Naruto Is Officially Getting Anime Spin-Off Series

Yesterday, Masashi Kishimoto promised he would be giving fans a rather big update on the future of Naruto, and he did not disappoint. Today, the beloved creator made an appearance at Shonen Jump’s Jump Festa where he talked to fans about a few new projects he has lined up. It was there that Kishimoto revealed that the Boruto manga is getting a full-length anime series that will debut in spring 2017.

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If you are not familiar with the Boruto manga, then it is time you got schooled. The publication is a spin-off of the original Naruto manga which Kishimoto created years ago. Ukyō Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto are the creators behind the spin-off, and Kishimoto has said he’s excited to bring a second generation of ninjas to the small screen.

During the event, Kishimoto told fans that he has high hopes for the project. "I plan to make it even better than Naruto,” he promised

Of course, this will not be the first time fans have met Boruto through anime. A few years back, a theatrical feature was made which focused on the legacy character. Boruto is the son of Naruto Uzumaki and Hinata Hyuuga, and he is just as precocious as his father. The ninja starred in Boruto: Naruto the Movie, and fans were quick to rave over the new character. He was joined on-screen by new and old faces as protagonists like Sakura Haruno, Sasuke Uchicha, and more had major roles in the anime feature.

In the past year, Boruto has also made a major push towards fans outside of cinemas. A one-off anime special about the character was released in Japan earlier this November. Boruto was also added to the very popular Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm video games as the DLC pack ‘Road to Boruto’ was released. The expansion is expected to his the U.S. on February

Many fans were eager to hear whether Kishimoto would confirm a Boruto anime was in the works or not. Yesterday, the creator teased fans with the possibility of several major updates for the franchise, and he delivered. At the event, Kishimoto and TV Tokyo debuted a key visual and promotional video for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, and it has fans clamoring to see more.

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The director also took time to nod at the upcoming live-action Naruto film which Lionsgate is said to be developing. The creator confirmed the movie is taking place and that he will be involved with its production.