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Naruto Spin-off Mini-Series to be Released Next Year

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.

Credit: Weekly Shonen Jump

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.


Naruto to End its Serialization on November 10

There’s no denying that Masashi Kishimoto‘s best-selling manga Naruto has become one of the most popular series across the globe. The story, which revolves around the main character named Uzumaki Naruto, has been so famous that it spawned several media franchise such as anime series, OVAs, films, video games, and so on. The first Naruto anime adaptation was aired in Japan from 2002 until 2007, with 220 episodes in total. Its sequel, Naruto Shippuden, first premiered in 2007 and is still ongoing with 380 current episodes.

However, much to the surprise of all the fans, it has been recently announced that the serialization of the manga will conclude on the 10th of November next month. The manga currently has 690 chapters with the recent ones still not yet published in a tankōbon volume. Dozens of rumors about the impending conclusion have buzzed the internet, but the announcement published on Shonen Jump seems to be the real deal.

After 15 years of its publication, the world of Naruto is coming to an end. Don’t worry though! The anime series still have a long way to go, and there will still be a movie coming up this December, entitled The Last: Naruto the Movie.

But what are your thoughts about its inevitable end?

(Source: Shonen Jump)