The official Twitter account of Naruto announced on July 2, 2023, that the anime will be getting four brand new episodes as a part of its 20th anniversary celebration.
The episodes will start airing from Sep 3, 2023.
Moreover, the 1st episode will also be getting a live screening at the Makuhari Messe event hall in Chiba on Sep 3, 2023. Tickets will be available for purchase starting from July 18.
As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Naruto anime, a global popularity poll called NARUTOP99 was conducted to determine the anime’s most beloved character from Dec 18, 2022, to Jan 31, 2023.
Minato Namikaze won the popularity poll. As a result the character will be getting a new one shot manga written by Kishimoto, which will release on July 18, 2023.
Based on the manga series of the same name by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto anime began airing on Oct 3, 2002. Produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex, the first part of Naruto anime aired from 2002 to 2007 with 220 episodes. A sequel titled Naruto: Shippuden began airing the same year, and continued till 2017 before ending.
Naruto: Shippuden aired for a total of 500 episodes.
The main story then continued, focusing on the younger generation, with Naruto’s son Boruto, playing the titular character in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
The manga was serialized in Shueisha’s shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump from 1999 to 2014, with its chapters collected in 72 tankobon volumes.
The series is based on two one-shot manga by Kishimoto: Karakuri (1995), which earned Kishimoto an honorable mention in Shueisha’s monthly Hop Step Award the following year, and Naruto (1997).