Masashi Kishimoto (Japanese: 岸本 斉史, Kishimoto Masashi) (born 8 November 1974) is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known for creating the manga series Naruto. He has been drawing from a very early age. Osamu Kajisa (Tattoo Hearts) and Yuuichi Itakura (Hand's) served as his assistants. Kishimoto was born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. His brother is Seishi Kishimoto.