There is a lot of news and interesting content for naruto fans this year. From new art to the sequel to the Boruto series, fans have been enjoying new content from the series’ creators. However, a manga spin-off featuring the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, may be the most anticipated Naruto installment of the past few years, and now, a final release date has been set.
While the release announcement Tweet is rather vague on what date fans can expect to read the one-shot, it has confirmed that the manga will be serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump this summer. The release date is earlier than fans expected, as the one-shot is expected to come out around the same time as the four new Naruto volumes celebrating the series’ 30th anniversary. A welcome surprise, it looks like fans can expect to read Minato’s backstory sooner than they expected. After all, as the Fourth Hokage and Naruto’s father, fans have been waiting to hear more of Minato’s story for years. With a one-shot before new episodes, fans won’t have to wait long for new content.
Minato’s One-Shot Manga Spin-Off Has a Summer Release Date
The sequel to the one-shot manga “NARUTOP99”! A one-shot manga drawn by Masashi Kishimoto based on “Namikaze Minato”, which won first place, will be released this summer! Published in Weekly Shonen Jump!! #NARUTO https://t.co/U9D62PtZOG
— NARUTO/BORUTO[Chính thức gốc](@NARUTO_kousiki) May 14, 2023
Back in December 2022, the NARUTOP99 poll published on the official Naruto website attracted international attention. The poll is a contest to see which character will receive a special extra in a scene from Kishimoto, and fans have until January to vote for their favorite character. The competition exploded online, with hundreds of thousands of fans flocking to the site to vote. After a quick vote, only one character could receive a single pass, and in April, Naruto’s father, Minato, won the poll with an impressive score of 792,257 votes. proved to be a widely loved figure. . Finally, after waiting to see the results since the polls ended in January, the spinoff’s release date was announced on May 14, signaling a summer sale.
Minato has always been a fan favorite character. After the initial mystery surrounding the identities of Naruto’s deceased parents, the revelation that the outcast boy was the son of the most powerful shinobi in Konoha history shocked many fans. Naruto’s fateful reunion first with his father’s spirit, and then with Minato himself after he was briefly resurrected to fight in the Fourth Shinobi World War, remains a of the most emotional moments in franchise history.
Minato wasn’t the only hugely popular character in the poll, although he ended up winning overwhelmingly. The former Hokage was led in a poll by other fan-favorite characters Itachi Uchiha and Sakura Haruno, whose popularity even surprised Kishimoto himself. naruto fans hope that his acknowledgment of the popularity of other supporting characters can lead to more spin-offs, but for now, Minato’s one-shot is the perfect start and one Great way to celebrate 30 years since the series started.