Today is the day that marks the ending of Masashi Kishimoto’s best-selling manga, Naruto. The manga finally ends after its 15-year run in Weekly Shōnen Jump with a total of 700 chapters. Its anime adaptation series, however, will continue to air its episodes and another upcoming movie entitled “The Last: Naruto the Movie” is also scheduled to premiere in Japan this coming December 6 as part of “Start of a New Era Project” to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the manga.
But even though the manga already concluded, there is still another reason for fans to rejoice. It has been recently revealed in the latest issue of Shonen Jump that a new mini-series is scheduled to be published in spring next year. It is tentatively titled “Naruto” and will mainly focus in the next generation of shinobi, especially Naruto’s children. No further details have been announced regarding it, but it seems like Akira Higashiyama, the scriptwriter of Naruto Shippuden: Blood Prison, will also create a series of light novels next year. The first book will be about Hatake Kakashi, and it will also be published in Shueisha’s Jump j Books.