A new scan from Shonen Jump has been released! It features the five mysterious masked beasts in Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie. Next to the drawings of each beats is a name – Byakko (White Tiger), Suzaku (Vermilion Bird), Seiryu (Azure Dragon), Genbu (Black Tortoise), and Kogitsune (Little Fox).
On the scan it says “A suspicious little fox wearing an ominous mask! Four creatures wearing the same mask of the Little Fox. What is the purpose of these sacred beasts that rule the four compass points!? The disclosing of the original characters that Kishimoto-sensei thought for the movie! How will they be involved with Naruto!?”
There isn’t any other information about the masked beasts, but according to Chinese constellations, the White Tiger represents the west compass point and Fall season, while the Vermilion Bird represents the south compass point and Summer season, the Azure Dragon represents Spring and the East, and the Black Tortoise the north and Winter.
Also known as Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Road to Ninja, Naruto Shippuden Movie 6, among others, Road to Ninja is the 9th movie overall in the Naruto series. It will debut in Japanese theaters July 28, 2012. Naruto’s creator, Masashi Kishimoto will be personally involved with the movie, creating the story and providing character designs. To learn more, please visit the Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie section.