February is the month of love, when spring first starts stirring in the air. So what better time could there have been to celebrate Naruto and Hinata’s marriage with Naruto Shippuden? Starting from the 16th with episode 494, the anime began adapting Sho Hinata’s 2015 novel Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding. This arc is ending tonight with episode 500 (or 720 if you count the entire Naruto anime run), and it’s been confirmed that the episode marks the end of Naruto Shippuden itself.
Shippuden‘s adaptation of the Naruto epilogue novels began in December with Shin Towasa’s Sasuke’s Story – Sunrise. The second part for Takashi Yano’s Shikamaru’s Story then premiered in January, before Konoha Hiden completed the epilogue trilogy.
The anime previously aired the Boyhood Arc, following the end of Naruto’s journey as written in Masashi Kisimoto’s manga. This anime-original arc began on October 20th, and looked back over the childhoods of one pair of characters per episode.
Since Kishimoto’s original manga ended in November 2014, the story has branched out even further in six character-focused Hiden (Hidden Legend) novels, and three Shinden (True Legend) novels. The Hidden stories star Kakashi, Shikamaru, Gaara, Sakura, the Akatsuki organization, and other ninja in Konoha, and Yano’s Itachi Shinden novel was published in two parts in September and October 2015. Itachi Shinden: Komyo-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), both of which went on to inspire an arc of Naruto Shippuden last March. The Sasuke Shinden volume followed in November 2015, and VIZ Media are releasing all three Shinden volumes in the US, the only one left to publish being Sasuke Shinden – Sunrise for this spring.