2D Champions Episode 81: Boruto – Naruto Next Generations –

The champions find themselves re-enrolled in a familiar ninja academy when they take a look at the first five episodes of ‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’. With Masashi Kishimoto’s legendary manga having ended several years ago, Naruto’s son takes the spotlight as a new crop of talented shinobi learn about the powers of friendship and hard work. Does Boruto’s colorful charm manage to win over the champions? Or are they left feeling that this new crop of snotty kids have forgotten all about the hard work of their parents? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of ‘Boruto’ here:
www.crunchyroll.com/boruto-naruto-next-generations

You can support Viz’s release of the manga adaptation and anime here:
www.viz.com/boruto

New English-Subtitled Trailer for Boruto: Naruto the Movie (Updated)

Kishimoto's poster for the new film

Masashi Kishimoto’s poster for the new Boruto film

As with the english-subtitled trailer for the upcoming live-action Attack on Titan film, Madman Entertainment has posted a trailer for the upcoming film Boruto: Naruto the Movie. Masashi Kishimoto, author of the original Naruto manga, is helping write the screenplay for the new film.

Kishimoto is currently putting out a ten-chapter Naruto spin-off manga entitled Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring which features the cast which is set to appear in the new Boruto film; although I’m not sure yet if the film precedes the events in the manga spin-off or not.

For those going to the film in Japan on August 7th, you’ll be able to pick a limited edition movie book which includes chapter 700 of the original manga in full color as well as a brand-new chapter entitled “The Day Naruto became a Hokage”.

I’m sure if the new Boruto film is popular enough we’ll be seeing more adventures in this new era after the end of the manga. Although I’m tempted to say that this is just dragging out a series that has already been long enough, I’ve been really enjoying the Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring spin-off manga and the trailer for Boruto looks very exciting. After seeing Naruto work so hard to be Hokage, it is a really satisfying to see him and the rest of the old cast all grown-up and in charge.

Although the Boruto film has yet to be licenced for a North American release, you can read Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring from Viz’s english edition of Shonen Jump here.

(Update): So just a few hours after I posted this, Viz Media has announced that they’ve got the rights to the Boruto film and will premiere it at this year’s New York City Comic Con.

Kenshin meets Naruto

A  fanbook is being released in Japan in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto series. The most interesting part of the book though is the drawings done by 50 or so other manga artists of the main character Naruto. Akira Toriyama, Kubo Tite, and Yoshihiro Togashi all did drawings for the 10th anniversary book including Nobuhiro Watsuki, the author of Rurouni Kenshin.

Above is the picture that Watsuki drew for the volume featuring Naruto meeting Himura Kenshin….Watsuki ended the Kenshin manga ten years ago and this is the newest art he’s done of the title character since the new volumes for the special edition of the manga a few years ago.

cool!