Animating the movement of characters is not an easy task, and when we talk about a series like Naruto Shippuden that is heavily based on martial prowess then, it is not even talked about.
Therefore, it is not uncommon for production teams to hire martial artists to perform specific moves to later produce their own animations on top of them. Obviously, finding these “references” for free out there makes the process a lot simpler, and as we already know Naruto Shippuden is full of them!
Recently the Enerjack fan noticed the similarity between a very specific move by Madara Uchiha in one of the series’ opening animations with a scene from Captain America’s Winter Soldier: Civil War. When posting it on Reddit some fans doubted the possibility that the scene was actually used as a reference, but note the comparison below:
Despite being a “classic” movement known as a butterfly kick, the truth is that the frames in the opening animation are very similar to the Captain America: Civil War scene, implying that it was probably used as a reference.
It is worth remembering that this is not a negative practice or that it “tarnishes” Naruto’s legacy in any way. In fact, the more animated scenes that are drawn using references, the better for the final quality of the anime.
But what about you, do you think the Captain America: Civil War scene served as inspiration for the animation of the opening of Naruto Shippuden or do you believe that everything is just a big coincidence? Leave your opinion in the comments.
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