Yui Ito, known for her role as Sakura in the Naruto live-action series took to her Instagram stories to express her frustration and feelings over being chased by a man during Jump Festa and what ensued.
In her story, Yui states that she was being chased by a man and she managed to catch him and stay alert. However, after informing the authorities, no evidence could be found through the cameras.
Sakura’s live actress, @itoyui0426, posted on her insta story that a man chased her at Jump Festa yesterday. Unfortunately the CCTV footage didn’t capture the incident. The amount of harassment Sakura’s voice and live actresses receive is terrifying. I’m glad she’s safe now. pic.twitter.com/QaAU8kkylR
— 𝓜 ❀ ◓ (@uchihassasusaku) December 17, 2023
She stated that since no action could be taken against the man, she slept crying, feeling frustrated and depressed.
Yui also stated that the bamboo forest feels soothing for her.
This isn’t the first time a Sakura actor has been harassed by fans. In the Tweet mentioned above, you can read a full thread on how Sakura’s Japanese, Korean, and German VAs have been called weak and useless to the point where they did not feel like working anymore.
In fact, author Masashi Kishimoto himself stated that he reduced Sakura’s screen time to avoid the backlash.
Naruto manga, written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, was serialized in Shueisha’s magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump, from 1999 to 2014 and released in tankobon (book) form in 72 volumes.
Viz Media licensed the manga and anime for North American production and serialized Naruto in their digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.
Naruto is one of the best-selling manga series in history, with 250 million copies in circulation worldwide in 47 countries and regions.
Out of this, 153 million copies were sold in Japan alone, and the remaining 97 million copies were sold worldwide.
Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo were responsible for producing the Naruto anime. It premiered in Japan on October 3, 2002, and concluded on February 8, 2007.
The anime aired 220 episodes in total.
Naruto: Shippuden, developed by Studio Pierrot, is the sequel to the original Naruto anime. Naruto: Shippuden adapts Part II of the manga.
The anime began on February 15, 2007, and ended on March 23, 2017.
Currently, the second part of the sequel “BORUTO” titled BORUTO -TWO BLUE VORTEX-” (original story and manga by Masashi Kishimoto, supervised by Mikio Ikemoto) is being serialized in V Jump.
Source: Yui Ito’s Instagram