Boruto and his friends just graduated from the ninja academy and their design is more familiar to Naruto fans, so now the upcoming story is finally about to expand on one of the original series' last stories.
As Boruto: Naruto Next Generations heads into its next arc, it will adapt Boruto - Naruto the Movie's take on the Chuunin Exams.
The visual for the upcoming arc features the fully formed team of Boruto, Sarada, and Mitsuki teased during the series' opening credits (and last seen in the Naruto film) as well as Momoshiki, Kinshiki, and a new character designed by original Naruto series creator Masashi Kishimoto, Urashiki. This arc will begin next spring and follow the story of Boruto as he trains under Sasuke in order to impress his father and get him to pay more attention, something he's been dealing during the entire series to this point.
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.