Studio Pierrot, the company behind the Naruto anime, unveils a new artwork of NBA player Zion Williamson to celebrate the series’ Nike partnership.
New works by Studio Pierrot were unveiled at naruto the anime’s 20th anniversary panel at this year’s San Diego International Comic-Con.
The anime studio behind the anime adaptations of Naruto has released new art for NBA All-Star Zion Williamson, who portrays the New Orleans Pelicans’ vanguard as a Hidden Leaf Village shinobi. The art was created to celebrate the collaboration between the shonen franchise, sneaker manufacturer Nike and Williamson, which resulted in a new collection of Naruto-themed Jordan Zion 1 sneakers. This is the second published artwork depicting Williamson as naruto character; Previously, series creator Masashi Kishimoto gifted the basketball player with a one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn portrait of Williamson wearing the Naruto costume. Williamson has often spoken of his love of naruto franchise and said anime and manga were a big inspiration to him. An image of the new art was shared on Twitter by @ToonamiSquad.
The SDCC panel was part of the ongoing celebration surrounding the 20th anniversary of the original anime’s premiere. The festivities kicked off at the latest Jump Festa convention, held in Japan last December. There, a new logo for the series was unveiled, which featured Naruto in all three eras of the series: his original look from the start of the series, his teenage appearance from Shippudenand him as an adult, this is how he appears during the epilogue of Shippuden and throughout the Boruto series.
The naruto The franchise began with a manga by Masashi Kishimoto, which was first published in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999. The series is the fourth best-selling manga of all time, with over 250 million copies in circulation . Kishimoto’s manga series has been adapted into two separate anime series, the original naruto in 2002 and its sequel, Naruto Shippuden, which adapted the post-timeskip second half of Kishimoto’s manga. The series has continued to this day with Boruto: Naruto Next Generationsa manga and anime series centered around Boruto’s son, as Naruto, who has now fulfilled his dream of becoming the Hokage, struggles to raise rebellious youth while protecting the village of Konohagakure.
The naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime are both available to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Funimation. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations both the manga and the sequel anime are still ongoing: new chapters are released on a monthly schedule by VIZ Media, while new episodes of the show are available to stream via Crunchyroll.
Nike Zion 1 x naruto the sneakers are now available for sale and retail for $130 a pair.