Today’s a great day for all of us who’ve been hankering after the new Naruto anime, as Shueisha’s Saikyo Jump has announced that the adaptation of the spin-off novel Itachi Shinden (The True Legend of Itachi) will premiere on March 3rd. When it was first unveiled in December, the full given title of the anime was Naruto Shippūden: Itachi Shinden-hen ~Hikari to Yami~ (Naruto Shippūden: The True Legend of Itachi Volume ~Light and Darkness~), but it was also listed in Shonen Jump as the much more plain and simple Naruto Shippūden: Itachi Shinden-hen.

Takachi Yano’s Itachi Shinden novel was published in two parts (pictured above) by Shueisha last September and October. Itachi Shinden: Kōmyō-hen (The True Legend of Itachi: Glory Volume) was the first released, followed by Itachi Shinden: Anya-hen (The True Legend of Itachi: Dark Night Volume). The story’s beginnings are described on Amazon:

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.

Itachi Shinden, the first of the Naruto True Legend novels, was joined by Sasuke’s story Sasuke Shinden last November. Here’s hoping this means we’ll see our favourite ninja master of sulking again in Naruto’s not too distant anime future.

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