Masashi interview for Jump Festa 2010
I noticed this hadn't been posted yet but people might be interested.
JUMP Festa spoiler summary
Sakura's acting a little haughty towards Naruto
She'll be more heroine-like from now on
Sasuke's becoming more and more evil, and him fighting with Naruto will probably be the last event
Something will happen with Sasuke and Taka as well
Naruto becoming Hokage if it happens, will be at the end
There's no desire to have much romance for Shikamaru
Naruto has no-one around him who's up-front with him, so Shikamaru will [be/take on as] a confidante
The battle against Danzou will decide Sasuke's Path.
but he (Kishimoto) told us that he wrote something big happening with Sasuke
Looks like Sakura really does love Sasuke
Next year is Kakashi's year
Each voice actor asked questions to Kishimoto-sensei
As one might expect, Nakamura asked about what was upcoming with Sakura
Kishimoto: "Honestly, from the standpoint of showing a female-like disposition, she hasn't been much of a heroine. You could even say that Hinata's more of a heroine than her. But since, as we know, Sakura is a heroine deep inside, she'll show that side of hers from now on."
Naruto's close, but Sakura loves Sasuke as we should expect from that speech. She's being haughty with her using not so kind words against Naruto right afterwards...didn't she? I can't recall.
Yeah it's true, it did sound as though Sugiyama said, "With a Suna person" when Morikubo asked about Shikamaru's love life.
Kishimoto said he didn't want to write that for Shikamaru.
Takeuchi: "Will Naruto become Hokage?" to which Kishimoto said something like "He should become Hokage". This had the audience make noise.
Takeuchi: "Won't Sakura-chan become Hokage before Naruto does?" to which Kishimoto dismissed flatly, "No way!"
Kishimoto announced Naruto will do training.
Takeuchi: "So Naruto will become stronger again."
Next year, Kakashi is the main character
Takeuchi: "It would be a good thing not to tell this to Kazuhiko-san"
Sugiyama: "You probably can't speak of the outcome of the Danzou fight, but what happens with Taka after?"
Kishimoto: "I can't speak to what happens with the Danzou fight, but there'll be some things happening within Taka (dissent?) and the look in Sasuke's eyes will grow more and more evil. I've just recently decided on such a course of the story" (these words make it seem as if the Sasuke-related part isn't really decided upon, so take this part with a grain of salt).
Next was the Questions For Kishimoto-sensei Corner
Nakamura-san started off with something like, "With the latest developments, Sakura has..."
He said something like, that chick* (Takeuchi reacted to that "That chick" lol) is detestable for using Naruto's good will,
but, well that's just how I'd think to write a realistic girl.
You hear all the time that Sakura is a detestable person, but that's what seems to be the intention
"Since Sakura is the heroine", "I'll be writing from now on to show her with that disposition"
"Though everyone says Hinata-Hinata all the time..."
↑I wonder if it's that their voices supporting Hinata are so loud (my personal impression)
Sugiyama wavered on which question to ask (normal fan thing)
He asked: "What will happen to Sasuke after fighting Danzou?"
"The ending of the Danzou fight will determine Sasuke's coming development (whether it be his movement or his intentions)"
"As will the course of those in Taka"
"The handling and arrangement was decided just yesterday..."
Morikubo-san: "Will Shikamaru have a love/romance?"
"I don't want to write that for Shikamaru"
"The Konoha guys aren't reliable, so there's no one there honest/upfront except for him"
"Since Sasuke isn't there, there's the impression that he'll be taken up as Naruto's confidante"
When it got to the "confidante" part, Morikubo-san (said): "Then it's good!" (his love life)
Takeuchi-san: "Naruto will be Hokage, right?!"
"He will...I think but (if I write that) that would be the last thing"
*tn note: word was "aitsu", is genderless but normally used for guys in a very colloquial way (read: not polite). When referring to a guy, it's "that guy" or "he", and to a girl would be something like "that chick" or "she", but of course in a slightly impolite manner.
Takeuchi-san asked, "Will Naruto and Sasuke fight?"
Kishi: "I'm thinking they'll fight, but if/when I write that, (the story) would be something like the last thing right..."
Morikubo-san's, "What about Shikamaru?" was in that and it was:
His reaction seemed like he hadn't set firm plans for the coming big developments
Like when he was asked "So you haven't determined the end?"
"The end, how should I say, since the next scene(s) of what I want to write is established, then that is what I'll go write"
It would seem that rather than having made a decision on the developments until the finish, he settled on writing just the scenes he wants to write for the end
After saying next year would be Kakashi's year, Takeuchi had a fierce discussion
Kishi: "Naruto will be training again", Takeuchi-san: "Still getting stronger right"
Also, the Naruto voice actors came on stage on re-enacted monologues/scenes from the manga. The longest was Nagato's speech against presumably Naruto. Another was Sakura's "decision" along with Shikamaru's VA. And Sasuke @the 5 Kage summit ("I've shut my eyes" monologue)
The general consensus on everything on 2ch is this:
-Something big is gonna happen with Sasuke and Taka. People seem to think it's something negative in regards to Taka
-Sasuke vs. Naruto will be the last fight of the series
-Large focus on Kakashi next year (many people think he'll die for some reason against Sasuke)
-More Shikamaru (many on 2ch are complaining about this), though there's no desire to entangle him in romance/love