The Word From Shonen Jump – Hatake Kakashi: The Man, The Myth, The…Role Model?!?

Hey everyone!

This is TsunadesTwin with a new feature that I think many of you will like. MsMandi and I were talking about some things that we had both seen in SJ recently and thought that we should post what we see in SJ here.  Some of the information may come from past volumes or chapters but, for the most part, the stuff you’ll see here will be recent. And, if there is breaking news on the anime or manga front that Shonen Jump announces, we’ll put it here!

I thought that since my passion is Naruto, I’d do the first post given that on July 29th, the Kakashi Gaiden short series will be airing as an anime feature. For your information, this announcement was only made in SJ about a month ago…

With whom should an upstanding, aspiring ninja start when looking for the model ninja? You know, the kind that always looks out for his teammates and completes every mission successfully. Without a doubt, Hatake Kakashi is your man! Let’s take a look at the finer points of being a good ninja, as illustrated by this extraordinary jônin!

A Tardy Ninja Is a Happy Ninja

Being punctual doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good ninja. Although being on time does show your respect to your teammates, it won’t ensure a 100 percent mission success rate. After all, it wouldn’t do any good if your performance is compromised because you’re stressed out about being punctual.  Take a cue from Kakashi and learn how to relax and move at your own pace. And if your teammates are sticklers for rules, you can always have a creative reason handy when you’re late!

A Smart Ninja Is a Successful Ninja

You don’t have to be the sharpest shuriken around to be considered a good ninja, but it doesn’t hurt to gather intelligence on your colleagues every once in a while. Plus, if you really want to climb up the ladder of the ninja ranks, then being well-informed is a must. After all, you wouldn’t want a pea-brained ninja leading you into battle. Kakashi understands the value of knowledge, so you’ll never find this jônin without a book in his hand. He has even trained Naruto and company while reading! Now that’s what we call dedication! So if you’re truly ambitious, read up on anything and everything, since knowing your enemy can give you the edge in any battle!

A Well-Groomed Ninja Is a Respectable Ninja

One of the most effective ways to make sure you catch the eye of your fellow kunoichi… er, ninja comrades is to take care of your personal appearance. If clothes make the ninja, then you’ll want to pay attention to your battle gear. What you wear can be both practical and stylish, so have fun with your ninja wardrobe. Kakashi certainly gets the idea. One look at his cool hair and vest would make any ninja wide-eyed with admiration. Plus, Kakashi’s stylish way of wearing his headband not only gives him an air of mystery, it also covers his Sharingan eye while he’s not fighting.

Conclusion? Kakashi has without a doubt proven himself to be a great ninja, one capable of becoming Hokage someday. Learn from his example by reading all of Naruto, and you’ll be well on your way to achieving ninja fame!

http://shonenjump.viz.com/features/index.php?id=252

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~ by 綱手-Tsunades Twin on July 22, 2009.

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