The latest issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that the upcoming anime adaptation of Takashi Yano’s Naruto spin-off novel Itachi Shinden (The True Legend of Itachi) will be airing from March 2016.
An anime adaptation of the novel was announced at Jump Festa 2016, where the series was intended for a Spring broadcast – which generally begins in April.
The anime will be titled Naruto: Shippuden – Itachi Shinden ~Hikari to Yami~ (Naruto Shippuuden: The True Legend of Itachi Volume ~Light and Darkness~), and is based on the prequel spin-off novel in Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto franchise, written by Takashi Yano. The novel itself focuses on the past of Itachi Uchiha and is split into two different novels: Itachi Shinden: Koumyou-hen (The True Legend of Itachi: Glory) and Itachi Shinden: Anya-hen (The True Legend of Itachi: Dark Night).
The novels were part of the Naruto Shinden trilogy, which included the three Itachi novels and a Sasuke Shinden novel that was released in November this year. In addition, there were also a set of epilogue novels set after the manga, that followed Kakashi, Shikamaru, the Akatsuki, Gaara, Sakura and Konaha.
Here is the synopsis of the novels:
Itachi Uchiha, age four. After seeing what occurs on the battlefield up close, he makes a certain decision. He decided that he would change the world. The dream that Itachi aimed for. His dream: A Hokage from the Uchiha clan, and a future where those he loved could live in peace. His time in the ninja academy, his meeting with Shisui, becoming a Genin, Chunin, and finally a member of the Anbu… Itachi ran straight down a path of glory, not knowing that a cruel darkness was spreading…
This is the story of the glory, frustration, and determination of the ninja called a genius.
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 69 volumes have released. 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, and a manga spinoff, titled Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden, began publishing in 2010 from Kenji Taira and was adapted into an anime in 2012. 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 from MAL:
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 Itachi Shinden anime adaptation is being produced for March 2016, during the Spring 2016 anime season. The anime will air on TV Tokyo; further information will be revealed at a later date.
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