Naruto creator on his groundbreaking series: 'I had absolutely no idea that it would ever be a success'

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When Japanese artist Masashi Kishimoto began his work on Naruto and published a one-shot of the story in 1997, the manga community was still considered a niche interest. By the time Kishimoto debuted a second version in 1999, it didn’t take long for Naruto to become one of the most popular and best-selling manga properties in the world. Over the years, the series has spawned multiple pop culture properties, including anime series, novels, video games, movies, books and more.

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