An interview with Kishi was made at Jump Festa 2008, and this information seemed interesting.
1. Is Jiraiya dead?
Kishi : He lives..............................in your heart.
Naruto has to be grown up. Shikamaru also needed to be grown up. And Sakura will have to be grown up, too. Lee? Lee doesn't need to be grown up anymore.
2. What's gonna happen next year?
Kishi : Started with Sasuke vs Itachi battle.
I'm gonna write about mainly Sasuke next year. And Kakashi and Sakura, after that. Especially Kakashi. I can't tell yet but a huge event will happen to him.
3. What kind of way of ending do you do with Sasuke vs Itachi battle?
Kishi : I can't tell. But I have kept this waiting to manga readers for a long time. So I'll have to make everyone gets content with it.
4. Describe the color of Sasuke vs Itachi battle.
Kishi : Glossy-Black
5. Describe the color of Kakashi story which you just mentioned about.
Kishi : Dark Blue
6. You said you're gonna write about Sasuke, Kakashi and Sakura. What about Naruto?
Kishi : Naruto has to wait.
7. Are you gonna write the battle of each member of Hebi?
Kishi : Actually I didn't want to. But Shueisha ordered me to do with something about them.
So 2008 will be mainly about Sakura, Sasuke, and Kakashi. o_O I guess this proves that Kishi no longer likes Naruto. I wonder why he didn't mention anything about Akatsuki. >.> Also, he kind of made it obvious who's gonna win in Itachi vs Sasuke. Another interesting note: growing up. Sakura is going to grow up? Sounds like Tsunade will bite the big one. Shikamaru grew up from Asuma's death, Naruto will soon grow up from Jiraiya's death. I think what Anbu-Kakashi said was true now, Naruto will train for quite a while at the frog place where Jiraiya trained. And it said Lee doesn't need any growing up lol. I guess this means Lee will continue to be a loser, since Gai won't be going any where. Your thoughts?