There isn't an otaku out there who doesn't recognize Naruto the instant they get a glimpse of the titular character's spiky blond hair. The manga sky-rocketed to success after it was first serialized in Shonen Jump in 1999. When the anime adaptation was released in 2002, fans were given even more Naruto goodness to look forward to. In total, the series spans 72 volumes and 220 episodes, respectively.
For die-hard Naruto fans, it often feels like there's little left to discover about the series. However, unless you're the type of person who wears a leaf headband on a daily basis, there are probably still a few things you didn't know about Naruto. Be careful though, only a true Hokage will be able to internalize all these Naruto fun facts.
The Toads Are Named After Famous Actors
You Can Visit Naruto's Favorite Ramen Shop In Real Life
While many anime feature real-life locations, it might surprise fans to learn Ichiraku — Naruto's favorite ramen shop — has a location that people can actually visit. The fictional shop was modeled after a restaurant located in Fukuoka, Japan that is also called Ichiraku. Located close to the waterfront, the shop was allegedly one of Masashi Kishimoto's (Naruto's creator) favorite spots to frequent in college. The name literally translates to "Ramen is the best pleasure," so it's got to be pretty good, right?
At One Point, Kakashi Had A Catchphrase
Early on in the show's development, Kakashi was supposed to end each of his sentences with the Japanese phrase "gozaru." This term is an archaic form of the the modern-day "desu" which typically ends Japanese sentences, and which translates literally as "to be."
The polite phrase is most commonly heard in historical dramas, and is featured heavily in Samurai media such as Rurouni Kenshin and Seven Samurai. While Naruto is in no way historical, it sort of makes sense why Kakashi would be such a fan of the phrase, as the series definitely does not take place in a modern era.
Ultimately, the idea was scrapped by the manga's editor, who believed that the character would have more room for growth if he was not tied to a campy catchphrase.
The Creator Had To Wait Until The Series Was Complete Before He Could Go On His Honeymoon
Mangakas (manga writers/artists) dedicate every day of their lives to their series while it is still in publication. This was especially true for Masashi Kishimoto — the creator of Naruto — who penned all 72 volumes of the manga. Due to Kishimoto's busy schedule, he had to postpone his honeymoon until after he'd finished writing Naruto. In the end, the couple embarked on their honeymoon a decade after they were married.