In the English-dubbed version of Naruto, Wil Wheaton voiced Menma, a kind-hearted boy and former member of a bandit clan. After the group attacks a village, Menma abandons them, erasing his own memory out of shame at what happened. He is then rescued by Naruto (Maile Flanagan) and uses ninjutsu to stop the bandits.
Once he recovers from his past, Menma decides to blow up a mine so the thieves can’t carry out their plan to flood the village. The former bandit sacrifices himself in the process and saves the townsfolk, although Naruto mourns his loss. Even though he is a real influence on the main character, Menma only appears on the show for three episodes. However, Wheaton still loved being part of an anime series. The actor wrote on his blog in 2008 that while he’s not a hardcore fan, “I got terribly excited every time I got to do all the traditional anime sounds,” such as the “different breaths” that go into it indicate genre.
But Wheaton’s work in the “Naruto” universe was not over yet. The actor returned to voice another character, Taruho, Shion’s trusty bodyguard, in Naruto Shippuden: The Movie. It is his last role in the franchise so far.