'Boruto' Illustrator Releases Adorable Graduation Sketch

Boruto and his friends just graduated from the ninja academy on Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, but the kids have had a different development speed in the monthly manga series.

To officially celebrate the young shinobis' graduation from the ninja academy, Boruto illustrator Mikio Ikemoto released a "class photo" of the group.

The sketch displays the differing personalities of the students that fans have come to know in the anime series. Their teacher Shino is reasonably annoyed while Boruto plays up his lovable scamp tendencies, Metal Lee is stiff as a board thanks to his nervousness, ChoCho is eating a bag of chips, Sarada is also visibly annoyed, Mitsuki looks on curiously, and everyone is generally happy to move on with this phase of life.

Fans of the anime are sure happy the Boruto group have made their way out of the academy as well as it sets up an arc that will adapt the events of Boruto - Naruto the Movie. On December 27, the anime will also adapt one of the last Naruto stories Kishimoto wrote himself, Naruto Gaiden: The Road Illuminated by the Full Moon. This story was published in Shuiesha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 2016 and focuses on Mitsuki's origins.

If you are familiar with Naruto, then you may already know about Mitsuki’s background. The one-shot introduces Mitsuki as the child awakes under Orochimaru’s care. Having lost his memories, the synthetically created ninja is tasked with finding a man named Log as he stole Mitsuki’s memories.

The story winds up pitting Mitsuki up against a tough decision as he must decide to either follow Log, Orochimaru, or forge his own destiny. In the end, Mitsuki chooses the latter and escapes to the Leaf Village. However, the boy left not knowing his ultimate decision was what Orochimaru had actually been hoping for.

For those unfamiliar with Naruto, it has quite a storied history. Originally created by Masashi Kishimoto, the series ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump for 700 chapters. The story follows Naruto, a young ninja with a sealed demon within him that wishes to become the leader of his home village. The sequel, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is set several years after the events of the original Naruto story and featuring the children of many of its key characters such as Naruto and Hinata.