The first of the four episodes of Naruto’s 20th-anniversary celebration has been delayed with no information on the new release date. The Naruto anime production committee announced on X (formerly Twitter) that the special episode would be postponed in order to “increase the quality” of the episodes. Instead, a recap of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will air on September 3.
Naruto’s 20th anniversary delay
Currently, there is no set date for the Naruto 20th-anniversary specials. The official Naruto X account stated that a new date would be announced through the series’ official social media channels at a later time. The four-episode special is set within the original anime series, focusing on Naruto Uzumaki and his friends as they strive to become ninjas.
While details about the story and characters are limited, the Naruto 20th-anniversary specials were set to feature the return of Japanese rock band FLOW, performing the opening and ending theme songs. FLOW’s opening theme was a special 20th-anniversary version of their song “GO!!!,” which was the fourth opening of the original Naruto TV series. The ending theme was a cover of ORANGE RANGE’s “Vivaâ˜†Rock,” which was used as the third season’s ending theme song for the Naruto anime.
Despite the delay, there is still plenty for Naruto fans to look forward to. The first chapter of Boruto: Two Blue Vortex, the time-jump sequel to Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, is available to read online from publisher Viz Media. The first part of the Boruto anime series concluded in March, leading to some staff members moving to rival studios. Masaya Honda, the series’ writer, expressed gratitude to everyone who had followed the series for the past six years.
The 2002 Naruto anime series and its sequel, Naruto: Shippuden, are available for streaming on platforms like Crunchyroll and Hulu. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is also available for streaming. There is currently no official announcement regarding an anime adaptation of Part 2 of the Boruto series.
In addition to Naruto, other anime projects like Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead and Studio Ponoc’s The Imaginary have also faced delays due to production issues.