Naruto Finally Comes to an End Next Month

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Naruto Finally Comes to an End Next Month

After a 15-year run, Naruto will finally come to a conclusion.

Anyone with even a passing interest in anime and manga will have no doubt heard of Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto's story of ninjas, magic, and demon foxes. First debuting back in 1999, it looks like the long-running anime series will finally come to its conclusion, as The Asahi Shinbun reports that next month will see the manga end.

The last entry in the Naruto series will reportedly appear in the edition of Weekly Shonen Jump that goes on sale November 10 in Japan. Naruto himself, with his orange jumpsuit and Konoha headband, has become one of the most iconic anime characters in Japan, and although his popularity waned in the period preceding the anime's reboot from Naruto to Naruto: Shipuuden, Naruto and his pals have still remained some of the most easily recognizable characters in Japan and around the world.

It's certainly a shame to see the series come to a close, but after a massive 15-year run, there does come a point when enough is enough. Naruto will also reportedly get a send-off movie, as appropriately titled (though grammatically incorrect) anime film The Last: Naruto the Movie will hit Japanese theaters this December.

Meanwhile, One Piece, one of Naruto's biggest competitors, is still going strong, and doesn't show signs of slowing down as it comes up on its 17-year anniversary.

Naruto fans, how do you think Kishimoto will end the manga? What are you expecting to see in the final chapter?

Source: Asahi Shinbun (Japanese) via Kotaku

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So how far is the manga ahead of the anime?
Is there an estimate of how long the anime will keep going after the manga ends?

Rex Dark:
So how far is the manga ahead of the anime?
Is there an estimate of how long the anime will keep going after the manga ends?

Since the anime is just 97% random filler bullshit, I'd say that could easily go on literally forever... :(
Plus there will no doubt be many, MANY more movies in the future.

Rex Dark:
So how far is the manga ahead of the anime?
Is there an estimate of how long the anime will keep going after the manga ends?

The anime is about 60 chapters behind but with it coming to an end I don't think they will put in any more filler. This last season has had very little filler at all.

OT:
Naruto is not what it once was but I have found myself still enjoying it, even the war arc. However the last few issues have been a bit crap. That being said they have been about Sasuke and I hate that guy so much. I don't know how it is going to end but my perfect ending would be for all of the characters to come together and beat him to death with 2 by 4's but I don't think that is going to happen some how.

Steven Bogos:
It's certainly a shame to see the series come to a close

I estimate most fans just keep reading it out of obligation to see how it ends but it just wouldn't end already so the soul crushing sadness about this one will be sparse.
Naruto has... issues. The real shame is that it started off so well.

Honestly its about time, Naruto has been a bit of a drag for a few years now.

That said, despite my feelings about the series (im not a massive fan of it these days if you hadnt picked it up by now). I still do have to give the series credit for getting me into anime and manga in general. DBZ got me started technically, but Naruto was the first thing I seriously followed after I watched DBZ as child. And after I started Naruto I got into another manga that was really big, Bleach (also big boo), but it led me to Berserk (Favourite Manga), Gurren Lagann (Favourite anime), Shaman King, and my favourite Shonen manga of all time, One Piece.

Seriously if you follow Naruto and havent read One Piece, go read One Piece. Its a rare piece of fiction where its quality actually just keeps increasing (in general, im sure some people will favour some arcs over others)

So I guess what Im trying to say is, thanks Naruto, even though you may suck now, I wouldnt have some of my favourite things without you

I will always remember the animes annoying habit of replaying the itachi flashback whenever something even tangentially related to sasuke happens, sometimes it would get played twice in a single episode

As big a fan as I am of the series, I will be glad to see it end. Kishimoto really dropped the ball with this last arc, especially in the most recent chapters. If it were not for Kaguya, this just might be a picture perfect ending (relative to the series).

I haven't been all that interested in Naruto since about 50 eps into Shippuden, and I can't put my finger on why exactly that is.
Maybe it's because it seemed to lose the all-important (imo) sense of adventure and whimsy that makes Shonen fun to watch?
Maybe it's because around that point I discovered One Piece - a series that has adventure and whimsy in spades?

Whatever the reason, there is a definite positive to Naruto coming to a close - it's much easier to analyse a story once it's an actual complete work. One of Dragonball Z's best qualities (though I'm a much more fond of the original Dragonball) is that it has an ending.

