The official website for Shueisha‘s Jump J Books label of novels announced on Friday that Konohagakure Hiden, the fourth of six planned Naruto epilogue novels, is scheduled for May 1. The novel will be penned by Shō Hinata (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan, Bakuman., Hentai Kamen novels). A teaser image for the novel (seen right) was also unveiled. The website also lists that Gaara Hiden will now ship in June as opposed to May as originally planned, and Akatsuki Hiden will now ship in July instead of April.
The website also revealed a timeline (seen below) that informs readers of the point in time that the various novels take place.
[Warning: These summaries contain spoilers for the Naruto manga and anime. Please highlight the white space to read.] Naruto – Kakashi Hiden: Hyōten no Ikazuchi (Naruto – Kakashi Hidden Legend: Lightning of the Frozen Sky) takes place a few months after the second-to-last chapter of the original manga, and a short time after this, Sasuke leaves the village. Naruto – Shikamaru Hiden: Yami no Shijima ni Ukabu Kumo (Naruto – Shikamaru Hidden Legend: The Cloud That Floats in the Silence of the Darkness) and the The Last: Naruto The Movie film and its novel adaptation take place two years after the chapter, and Naruto – Sakura Hiden: Shiren, Haru Kaze ni Nosete (Naruto – Sakura Hidden Legend – Feelings of Love, Riding on the Spring Wind) will take place a few months after those novels. Shortly after Sakura Hiden, Naruto and Hinata are wed.
Sakura Hiden will ship in Japan on April 3, and will be penned by Tomohito Ōsaki.
[Warning: These summaries contain spoilers for the Naruto manga and anime.]
Spoiler (highlight the following white text to read) [ The story of Naruto – Kakashi Hiden: Hyōten no Ikazuchi revolves around Kakashi Hatake, who is melancholy despite his new position as the Sixth Hogake. In addition, an incident has occurred in the new peaceful, orderly ninja world.
Shikamaru Hiden is hinted to feature a battle between Shikamaru and the “strongest genjutsu-user.”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.
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, and a manga mini-series focusing on a “new generation” will launch in the combined 22nd and 23rd issue of Shueisha‘s Shonen Jump magazine.