I went to Jump Festa 2008 today and saw Kishi was asked some questions about the manga by Junko (VA Naruto), Noriaki (VA Sasuke), Chie (VA Sakura) and Kazuhiko (VA Kakashi) on the stage.
1. Is Jiraiya dead?
Kishi : He lives..............................in your heart.
Naruto has to be grown up. Shikamaru also needed to be grown up. And Sakura will have to be grown up, too. Lee? Lee doesn't need to be grown up anymore.
2. What's gonna happen next year?
Kishi : Started with Sasuke vs Itachi battle.
I'm gonna write about mainly Sasuke next year. And Kakashi and Sakura, after that. Especially Kakashi. I can't tell yet but a huge event will happen to him.
3. What kind of way of ending do you do with Sasuke vs Itachi battle?
Kishi : I can't tell. But I have kept this waiting to manga readers for a long time. So I'll have to make everyone gets content with it.
4. Describe the color of Sasuke vs Itachi battle.
Kishi : Glossy-Black
5. Describe the color of Kakashi story which you just mentioned about.
Kishi : Dark Blue
6. You said you're gonna write about Sasuke, Kakashi and Sakura. What about Naruto?
Kishi : Naruto has to wait.
7. Are you gonna write the battle of each member of Hebi?
Kishi : Actually I didn't want to. But Shueisha ordered me to do with something about them.
That's all. He didn't say anything about the Akatsuki on the stage.
I also went to BANDAI-NAMCO stage after that. Junko and Noriaki showed up and played Narutimate accel 2 in front of the audience.
Junko choose Naruto and Lee as a support character.
Noriaki choose Sasuke and Deidara as a support character.
Junko won the match. But Noriaki was really kind. He sometimes stopped to wait for Junko to show Ougi.