Naruto? Great anime series that manages to be fun up to the very end. Shitpooden? Suuuuuuuuuuuucks. It just keeps and keeps and keeps on dragging things out to unbearable lengths. You expect things to drag out out in an anime series like that, but hot dang. And Sasuke is the most poorly written character once Shitpooden starts, it's not even funny anymore. So, considder me happy that at least the manga is getting an ending.

Naruto is almost over and fans can finally rejoice at the death of filler! But, One Piece is a little over halfway done, unless Oda extends what he has planned. So, have fun with that.(At least, I hear filler arcs in the One Piece anime are almost as good as the original manga arcs.)

I will admit some slight tinge of sadness that the author will no longer be forced to make up ludicrous eye-power deus ex machinas to counter the other eye-power deus ex machinas that he had to conjure up to explain away his previous eye-power deus ex machinas.

This train wreck has been grinding on the tracks for a good long while - here's to hoping the crash itself will at least be somewhat satisfying.

It's about bleeding time I reckon. If it doesn't end with Sasuke dying I'll be very disappointed.

Ok, let me just vent out all my frustration towards the series here:

Ok, I'm done... Sorry about that, just had to get it out of my system.

As a manga reader, it's a little overdue, but I'm glad to see the series end with just a bit of dignity.
I'm psyched to see how it will end, but I'll probs be heartbroken later.
I'm pretty glad I had skipped the filler back when I used to watch the Anime.

Having also been a Bleach fan since the beginning I'm just... I've given up hope for... anything worthwhile.
Though it started as one of my favorites it went completely off the tracks.
Now with Bleach in it's final Arc I thought we'd be getting some closure, but it is anything but.

I like Fairy Tail but it seems like it may be ending soon too.

One Piece... I like it, but I have so much trouble following the plot.

Looks like my anime/manga days might be over.

The_Blue_Rider:
Honestly its about time, Naruto has been a bit of a drag for a few years now.

That said, despite my feelings about the series (im not a massive fan of it these days if you hadnt picked it up by now). I still do have to give the series credit for getting me into anime and manga in general. DBZ got me started technically, but Naruto was the first thing I seriously followed after I watched DBZ as child. And after I started Naruto I got into another manga that was really big, Bleach (also big boo), but it led me to Berserk (Favourite Manga), Gurren Lagann (Favourite anime), Shaman King, and my favourite Shonen manga of all time, One Piece.

Seriously if you follow Naruto and havent read One Piece, go read One Piece. Its a rare piece of fiction where its quality actually just keeps increasing (in general, im sure some people will favour some arcs over others)

So I guess what Im trying to say is, thanks Naruto, even though you may suck now, I wouldnt have some of my favourite things without you

The Akatsuki were by far the villains I wish had been the main ones; they all had unique identities, neat powers, and were REALLY intimidating with mad presence. And then Kishimoto fucked it up. He either gave them unceremonious finishes or tried to make them something they were not. It's one of those instances where what the fans actually came up with better stories than the writer. And that's never a good thing. Still, the series finally coming to a close, thus putting an end to it. Shonen Jump in general has been a mess this past decade with once great series either being driven into the ground (like Bleach and Naruto) or series failing to take off. The only thing I kept up to date with from Jump was Claymore (which wrapped up last week) and that was Jump Square, like Weekly Jump. It's no wonder its readership has been in decline while other magazines have been doing better.

It's like watching your senile old grandparent who's a shadow of their former self pass away, sad but at the same time a blessed relief. It got so bad I dropped the manga until it ended, so I'm looking forward to getting smashingly drunk and finishing it off next month.

Hmn let me think on how it'll finally end. Naruto will be forced to kill Sasuke finally ending the his treachery and then soon after it will skip forward to the epilogue where Naruto is the 6th hokage and is married to an unseen love interest.

I gave up on Naruto sometime about an arc or two after Shipuuden. I just stopped caring about the characters' motivations, especially Sasuke and Sakura.

I remember giving up on Bleach sometime during a battle over a fake city.

I don't think I gave up on One Piece, I just forgot to go back to it after waiting for more chapters to come out.

Gizmo1990:

Rex Dark:
So how far is the manga ahead of the anime?
Is there an estimate of how long the anime will keep going after the manga ends?

