The Naruto manga ended this year. I was happy about that.
Now they’re bringing it back for some reason. That reason is probably money.
Warning: Anime watchers: I may accidentally drop some Naruto spoilers in the post. Be warned.
I’ve been reading Naruto for years. I’ve watched it go from a charming, well-pitched story about insecurities, friends and gloriously inventive battle sequences to mediocre, run-of-the-mill Shonen tale of power levels, deus-ex machina and retro-active continuity that makes absolutely zero goddamn sense.
In short — Naruto trundled towards its mediocre ending in 2015. Despite not being all that great, I was so invested in Naruto the characters that I bought it hook, line and sinker.
Now Shonen Jump has announced a new Naruto manga, which follows the escapades of Boruto, the son of Naruto.If you think this sounds like a bizarre parody, well it’s not. It’s real. Very real. And it’s canon.
(The name Boruto is supposed to sound like Bolt, and is sort of a Japanese pun which makes it better, but also kinda makes it worse.)
Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Naruto won’t be writing the manga, that thankless task falls upon the head of his former Editor.
I’m going to read this, and I’m going to hate myself for it.