Boruto, the sequel to Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto, has been around 2016, when the manga debuted; the anime series debuted in 2017. The story has evolved a lot in recent years, that cannot be denied, but while working on a world of its own, Boruto is still intrinsically tied to the world of Naruto. But, with Kurama dying and Sasuke losing his technique, it seems that the creators behind the concept are slowly shifting their focus on Boruto and the next generation of shinobi. Does that mean that Boruto will be getting a sequel? We shall talk about that there.
As of yet, there is no confirmation that Boruto will be getting a Shippuden-styled sequel in the near future. Boruto is, as a whole, a reminiscence that begins with Boruto fighting Kawaki in the ruins of Konohakagure, but we still don’t know how the authors intend to come to that moment and whether they will include a Shippuden-style time skip or will it all be part of the main story.
In this article, we are going to give you some more details on a possible Boruto sequel story, which could be titled Boruto: Raiden (which is a play on the original Naruto sequel, Naruto: Shippuden). We’re going to tell you our thoughts and theories on the subject so you can be properly prepared for what might be coming up in the world of Naruto.
Will there be a Boruto sequel?
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is currently in the middle of its run, roughly; this is what we know from the background information provided to us by the authors themselves (see the next section for more information on that). Now, with Boruto ending in a dismal future, a glimpse of which we saw in the first panels and scenes, fans are wondering whether such a dismal ending is truly an end for the series.
At this moment, we really don’t have any info on a sequel to Boruto. We know that Ikemoto and Kishimoto plan on finishing the whole story in the current run, but that doesn’t mean that someone might not continue the story further on. This is what happened to Naruto. The first part of the manga and anime ended, and then we got to see more of it in Part II of the manga, which was adapted as Naruto: Shippuden. Does a similar fate await Boruto? It’s hard to tell.
When Naruto (Part I) ended, it was quite obvious that the story was not near its end. When Boruto ends, it seems that the story will get a conclusion in one way or the other, and from what we can tell, Ikemoto and Kishimoto are on track to wrap up the story in the current run. This means that a sequel would have to come up with a completely new story that would shift the focus away from the original characters and onto the ones introduced in Boruto.
This is a very different situation than the one we had with Naruto, so we don’t really know how it is going to play out. If the demand for more Boruto-focused adventures is high, we might just see a sequel, although we don’t think it will be as big as Shippuden was. Also, don’t really expect the Boruto sequel to be titled Boruto: Shippuden. The title made sense in Naruto’s case, as Naruto’s main technique was Wind Release, so “fast wind” (which is the meaning of the word “shippuden”) made sense.
If a sequel to Boruto gets made in the same manner as Shippuden, it is much more likely that it will be titled Boruto: Raiden, since “raiden” means “legends of lightning”, which makes sense seeing that Boruto’s natural technique is the Lightning Release.
Be that as it may, we have something to look forward to. Whether Boruto is going to end with its current run or whether there’ll be a sequel, we still have more stories to enjoy, so you don’t need to worry about this.
Will Boruto be as long as Naruto?
When the Naruto manga ended back in 2014, the Shueisha company asked Masashi Kishimoto to write a sequel. Kishimoto rejected the idea and instead suggested artist Mikio Ikemoto, who had worked as an assistant for Kishimoto since the first chapters of Naruto, to draw them. A countdown website titled “Next Generation” was used to promote the new manga.
In December 2015, the serialization of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations was announced. Kishimoto said he wanted Boruto to surpass his own work. The author of Boruto, Ukyō Kodachi, had written a light novel called Gaara Hiden in 2015 and assisted Kishimoto in writing the screenplay for the film Boruto: Naruto the Movie.
Kodachi not only writes the manga, but he is also the supervisor of the anime’s story. Kishimoto also served as the anime’s supervisor for episodes 8 and 9. Kodachi explained that the setting of the series, which features more science than Naruto, was influenced by his father, a doctor. To further combine the use of ninjutsu and technology, Kodachi drew inspiration from sci-fi role-playing games.
Although the series has a lighter tone than Naruto, it begins with an allusion to a dark future. This scenario was proposed by Kishimoto to give the manga a greater impact and to take a different approach from that of the Boruto movie. In this scenario, Ikemoto drew an older Boruto, but he believes that this design could change once the manga reaches that point.
In early 2019, Ikemoto stated that the relationship between Boruto and Kawaki will be the biggest part of the plot, as it will develop until their battle in the flash-forward. When asked about the duration of the series, Ikemoto said he wanted to give the series nearly 30 volumes to tell the story. These are his words:
My utmost priority is to complete the entire story for BORUTO. That said, I do not want the story to sprawl out too much. As the original NARUTO series already has a whopping 72 volumes, I am hoping to complete the story within 30 volumes to keep the entire saga within a hundred volumes altogether.– Miko Ikemoto
As you can see, Ikemoto and the current artist, Kishimoto himself, plan for the franchise to span over 100 volumes. As we’ve said, Boruto is currently on volume 16 so it’s about half of what Ikemoto has planned. Seeing how it took the manga roughly six years to reach half of the planned content, without any delays, it could probably end around 2028. This is what you needed to know before we answer the main question of this section.
So, knowing all of this, will Boruto be as long as Naruto? Definitely not. It seems, from what the authors have in store for us, that it will be about half of what the original Naruto series was. Now, it seems that Ikemoto and Kishimoto do plan on wrapping up the story in these 30 or so volumes, i.e., they are going to explain how the dark future from which Boruto is reminiscing comes to be. We don’t actually know the narrative progression they have for us, but from this perspective – everything seems to be on track.
This means that Boruto‘s initial main plot will end with volume 30-something, but this does not exclude the possibility of the series getting a sequel that will focus exclusively – more or less – on Boruto, without holding on to the previous generation. Still, will it surpass the original Naruto series? We don’t think. It takes a lot of time to write such a long series and with Kishimoto being in his late 40s now, going towards 60 by the time Boruto finished, we don’t think he’ll be able to work on such a complex work for another two decades. But, maybe we’re wrong and that would certainly be a brilliant surprise for the fans.
How many years will Boruto last?
As we have said, we don’t know for how long Ikemoto and Kishimoto plan to draw Boruto, along with Kodachi, but we do know that Ikemoto planned the series to have around 30 volumes. Based on the current publication and collection tempo, we know that Boruto published roughly 2.5 volumes per year, which amounts to the current 16 volumes for a six-year period.
Now, knowing that Boruto is planned to run for around 30 volumes, and knowing that it’s publishing tempo is roughly 2.5 volumes per year, we can calculate that Boruto will be running for roughly 12 years, which adds up to what we have said above – Boruto is probably going to end around 2028. It started in 2016 and if you add up the 12 years we got based on the current publishing tempo, it adds up to 2028.
Now, we don’t know if there are going to be any significant delays to the manga’s publication, which is why Boruto might be around for even longer, but we’ll just have to wait and see how it all happens. What is going to happen after that? Who knows!