To commemorate the recent announcement that Masashi Kishimoto’s manga Naruto will be ending, the series’ official website has released a special countdown for the final chapter of the manga, releasing on November 10th. The countdown itself also features a timeline of all the major events from the manga’s 15 year run.
Note: Images in the article contain spoilers from the Naruto Manga
The countdown page on the Naruto website ticks down to the 700th and final chapter of the Naruto manga, which will be releasing on November 10th. The site itself also reveals that a new major project will be revealed after the manga’s conclusion. The countdown page itself is filled with images and illustrations from the manga, recounting all the major events that occurred in the series. From the early beginnings of the manga:
To the recent unfolding of events:
The other main focus of the countdown page is the timeline of the manga, recounting the major events, milestones and panels across the 15 years. It showcases how so much has happened in the last 15 years and yet how fast it all went. It hits you hard doesn’t it?
For even more nostalgia there is also a page with all the main character quotes from the series. Don’t worry, the quotes are translated to English as well: http://www.naruto.com/j/countdown/quotes/
Naruto is an original manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga began in 1999 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, where to date a total of 70 volumes have released, with the 71st volume releasing on November 4th. Since its debut the manga has sold over 130 million copies in Japan alone. The series has also received two TV anime series adaptation, covering the manga’s two parts: Naruto and Naruto Shippuden in 2002 and 2007 respectively. Both series were produced by Studio Pierrot. Additionally, a total of 9 anime films have released to date and numerous OVAs and specials. A light novel spin-off was produced by Masatoshi Kusakabe and released in 2002. Today, the franchise is one of Japan’s most renowned and one of the most popular anime/manga series outside of Japan.
Here is a synopsis of the original series:
Naruto Uzumaki, a hyperactive and knuckle-headed ninja, lives in Konohagakure, the Hidden Leaf village. Moments prior to his birth, a huge demon known as the Kyuubi, the Nine-tailed Fox, attacked Konohagakure and wreaked havoc. In order to put an end to the Kyuubi’s rampage, the leader of the village, the 4th Hokage, sacrificed his life and sealed the monstrous beast inside the newborn Naruto.
Shunned because of the presence of the Kyuubi inside him, Naruto struggles to find his place in the village. He strives to become the Hokage of Konohagakure, and he meets many friends and foes along the way.
The final Naruto chapter will be releasing on November 10th in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. It will not be the end of the orange haired ninja, as The Last Naruto the Movie will be out on December 6th.
So what do you make of 15 years of Naruto? Do the images get you nostalgic?
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