So the guy claims he can't write romance. Then WTF is this???
I wish we had that moment where Kishi can talk freely and admit the truth that he wasn't allowed to write the romance that he wanted between Naruto and Sakura.
I know what you mean. I would like to see what he can do when he doesn't feel constricted.
This might be me, but this 5 year hiatus that Kishi took from the time Naruto ended to when Samurai 8 launched in Jump might actually be pretty beneficial for him.
For 1 he talked about this sci-fi series back in January 2015 when it was still just a basic idea, and he could've just rolled with it and said okay I got an idea for my next series lets do it but that didn't happen. I'm beginning to have the impression that unlike with Naruto, Kishi actually took the time and planned out how the story was going to be handled along with the character arcs. I mean we have heard a couple times that there are things that he did in Naruto that he regrets doing such as the love triangle drama, and developing the characters properly, or foreshadowing events that would come within the series. I know in one of the interviews he admitted that he didn't exactly plan out the story of Naruto, and he probably regrets that decision.
I mean it's like I said earlier this doesn't make up for how bad Naruto's story got especially with the romantic subplot, but so far 39 chapters in it does feels like he took all those criticisms for Naruto and applied it well with this new series. Some people have said that the story is still too early for us to judge how Kishi will handle this moving forward which is indeed true however he's really hoping this doesn't end up being like Naruto where things just get dragged out, About 10 Volumes is how long he sees the series lasting which if we look right now we're almost done with Volume 4 (3 more chapters until it is complete), but we'll see how things go when we get closer to Volume 8.
Another key thing to keep in mind is that the scenario here compared to Naruto is that Kishi was writing the series and drawing it at the same time which after some point really wore him out obviously. However, he is solely writing the series with Samurai 8 while his former assistant Okubo is doing the art for the series.