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Update: Shippuden reveals upcoming Boyhood Arc character retrospectives

At last Naruto and Sasuke kicked the passive aggressive act, thrashing out all their frustrations in the double-sized episode ‘Final Battle’. As of Naruto Shippuden‘s October 6th episode ‘Unison Sign’, it had covered 698 chapters of Masashi Kishimoto’s 700-chapter manga. And then, finally, we reached the end of Naruto’s story with the anime’s episode 479 (or 699 if you include the episode count of the original Naruto anime).

The series’ staff have all been wishing Naruto farewell, but for the fans, his journey isn’t quite over yet. Shonen Jump magazine announced Shippuden‘s new arc on Monday, one that returns to his childhood days when the Nine-Tails was still sealed away. The arc is titled ‘Shounen Jidai-hen’ (‘Boyhood Arc’), and began on October 20th with episode 480, focused on Naruto and Hinata. Now though, the characters taking their turns to look back over the next three weeks have been revealed:

Episode 481 on October 27th – Sasuke and Sakura
Episode 482 on November 3rd – Gaara and Shikamaru
Episode 483 on November 10th – Jiraiya and Kakashi

This coming winter, the anime will adapt three of the Hiden Shinden epilogue novels: Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding; Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness, and finally Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise. In the meantime, there will be new themes for the main Shippuden storyline, including Anly’s opening ‘Kara no Kokoro’, and Ayumikurikamaki’s ‘Departure Song’ on the ending.

6 Comments on Update: Shippuden reveals upcoming Boyhood Arc character retrospectives

  1. Hontou? The epilogue novels sound interesting! Will definitely look forward to that!

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  2. Wait… what?? Naruto is ending? 😦 I didn’t know that… 😛 but then, I haven’t been following the series for a while now… 😉

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    • Elisabeth O'Neill // October 11, 2016 at 10:36 am // Reply

      It looks like it, seeing as there are only 700 chapters of the manga. It’s a good thing the epilogue novels exist, that will tide us over with more Naruto for a while longer, and then we’ll probably get the Boruto anime shortly after.

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      • True… I hope the Boruto anime will be just as good but my hopes aren’t high especially since the Boruto manga isn’t that good in my opinion 😦

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        • Elisabeth O'Neill // October 12, 2016 at 10:56 am // Reply

          Hmm, Shippuden has been lagging a little for quite a while too, I’d like to think the new generation is what the anime needs to recapture the old magic of Naruto.

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          • True… But I’m a little skeptical because it’s a different artist drawing the new manga, which I don’t think is great so I think it’ll be the same artist who’ll draw the new anime…

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