The ninjas and basketball players of Leaf Village will unite in a new »naruto “. Via a Twitter announcement, Nike’s Jordan brand has just announced that it will be releasing shoes inspired by the anime of “Naruto”, one of the most iconic shonen series in the world of animation. Japanese.
While no details were given on what exactly the sneakers from this collaboration will look like, it was revealed that the New Orleans Pelicans player, Sion Williamson, will also contribute to the project. “I am thrilled to share this story with the world. The Jordan Zion 1 x Naruto collection is inspired by our parallel paths to overcome adversity. Stay tuned ! Williamson wrote on Twitter.
Jordan and Williamson’s official Twitter account shared an image of the iconic Jordan Leaping Man logo, along with Naruto Uzumaki performing a dunk. In Jordan’s post, you can read “The Way of the Shinobi” directly referencing the Naruto anime.
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The “Naruto” manga series was created by Masashi Kishimoto from 1999 to 2014, reaching a total of 72 volumes and having an incredible 250 million copies sold worldwide, being one of the best-selling manga of all time, along with “One Piece” by Eiichiro Oda,” Detective by Gosho Aoyama Conan” and “Dragon Ball” by Akira Toriyama.
Studio Pierrot and Aniplex adapted the manga into two anime series: “Naruto”, which aired from 2002 to 2007 and covered the first part of the story, and “Naruto: Shippuden”, which aired from 2007 to 2017 and covered the story of a more adult perspective of the characters.
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Nike isn’t the first shoe brand to launch a line of “Naruto”-inspired shoes. In January of this year, Japanese sportswear company Mizuno collaborated with the anime on a line of sneakers designed after the anime’s three main characters: Naruto Uzumaki, Sakura Haruno, and Sasuke Uchiha. Unlike the upcoming Jordan collab, however, Mizuno’s “Contender” line is only available at select Japanese stores.
Likewise, tennis isn’t the only collaboration ‘Naruto’ has had recently, as Sanrio has launched a series of vinyl figures where Hello Kitty and Chococat can be seen dressed as Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchica, respectively. An out of place collab but one that every anime fan will undoubtedly want to have.
“Naruto” and “Naruto: Shippuden” are available on Hulu and Crunchyroll streaming platforms.
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