Kishimoto was born in The Okayama Japan on 8 November 1974 as the older identical twin of The Seishi Kishimoto.During his childhood Masashi Kishimoto showed interest in drawing character’s from the anime shows he watched such as Dr. Slump Arale and Doraemon’s titular protagonist.In elementary school Masashi Kishimoto started watching the Dragon Ball and Kinnikuman anime along side his brother. During the following years Kishimoto started idolising Dragon Ball author Akira Toriyama enjoying not only his series Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball but also Dragon Quest a role playing video game for which the Toriyama was art designer. While he could not afford to buy Weekly Shonen Jump where Dragon Ball manga was published Kishimoto followed the series thanks to the a friend from school who had subscribed to the magazine By high school Masashi Kishimoto started losing interest in the manga as he started playing baseball and basketball sports Kishimoto practised at his school. However upon seeing a poster for the animated film Akira Masashi Kishimoto became fascinated with the way illustration was made and wished to imitate the series creator Katsuhiro Otomos style.
During Masashi last years of school Masashi Kishimoto spent time drawing manga and went to an art college with hopes that he would become a manga artist. Upon entering college Masashi Kishimoto decided he should try creating a Chanbara manga since Weekly Shonen Jump had not the published a title from that genre. However during the same years Kishimoto started reading Hiroaki Samura Blade of the Immortal and Nobuhiro Watsuki Rurouni Kenshin which used such genre. Kishimoto recalls having never been the surprised by manga ever since reading Akira and found that he still was not able to compete against them. In Masashi second year of college Masashi Kishimoto started drawing manga for magazine contests. However Kishimoto noted that his work’s were similar to seinen manga aimed towards a young adult demographic rather than the shonen manga read by childrens. Wishing to write a manga for Shonen Jump that targets a young demographic Masashi Kishimoto found his new style unsuitable for the magazine. When watching the anime series Hashire Melos Masashi Kishimoto was surprised by the character designs employed by the animator’s and he started researching works from the animators. He later met Nishio Tetsuya designer from the anime adaptation of the manga Ninku who he deemed as a big influence Now emulating the way of drawing from the multiple character designers from anime series Masashi Kishimoto noted that his style started resembling shonen series.