Twitter artist Chien Chih Kang reimagines Naruto and Sasuke’s final fight in mythical ukiyo-e art style in their incredible fan art.
sasuke versus Naruto is one of the most epic battles in the entire manga, closing the 700th chapter of the series. Before it came about, it was probably the most anticipated fight as the showdown between the two has been teased since they first fought in the Final Valley at the end of Part 1. New fan art shows that excitement and anticipation again, this time done in the ukiyo-e art style, which redesigns Naruto and Sasuke to have a mythical look.
Naruto and Sasuke’s final fight was the pinnacle of the series and the culmination of everything the two had learned from the start. They threw everything they had at each other, ranging from literal ninja tools like shuriken and kunai, to dishing out blows in their monstrous chakra states. The combat is also very symbolic as both Naruto and Sasuke’s attacks symbolize their character arcs. even some of Narutos The harshest critics admit that the combat is a major highlight of the series and a fitting farewell to one of the most popular Shonen series ever made.
The themes of the fight are depicted with an emphasis on myth in Chien Chih Kang’s (userhandle @Justin96636) ukiyo-e style artwork found at Twitter† The left side of the portrait shows Naruto jumping to Sasuke with a Rasengan in hand, while Kurama looms above him with his fangs bared in the background. Sasuke is almost a mirror image of Naruto; except he’s holding a Chidori in his hand as his perfect Susanoo looms up to counter Kurama. This image of the giant chakra samurai is interesting in its design. Susanoo’s mask is similar to how it’s drawn in the manga, but this time it’s drawn to more accurately depict a tengu — a sort of bird yokai in Japanese myth.
as cool as this Naruto fan art, there are two differences from the manga that are worth noting. First and foremost, Sasuke’s Susanoo is blue instead of purple, but this is probably because purple isn’t a commonly used color in classic ukiyo-e style, and so the artist took creative liberty when depicting Sasuke’s jutsu. The second is the positioning of Naruto and Sasuke. In their clashes in the manga, Naruto is always on the right and Sasuke on the left, a creative choice made so that their signature jutsus can align with each other. This also subtly hinted at the twist that Naruto and Sasuke were actually reincarnated brothers. Neither diminishes the quality of the artwork, far from it. These creative differences actually enhance the art because they fully understand the style of the piece.
Kang is truly a remarkable artist, as can be seen from his many mythical redesigns for Dragon Ball characters like Majin Buu or Frieza. Even with some minor variations, this mythical redesign of Naruto and Sasuk’s final fight is incredible and perfectly captures the excitement and emotion that came with it.
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