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China Mourns/Celebrates the End of NARUTO

It's a monolith. It's open to interpretation.

When you keep in mind that an entire bootleg WORLD OF WARCRAFT theme park was built in China (without any approval whatsoever from Blizzard), then really seems like less of a surprise...

io9 has relayed some photos from Guangzhou, showing how a two-ton Gamabunta has been erected to presumably coincide with NARUTO's conclusion this week. 'Presumably,' because it appeared without any actual announcement. Some think it might be the work of fans -- dealing with their grief over the series' end in the most outlandish way possible. Others speculate it might actually be a promotional stunt, meant to get people talking about the forthcoming NARUTO ONLINE game.

Considering how the Farewell to Naruto has already been tempered with the announcement of an additional series, the latter explanation does seem a bit more likely. That, and the fact that a two-ton monolith like this is very clearly beyond the spending budget of even the most hardcore fan.

What do you Vicers think? Who could really be behind this mystery? And does it make you feel better about the manga's finale in any appreciable way?

Lurkeroon Nov. 10, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.

In China that thing is probably around $50. Not too far beyond the spending budget of average citizens. I figured everyone in China had at least one giant inflatable frog

FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 10, 2014 at 6:16 p.m.

Ah, China. Land of ambiguous copyright law.

This is well beyond the spending of some hardcore fans. I'm actually more surprised we haven't seen nor heard about anything along these lines in Japan.

Destinyheroknighton Nov. 10, 2014 at 6:27 p.m.

That nice

Naruto you'll be miss, believe it!!!

Donwunon Nov. 10, 2014 at 8:16 p.m.

Speaking of the ending...lol ...some fans have really gone a lil bit overboard with a new petition to ban the manga westside unless Kishi changes the ending... this really had me LOL for a good while

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/naruto-banned-in-usa

Juubion Nov. 11, 2014 at 3:47 a.m.

This was inevitable, I'm saying this all the week. Kishimoto's responsibility for making an definitive ending without any hints of how things would end.

Well, this is funny, because I remember Gamakichi saying that his father was very occcupied with something to participate in the war, but that was never clarified. Funny, no?

Are we sure this isn't Photoshop?

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