The official website of Naruto announced on Aug 29, 2023, that the release date of the new 4 episode anime has been postponed to further enhance the quality of the series.
The anime was supposed to release on Sep 3, 2023. New release date is yet to be announced.
In its stead on Sep 3, selected episodes from “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations” will be aired.
Checkout the full statement by the staff regarding the delay below:
Regarding the “Naruto” 20th Anniversary Commemorative New Animation, we had planned to broadcast it for four consecutive weeks starting from September 3rd, 2023 (Sunday) at 5:30 PM. However, due to the aim of further enhancing the quality of this work, which is being produced for the first time in about 6 years and 5 months as part of the 20th-anniversary celebration, we have made the decision to postpone the broadcast timing.
We sincerely apologize to all the fans who were looking forward to the broadcast.
As for the new broadcast schedule, we will announce it on the official website and various social media platforms as soon as it is determined. Additionally, on the dates that were originally scheduled for the new broadcast, we will be airing a selection of episodes from the TV anime “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.”
We will continue to put in even more effort to create a work that lives up to your expectations. We kindly ask for your understanding and support in this matter.
Naruto Anime Production Committee
The brand new Naruto episodes, which is being produced for the first time in about 6 years and 5 months, are being released as a part of its 20th anniversary celebration.
The renowned Japanese rock band, FLOW, will be performing both the opening and ending theme songs for the 4 new episodes.
The opening theme will feature a special 20th-anniversary version of their hit song, “GO!!!,” while the ending theme will be a captivating cover of “Viva★Rock” by ORANGE RANGE, as interpreted by FLOW.
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).
Source: Official Website