Naruto’s most touching scene exists for only one heartwarming reason

Naruto’s moving reunion with his deceased parents was not just a plot, it was a reflection of an encouraging experience in real life.

One of the most important aspects of Naruto was the fact that Naruto was orphaned. It shaped his personality and influenced his desire to be the best. Therefore, it came as a bit of a surprise that in Naruto # 504 creator Masashi Kishimoto would change everything, by getting Naruto to meet his parents. For some fans, the change was seen as a filler to cover up or hide a lack of creative content that the years-long series would experience from time to time, but that is actually not the case.

Interestingly, the reason behind the introduction of Naruto’s parents into the story had nothing to do with plot lines and story arcs, and everything to do with Kishimoto’s personal life. In an exclusive interview from 2012 with Shonen Jump Alpha, Kishimoto reveals the events and actions he experienced that influenced his approach to telling Naruto’s story. For Kishimoto, his art mimics his life, especially in terms of Naruto and his parents.


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In the interview published in English through Viz, Kishimoto discusses how connected his personal life is with his manga. For example, he admits how listening to music could affect this art. For example, if the music made him sad, his art would reflect the sadness he felt. That is, he is not very good at dividing his work and private life. Kishimoto goes on to explain it when he started Naruto he was young and single. Since he had no experience of being married or having children, he obviously did not have a wealth of experience to draw on and reflect on in history. But as a result of the manga’s lifetime, Kishimoto experienced a number of personal changes, including his subsequent marriage and the birth of his son. Kishimoto has commented on how his wife has influenced Narutobut an equally influential personal experience was the birth of his son.

Naruto meets his mother, Kushina

While before it might have been impossible for Kishimoto to accurately portray a parent-child relationship with Naruto, after the birth of his son he had a daily source of rich content to draw from. As Kishimoto explains it, the experience of being a husband and becoming a father affected “the direct story of Naruto” as it gave him a “different perspective” on life and the things that are most important in life. These life changes affected how Kishimoto conceptualized Naruto and how he wanted the public to see Naruto as well. This led to his interest in reflecting on his personal parenting experiences in the manga, as well as his child’s reaction to his and his wife’s parenting. To be sure, as Kishimoto makes clear in the interview, “Naruto represents a little bit of myself and a little bit of my child.”

So contrary to what some fans may perceive as an impersonal plot development, the reality is this Narutoa touching reunion with his parents was the result of Kishimoto’s very personal heartfelt experience of becoming a father and his subsequent desire to express the way he and his wife feel about their son and how his son has responded to their loving care.

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Source: VIZ Media


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