Meet Taro Okamoto, the real inspiration behind Deidara in Naruto Shippuden

One of the things that made Akatsuki so iconic was its unique members. Each of the organization’s participants had different and complementary skills, as well as different motivations. The only thing they had in common was the fact that they were very high-level ninjas. Deidara, for example, was an artist and, as such, was based on a real-life artist.

The Japanese painter and sculptor Taro Okamoto (1911-1996) became known for his abstract and avant-garde works, and in this way, the designs of his works directly inspired Deidara’s clay creations.

Not only that, even Deidara’s slogan “Art is explosion!” became famous by the artist in a TV commercial after ringing a bell that he himself created.

One of his most famous works, the Torre do Sol, clearly appears after the explosion of Deidara’s most powerful jutsu, C0.

But it was not only in terms of the staff and the arts that Taro Okamoto influenced the creation of Deidara. The character’s own design, with small mouths in his hands, seems to have come from the Japanese artist.

Taro Okamoto was one of Japan’s most important avant-garde artists, especially after the catastrophic end of World War II.

In the late 1960s, a huge effort to modernize Japan (and its image to the world) resulted in a new appreciation for the surrealist and modern works of Taro, who became one of Japan’s most beloved artists in the 1970s.

The house where he lived is now a museum full of paintings and sculptures, finished and unfinished. It is even possible to create the same clapper as the commercial bell that generated the iconic phrase: “Art is explosion!”.

Naruto Shippuden, shown between the years 2007 and 2017, tells the second phase of the anime. In it, Naruto returns after two years of training with the mission to fight Akatsuki and then rescue Sasuke from the clutches of Orochimaru.

Altogether, the anime has 500 episodes (including the Naruto Shippuden fillers), and ends the story of Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and Kakashi. In addition, the anime sets the stage for the direct continuation of the story.

You can follow Naruto in full on Crunchyroll. In addition to it, the service features classic Naruto and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, its direct continuation.

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