In honor of the 20th anniversary of the original premiere of the Naruto anime, the franchise has embarked on a number of new projects. One of these exciting ventures is the release of new artwork dedicated to Minato Namikaze, the father of Naruto Uzumaki.
This artwork is part of a one-shot manga focusing on Minato, which was voted on by fans around the world as a special anniversary project.
Masashi Kishimoto Returns with a New One-Shot Manga
Masashi Kishimoto, the original creator of Naruto, has returned to the franchise with his first new Naruto one-shot manga story in many years. This special edition focuses on Minato Namikaze, who, in a testament to his enduring popularity, was voted by fans as the most popular character in the franchise.
New Minato Namikaze art dropped! 🐐 pic.twitter.com/5yUjWfq7Jv
— Naruto (@NarutoVibe) June 27, 2023
This resulted in a special prize: a new one-shot manga dedicated to him. The first glimpse of this new Minato manga was shared on Twitter, creating quite a buzz among Naruto fans.
More About the New Minato Manga
The new Minato Namikaze manga, titled “Naruto Gaiden: Uzu no Naka no Tsumujikaze” (the official English title is yet to be announced), will be a 55-page one-shot releasing in the July 18th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.
Interestingly, this release coincides with the 55th Anniversary of Shonen Jump. According to Naruto’s official website, the manga will explore the story of Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage, who took first place in the NARUTOP99 worldwide character popularity vote. Fans can expect to learn more about the unique ninjutsu techniques developed by Minato.
The Current State of the Naruto Franchise
This new one-shot manga will be the first new release in the Naruto franchise in quite some time. Currently, the sequel series to Naruto, “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations,” is on hiatus for both the manga and anime releases.
A release window for the return of either the manga or anime has not been announced yet, making it an ideal time for fans to catch up with everything that has happened in the sequel since the original Naruto manga and anime concluded.
The newly released art features Minato Namikaze, one of the most iconic characters from the Naruto series. Often referred to as the “Fourth Hokage,” Minato is renowned for his exceptional speed and incredible ninjutsu skills. The character is depicted in a striking pose, exuding the charismatic aura that fans have come to associate with him.
The unveiling of the new Minato art was met with widespread acclaim from fans across the globe. Many took to social media platforms to express their excitement and admiration for the fresh artistic portrayal of their favorite character.
The tweet announcing the artwork drop garnered thousands of likes and retweets, indicative of the art’s immediate impact and the enduring popularity of the Naruto series.