The manga and animated series of Naruto has become a wide success not only in Japan but also across the world. The manga has long been running from 1999 to 2014, however, Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto revealed at the New York Comic Con 2015 that he didn?t expect his manga to shoot past ten weeks.
?I imagined it might get canned after the tenth week,? Kishimoto said as reported by Emertainment Monthly. ?That?s a regular occurrence at Jump. If there?s not a good fanbase after episode ten, then you?re done!?
It was only when Kishimoto saw letters from fans outside Japan that he stated to realize how successful his work was. ?I guess I might have started realizing it when my first editor came by and gave me a bundle of letters every time he saw me. There were letters I couldn?t read!
Kishimoto only knew the Japanese language and this hindered him from understanding what the letters meant. He thought to himself that all the messages were positive. It was only in the digital age when Kishimoto fully appreciated fan feedback because he can now see videos of Naruto cosplayers all over the world.
?One time, I was trying to make heads and tails of all the foreign fan letters, but I wanted to think they were all positive. Seeing all the cosplayers made me realize how much of an impact the work had on a global level. ?
Kishomoto?s manga has reportedly sold 220,000 copies in the U.S. and he thanked all his fans for the continuous support.
?This has brought tears to my eyes. I heard that there are many fans that couldn?t make it? After seeing how many fans are already here, it?s astounding. This is a little title I started working on years ago without thinking the kind of impact it would have. To know how many love my work, the only thing I can think to say is: Thank you.?