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Naruto Spinoff Manga Boruto Launches on May 9

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Masashi Kishimoto also prints Naruto 1-shot on April 25

The official website for the "Next Generation" of the Naruto franchise revealed that Mikie Ikemoto's upcoming Boruto spinoff manga will debut in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on May 9. A new chapter will run in the magazine once a month, starting in this year's 23rd issue.

In addition, Masashi Kishimoto will publish a one-shot for his original Naruto manga in this year's combined 22nd/23rd issue on April 25.

Ikemoto, who worked as an assistant under Kishimoto, is drawing Boruto. Kishimoto is supervising the manga, and Ukyō Kodachi (Naruto: Gaara Hiden - Sajingensō novel, Boruto -Naruto the Movie- screenplay cooperation) is writing the manga's script. The new manga focuses on Boruto.

Shueisha had launched the countdown site last year, and the countdown had featured the logo and the silhouettes of the characters from Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga — specifically, of the children of the main characters from the Naruto manga, who were featured in Boruto -Naruto the Movie- and in Kishimoto's Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring one-volume sequel manga.

Kishimoto ended his main Naruto manga after 15 years of serialization in November 2014. He then wrote the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring one-volume sequel manga, and also worked on the script and character designs and served as the chief production supervisor on the Boruto -Naruto the Movie- film sequel. A series of novels continued the story after the manga's end.

At a preview screening for Boruto -Naruto the Movie- last July, Boruto voice actress Yuko Sanpei said that she "wanted to see the films continue," and Kishimoto responded with a wry smile, "I can't. Please let me rest now." After finishing Naruto, Kishimoto said, "During this time, I finally went on my honeymoon. Even though my son has grown as big as [protagonist Naruto's son] Boruto." Kishimoto had gotten married over a decade ago.

Kishimoto attended last year's New York Comic Con event in October. He confirmed that he is working on plans for his next manga, a science-fiction story.

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