The beginning of Boruto’s own manga has been announced on Shueisha’s Next Generation website as arriving on May 9th, when he’ll take up the mantle from his dear old dad Naruto in Weekly Shonen Jump. But it’s not just the characters who’ll be inheriting their places in this spin-off series. Instead of original Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto, one of his assistants, Mikio Ikemoto, will be leading on the illustration, which he’s teased with the visual shown below. On the written side too, the game designer and novelist Ukyo Kodachi, who has written Macross Frontier and Mobile Suit Gundam AGE novelisations as well as co-operating on Boruto -Naruto the Movie-’s script, will be working under Kishimoto’s supervision.
Kishimoto has by no means stopped creating for the franchise altogether, though. A new one-shot Naruto spin-off, written and illustrated by himself, will be published in Weekly Shonen Jump’s combined 21st/22nd issue to be released on April 25th. Understandably, he can’t leave it to rest, even after Naruto’s end after 15 years in November 2014, followed by the one-volume manga sequel Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, then the Boruto film sequel which he wrote and chief produced. It was only after Naruto’s closure that Kishimoto went on his honeymoon, though he’d been married for over a decade and his son, in his words, had “grown as big as Boruto.”
As well as his hard work continuing in the Naruto timeline, he’s also planning for a whole new manga, which he described as a sci-fi story at last year’s New York Comic Con. So much for his “Please let me rest now” remark to Boruto voice actress Yuko Sanpei’s wish to see the films continue. Still, we all must have known he was only half serious, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.