The upcoming issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that a new sequel manga of Masashi Kishimoto’s long running Naruto manga will be releasing in Spring 2015. The new manga itself will be a mini-series.
The mini-series will follow a new cast of characters, following on the next generation of shinobi, focusing on Naruto’s children. The series not be written or illustrated by Kishimoto and will be a shorter series than the previous two parts of his manga. The series itself is currently tentatively called Naruto. Additionally, a series of light novels from Akira Higashiyama, the scriptwriter of Naruto Shippuuden: Blood Prison, will be produced next year as well. The first light novel will be focusing on Kakashi Hatake. The novels will be published by Shueisha’s Jump j Books imprint.
The Naruto manga has been running in the magazine’s publication since 1999 and will be ending on the 50th issue of the year. The manga itself is wrapping up its final few chapters, and the anime beginning to catch up. The manga is also ending before the first release of the new upcoming The Last Naruto the Movie that will be out in Japan on December 6, as part of the franchise’s 15th anniversary. The film itself will be overseen by Kishimoto and features characters designs by him. There will also be a exhibition for Naruto that will open in Japan early next year.
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 new Naruto mini-series manga will be out in Japan in Spring 2015. The Naruto manga itself will come to end on November 10th, after a total of 700 chapters. And The Last Naruto the Movie will be out on December 6th.
So what do you think about the new spin-off manga?
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