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New Naruto Episodes Will Come Out in September 2023

The Naruto anime project to commemorate the show’s 20th anniversary will air starting on September 3, 2023. It will not be a full-fledged series or a remake. Rather, we’ll get four new Naruto episodes. The official Twitter account did not give much information beyond this.

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The tweet announcing the animation project ends by implying that there won’t be any details about the plot until the air date in September 2023. We know that it will focus on the pre-Boruto events of Naruto. But it’s still unclear as to what era of his life it’ll cover. There’s also the chance that it’ll simply retread material that had already been adapted. The wording of the Naruto account’s tweet about the episodes is not “new” anime but rather “newly-made animation”

This may seem like splitting hairs. However, Studio Pierrot used the same wording for the “Road of Naruto” trailer it released in 2022. Instead of simply editing together clips from the show, it re-animated scenes such as Sasuke’s fight with Haku from the earlier episodes. So there is always the chance that at least one of the episodes will take past Naruto content and re-animate them rather than be completely new.

The new animation project for Naruto will air on September 3, 2023. It will also air at the Naruto live event on September 3, 2023. Tickets for Naruto The Live will be available from July 18, 2023.

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Stephanie is a senior writer who has been writing for games journalism and translating since 2020. After graduating with a BA in English and a Certificate in Creative Writing, she spent a few years teaching English and history before fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a writer. In terms of games, she loves RPGs, action-adventure, and visual novels. Aside from writing for Siliconera and Crunchyroll, she translates light novels, manga, and video games.