news culture Naruto: the anime celebrates its 20th anniversary, three visuals and a nostalgic trailer unveiled for the anniversary
Already 20 years old! The first episode of the television adaptation of Naruto celebrates its 20th candle. There will be 719 after him to continue and close the series in 2017.
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Naruto: the anime is 20 years old!
First pre-published in the Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1999, the manga naruto and its author Masashi Kishimoto probably have no idea what awaits them in the years to come. The first witness to its success will be its television adaptation: it is broadcast in Japan for the first time on October 3, 2002, and it will be necessary to wait until 2006 for the first episodes on Game One to see in France the adventures of the little blond ninja. It is therefore 20 years ago to the day that the anime of Naruto began. An anniversary that is celebrated, even if the anime ended in 2017 after 720 episodes. Today, an official website was opened while several new posters (retracing key moments from the anime and manga) were released.
But it’s probably the trailer (to be viewed at the top of this article) that will serve as the most nostalgic for fans: for nearly 10 minutes, key moments of the work are retraced with the credits of openness that accompanied them. Enough to relive, once again, the phenomenal adventures of Naruto (warning, very big spoilers).
A trailer that may bring tears to the eyes of some who will remember the emotions felt when discovering the different narrative arcs of the manga that has become a reference for shônen: a type of manga that primarily targets young boys, who often talks about surpassing oneself, determination and hard work. Values carried more than reason by Naruto throughout the manga.
As Marguerite Yourcenar would say, “You must not cry because it is no more, but you must smile because it has been” and there are many ways to always keep Naruto alive in his heart. There are of course Boruto, Kishimoto’s manga which acts as a sequel by changing generations and therefore the anime takes precedence over the manga. Finally, and it is important to underline this, that the manga Naruto has recently been reissued by Glénat. This is an edition titled Hokagewith two volumes in one, and therefore the volumes placed end to end offer a wonderful illustration.