Sasuke Uchiha has remained a contender for "most popular character" in the Naruto franchise for decades and for good reason. The last remaining Uchiha has had an edgy personality, and powerset, that helped him earn his place in anime fans' hearts over the years, and now, Sasuke is getting his own manga. Adapting the novel story, Sasuke Retsuden, the new manga adaptation will arrive later this month, exploring new stories in the gap between Shippuden's conclusion and the stories following the next generation.
Sasuke Retsuden: The Uchiha Descendants and the Heavenly Stardust first hit the scene in 2019 as a novel by writer Jun Esaka, with the creator of Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto, sharing new art for the story which took place following the events of Naruto: Shippuden but before the start of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. Throughout Shippuden's events, Sasuke was struggling to find his place in the world and took a number of actions that could definitely be considered villainous as he looked to discover the secrets behind his brother's reasoning when it came to eliminating their family.
The Official Twitter Account for Naruto shared not just the release date for this new Sasuke manga, but also revealed that the manga following Kakashi, Might Guy, and Mirai in Naruto Konoha Shinden Steam Ninja Scroll will also be hitting the stands later this month to deliver a one-two punch:
While the "Hot Spring" storyline has already received an anime adaptation in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Sasuke Retsuden has yet to be brought to the small screen. Considering how many interesting elements this novel revealed, it wouldn't come as a surprise if it eventually is adapted to the anime.
The official synopsis for this unique Sasuke story, exploring not just the Uchiha but his relationship with the mother of his child, Sakura, reads as such:
"Sasuke goes to the Astronomy Institute of Research, far away from the Land of Fire. In order to find traces of the Rikudo Sennin, he joins Sakura on this journey and begins a secret investigation. However, a life-or-death plan is already in place! The married couple must take on the challenges that come with this surprising research."
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