Jump J-Books revealed last week that the second of six planned Narutoepilogue novels will be titled Naruto – Shikamaru Hiden: Yami no Shijima ni Ukabu Kumo (Naruto – Shikamaru Hiden: The Cloud That Floats in the Silence of the Darkness).

The website also revealed a more detailed synopsis of the novel, which is penned by Takashi Yano: [Warning: These summaries contain spoilers for the Naruto manga and anime.]

Spoiler (highlight the following white text to read):

[ After the war, shinobi worldwide, including the Leaf Village’s own Sai, are disappearing in large quantities and heading towards the newly emerged Village of Silence. The story of Shikamaru Hiden follows Shikamaru Nara on hismission to assassinate the Village of Silence’s chief– his toughest fight yet.”]

[Akatsuki Hiden is listed to reveal the “truth of the Akatsuki,” and features images of Deidara, Kisame, Kakuzu, and Hidan. Gaara Hiden is hinted to be a story of love, something the Kazekage does not know very well, the preview for Sakura Hiden hints that the result of Sakura’s feelings will be revealed, and finally, Konohagakure Hiden will look at the other ninja in Konoha and what happened to them “after the original manga.” The preview image shows Shino, Kiba, and Rock Lee.]

Beginning in February, one volume of the Hiden novel series has been released per month. The first novel by Akira Higashiyama, Naruto – Kakashi Hiden: Hyōten no Ikazuchi (Naruto – Kakashi Hidden Legend: Lightning of the Frozen Sky), was shipped in Japan on February 4.

The full list of novels and release dates is as follows:

  • Kakashi Hiden (‘hiden’ means ‘secret legend’) – February 4
  • Shikamaru Hiden – March 4
  • Akatsuki Hiden – April
  • Gaara Hiden – June
  • Sakura Hiden – July
  • Konohagakure Hiden – August

Kishimoto had said in an interview in November that he will still have other work left to do in theNaruto franchise until summer, so he will not begin preparing his next non-Naruto title in earnest until after that. A new film following [Highlight white text to read spoilers] Naruto and Hinata’s son Bolt and Sasuke and Sakura’s daughter Sarada will open in August.

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