The “Naruto” anime will celebrate its 20th anniversary this third quarter of the year. To honor this occasion, the official Naruto Twitter account said it would get four brand-new episodes, and there would also be many other surprises for the fans.
Four new episodes
The anime series may have ended last 2017 with “Naruto: Shippuden,” but the will of the ninja lives on.
This year, the franchise is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and it just does not end there. Fans can relive the nostalgia as four new episodes are set to grace your televisions, with selected earlier episodes slated for rerun in Japan starting this July.
This announcement is part of a bigger celebration that saw Studio Pierrot, the Japanese animation studio behind popular series such as “Naruto,” streaming a special “Road of Naruto” video in 2022, which has condensed two decades of “Naruto” anime history into just 10 minutes.
This video included fresh, reanimated battle footage and was later accompanied by three new visuals for the anime’s 20th-year anniversary on Twitter.
Adapted from the manga by Masashi Kishimoto, which goes by the same name, the anime debited in 2002. Its story follows Naruto Uzumaki and his journey to become the strongest ninja in the Hidden Leaf Village.
The end for ‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’
In 2007, the “Naruto: Shippuden” anime series, the sequel to the first installment, premiered and ended its run in 2017, which is the same year the “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations” manga got its own adaptation.
The series, which runs weekly in Weekly Shonen Jump, is set after the events of “Naruto” and chronicles the adventures of Naruto’s son, Boruto.
However, some bad news for the fans of this series. While the manga will keep going, the anime will go on an indefinite hiatus after the 293rd episode, which will be shown this March 26th. But do not get too sad, as the second part of the anime is confirmed to be already in the works.
The “Naruto” franchise is based on a manga that started serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in September 1999 and ran for 15 years until November 2014. A total of 72 volumes have been published. Studio Pierrot took charge of its anime adaptation, which premiered in October 2002. The anime was followed by a sequel titled “Naruto: Shippuden,” which had 500 episodes.
After “Naruto: Shippuden” came “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations,” also adapted into an anime series by Studio Pierrot, basing it on the manga written by Kishimoto together with Ukyō Kodachi. The manga began in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2016 but transferred to V Jump in 2019. The “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations” anime adaptation started broadcasting in April 2017.