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VIZ Media Announces Masashi Kishimoto Appearance and Forthcoming Naruto Releases

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VIZ Media and ReedPOP have announced that Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto will make his first international appearance outside of Japan at the 2015 New York Comic-Con. The convention will be taking place at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan from October 8-11, 2015. Kishimoto will be participating in two panels, which will take place on October 8 and October 10, 2015. He is also hosting autograph sessions at Kinokuniya Bookstore and Barnes & Noble as part of the New York Super Week.

Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto at NYCC 2015VIZ Media has also announced several forthcoming Naruto titles that will be released in late 2015 and early 2016.

Naruto Volume 72, the final volume of the manga series, will be released both in print and digitally in October 2015. Following this release, VIZ Media will also offer fans Uzumaki Naruto: Illustrations, a new softcover art book set that will be released in November 2015. This art book will showcase the artwork and characters from the manga series’ concluding story arc.

November 2015 will also see the debut of Naruto: Kakashi’s Story, the first of three new Naruto prose novels focusing on key characters from the series that will be complemented by original cover illustrations from Masashi Kishimoto. The other two novels include Naruto: Shikamaru’s Story, which is set for release in February 2016, and Naruto: Sakura’s Story, which is scheduled for release in May 2016. VIZ Media will also release the third and final Naruto comprehensive manga box set in January 2016.

“Masashi Kishimoto and his seminal series forever changed the manga landscape, and Naruto has become one of the world’s most successful entertainment properties, with millions of passionate international fans,” says Andy Nakatani, Editor in Chief, Weekly Shonen Jump. “We’re very proud to welcome him for his first ever professional appearance in North America at the 2015 New York Comic-Con, an event that will coincide with the eagerly anticipated release of the final volume of the manga series. And there’s plenty more Naruto excitement in store with the brand new spin-off serial Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Sprint, running currently in Weekly Shonen Jump, as well as an upcoming illustration book, three novels, and the third and final manga box set!”

NARUTO Volume 72 · Rated “T” for Teens · Print MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN; Digital MSRP: $6.99 · Available October 2015 

The peace following Kaguya’s defeat is short-lived as Sasuke tries to take total control. Can Naruto change his old friend’s mind and bring true peace to the ninja world in the final volume of Naruto?

UZUMAKI NARUTO: ILLUSTRATIONS · Print MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN · Available November 2015 

Experience Masashi Kishimoto’s artwork in all of its colorful glory in this collection of images from the conclusion of the best-selling Naruto manga. Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Kakashi and all your favorite characters appear in nearly a hundred pages of gorgeous full-color images. The book also features commentary from creator Masashi Kishimoto, a beautiful double-sided poster and a sticker sheet.

NARUTO: KAKASHI’S STORY (Novel) · Print MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available November 2015

A year has passed since the Fourth Great Ninja War, and Kakashi’s appointment to Hokage looms. But first he heads to the Land of Waves for a dangerous mission rescuing hostages from a top-secret airship. There he confronts a ninja whose heart is frozen by tragedy. Having lost both his friend’s eye and his greatest abilities, can Kakashi really protect anyone? What is the true meaning of the will of fire gained in the distant heavens? Kakashi finds these answers and more as he opens the door to a new ninja era.

NARUTO MANGA BOX SET Volume 3 · PRINT MSRP: $185.99 U.S. / $214.99 CAN · Available January 2016

The third and final Naruto Box Set contains the thrilling conclusion to one of the most popular manga series of all time. The set features volumes 49-72 at a substantial savings over buying them individually, along with exclusive premiums.

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