Happy Birthday to 4 Shounen Jump icons in anime and manga

Yesterday was a great day, in the anime industry. Crunchyroll shared an awesome edit giving a birthday shout out to 4 iconic anime character’s in the anime industry.  These four characters are part of the shouen jump genre that is the most popular genre in the world, each characters birthday is on October the 10th is their date of birth.

  1. Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto anime series)
  2. Gintoki Sakata (Gintama)
  3. Touichirouz Izumida (Yowamushi pedal)
  4. Yu Nishinoya (Haikyuu)


  1. Naruto  ( Masashi Kishimoto )

Naruto is a Japanese manga series that follows the story of an adolescent ninja, who wants to peruse his dream of becoming Hokage, the series was written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. The story has two main series’ the original first series Naruto and part two Naruto Shippuden. This anime started in 1997 and still ongoing.

There is also a third part based on Naruto’s son Boruto called Boruto: Naruto Next Generation. Most of the characters followed a mantra or as they refer to it, a “nindo” (translated into English from Japanese) a ninja way. For example, Naruto, Hinata and Jiraiya shared the same nindo of never giving up while the first hokage, Hashirama and the third hokage, Saru shared the same nindo, the will of fire.

Naruto is a character that had to start at the bottom to succeed and become Hokage he had many different teachers such as : Hatake Kakashi, Jiraiya Sensei, Killer-Bee and Iruka Sensei and off course a father (Minato Namikaze). The story does have flaws for instance too many fillers, plot holes and a lot of inconsistent animation problems due to low-budget but overall it is well written, illustrated and animated show. Respect to Kishimoto and everyone else who works for the various’ business’ to create this icon.


2. Gintama ( Hideaki Sorachi )


The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence.

However one man, Gintoki Sakata, still possesses the heart of the samurai, although from his love of sweets and work as a yorozuya, one might not expect it. Accompanying him in his jack-of-all-trades line of work are Shinpachi Shimura, a boy with glasses and a strong heart, Kagura with her umbrella and seemingly bottomless stomach, as well as Sadaharu, their oversized pet dog. Of course, these odd jobs are not always simple, as they frequently have run-ins with the police, ragtag rebels, and assassins, oftentimes leading to humorous but unfortunate consequences.

Who said life as an errand boy was easy?




3. Yowamushi Pedal (Wataru Watanabe)

Sakamichi Onoda is a cheerful otaku looking to join his new school’s anime club, eager to finally make some friends. Unfortunately, the club has been disbanded and he takes it upon himself to revive it by finding students who are willing to join. Without much luck, Onoda decides to make a round trip to Akihabara on his old, bulky city bicycle, a weekly 90-kilometer ride he has been completing since fourth grade.

This is when he meets fellow first year student, Shunsuke Imaizumi, a determined cyclist who is using the school’s steep incline for practice. Surprised by Onoda’s ability to climb the hill with his specific type of bicycle, Imaizumi challenges him to a race, with the proposition of joining the anime club should Onoda win. And thus begins the young boy’s first foray into the world of high school bicycle racing!



4. Haikyuu ( Haruichi Furudate

Haikyuu Inspired after watching a volleyball ace nicknamed “Little Giant” in action, small-statured Shouyou Hinata revives the volleyball club at his middle school. The newly-formed team even makes it to a tournament; however, their first match turns out to be their last when they are brutally squashed by the “King of the Court,” Tobio Kageyama. Hinata vows to surpass Kageyama, and so after graduating from middle school, he joins Karasuno High School’s volleyball team—only to find that his sworn rival, Kageyama, is now his teammate.

Thanks to his short height, Hinata struggles to find his role on the team, even with his superior jumping power. Surprisingly, Kageyama has his own problems that only Hinata can help with, and learning to work together appears to be the only way for the team to be successful. Based on Haruichi Furudate’s popular shounen manga of the same name, Haikyuu!! is an exhilarating and emotional sports comedy following two determined athletes as they attempt to patch a heated rivalry in order to make their high school volleyball team the best in Japan.







Date published: 12/10/17 

Written by: Joseph Opoku 

Source: (1) Twitter [Crunchyroll] (2) My Anime List [Haikyuu] (3) My Anime List [Gintama] (4) Naruto Wikia (5) My Anime List [Yowamushi Pedal]

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