In order to promote Naruto Shippuden Movie 5: Blood Prison, the Yomiuri Giants Japanese baseball team is teaming up with the Naruto movie team!
Those fans who purchase what are known as “Naruto Seats” will receive a Naruto-themed ticket and Naruto figurine cell phone strap. The promotion covers Giants’ games against the Yokohama BayStars at the Tokyo Dome stadium on July 26 through July 28. Each of those days will feature straps with Naruto in different baseball poses – July 26 will feature Naruto straps in a running pose, the 27th in a batting pose, and the 28th in a pitching pose. Tickets will cost 2,300 yen ($28 USD) and there will be 2,000 cell phone straps available each day.
Fans who purchases the Naruto Seats for all three days will receive a surprise “Super Rare! Konoha Special Box” as a gift. Not only that, 10,000 fans who attend the game on each day will receive a “Naruto x Giants” poster. On July 26, Naruto (or a guy dressed up as Naruto) will be on the field, introducing the players and cheering them on.
If you are planning to be in Japan between the dates of July 26-28, tickets can be purchased from eplus.jp until May 31 on a first come basis.
In case you are wondering what baseball has to do with a movie titled “Blood Prison”, we’re just as confused as you. However, Japan is also holding a festival where the movie will be promoted. Maybe anytime is a good time to market what looks to be a great movie!
Naruto Shippuden: Blood Prison is the fifth Naruto Shippuden movie and the eighth movie overall in the Naruto series. It be released in Japanese theaters on July 30, 2011 alongside a short (and likely humorous) special, Naruto vs Konohamaru: The Burning Chunin Exam. There is no word on a North American release date a this time, although you can bet it will hit the Internet in April/May 2012. For more information, including trailers and posters, check out prior posts on Naruto Shippuden: Blood Prison.