Viz Media has announced a Shonen Jump Naruto mall tour which kicks off on November 4th at the Cumberland Mall in Atlanta with subsequent stops at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota (November 11th), and Lakeline Mall in Cedar Park, Texas (November 18th). The tour will continue in 2007 with additional dates and locations to be announced later.
The Naruto events are all free and provide fans with a smorgasbord of activities at a variety of stations including a Ninja Academy, where instructors teach special moves and techniques; the Chakra Challenge station, sponsored by Mattel; a Bandai collectible card game area; several video game kiosks featuring Naruto video games from Tomy/D3P and NAMCO/BANDAI; a manga drawing area; and a green screen area where fans can have their pictures taken against a variety of Naruto backgrounds.
In addition to getting a sneak peek at upcoming episodes of Naruto on a large main screen, each visitor will also receive a Naruto passport that will guide them to the various activities. Fans who collect the requisite number of passport stamps will receive an exclusive Shonen Jump Naruto goodie bag filled with collectible premiums.