The anime is about 60 chapters behind but with it coming to an end I don't think they will put in any more filler. This last season has had very little filler at all.

OT:
Naruto is not what it once was but I have found myself still enjoying it, even the war arc. However the last few issues have been a bit crap. That being said they have been about Sasuke and I hate that guy so much. I don't know how it is going to end but my perfect ending would be for all of the characters to come together and beat him to death with 2 by 4's but I don't think that is going to happen some how.

You need to be thematic, everyone beat him with that freaking piece of wood they use for body replacement, not 2 by 4.

The article is a bit misleading at some points. The MANGA is coming to an end, but the anime still has a ways to go, and with some filler, it might be years before it ends...

The_Blue_Rider:
Honestly its about time, Naruto has been a bit of a drag for a few years now.

That said, despite my feelings about the series (im not a massive fan of it these days if you hadnt picked it up by now). I still do have to give the series credit for getting me into anime and manga in general. DBZ got me started technically, but Naruto was the first thing I seriously followed after I watched DBZ as child. And after I started Naruto I got into another manga that was really big, Bleach (also big boo), but it led me to Berserk (Favourite Manga), Gurren Lagann (Favourite anime), Shaman King, and my favourite Shonen manga of all time, One Piece.

Seriously if you follow Naruto and havent read One Piece, go read One Piece. Its a rare piece of fiction where its quality actually just keeps increasing (in general, im sure some people will favour some arcs over others)

So I guess what Im trying to say is, thanks Naruto, even though you may suck now, I wouldnt have some of my favourite things without you

Are you me? Because everything you have said is the exact mirror of how my experience with anime and manga has gone by. It's a more interesting arc of life than Naruto has been lately.

But yeah, what is a true shame is that Kishi showed that he had great moments, that he knows how to write characters when he really wants to. Zabuza is still quoted as a great villain. Obito's motivation to his actions is also referenced as an intriguing deconstruction of one of the main characters. But then he's also able to colossally fuck everything up. Unlike Bleach where I don't recall a single really high moment in the writing.

Glad you're gone Naruto. It's time people start noticing Toriko.

Yeah if you've read the manga it's been apparent that the ending is nearly here.

Just....ugh, that whole Kaguya business. The fuck was that?

Good. I was done with Naruto once it hit issue 500 with zero signs of stopping, it was a fair few issues after the Pain arc where everybody in the village died (lol jk) and there was this new arc building into a full blown war that I had no interest in.

I looked a few weeks ago and it was on 700/750+ issues and I have no idea how you could possibly keep something good for that long.

loa:

Steven Bogos:
It's certainly a shame to see the series come to a close

I estimate most fans just keep reading it out of obligation to see how it ends but it just wouldn't end already so the soul crushing sadness about this one will be sparse.
Naruto has... issues. The real shame is that it started off so well.

This.

I just read it and Bleach these days because I'm not about to give up after reading them for, what, 8 years?

Im glad it's going to end before the story gets even worse. I still think that the first season was pretty good but I lost interest during Shippuden, especially when Naruto became friends with the nine tails therefore eliminating the scene I was hoping for since the start where he loses control of it and someone actually gets hurt.

It will be interesting to see what replaces Naruto once it finally ends.wes

TravelerSF:
Ok, let me just vent out all my frustration towards the series here:

Ok, I'm done... Sorry about that, just had to get it out of my system.

It's fine, I feel the same way. Look, lady, Emo Boy there (Sasuke) does NOT love you, I doubt he ever has! WHY , oh why, do you still like him?! Especially when Lee is so much better!

I basically gave up on Naruto being good WAAAAAY back at the forest of death, but even plenty of people who were fans will tell you that the series has been in steep decline since the Pein arc.

So no, I don't think it's a shame that a bad but overlong series finally concludes.

TravelerSF:
Ok, let me just vent out all my frustration towards the series here:

Ok, I'm done... Sorry about that, just had to get it out of my system.

