Naruto is an incredibly popular series and though it’s come to an end, the fandom will live on forever. Fans of any series will often make fan art or cosplay to show their love for the story and characters. There is great Naruto fan art out there!
The Popularity of Naruto
This long-running series has been a bestseller in both the manga and anime categories. The Naruto manga has sold over 220 million copies, making it the third best-selling manga series in history. It has sold worldwide in 35 countries outside Japan.
The Naruto anime premiered in Japan on October 3, 2002 and concluded on February 8, 2007 after 220 episodes. The English adaptation of the anime began airing on September 10, 2005 and concluded on January 31, 2009, with 209 episodes aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami.
Naruto: Shippuden is the sequel to the original Naruto anime and its story matches up with Part II of the manga. The series was also adapted into eleven films. Three of the movies corresponded with the first half of the anime series. The other eight films related to Naruto: Shippuden.
Naruto Shippuden has been ranked several times as one of the most watched series in Japan. It has made top 10 lists multiple times for American audiences as well. The Naruto: Shippuden anime series ended just this past March. For many it marked as the end of an era.
A Story Comes to an End
The final volume of the Naruto manga released back in 2015. In the final novel, Sasuke wants to begin a worldwide revolution to reform the ninja system. Naruto disagrees. The two of them decide to settle things with a battle at the Valley of the End (where their conflict began).
With such a longstanding series coming to an end, a lot of fans were heartbroken that their favorite series was over. Naruto’s creator Masashi Kishimoto wrapped up the story and then gave fans an epilogue set roughly a decade in the future. A move very much like JK Rowling did with the final Harry Potter book.
The Naruto story does get to continue with a slightly different thread. It follows a new story with his son Boruto, which we wrote about here.
Unique Naruto Fan Art
To show love of a series or specific characters, fan art is the way to go. From drawing to cosplay, fans are dedicated to their fandom and love to show it.
Vietnamese artist Nguyen Quang Huy showed love for the Naruto series and created these fun images of the many characters using leaves, flowers, rocks and other common objects.
A spiky yellow leaf perfectly imitates Naruto’s hair. A peanut is the perfect shape for Gaara’s bag. Each object complements the character illustration and adds whimsy to the fan art.
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