Naruto anime revealed a special summer illustration featuring Sakura and Hinata, along with other characters, enjoying a twilight in Konohagakure. The anime is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a slew of activities that also include a new four-episode anime project. The new project was slated to premiere on September 3 and run for four consecutive weeks but was delayed yesterday due to production issues.
The Naruto franchise is based on a manga written by Masashi Kishi. It began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in September 1999 and ran for 15 years, until November 2014. A total of 72 volumes have been published. Studio Pierrot animated the adaptation, which premiered in October 2002. The anime was followed by a sequel titled Naruto Shippuden, which had a total of 500 episodes. The franchise spawned multiple games, merchandise, and 11 movies.
Pierrot also animated the adaptation of the Boruto sequel manga, originally written by Ukyo Kodachi. Naruto author, Masashi Kishimoto later took over the story, which features Ikemoto’s illustrations. The manga started in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2016 but moved to V Jump in 2019. The Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime adaptation began broadcasting in April 2017. The story follows Naruto’s son, Boruto.
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