Naruto’s teammates from Konoha 11 reunite in a brand new beach illustration.
The title “Konoha 11” was only used after Sasuke defected in the anime and was deemed “necessary” during the failed retrieval process. While it’s unclear where this image falls in the canon’s timeline, Rock Lee’s old jumpsuit suggests it appeared before the events of Naruto Shippuden. Lee joins teammates Tenten and Neji, who wield watermelon sticks to Hinata’s amusement, while Kiba plays with Akamaru. Shino’s extraordinary awareness is on full display as he poses with a peace sign in front of an imaginary camera, forming one of only two people not participating in the fun.
Sakura sadly looks into the distance, adding another detail to the ever-evolving series of ‘Season ILLUST’ images. Literally meaning “cherry blossom,” the spring 2023 issue also introduces a flower-filled date with Minato and Kushina, who are aided by the legendary Sannin. Missing her teammates, eagle-eyed fans noticed Sakura’s drawing of Naruto and Sasuke in the sand next to her.
Enter Spring ’23, a similar Summer illustration launching for Boruto in 2022. Mitsuki’s family appears as food stall vendors, and the image features an Easter egg Yamato is difficult to detect.
The new Naruto episodes premiering in September will include the old Team 7 once again, depicting them in a high quality remaster. Fans waiting will do so indefinitely as they have been delayed with no new release date announced.
The new Team 7 consisting of Boruto, Sarada and Mitsuki is also absent even though Boruto: Two Blue Vortex has been released this month. The end of Part I saw Eida’s Omnipotent Power rewrite everyone’s memories, turning Boruto into the villain who “killed” the Hokage. Some fans describe Omnipotence’s role as introducing a major plot twist in the manga, making Sumire and Sarada willing allies. With this having the effect of enlisting Sasuke to help Boruto and Naruto possibly being unaffected in another dimension, perhaps Chapter 2 will allow fans to consider Sakura’s stance in this world. this chaotic new world.
Source: Naruto and Boruto’s official X account (formerly Twitter)