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The Last -Naruto the Movie-'s Sasuke, Kakashi Character Designs Unveiled

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Designs for December 6 film were first shown at Jump Anime Festa earlier this month; Kiyomi Asai also reprises role of Hanabi

This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine is unveiling on Monday the character designs for Sasuke Uchiha and Kakashi Hatake for their appearance in the upcoming The Last -Naruto the Movie- film. Both designs are done by original creator Masashi Kishimoto. The designs premiered at the Jump Anime Festa last weekend in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

[Warning: The image below and its accompanying text has spoilers for the final chapter of the Naruto manga. Please highlight the text to read.]

[The note by Sasuke's design reads, "His facial features have gotten even sharper!," while Kakashi's design reads, "Kakashi has become the 6th Hokage!"]

The December issue of Newtype is also listing that Kiyomi Asai will reprise her role as Hinata's sister, Hanabi. Asai has not played the role since appearing in one episode in 2010.

The returning cast will star:

Junko Takeuchi as Naruto Uzumaki

Chie Nakamura as Sakura Haruno

Showtaro Morikubo as Shikamaru Nara

Satoshi Hino as Sai

Nana Mizuki as Hinata Hyūga

Kazuhiko Inoue as Kakashi Hatake

Noriaki Sugiyama as Sasuke Uchiha

Ryōka Yuzuki as Ino Yamanaka

Kentarou Itou as Chōji Akimichi

Yoichi Masukawa as Rock Lee

Jun Fukuyama as Toneri Ōtsutsuki

Weekly Shonen Jump and Jump J Books describe the story of the movie and its novelization:

The moon has begun moving closer to Earth! As it is, the moon will crumble and meteorites will rain down on Earth's surface. As the last days of Earth approach, Hanabi Hyūga is abducted by a mysterious man in Konoha, and Naruto, Sakura, Sai, Shikamaru, and Hinata set off on a rescue mission! Can Naruto and the others overcome this crisis?

The Last -Naruto the Movie- will open in Japanese theaters on December 6, and it will be the first Naruto film in two years. The film is also part of the larger "Naruto Shin Jidai Kaimaku Project" (Naruto's New Era Opening Project) marking the 15th anniversary of the original manga. Manga creator Masashi Kishimoto is credited with the original story, character designs, and chief story supervisor of the film. In particular, he is drawing new designs for the title character in the movie, as well as for other characters. Tsuneo Kobayashi (The Twelve Kingdoms, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Kurokami The Animation) is directing the film, and Sukima Switch is contributing the main theme song as well as voice-acting ninja.

Those who see The Last -Naruto the Movie- in theaters will receive a bonus Official Movie Book Naruto Hiden Retsu no Sho. The book is a spinoff of the Naruto: The Official Character Data Book series. The limited-edition official fan book in theaters will include a manga, drawn exclusively for the movie by original Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto. Weekly Shonen Jump teases that the back of the book will feature a mysterious illustration.

The Naruto manga by Masashi Kishimoto ended in Shonen Jump on Monday after 15 years of serialization. A new mini-series by Kishimoto with "a newly budding Konoha story" will launch next spring.

Update: Typo fixed. Thanks, Hameyadea.

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