Michael B. Jordan doesn’t hide the fact that he’s a hardcore anime fan. Be it taking inspiration from anime for fight scenes in Creed to creating a special anime for Creed 3 for the Japanese fans.
This love for anime, took him all the way to Naruto‘s production studio, Studio Pierrot.
Studio Pierrot took to their official Twitter account to reveal on May 22, 2023, that Michael B. Jordan had paid them a visit. They also went on to call him a passionate Naruto fan.
This was the first time Jordan was visiting Japan and it was to attend the premiere of Creed III.
Studio Pierrot gifted him with shikishi of Naruto by none other than the character designer of anime, Tetsuya Nishio. They also got a Creed III poster autographed by him.
Michael Bakari Jordan is an American actor, producer and director. He is best known for his film roles as shooting victim Oscar Grant in the drama Fruitvale Station (2013), boxer Adonis Creed in Creed (2015), and Erik Killmonger in Black Panther (2018), all of which were written and directed by Ryan Coogler.
Jordan reprised his role of Creed in Creed II (2018) and Creed III (2023). The latter also marked his directorial debut.
Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It was serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump from 1999 to 2014, with its chapters collected in 72 tankobon volumes.
The story is told in two parts—the first set in Naruto’s pre-teen years, and the second in his teens.
The series is based on two one-shot manga by Kishimoto: Karakuri (1995), which earned Kishimoto an honorable mention in Shueisha’s monthly Hop Step Award the following year, and Naruto (1997).
The manga was adapted into an anime television series produced by Pierrot and Aniplex, which broadcast 220 episodes from 2002 to 2007. Naruto: Shippuden, a sequel to the original series, premiered in 2007, and ended in 2017, after 500 episodes.