A nostalgic return to the past is in store for Naruto fans, as the beloved anime classic will be welcoming four brand-new episodes this September. While the news was previously announced, this marks the first announcement of the premiere date.
The new episodes will begin airing in Japan on 3 September, with the first of the four getting a live screening at Makuhari Messe event hall in Chiba on the same day. Tickets are set to go on sale starting 18 July.
No details regarding the story for each episode have been revealed, and it remains unclear which beloved characters from the original run will return. Studio Pierrot, the animation force behind the original Naruto anime and its sequel series Naruto: Shippuden, has previously confirmed it was overseeing the project, which is part of the anime’s 20th-anniversary celebration.
The anime will also start to air reruns of its earlier episodes in Japan throughout July. Manga fans, meanwhile, can expect an upcoming release penned and illustrated by series creator Masashi Kishimoto. According to him, the storyline will focus on Naruto’s father and Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, who topped the NARUTOP99 popularity poll with 792,257 votes from around the world, as he develops his signature ninjutsu, the Flying Thunder God technique.
Adapted from Kishimoto’s original work, the Naruto anime debuted back in 2002. It chronicled Uzumaki Naruto’s journey to becoming the strongest ninja of the Hidden Leaf Village, and was followed by Naruto: Shippuden in 2007. The sequel concluded its run in 2017, the same year that Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, set after the events of Naruto and focusing on Boruto, Naruto’s son, got its own anime adaptation.