Naruto, Dragon Ball: these cult manga already buried by Fortnite!

Game News Naruto, Dragon Ball: these cult manga already buried by Fortnite!

Over the years, times change, men too. Certain works, which are considered cult, are gradually being erased in favor of others. As evidenced by these images from a figurine shop.


  • It’s a time that those under 20…
  • Fortnite started it all

It’s a time that those under 20…

It had to happen: we are in 2022 and Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball have exceeded 20 years of age. Works that have become historic in the manga landscape to such an extent that they have also become pop culture references. It is therefore legitimate for video game publishers to try to attract a new audience by collaborating with these works. This is the case of PlayerUnknown’s BattleGroundsaka PUBG, which has already posted temporary events with the manga of 2021 Jujutsu Kaisen.

More recently, it’s video games and battle royale Fortnite which lent itself to games with numerous collaborations around popular manga on the planet. In November 2021, it is possible to have the outfits of the members of Naruto’s team 7: the eponymous character, Sakura, Sasuke and Kakashi. The collaboration does not stop there as it returns at the end of spring with four new characters in the spotlight: Gaara, Hinata, Itachi and Orochimaru. It is the tree that hides the forest since in August, one of the biggest events in Fortnite revolves around another manga that has become history : Dragon Ball. Via quests and challenges, players can ride the dragon Shenron or the magic cloud, carry the mythical staff or play as Goku, Vegeta, Beerus and Bulma in their favorite shooter.

Fortnite started it all

As you can imagine, such an association did not satisfy everyone. It must be recognized that Naruto and Goku being ninja masters and martial arts masters respectively, seeing them modeled in 3D wielding AK47s and sniper rifles may have offended the sensitivity of some who grew up with them in the 2000s. Unfortunately, their sensitivity is likely to take a certain hit (even to be completed) by the following images. This is Twitter user @RedNoseWonder who shares on Twitter an image of Dragon Ball figurines with an amazing caption:


Something the shop had already done a few months earlier with Naruto. An observation which may annoy some but which can never be questioned for its truth. However, video games were not the first to make a kind of cultural appropriation of cultural works. In his time, Naruto had also taken his inspiration from certain legendary pieces of classical music: to underline the point, Orochimaru’s theme is very inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Fugue. This is one example among many others, but which always raises the same eternal question: should a work be confined to its domain and its fans or should it be made universal thanks to new media?