Haha - I feel your pain. Sasuke got so pathetic so quickly and so unwaveringly I just couldn't sympathise anymore - not with him, not with Naruto for wanting to bring him back, and certainly not Sakura who I completely agree apparently has a mental illness that won't let her see what an asshole her crush is. She's difinitely that girl in real life that would refuse to just leave - and probably endlessly forgive and make excuses for - her abuser. And her friends aren't any kind of reliable sorce of advice or support on that subject that I've seen either. Really, ever since the last quarter of the first part of the story -- before the time skip -- Naruto's been on the same mission all these years: 1) "Save" (from himself) a worthless, impossibly emo, self-absorbed, sociopathic prick of a deserter - 2) Fulfill his dream of becoming Hokage.

But at least Naruto did have goals, and that's already more than Bleach has going for it.

And Naruto became a character with two personalities. On the one hand he grows emotionally, and becomes wise, and more mature. And on the other - he's a hopeless idiot, fooled by the most transparent of subterfuge, completely blind to the mechanations taking place around him - to a degree that it just seems impossible. I mean, I may be inaccurate in my impressions because I have indeed stopped following both the manga and anime; but the trends I described are why I stopped following in the first place.

Really these series stay around for far too long. Their length is probably partly to blame for the loss of focus, rehashing, and other various writing flaws. The innitial arcs are great - exciting and concise with clear objectives for the main characters. And then something happens when it becomes apparent that the title is going to be a "thing" and it all completely falls apart. The one shounen manga (that I am aware of) that somehow manages to go on and keep it all together while staying new. and keeping the cast of heros, and villains unique and not losing focus, is One Piece. It takes a lot of crap for being on the lighter side and a little cartoony but to me it's a lot more fun than the main chracters fighting an endless series of megalomaniacal, clinically-depressives.

I kind of anticipate a lot of people are going to be taking this opportunity to vent some frustration.

Y'know, I wish I waited on One Piece to end before starting it up. I watched the whole thing in three months and I'm not used to waiting a week between episodes. And given the manga is still on the Dressrosa arc too, I'll be waiting a good lot of years until it finally ends.

Naruto I've never been a fan of. I keep meaning to watch a bit of it, but everyone I've talked to says it's all filler or the story imploded on itself, so I just put it off and watch something good instead.

Jesus, it's actually happening, time for me to catch up so I can be part of the mourning/celebrating.

As long as Sasuke doesn't just get a free pass for the crap he's done I'll be a happy bunny.

TravelerSF:
Ok, let me just vent out all my frustration towards the series here:

Ok, I'm done... Sorry about that, just had to get it out of my system.

Damn, super ninja'd.

Power-creep is a general problem in Shounen but in Naruto where the point was for characters to strategize and us what few jutsu/tools they had on them in interesting combinations it made things ten times worse. The whole destiny/son of the Hockage thing really took a notch out of the whole 'work your way to the top' message the series had going for it not to mention shining a light on why the hell people would treat Naruto as an outcast to begin with. Then there's Sakura... who for a brief second looked like she'd put her teen drama behind her and had generally become a bad ass Kunoichi... and then complete 360... *sigh*

The series has had a huge effect on me and Gai and Lee are still my all time favorite characters in fiction but the series just kind of lost me around the introduction of Pein. I remember seeing Kakuzu using 'Cranium Carver' and thinking 'THAT WAS BADASS, but I hope the explosions don't get any bigger...'

In fairness, it hasn't been any good for the last for 14 years.

I kid I kid... It was never good.

He he, sorry. Let's just say I think it overstayed it's become a bit, well... Shit.

I've been reading it for 10 years now... damn. Kishimoto said that the war would be the final arc, and it it ends this month that mean the last fight isn't going to go on forever.

The fight with Madara just kept going, and everyone got DBZ proportioned powerups through the course of the battle.

At this point I'm just reading Naruto to see how it ends. Power creep hit that series like a bullet train. The villains became an annoyance instead of a threat, with one showing up completely out of nowhere, and Naruto himself basically became Ninja Jesus, which went against one of the big points of the series: hard work can overcome natural talent. At least they're ending it with a fight against Sasuke. Might as well get one thing right.

Now I'll just go back to waiting for the next chapter of One Piece.

Finally! Maybe I'll actually start catching up with the manga now that I know the end is in sight. I pretty much jumped ship after the Pain arc.

Although I think we all know how the story is going to end. Naruto and Sasuke meet up with each other, Naruto confesses his love for Sasuke, Sasuke's heart grows three sizes, and the two of them skip off through the grass smiling, hand in hand, while Sakura cries in the background. The end.

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