Naruto Shippuden Ending

When Will the Popular Long-Running Manga and Anime Series Conclude?

Naruto Shippuden Movie 2 Bonds (Blu-Ray)
Naruto in Naruto Shippuden Movie 2: Bonds. © 2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO /2007 SHIPPUDEN © NMP 2008

The Naruto Shippuden anime series has been through more than one cycle of its reported ending. At some point, the series will end as the spotlight is transferred to Boruto: Naruto the Next Generations, which follows the adventures of young Boruto, son of Naruto.

The anime series is produced by Studio Pierrot. They should be the definitive source for when the series end date will be. They show that it debuted in February 2007, but as of October 2016, no official end date is shown.

There was a previous prediction that the series would end in 2014. However, it continued with new episodes, with season 20 running into late 2016. There is no official word of how many episodes or seasons will be produced. While Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto concluded the main manga series, several side stories were issued that could provide material to continue the anime series.

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Canon or Not?

Some fans grumbled that the ongoing series now has flashback filler and focuses on side stories they do not consider to be canon. It is an ongoing debate in the fan community as to what is and isn't canon. While the side stories were not written by Kishimoto, he approved of them.

Some fans only accept what was in the original Kishimoto-penned series as canon.

Earlier Prediction of Naruto Shippuden Cancellation

The final chapter of the Naruto Shippuden manga hit newstands in Japan in the November 10th, 2014 volume of Shonen Jump Magazine. It was collected in Volume 72 of the Naruto Shippuden manga.

No final airdate for the Naruto Shippuden anime has been given. In 2014, it was thought unlikely it would continue long after the manga has finished and with a Naruto movie titled, Naruto: The Movie, The Last (or The Last Naruto: The Movie) debuting December 6th, 2014, However, the animated series continued.

For a closer look at the not-so-final Naruto movie, the teaser trailer and Naruto's hot new hairstyle, check out the official Japanese website.

A new canon film, Boruto: Naruto the Movie was released in August 2015. It focuses on the children of the main characters, who should also be the focus of a future animated series.

Plot of Naruto Shippuden

Naruto is the son of the leader of the ninja village Konoha. A powerful fox, Nine-Tails, was sealed inside him as a newborn. Naruto Shippuden is the second series to follow the character. He returns after the ninja training and the adventures of the first series to his village. It is now under the threat of the Akatsuki, who are kidnapping the hosts of the Tailed Beasts so they can extract them.