If there’s one thing Naruto fans can agree on, it is that Naruto Uzumaki has an odd fashion sense. The ninja may be one of the most powerful in the world, but his obsession with orange baffles fans to this day. However, there is a perfectly good explanation for the garish Naruto costume.
You can thank Son Goku for that.
Naruto and Dragon Ball have a world of difference between them, but Masashi Kishimoto has never strayed from his love of Saiyans. The Naruto creator has referenced Akira Toriyama as being one of his biggest influences, and the Dragon Ball artist pushed Kishimoto to new artistic heights.
Back in 2012, Kishimoto went so far as to admit Toriyama is the man who first made him think to become a manga artist.
“I got into Akira Toriyama-sensei’s Dr. Slump anime and Dragon Ball manga. I loved his characters. I was especially attached to Dr. Slump’s Arale and Dragon Ball’s Goku. Also, his art really appealed to me. There was something about his cartoony drawing style that felt right, more so than realistic drawings. I thought to myself, I want to become like Toriyama-sensei.”
The artist has also explained that Goku was a “key factor” in creating Naruto. The pair share a similar straight-forward attitude that’s equal parts childish and brash. Naruto does mature more so than Goku does, but the pair are connected by their desire to be the strongest fighters possible.
So, naturally, the pair would share costume details.
The pair may share blonde hair occasionally, but it is their outfits which speak out the most. Color theory supports the use of orange/blue patterns to make lead characters stand out, but their use seems to be one Masashi made to honor Goku. The outfits and their styles vary greatly, but their loud personalities reflect one another perfectly. Goku wears his traditional gi to nod to his years of training, and Naruto relies on orange to force his villagers to pay him attention. And, in the end, it is anime fans who’ve wound up giving the heroes the most kudos of all.
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