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.
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.
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How will Naruto end?
Ria Smith on September 17, 2018:
I heard naruto will be coming to end. Is this true? I hope not. I reakly love this anime its my fravorate one sence dragon ball z and Attack on titans. Now im watching bourto next generation faithfully with my kids and we love it. Pleas start season 3 of attack on titans im tired of waiting i need to finish watching it.and last please dont kill off naruto he is very close to me and i will cry if he dies.please dont let naruto or sauscae.
King on October 10, 2016:
Hi i was wondering if someon in japan or else can ask Mr Kishimoto if the naruto series are done and if he will ever make Boruto series in its place as a continuation because Naruto wanted to become Hokage and I believe that it's not fair that he keeps on running after his dream and atthe end he doesn't show us but I really liked the ending even though my heart is crushed with emotions. After all ill always be positive with what Mr Kishimoto chooses for Naruto.
Plz ansr soon.
Naw on January 05, 2015:
Wasn't good at all.
One of the crappiest and rashest end. Certainly a fall of the masterpiece. There are tons of questions that are still not answered. Fans can see that the author was just focusing on finishing the story by 700th ep. As the beginning of Part II, Power balances and context started to go wrecked. And at the end, the author just ruined whole plot for the twisted ending; Madara became too powerful - the last boss Kaguya was used as Deus ex machina - it turned out she wasn't the last one to deal with! I'd like to say the book should have ended at Part I.
DarkRose on December 22, 2014:
It was good...
Max Wong from Singapore on October 27, 2014:
Now I'm just waiting to see how Kishi sensei will end the manga.. I hope that it's going to end well. Maybe Kakashi will be Hokage instead of either of Naruto or Sasuke. I still like the alternate universes where Naruto is Hokage and Sasuke becomes his head Anbu. At least they have to reconcile! That's a must. A MUST.
Insert_Name on August 06, 2014:
As long as it doesn't end up like Bleach I'll be okay. The fullbringer arc was a complete fail. They should have just ended it at Aizen or did a time skip to the next arc which is MUCH better. Anyway I just hope Naruto doesn't take that path.
JustKaze on August 06, 2014:
Naruto Shippuuden will end. period. But that doesn't mean that Naruto will end. Rumors are that they will make another series but after 7 years (in the anime/manga timeline). Do some Google searches :)
Gaara on July 31, 2014:
I Think the show will go on. but it will be a new chapter. like Naruto to Naruto Shipudden. some years have gone by. and the story keep going and thay are just a Little older.
Wynter Gale on July 26, 2014:
I love Naruto (minus the fillers), but I'm hoping for a conclusion soon. I'm a little behind in the series, though. There actually is a anime that has been ongoing longer than Naruto: Detective Conan. It's awesome, but it's almost as old as I am, and I'm hoping the author will wrap it up in the foreseeable future.
Great hub, by the way. It was thorough and nicely written.
mounzer on July 22, 2014:
hey i want to say one thing i watched naruto since i was 5 years old and fall in love with it that's why i continued it and wrote a story about his future it is awesome i developed it now if naruto ends i will smile cz he was in my heart and childhood and will still naruto is not only anime it is philosophy itself kishimoto i trust in you i trust in naruto i love you and naruto showed me my way to peace an lighted my target in life i should become more well in all to let the others believe in me and trust in my way and help to make real peace let's go together all naruto's fan let's show them what naruto really is let's show kishimoto what we have got let's go to make real peace let's make yin in yang in life become it full like naruto did let's gooooo i love you all guys i trust in you to follow my way listen to naruto blue bird song on piano to understand it when reading i believe in you :) follow my way
Killua on July 21, 2014:
The manga will likely end in the fall or winter, I don't think he'll be able to wrap it up by the end of august. The fighting might end a bit sooner (still thinking fall), but there will likely be some wrap up chapters (maybe special chapters, released several months after the manga's end).
ichigo on July 21, 2014:
i want to the end...........i think that the manga is close to the end but the anime.....is far a bit......
Zineb on July 19, 2014:
I hope it doesn't end !! Naruto is my life i think about it all the time I am enjoying it ..but i guess the anime will end in summer 2015 whatever i just hope that it will be a happy ending ^^
josh on July 03, 2014:
I have to say I'm disappointed it will end, but I think it's about time. The only thing I regret about saying that is all the characters who never got enough development. I just wish that Kishi, or maybe someone else will pick up the series and give it some sort of spin-off that showcases the other characters. Otherwise, naruto has been a great ride for these past years. I hope kishi gives naruto justice and ends it accordingly, preferably with naruto choosing who he likes(naruhina all the way)
lala on June 22, 2014:
i think that the manga is so long so 15 years is too mush . it's better to get ends in 2014 with happy end ( naruto+sakura )
someone on June 17, 2014:
I would like to continue at last 2 more years after wor end and naruto become hokage
Omar on May 27, 2014:
Naruto Is Gonna End This Year (2014) Because They Are at The Final Battle Uchiha Madara Vs First Hokage And Naruto + Sasuke Vs Rikoudou ( Because Sasuke Returned To The Leaf He Said He Will Become Hokage And Clear Everything Up , And He Went With Naruto To Fight The Rikoudou Witch Is Obito Who Became The 10 tails Jinshuriki And The First Hokage Witch was Resurrected by Orutchimaru ) And When The Battle Ends It Will Just Be a 5-10 Episodes And The Anime Will End So I Would Say About The End Of 2014 . And Thank You
naruhina fan on May 26, 2014:
I don't want naruto end..i have watched it for 8 years and i want naruto at the end go with hinata because when everybody called him a looser hinata didn't she always loved naruto so it is shame if naruto end up with SAKURA that naruto has saved so many times her life and she still hit him and naruto is still going after her and he doesn't understand that hinata loves him she is ready to give her life about him..... :'(
Taka on May 18, 2014:
It's obvious that naruto is on its dead end. They are just trying to prolong it with the nonsensical fight scenes. It used to be one of my fave animes. So sad.
