Naruto manga-ka Masashi Kishimoto has kept the identity of Naruto’s main villain, the masked man, under wraps for quite some time. Throwing a curveball once by revealing that it’s Madara Uchiha after going by the Tobi alias for a long time, then pulling a quick one by revealing that the real Madara Uchiha has been dead for quite some time. So who’s the man behind the mask? It seems too late in the game for Kishimoto to reveal an entirely new character so chances are the mask man is someone that’s been introduced or at least mentioned before.
In a five question Q&A in this year’s 35th issue of the Japanese Shonen Jump, Kishimoto revealed that we might not need to wait a long time to find out:
Question: What is the connection between Tobi and Madara?
Kishimoto-sensei: Both ninja know one another. What kind of relationship do they have? Well, that will be gradually revealed as the story progresses!!
Question: Will Tobi’s identity be revealed in the future…!?
Kishimoto-sensei: Yes, it will. In fact, Tobi’s identity should be revealed within the next couple of weeks so until then please continue with your predictions!!