Viz Media has quite a bit of Naruto related news to share this week as not only will the manga’s author Masashi Kishimoto make his first international appearance at the 2015 New York Comic-Con which is being held from October 8th-11th, but they have also announced the licensing and release plans for a number of new Naruto titles, including the final volume of the Narutomanga.
The final volume of the Naruto manga, Volume 72, will be released digitally and at print in October and the company has announced that they will be releasing the third and final Naruto manga box set, containing volumes 49 through 72, in January for $185.99.
Along with this news Viz has also revealed that they have licensed three of the six planned epilogue novels following key characters after the end of the manga. Naruto: Kakashi’s Story will be released first sometime in November and the story synopsis can be found below:
A year has passed since the Fourth Great Ninja War, and Kakashi’s appointment to Hokage looms. But first he heads to the Land of Waves for a dangerous mission rescuing hostages from a top-secret airship. There he confronts a ninja whose heart is frozen by tragedy. Having lost both his friend’s eye and his greatest abilities, can Kakashi really protect anyone? What is the true meaning of the will of fire gained in the distant heavens? Kakashi finds these answers and more as he opens the door to a new ninja era.
They also revealed that Naruto: Shikamaru’s Story will be released in February 2016 and Naruto: Sakura’s Story will come out in May 2016. Along all of these novel licenses and final volume release plans, Viz announced that they plan on releasing an artbook containing nearly a hundred pages of full-color images in November for $19.99 called Uzumaki Naruto: Illustrations.