Teen Commits Suicide After Seeing Naruto Character Die

The British tabloid newspaper Daily Mail reported on Friday that a 14-year-old Russian boy committed suicide after seeing a character in the Naruto Shippūden anime die. According to the paper, Leonid Hmelev leapt more than 100 feet (30 meters) from an apartment building and died instantly.

The newspaper reported that Hmelev was devastated after seeing the death of the character Itachi Uchiha. (The death first appeared in the original Naruto manga in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2008.) Daily Mail said that Hmelev left a message about “planning an ending” on a social networking site.

After his parents reported him missing, they and their neighbors searched for him and found his body two days later on November 1. The Daily Mail reported that his 38-year-old father Ivan said, “I always told him he spent too much time watching the TV – he didn’t know what was reality and what was fiction anymore.”

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UNICEF and The New York Times reports that Russia has the third highest rate — 22 per 100,000 — of teenage suicide after Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Naruto SD Powerful Shippuden (3DS): Large Screenshots & Info

Naruto SD Powerful Shippuden (3DS): Large Screenshots & Info

Namco Bandai Games opened the official preview website for Naruto SD Powerful Shippuden, this winter’s Nintendo 3DS fighting game that features super-deformed versions of Naruto manga/anime characters. The game is based on Kenji Taira’s reinterpretation of Masashi Kishimoto’s ninja story, as seen in the Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden manga and the subsequent Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals anime.

Naruto SD Powerful Shippuden arrives this winter from Namco Bandai Games.

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Naruto: Memories of Chakra in Lagunasia theme park attraction, No.9 Big Size Promo Posters (Eng.Ver) & Info

Naruto: Memories of Chakra in Lagunasia theme park attraction

No.9 Big Size Promo Posters (Eng.Ver) & Info

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The Laguna Gamagori marine resort complex announced on Monday that it will host a “Naruto – Memories of Chakra in Lagunasia” theme park attraction from March 17 to September 2. The event will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Naruto action television anime series and coincide with the resort’s own tenth anniversary.

The event’s main attraction will be “Memories of Chakra,” a recreation of the anime’s famous scenes from the time Naruto sets out on his ninja journey to the beginning of the Shinobi World War. The Lagunasia theme park’s nine areas will also include the “Hokage Monument,” “Konohagakure Village Ninjutsu Dojo,” “Hokage Palace,” and “Ninpoudo” shop where guests can enjoy a menu inspired by the anime and purchase exclusive promotional goods.

Every area of Lagunasia complex will be decorated with a Naruto motif, and visitors can experience all the displays and attractions by participating in the “Sharingan Stamp Rally.” Character shows will also take place during the event.

The complex is located in Gamagori City in the central Japanese prefecture of Aichi. Laguna Gamagori already held a “Mighty Atom Exhibition in Lagunasia” event from September to November 2009 and ran a “One Piece Memorial Log in Lagunasia” event from March to June 2010.

Sources: Animenewsnetwork, Comic Natalie, Presepe & Laguna Gamagori