The producers behind the popular shonen anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations have warned fans to be wary of “unofficial” Naruto-based NFTs.
“We have received inquiries regarding the veracity of information circulating on the internet about ‘official’ licensed games and NFTs based on Naruto,”
The manufacturer said in a statement shared on Twitter and made clear that no licensing rights have been granted. “allowing such products”. Boruto makers continue to urge fans and consumers to “beware of misinformation.”
What is NFT?
An NFT is a unit of data stored on a blockchain that can be sold and exchanged, and they are often in the form of digital files such as videos, photos, and audio. Supposedly, each NFT is uniquely identifiable by a certificate of authenticity or public proof of ownership; However, due to legal uncertainty, the underlying digital files can be copied and shared, meaning that many NFTs can be essentially identical.
While the NFTs have been mired in recent controversies, criticized for their negative environmental impact and potential forgery, several prominent entertainment companies have attempted to capitalize on the hype. Most notably, video game developer Ubisoft tried to sell NFTs, but the business venture ultimately failed, with NFTs dropping dramatically.
Based on statements from Boruto producers, it doesn’t look like any licensed NFTs will be released for the anime any time soon. However, there are loads of official merchandise for Boruto and its predecessor, Naruto, including a new line of 8-inch vinyl characters featuring the iconic Hello Kitty and Chococat mascots dressed as Naruto Uzumaki and Naruto. Sasuke Uchiha, respectively. The figurines are currently available for pre-order through Kid Robot for $94.99 each and are expected to ship in late 2022.
Similarly, Bandai has released highly detailed, precise Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura Haruno manga characters as part of its Figurarts collection line. The characters are fully poseable and come with an array of interchangeable hands, masks, and effect pieces, meaning fans can recreate iconic attacks brand image and pose of each character. The Naruto figure retails for 3,500 yen while the Sakura and Sasuke figure sells for 5,000 yen and 5,500 yen, respectively. Jewelry brand Master SFC also has a line of rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants inspired by some of the ninja world’s most recognizable weapons, including Zabuza’s sword and blade Asuma’s chakra.
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