After ending their series respectively in 2014 (Naruto) and 2016 (Bleach), Masashi Kushimoto and Tite Kubo are currently working on brand new manga serializations. This news was announced by Weekly Shonen Jump’s editor in chief Hiroyuki Nakano at a press conference for the magazine to reveal new upcoming works. Details of both projects is expected to be revealed after this spring.
Naruto was first published in 1997 and was supposed to be a story that focused on ‘fox spirits’. The series quickly grew in popularity and has spawned an anime series, several anime movies and OVAs. Naruto has been featured in a series of games from Bandai Namco, most notably the “Ultimate Ninja Storm” series. The anime produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex ended in 2014 after 220 episodes of the original arc and 500 episodes of the “Shippuden” arc. The story of Naruto continues with his son Boruto in “Boruto: Naruto Generations.” Lions Gate films plans to do a live-action Naruto film.
Bleach first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2001 and focused on Shinigami (Death Gods) duties to defend human souls from evil spirits and guide them to the afterlife. Tite Kubo’s series has been adapted into an anime series also produced by Studio Pierrot that ran from 2004 to 2012 in Japan. Bleach has also had two original video animations, four animated feature films, ten rock musicals, and numerous video games. It should be noted the Tite Kubo created a series before “Bleach” titled “Zombie Powder”, which is currently has four volumes available. A live-adaption of Bleach is currently in production and set for a July 20, 2018 release date.
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