The official website of Naruto unveiled a new key visual and the theme song artist for the upcoming 4 new episodes of the series on July 23, 2023.
The key visual features pre-Shippuden Team 7 members—Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke, and Kakashi.
It has also been confirmed that 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.
Members of FLOW expressed their excitement for the project, recalling their long-standing connection with Naruto. The band revealed that their journey with the anime began many years ago, and they consider Naruto to be an inseparable comrade.
“Our encounter with ‘NARUTO’ was the beginning of our journey with anime. Since then, we had the opportunity to collaborate with ‘NARUTO’ at a significant point in our band’s career, making ‘NARUTO’ a dear comrade to us. This encounter not only allowed us to perform LIVE shows for ‘NARUTO’ fans across Japan but also connected us with fans all over the world. We are thrilled to collaborate once again for the 20th anniversary of ‘NARUTO’ broadcast, and we hope to continue enjoying the everlasting world of ‘NARUTO’ together with everyone.“
The brand new Naruto episodes are being released 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.
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