aceray434 on May 17, 2014:
I have watched it for 7 years now and i can't wait to see what the end holds
i grew up mostly with dragon ball and i still Love it today and now i draw it cause i am 16 and have nothing to do
They both have a place in my heart dearly but it has to end
With sasuke and naruto getting along with eatch other
That one guy on May 12, 2014:
Please...Any of you theorists who do not think Fans, more or less, dictate a franchise are completely off base. Although it is completely, and utterly true, that the almighty author holds the creative authority to their work...they hardly control anything outside of direction.
Why do you think you had Sasuke and Itachi fighting together, or the loophole to the Reaper Death Seal all of a sudden appearing as if it "had always been there". Fans have money, and money decides whether a franchise continues or not. My evidence being Dragon Ball Z to Dragon Ball GT. And whether the pompous, and arrogant members of the Anime Community accepted it or not, it made money and appealed to the target audience. And before you get in to the semantics, there was a full series that came to a conclusion with video games back in 2000-2012 with SS4 featured in them.
Naruto will eventually end, and speculating it will do no good because Fan's wallets are calling the shots. Hopefully, we will luck out and have a satisfying ending that is prompt, yet full.
Fbritannia on May 04, 2014:
Please, Naruto!!! end I grew up with this anime and manga, but after Pain saga I stopped watching and reading, it was to much. And now I want to get back to it, but there's so much I have missed, and I don't have time to get to the point where it is right now. So finish it so that I don't end up being 400 million chapters back, this show is my childhood and I want it back. End it pleasseee!!!!
Naruto fan on April 29, 2014:
I want kishimoto to start making the end and to end it in 2015 ,to make more episodes for end ,to make it better ,he don't need to force the end in 1 episode and everything to end in it , maybe it will be better he to start making the end from now and make the end bigger and fun ! Just 6-12 months more of naruto for good ending !
Assassin on April 26, 2014:
Naruto will end but when it ends I WONT KNOW WHAT TO WATCH!!! Im going to really miss naruto forever.
Milo on April 09, 2014:
PLZ, don't end naruto... Look at Pokémon.. now I know that Pokémon now sucks but Naruto you can do it ! Aslong as there is imagination in the world we can't end Naruto!
Tetsu on April 05, 2014:
I don't agree in some stuff:
Whether you want it to end or not, fans can't force him to keep drawing Naruto. Because maybe he got tired of it (let me say that 16 years is a long time) and as he said, he wants to move on. Fans are some way selfish at this point.
The fact that the manga will end doesn't mean his next project will be a failure. Besides, as I've read in some comments, Naruto will be considered as a classic (it is actually a classic), like the case of Dragon Ball or Saint Seiya, Inuyasha too, etc.
There is no point in making theories and getting angry about fans' speculations, Kishimoto will end it someway (good or bad) and the only thing that we have to do is keep reading.
old man on April 04, 2014:
I have to disagree on so many points...
First, Fans will decide... Nothuing. Not one thing. Because well, no one cares about them, first, and then, the author and his sponsors will ultimately decide. And Frankly, working on just one project your whole life must get boring... Kishimoto (I hope for him) would probably like to do another manga. And his previous success should allow him to decide about anything about it. That's exciting.
Second, Naruto and Sasuke won't clash. I know it's a little ovious by the date to which I post this, but really, there were signs, for a long time, that it would not happen. Main argument : Naruto wants to save Sasuke, And as a childish hero, he has to succed one way or another. It's how stories work.
I was going to go with a third and mybe fourth, fifth point. But no...
