Naruto Gets New Konoha Shinden Novel
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
This year's second volume of Shueisha's Shōnen Jump NEXT!! magazine revealed the new Konoha Shinden (Konoha New Legend) Naruto novel project on Monday.
The novel will have three protagonists — Guy, Kakashi, and Mirai (the daughter of Asuma and Kurenai) — and will take place at a hot spring. The novel will "tie together Naruto and Boruto," and will be set between the final chapter of the original Naruto manga and the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring spinoff manga. The novel will feature illustrations by Shō Hinata (Naruto - Konoha Hiden: Shūgen Biyori novel).
Since Masashi Kishimoto ended the Naruto manga in November 2014, Shueisha has published 10 novels based on the franchise. There are six novels in the Hiden (Hidden Legend) series, and each novel revolves around a different character or characters (Kakashi, Shikamaru, Gaara, Sakura, the Akatsuki organization, and other ninja in Konoha). Viz Media has published Naruto: Kakashi's Story (pictured at right) and Naruto: Shikamaru's Story, and will publish Naruto: Sakura's Story on May 3.
The Shinden (True Legend, uses different characters from the Konoha Shinden novel) series contains three novels. The two Itachi Shinden novels shipped last year and inspired the current arc of the Naruto Shippūden television anime series, and Shueisha published the Sasuke Shinden novel last year. Shueisha also published the Naruto: Dojunjō Ninden (Naruto: The Tale of the Utterly Purehearted Shinobi) novel last August.