Last month, Masashi Kishimoto was teasing that his new sci-fi manga was almost ready for serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump. But, it looks like he’s taking a quick detour and returning to Naruto for a new project.
Shueisha’s Jump J Books imprint revealed that Naruto is getting a three-book novel series with illustrations from Kishimoto. The books are titled Naruto Shinden (The New Legend of Naruto), Sasuke Shinden (The New Legend of Sasuke), and Shikamaru Shinden (The New Legend of Shikamaru). All of the books will focus on the title characters as parents and will consist of short stories with their children.
Mirei Miyamoto (The Disasterous Life of Saiki K. movie novelization) is writing Naruto Shinden, which will ship on May 2. The authors and release dates for the other two books were not revealed.
This is the newest slate of Naruto books. The series has inspired canonical and spin-off novels that have been published between 2010 to 2016, with the biggest being a six-book epilogue series exploring the lives of Kakashi, Sakura, Konoha, and other characters.
Kishimoto concluded Naruto in 2014, but he has returned to draw art for various novel series. He is also supervising the Boruto manga series, which is written by Ukyou Kodachi and drawn by Mikie Ikemoto.