Bill Cullen on March 14, 2014:
Naruto had been a success that has grown and been very popular with people all over the world both the world of anime fandom and geographically, probably taking its place as the one of the most successful anime and manga franchises of all time. however the time has come to end the franchise, the universe has been milked to the nth degree. and the sometimes over passionate fans (Narutards) have ruined the appeal of the franchise, though they keep Kishimoto well fed, but I even think that he's secretly tired and wants to move on I also think that the anime universe in general needs fresh ideas to take the leadership and win new hearts. its nice to grow up with your family but ultimately as you reach adulthood you need to extricate from your family and start from scratch something new. same with Tite Kubo and Bleach, and, yes Oda with Onepiece. among others the anime and manga fandom outside of Japan nowadays is becoming quite geriatric and crabby once full of cheery young fans and a variety of unique manga,shows and properties. however as some franchises exploded to near religious conglomerations other (and In this humble observers opinion better ) anime and manga have been left biting the dust some never making it out of japan. and anime fandom outside of Nippon is all about the same 6 or 7 franchises (say DBZ Naruto Onepiece, FMA Bleach maybe Eva or Cowboy Bebop) and it has been contracting. distributors closing, going bankrupt, and anime being re-relegated to the same old late night "ghetto" time slots after a period of getting some kind of respect in the 2000s. Just as the mediums fandom outside of Nippon has stagnated so has Naruto, 14 15,16,17 years is enough. its old, its tired, its worn out its welcome, (sorry religious fans) but IMHO the characters are becoming geriatric and flavorless and its time to move on. I hope Kishimoto finds it in his heart to do what's right for him and for the anime universe. I predict Hopefully he will find somekind of way to end or bring the series story to closure or near closure this year . My thought Naruto (and for that matter Bleach) needs to end expediently and PERMANENTLY. all good things must come to an end. Who knows, maybe well have new creators , some new fresh ideas to take the lead and maybe the anime and manga market can get a new generation of fans and reverse the current trend.
P! on February 19, 2014:
Naruto should've been wrapped up ages ago. Quality over quantity. It's just being milked for all it's worth.
inzaki on February 08, 2014:
An anime created by MASASHI KISHIMOTO is a wonderful and epic seris, which can't be forgotten by anyone.
It gave the idea the teaching that any situation comes you must be ready to fight ih which has helped me in my life.
I can't believe of the end of NARUTO .
It will remain in my heart above the place of my parents.
jared on February 05, 2014:
no it shouldn't end till naruto is at 5 years older and become hokage
izuki on January 24, 2014:
the manga seems very complicated now. im hoping for the best ending. im hoping it never end. but you know that every story has the ending. haha
anon on January 03, 2014:
gtx: just wait and see. You might be right:(
Dark on December 23, 2013:
i just want a manga + anime based on Minato (4th hokage) and how he started up to his death and narutos birth kinda like a prequel in a way
sai on December 22, 2013:
I've been watching naruto since i was little. Naruto is my childhood~ now that i'm grown up i still watch it and i don't want it to end just yet.
gtx on December 17, 2013:
There's nothing to develop anymore in Naruto. They'll defeat Kabuto and Obito soon enough, Sasukes after this and then what? They'll make him main bad guy for next 5 years?
gaara on December 16, 2013:
I don't want it to end. I have spend hundreds i own every collection on dvd rather than just download this epic series
Ron Basea on November 30, 2013:
I feel the time of fillers/flashbacks is coming around in the anime...
Moonster on November 26, 2013:
I love the series but i can even see that the series are calming down and is getting closer to an ending, but even if the serie stops i bet their will be more movies and extra anime episode and you can always re-read the series :3
Shane on November 20, 2013:
Naruto cannot end now
Nafisa naruto fan on November 07, 2013:
When there comes a great series like naruto there will always have a great endening but the hard thing is what will be the ending I recalling don't understand why we the fans are upset masashi kishimoto should be upset he is the one that has to make up the end and there are a lot of endings that he can choose I just wish whatever he chooses is going to be a great ending that no one will ever forget
Ñ on November 06, 2013:
I think that Naruto will end soon
itachi on October 30, 2013:
will all fans don't want to end naruto yet,,but we all know that there comes i time that this epic series will end,,but,,i bet we will never forget this series NARUTO will remain in are hearts forever :)
Astrologist on October 27, 2013:
I don't want naruto to end because watching naruto is the best recreational time i can ever have and i also want naruto to end because i am so much obsessed by it ,i could spend 24x7 watching it.
Naruto Uzamaki on October 26, 2013:
I don't want naruo to end! at least I want it to end in 3000 :D Or at least for real 2017
Ray on October 08, 2013:
No because Kishimoto San wants to start a new Manga, the fans wanting or not wanting something has nothing to do with whether it will end or not, we seen this with Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, fans wanted more after the end of DBZ, but Akira Toriyama San wanted to move on, so GT was made by another company, it was a huge flop that ultimately tainted the franchise.
The point is Naruto will end, in mid 2014 whether fans like it or not, and when something new comes along Naruto will be remembered and enjoyed as a classic. This is because Kishimoto San wants to put his time and effort into something else, by the time it ends it will be almost 16 years, imagine you had to do a 16 year project, no matter how cool the project is at the start, towards the end your going to be counting down the days.
We have to understand that if Kishimoto doesn't give his creative genius to the producers then the franchise ends there, it doesn't matter what ANYBODY wants, and trust me when i tell you, no amount of money will make you do something you truly do not want to do anymore, and if it does your heart wont be in it, and the end result will be a poor product.
I personally can't wait to see what Kishimoto moves onto after Naruto.