The Last: Naruto the Movie premiered in Tokyo, Japan just this past Monday, November 24th for a special audience. On hand (from left to right in the image below) were Tsuneo Kobayashi (movie director), Satoshi Hino (voice of Sai), Chie Nakamura (voice of Sakura), Shintaro Tokita and Takuya Ohashi (from Japanese band Sukima Switch), someone in a Naruto mascot costume, Junko Takeuchi (voice of Naruto), Kazuhiko Inoue (voice of Kakashi), Jun Fukuyama (voice of Toneri Otsutsuki), and Naruto series creator Masashi Kishimoto!
This marked Kishimoto-sensei’s first public appearance after concluding his 15-year long manga and to that he jokingly mentioned “it feels like being released, because I have no more deadlines. So I was able to come here with plenty of time.” He continued on with an appreciation to the fans of Naruto, “Thank you very much for keeping on looking at how Naruto has grown for such a long time of 15 years.”
Takeuchi-san also spoke and revealed Kishimoto-sensei revealed to her that the final development in the growth of Naruto would be love. Kishimoto-sensei explained, “Naruto has not yet been able to fully understand about love relationships, so I thought there were so many things I could do in a feature film. After watching the film, now I have a mixed feeling for him, relieved and sad, it’s like Naruto is becoming independent from me. I have been watching him from his father’s point of view.”
The premiere event ended with a performance by Sukima Switch, the duo behind The Last Naruto the Movie’s theme song – Hoshi no Utsuwa (Star Vessel)