phone*

    Orochimaru: Hello? Sand Ramen? Yeah, I have a business proposition for you that will benefit both our restaurants...


    Hmm...It works...

    Yes...I love an honest and blunt person who does tells what he truly wants...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:28 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    you made me read all that why?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:51 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    you sir get a 1up but dont do anything stupid because i dont know if it works or not

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, it depends on when you get into it. If you've not had access to teenage entertainment, you'll be entertained by it. If you have, then you would be bored of it by the time you leave the demographic. If you stay with it, you're abnormal, but I'm not going to say that's a bad thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:58 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why wants to be normal anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Embarrassing Narutards" "For middle school kids"

    The only ones embarrassed here are the people who actually thinks this is somewhat even embarrassing to Naruto fans...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:36 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The difference is in the quality. Pokemon games are of high quality whereas Naruto is a two-bit kids' manga that makes no sense and has no real passion behind it.

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    Comment by Assassinister
    07:45 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds of collecton of Gundams side by side with my... sexy anime figure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    knex are better

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    03:52 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    just because something is targeted at a certain demographic, it doesn't automatically exclude any other people from enjoying it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:32 21/07/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    POKéMON -- meant for kids? Are you a dumbass?
    The anime, based on the games and manga with a change was altered, yes. But the original Pocket Monsters demographic was young adults (so 16-18)
    I'm not into Pocket Monsters, but I did read the interviews with him. Y'know, he's also got aspurger syndrome.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They were kids when they first got into Pokemon. Now they're adults who are still kids mentally...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:13 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Reminds me of what Kuroneko said about stories that pander to the masses and end up selling well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Kuroneko is far from the only one that says it. There were quite a few hints towards that way of thinking in Bakuman, and it's really just obvious in general. You think a lot of manga are popular simply because they end up being like that? Please. They're made to sell.

    Why do you think this entire fucking season of anime is full of ecchi/moe/harems fanservice flicks? They sell.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    03:31 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    or what hattori-san said, the ones made to prove a point are, in a way, the real manga.

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    Comment by AnarchystBR
    02:36 21/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I'm not surprised in the least.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What is so embarrassing? I thought what he said was endearing and cute :) And no surprises with it originally targeting kids. Did they read Naruto from the start? He was a 12 year old kid yo... Just like One Piece was originally targeted at kids, and a lot of the works in Shonen Jump.

    People have too many fucking hang ups and issues. Just fucking check it at the door, read it and enjoy it, even if it was intended for kids, if you like it, you like it.

    Definitely less creepy than enjoying Pretty Cure when you are some middle age fat guy who queues up for their events.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Also less creepy than those Bronie's with their beer-belly + little girl T-shirt combo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:06 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    aw, but I like my little girl t-shirts...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:42 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Life's unexpected eh?

    Kishimoto wants to do ramen manga. Ends up making top-selling ninja manga.

    Osamu Tezuka wants to do porn. Ends up being the Godfather of manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:42 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Clearly, the way to succeed is to not actually want to do it.

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    02:03 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can we at least agree that Osamu Tezuka porn would be FUCKIN' AMAZING?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of the characters? Yes! Of the author? Can't unsee!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:10 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pic 19
    Kakashi is like "...The fuck"

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    11:43 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I notice a lot of my students reading Naruto, but more read One Piece nowadays. If they were older I'd mock them, but they're in the target audience so it's okay. I remember being into DBZ when I was their age.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You should throw them off the school roof instead of mocking them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    such an ugly konan.. urghh

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    Comment by Riiku
    17:13 22/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can say what you want, but there's no doubt Kishimoto is one talented bastard, having created such a world. And Naruto's setting and main premise is pretty good. It's realization in the later chapters is what suffers

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:40 21/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    become one of top manga out of rejected idea

    why adult but this “chuu-ni-byou” (中二病), “8th grader sickness,” anyway...?

    but a lot of 8th grader play WoW, diablo and COD too..
    are they trying to become adult..?

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