When perturbed by the alluring time skip between the end of Naruto Shippuden and the beginning of Boruto’s storyline, the fans sought out the very redeeming stories of the Naruto Spin-Off Shinden Series. (Including Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise). The Shinden chronology was a series of stories created by different authors but illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It told various tales of the different aspects of the Naruto universe. Few such contained the story of Sasuke’s journey post-war when he redeemed his dark side. That was back in 2015.

Later in 2019 came another series named Sasuke Retsuden: The Uchiha Descendants and the Heavenly Stardust. This was an original story written by author Jun Esaka and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. This Sasuke spin-off remains one of the most popular additions to the spin-off stories of the Naruto franchise. Sasuke Retsuden focuses on Sasuke after his marriage to Sakura when a disease struck Naruto Uzumaki. Together with Kakashi sensei, Sasuke must now infiltrate Astronomy Research Institute. 

8 other Manga series for Shonen Jump+ service by Shueisha to be added for Oct-Nov

Naruto Spin-Off Sasuke Shinden
Naruto Spin-Off Sasuke Shinden cover page, via Shueisha

Shueisha the corporate giant responsible for the majority of Manga serialization and production in the nation of Japan releases its weekly Shonen Magazine named Shonen Jump. For a more internet-trendy audience with a soft copy being the medium, Shueisha released the online magazine named Shonen Jump+. The online magazine acts as a mobile app and website and was launched in 2014.

For a more worldwide global audience, Shueisha released a sister site named Manga plus. Shueisha has also announced that starting in 2023 all the Manga released in Shonen Jump+ will also be simultaneously released in Manga plus for fans globally. Along with this came another announcement that list 8 new additions to the Shonen Jump+ services including two Naruto spin-offs.

Shueisha’s planned Manga for an Online release in October-November in Shonen Jump+

Manga Author Release
Kinnikujima (Muscle Island) Nariaki Narita October 15
Hokago Himitsu Club (After School Secret Club) Teppei Fukushima October 18
Chieri no Koi wa 8 Meters Watari Mitogawa October 2
Naruto: Sasuke Retsuden: Uchiha no Matsuei to Tenkyū no Hoshikuzu (Naruto: Sasuke’s Story–The Uchiha and the Heavenly Stardust) Shingo Kimura October 23
Naruto: Konoha Shinden: Yukemuri Ninpōchō (Naruto: Konoha New Leged: Steam Ninja Scrolls) Natsuo Sai October 29
holoX MEETing Anmitsu Okada November 1
Giri no Ototo ni Korosareru (Killed by My Younger Brother-in-Law) Morudau October 4
Taju Jinkaku Kanojo (My Girlfriend with Multiple Personalities) Homekorosuke & Fanko debuts on October 9

 

What the Naruto Spin-Offs Are About

Shueisha first announced the adaptations for Sho Hinata’s Naruto: Konoha Shinden: Yukemuri Ninpōchō and Jun Esaka’s Naruto: Sasuke’s Story–The Uchiha and the Heavenly Stardust novel at the Jump Festa ’22 event in December 2021.

Naruto Spin-Off: Sasuke’s Story – The Uchiha and the Heavenly Stardust

Naruto Spin-Off Sasuke
The official cover page of Naruto Sasuke Retsuden, Courtesy of Shueisha

The story follows post-war circumstances where Naruto falls ill due to some charka-blocking disease which is the autoimmune equivalent of the Anime world. We are also introduced to the lands of Redaku where lies the Astronomy Research Institute. It was enacted to be the world’s best during the times of The Sage of Six Paths.

At the present, the facility is instead used as a prison for Redaku’s most unhinged criminals. The chapter does not begin by initiating Naruto’s conditions but from right on starts with a character killer-convict criminal who plans on climbing the prison walls. Despite the Batman-Ishq inclinations he feels afraid to do it alone and finds a little accomplice in another prisoner with dark black hair that covers his one eye. Sasuke Uchiha is no stranger to the readers as he confronts the varying abominations within the facility in search of a cure for his best friend’s sickness.

Naruto Konoha Shinden: Steam Ninja Scrolls

Naruto Spin-Off Konoha Shinden
Naruto Spin-Off Konoha Shinden coverpage, courtesy of Shonen Jump+ services

The Naruto Shinden series contained multiple spin-off light novels including a Sasuke one. The Sasuke Retsuden is more recent work and not the same as Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise. Konoha Shinden however is a more friendly leisure time story retelling of Kakashi and Might Guy taking a vacation. The two are one of the strongest shinobis in the world and deserve a break of their own. Yet despite their prowess, Kakashi feels weary of taking time off.

The story’s center point is Naruto after being crowned the 7th Hokage. Naruto Uzumaki convenes the five Kage summit. We see a glimpse of Kakashi feeling relieved that his most notoriously hyperactive student is now capable of leading the world’s top leaders into a collected convention.

Concluding

Sasuke Uchiha's appearance in Boruto, via crunchyroll
Sasuke Uchiha’s appearance in Boruto, via crunchyroll

The world really deserved more of Naruto’s story post-war. The various Shinden light novels and other spin-off series do exactly that – they serve as a continuation of the Naruto Shippuden storyline. Still, there are very few works detailing what transpires between the end of the Fourth Shinobi War and the beginning of Naruto The Last film.

As of now, we can piece everything together, albeit only in a very segmented way through Boruto and the Naruto Spin-Offs. If you ask me we deserve a proper series that explores what Naruto did post-war and incorporates Sasuke’s journey into it as well. But that’s me, what do you think? let us know in the comment section down below.


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