When Will "Naruto" End?
Is the ending of Naruto in sight?
If you are here reading this article it means you want to know when and how Naruto will end. Here, we will discuss some facts, speculations and rumors about the date of its ending, and talk a bit about how it will end.
Naruto really has a long history and is one of the longest ongoing manga and anime series today. It all started in August 1997 when Masashi Kishimoto published a one-shot in Akamaru Jump. Fast forward to 1999 and Naruto manga is already coming out in the weekly Shonen Jump. In 2002, we have the popular Naruto anime series that takes the world by storm.
Now, considering that it is already the middle of 2014, that means that this amazingly long manga and anime series is keeping us entertained for more than 14 years - almost 17 if you count its first one-shot publication. However, it can’t last forever. At least, we hope it will not.
One thing that can't be denied this series is its fandom and following - over the years it has gotten the attention of several generations of young and older people as well. Some have even grown up with it - quite literally. Fourteen years is a long, long time. Who would have guessed that a series can last that long?
During all this time, apart from the average fan growing up and aging, we have also seen each character age and develop - the childish characters from the beginning of Naruto manga (anime) are now all but grown up and changed immensely. They did have a lot of time for both character development and some growing up, after all.
Currently, the story seems to be nearing some kind of a closure, but we all know how deceitful that can be in cases of long, popular and most importantly, profitable sagas. Is there an end in sight for Naruto?
There are several theories regarding when Naruto will end, and we will talk a bit more in depth about all of them in the subsequent parts.
"I know exactly how Naruto will end"
Masashi Kishimoto says that he is planning to end Naruto and that he has the last episode all figured out in advance. He said that not only does he know how this infamous saga will end, he also knows exactly how each scene will look like and has the lines for each character clearly planned out.
Interesting, isn't it? Well, when asked when this will happen and when will the manga end, he said that he isn't quite yer sure - he has the last scene and he is now just headed in its direction. One thing's for sure, though. Each new episode is one episode closer to the end of the series, and that is all we would claim with certainty.
Do you think Naruto will end soon?
What Kishimoto says
In one of the more recent interviews, Kishimoto-san has mentioned that he is still not sure about the events that would lead to the end of Naruto, but that he is following a certain direction in order to reach this ending which is, as he says, already determined.
What is obvious from all his interviews is the fact that he is not satisfied with the pace in which the story is progressing, and that he regards it as too slow. The general problem is that there are a lot of characters in Naruto, and logically they didn't all have enough time for every character in the manga or the anime series (fillers included) to show all their abilities and their character depths.
What is for sure is that we have a lot of surprises coming up before the end of this story, and we will have some characters that we have all but forgotten reappear.
However vague Masashi Kishimoto tries to be, there are some estimates obtained through his numerous interviews - in one of them he mentioned that Naruto manga will end by the middle of 2014, most likely July or August. So we have several months more of manga coming out. This fits the pace it has been developing, actually, so that makes sense.
But what about the anime? Considering that Naruto Shippuden is a bit behind and that it will have a lot of fillers, we can safely assume that there will be at least another year, year and a half of anime left even after the conclusion of the manga.
According to the fans
When it comes to the fans, they generally agree that Naruto will not end anytime soon, and certainly not in 2014. There are many things unclear and many events that need to unfold in order for the story to have the complete feel.
A lot of people who follow the events of the story think that the point at which the story is at has too many loose ends and that these things cannot be sorted out anytime soon. Most would like the story and each character to have the closure they deserve, and agree that rushing it now would make no sense in the long run.
Among the fans of Naruto there are two theories that are quite popular currently.
In the following sections we will speak a bit about both of these, and you can conclude which one you think is more likely to be true.
Naruto will end soon and the last arc will be the clash between Naruto and Sasuke
With the direction the story is taking now, a lot of speculations seem to point at this being the second-to-last arc of this manga. This would by automatism imply that the whole Naruto manga will come to an end relatively soon - depending on the ability of the mangaka to unfold the events of the story in one more arc.
The problem with this would be that the story would have to have some loose ends, and some think that an ending that would imply the battle of Sasuke and Naruto would be way too predictable and simple for a series of this scope and popularity. It would certainly disappoint one part of its audience - not to mention the outcome if one of them was to die. Considering the masses worshipping these two characters, it would be a disappointing end for at least one percentage of people
The end of Naruto depends on what the fans want
The end of Naruto will largely depend on the fans, some say. The logic behind this opinion is actually quite simple - Naruto will end if the fans want it to end in the 2014 or 2015, but if the fans want more, there will be more. It is as simple as that.
In the end, it is always important to remember that the success of one series and the downfall of another depends on its following and the impact it has. Therefore, it would be ludicrous to let down such a large fandom as that of Naruto.
Is money a factor?
Many speculate that Naruto will never end as long as it brings in a lot of money for the creator and everyone involved in publishing and distributing Naruto manga and anime. This seems to make a lot of sense to a lot of people, but others argue that Naruto merchandise will continue to reel in money long after the manga and anime end.
Does money play a big role in this? Probably. But that does not mean that the creator Masashi Kishimoto will allow his story to plummet in popularity because of greed. It remains for us to wait and see - and that's the only way we will ever know what will happen with certainty.
Naruto is one of the "great three" of manga and anime series that are still ongoing - One Piece, Bleach and Naruto seem to be the holy trinity of manga/anime. While nothing is yet set in stone when it comes to the ending of Naruto, the closure of this manga seems to be in sight.
All speculations point to 2014 as the final year of Naruto manga, and the anime is said to last for at least another year, year and a half after that. This has been vaguely confirmed by Kishimoto, who has also said that the ending of naruto is already written and that we are already headed toward it.