What Was Once Thought Impossible Is Happening!
When asked about continuing work on his Naruto franchise, series creator Masashi Kishimoto once famously said “I can’t. Please let me rest now.”
So when Shonen Jump’s official website started a mysterious countdown, there was a lot of speculation about what it could mean…but an ongoing continuation of the manga series was out of the question, right?
It’s official – The Naruto franchise will continue in the form of a serialized manga focusing on Naruto’s son, Boruto.
You may understandably ask something to the point of “How can this happen when the Naruto creator doesn’t want to write it anymore?” In fact, Masashi Kishimoto has publicly stated that when he DOES pick up the pen again, he wants to start on a brand-new Sci-Fi series. Well, the answer is simple and daring – he’s handed off the reigns to a new person. He still has rights to supervise the creation of the new manga, but supposedly he won’t actually be very involved, leaving him free to work on whatever he wants to work on. Or simply to relax some more and enjoy his long-awaited break.
Read more details below!
The countdown website for the “Next Generation” of the Naruto franchise ended on Saturday to announce a new manga in the franchise. Mikio Ikemoto, who worked as an assistant under original manga creator Masashi Kishimoto on Naruto, is drawing the new manga. Kishimoto will supervise the manga, and Ukyō Kodachi (Naruto – Gaara Hiden: Sajingensō novel, Boruto -Naruto the Movie- screenplay cooperation) will write the manga’s script. The new manga will focus on Boruto.
The new manga will be titled Boruto and it will run in Weekly Shonen Jump starting in spring 2016. The magazine will publish new chapters once a month.
Kishimoto ended his main Naruto manga after 15 years of serialization last November. He thenwrote the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring one-volume sequel manga, and also worked on the script and character designs and served as the chief production supervisor on the Boruto -Naruto the Movie- film sequel. A series of novels continued the story after the manga’s end.
Kishimoto attended this year’s New York Comic Con event on October 8-11. He confirmed that he is working on plans for his next manga, a science-fiction story.
Source: Anime News Network 1, 2
There was a suspicious countdown on a website affiliated with Weekly Shonen Jump that had something to do with Naruto. In particular, this site was titled “countdown to the next generation.” We didn’t know what it meant when it was first revealed but now that the countdown has finished, Naruto fans should be happy to know that the story will continue.
Kishimoto has said in the past that he was done with the Naruto franchise after the summer was over. The summer of 2015 saw the miniseries Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring and the Boruto movie, which Kishimoto wrote the entire screenplay for.
It was also announced at the Jump Festa event in Japan that Kishimoto will actually do a Boruto one-shot story in Spring 2016 for Weekly Shonen Jump. No more details were given.
Both the Boruto series and the Kishimoto one-shot will be published via Viz Mediaoutside of Japan at the same time it debuts in Japan.
Outside of those projects, other creators have had their try at the characters in the Naruto universe in the form of novels that focus on particular characters like Kakashi and Gaara. So this won’t be the first time a Naruto property will be drawn/written without Kishimoto.