As someone who basically grew up with Naruto and has been following the series ever since its inception in March 2000, seeing the anime come to an end is such a bittersweet moment for me. For anime fans, watching the last episode of Naruto can be likened to basketball fans watching Kobe Bryant’s final game. For anime fans who spent their childhood in the late 90s and early 2000s, Naruto was most likely one of, if not the first manga you’ve ever read just as it was probably the first anime you’ve ever watched.
From Naruto’s academy days with unforgettable characters like Sasuke, Sakura, Iruka, Choji, Shikamaru, Ino, Hinata, Neji, Shino, Kiba, Rock Lee, Tenten, and many others, we were with them from the very beginning. Not only did we watch them, we grew up together with and alongside them. That’s what made Naruto into such a special manga and anime for us. Now Naruto and Hinata are getting married! Sniff sniff. My little boy’s all grown up!
Okay, that’s enough sentimentality for now. Although we’ll still be able to get our Naruto fix once Boruto airs in April 2017, the end of Naruto Shippuden will definitely be the end of an era. This marks the start of a new generation which will be shown in the Boruto anime series.
I’ll be honest, I’m actually hoping that we’ll still be seeing a lot of adult Naruto and Sasuke along with the others of course. However, given that the new anime series is called Boruto, I’m inclined to believe that the big boys won’t be getting much screen time. I just pray that the writers don’t pull a Houdini with Naruto and Sasuke by trying to kill them off with some new obscure enemy when those two are so strong right now that they’re nearly invincible. Guess we’ll just have to wait until April and see for ourselves!
Just look and see for yourself how far we’ve come over these past 15 years!