The Naruto main manga series comes to a close with next Monday’s chapter in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine (some early spoilers here; new Naruto mini-series also announced) — but the Naruto anime will keep on running even in 2015, anime series director Hayato Date has confirmed in a magazine interview.
In addition to the new Naruto anime story developments, Date also put out a teaser for the upcoming December 4 episode of the anime series, which is a TV special meant to commemorate the release of The Last: Naruto the Movie in Japan.
As a tie-in to the movie, the December 4 episode of the Naruto anime series will put the spotlight on the Hyuga sisters Hinata and Hanabi.
“(The Naruto anime series) Nope, it’s not ending yet! Once we usher in the new year we will be introducing some new story developments into the series. The (Naruto) anime series will keep on going!” Date said in the interview.