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Naruto Says Sayonara After 15 Long Years

15 years after it was first published in 1999, one of the world's most popular Japanese manga series comes to an end this November.

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Sad news for Naruto fans: It has been announced that the well-loved Japanese manga series will end its run this November :(

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The final installment of Naruto will make its appearance in the November 10 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. Masashi Kishimoto’s long-running manga first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, so it makes sense that Naruto will come full circle and end its serialization in the same publication.

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Created by Kishimoto Masashi, Naruto manga was first published in 1999 and has grown to include multiple anime, movies, OVAs, and game adaptations

One of the best-selling manga series in history, Naruto has over 694 chapters, and 70 collected volumes that have sold more than 130 million copies in Japan alone and over 70 million copies overseas.

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For the uninitiated, the manga tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who dreams to become the village Hokage, acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all

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Naturally, fans of the manga are pretty sad about the news...



...although some are glad the series is finally ending, seeing as the story arcs have dragged on for far too long. As life-long Malaysian fan Ronn Yeo puts it:

"Dragging the story will be bad because the story is already reaching the climax where all the plots and schemes and mysteries about the villains are already revealed. So if Naruto is gonna continue, they will need a totally different story line or approach."

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But don't worry, the world of Naruto is still going strong! The manga series may be coming to an end, but the weekly TV anime still has a long way to go for the unforeseeable future.

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Plus, fans will have something to look forward to as The Last: Naruto The Movie is set to be released this December.

In other news, check out this guy's lifelike caricatures of Naruto and other comic book characters on SAYS:

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