The annual expo held by Shueisha (Shonen Jump’s parent company), Jump Festa 2013, will begin this weekend on Saturday, December 22 in Tokyo, Japan and span until Sunday, December 23. On hand will be the legendary creator of Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto! Joining him in a special 40 minute discussion panel will be the anime voice actors of Naruto Uzumaki (Junko Takeuchi), Sasuke Uchiha (Noriaki Sugiyama), Rock Lee (Yoichi Masukawa), and Tenten (Yukari Tamura) as well as the creator of Naruto SD, who is also Kishimoto-sensei’s assistant (Kenji Taira). It’s unclear what the discussion topic will be, but last year Kishimoto-sensei had answered a couple of questions from the developer of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, CyberConnect2.
Speaking of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, the game will also be at Jump Festa 2013. You may have noticed the logo for the event in the last couple Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 scans on Anime Games Online. Namco Bandai has mentioned there will be a new trailer and playable demo at the event. Anime Games Online predicts the trailer will hit the web sometime in the next week for two, if not on the days of Jump Festa. Like past Naruto Storm 3 playable demos, it’s doubtful the Jump Festa version will make it’s way to the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, but you never know! Though unconfirmed, our expectation is at least some type of demo will be released in North America, Japan, and Europe around the February 2013 time frame.