Fans of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations believe Lisa, a member of the K-Pop girl group BLACKPINK, inspired the character design for Eida.

As reported by Anime Senpai, social media is flooded with analogies between the cyborg antagonist from Boruto and the Thai K-Pop artist. Eida is shown in one tweet assuming a similar position to Lisa. On the cover of Boruto Vol. 15 is where Eida is shown mimicking Lisa's mannerisms in another tweet. There are more tweets that demonstrate how similar Lisa and Eida look to one another.


Eida's character design was allegedly influenced by Lisa, a member of the K-Pop girl group BLACKPINK, according to Boruto: Naruto Next Generations fans.

Celebrities are used as references by manga artists

Although the similarity between the Boruto villain Eida and the real-life singer Lisa may strike some as odd, it's not uncommon for writers to utilize famous people as inspiration for their characters. For the naval admirals Kuzan (Aokiji), Borsalino (Kizaru), and Sakazuki (Akainu) from One Piece, the late Japanese actors Ysaku Matsuda, Kunie Tanaka, and Bunta Sugawara served as inspiration. The character designs of Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star and Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop were both influenced by Matsuda's appearance.


This also isn't the first time anime and K-Pop communities have collided with each other. After the controversial decision to remove Kim Jiwoo from the girl group LOONA, a fan showed support for the idol by reimagining her as Chainsaw Man. A Bocchi the Rock album outsold real-life K-Pop bands Stray Kids and NCT Dream on the Billboard Japan album charts for Top Downloaded Albums. K-pop also inspired the illustrated work of manga artist Mirei Hiranishi, the creator of The Girl That Can't Get A Girlfriend.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is available on streaming services like Crunchyroll and Hulu. Viz Media handles the English release of the manga.

Source: Twitter, via Anime Senpai