Naruto Anime Series Celebrates 20th Anniversary With New Visuals

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TV Tokyo has released three new visuals to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Naruto anime series, after premiering in Japan on October 3, 2002. Each visual showcases key moments and characters that have occurred in the first Naruto anime and Naruto: Shippuden

The first visual highlights young rivals Naruto and Sasuke in the center, with supporting characters such as Sakura, Kakashi, Chouji, Kiba, his dog Akamaru, Hinata, Shikamaru, and Neji on the sides. It also spotlights Naruto fighting with a curse-mark formed Sasuke, the giant toad Gamabunta facing off against the One-Tail Tailed Beast Shukaku, Zabuza and Haku dying together, and Third Hokage Hiruzen Sarutobi confronting Orochimaru. 

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The second visual features many prominent scenes and characters from the first half of Naruto: Shippuden. They include an older Sasuke and Naruto reuniting, Sasuke fighting his older brother Itachi Uchiha, and Jiraiya floating down to his death in the water. It also highlights various members of the group Akatsuki such as Nagato/Yahiko, the Six Paths of Pain, Sasori, Deidara, Hidan, and Kakuzu. Sakura, Shikamaru, Gaara, and Asuma Sarutobi are also featured in the visual. 

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The third visual focuses on Shippuden’s second half during the Fourth Great Ninja War. Featured prominently throughout the visual are Naruto (in his Six Paths form) and Sasuke in the center, a resurrected Itachi and Naruto’s parents, Minato and Kushina Uzumaki, on the sides, Madara and Obito Uchiha in their Ten-Tails forms, and a menacing Kaguya placed in the top center. The visual also highlights Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura with their summoned beasts and the statues at the Valley of the End. 

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Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto manga series was first serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump on September 21, 1999 to November 10, 2014 under the Jump Comics imprint. 72 tankoubon volumes have been released in total. In addition to a long running television anime series, the manga has also inspired video games, theatrical films, art and guidebooks, novels, and a collectible trading card game. A sequel manga series titled Boruto: Naruto Next Generations was launched on May 9, 2016, with its own anime adaptation releasing on April 5, 2017. 

The first Naruto anime aired from October 3, 2002 to February 8, 2007. Naruto: Shippuden aired from February 15, 2007 to March 23, 2017. Viz Media licensed the anime for North American release and Crunchyroll has streamed all the episodes in English-speaking countries and territories. 

Viz Media describes the first volume of the Naruto manga as: 

Twelve years ago the Village Hidden in the Leaves was attacked by a fearsome threat. A nine-tailed fox spirit claimed the life of the village leader, the Hokage, and many others. Today, the village is at peace and a troublemaking kid named Naruto is struggling to graduate from Ninja Academy. His goal may be to become the next Hokage, but his true destiny will be much more complicated. The adventure begins now!

Source: TV Tokyo Official Website 

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He also contributes work to the website Yatta Tachi. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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