Naruto 20th Anniversary Special: What to Expect in the New Episodes

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In honor of its 20th anniversary, the iconic original Naruto series is set to make a triumphant return with an exclusive special event. Despite its enduring influence in Japanese animation, it has been a considerable duration since the prime days of Naruto Uzumaki (Junko Takeuchi). Following his training exploits and memorable adventures in Naruto: Shippuden, the narrative spotlight shifted towards his son, Boruto Uzumaki (Yûko Sanpei), in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. While the newer tales have captivated audiences, there exists a collective desire among fans to revisit the cherished moments of anime’s beloved ninja.

As part of the 20th-anniversary celebration, fans can anticipate the release of four new episodes, revisiting the pivotal events of the original series. This marks a significant return to Naruto Uzumaki’s glory days, providing enthusiasts with a nostalgic journey since the conclusion of Naruto: Shippuden in 2017.

When is the Naruto 20th Anniversary Special Coming Out?

Originally scheduled for Sunday, September 3rd, at 5:30 PM Japanese Standard Time on TV Tokyo-affiliated networks, the episodes faced a delay. The NARUTO Anime Production Committee issued a statement addressing the setback. As of now, an international release, including an English-dub version, has not been confirmed by VIZ Media.

Where Can You Watch the Naruto 20th Anniversary Special?

For the Japanese release, the Naruto 20th Anniversary Special will premiere on cable via TV Tokyo-affiliated networks every Sunday, starting September 3rd. While an international release remains unconfirmed by VIZ Media, the likelihood of a streaming release on Crunchyroll is high, given its status as a prominent platform for anime content. Hulu is also a plausible option, considering its availability for Naruto, Naruto: Shippuden, and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

Naruto 20th Anniversary Plot Hints 

Although extensive details regarding the plot of the upcoming special event are yet to be disclosed, a teaser poster presented by VIZ Media offers a subtle indication of its placement within the Naruto timeline. The poster prominently showcases the characters Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke, and Kakashi in their original Naruto series iterations. This suggests that the special event is poised to unfold before the events portrayed in Naruto: Shippuden, indicating a narrative setting that predates or runs parallel to the occurrences in the original Naruto series.

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