It’s been a long time coming folks, as Shonen Jump finally announced today that Masashi Kishimoto’s famous ninja action comic will end on November 10th. Naruto began its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine back in 1999, and ever since has published 694 chapters,  inspired numerous video games (with another one due soon), two anime iterations, six movies, and multiple OVAs. Kishimoto announced in 2012 that he would officially be ending his manga in a year and a half, and was already planning out the series’ end. 

In recent chapters, Naruto has (SPOILER ALERT) defeated Kaguya, originator of all chakra and established main villain of the series, and is now confronting Sasuke for one final battle, which Kishimoto also promised fans would occur before the manga’s end. The ending has been building up for the past couple of years now, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise. However, this is a series an entire generation has grown up following, and Naruto’s legacy will be long remembered. After the manga’s end, a film titled The Last -Naruto the Movie- will premiere in Japan on December 6th, taking place in the future and featuring an older Naruto. Viz Media will continue to publish Naruto chapters with the 67th volume releasing in America on Tuesday, while the Naruto Shippuden anime is still ongoing in Japan. 

Picture via Toonami Wiki

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