Naruto Creator Masashi Kishimoto Shares New Art to Celebrate The Anime's 20th Anniversary

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It's been 20 years since the Naruto anime series first aired. While Masashi Kishimoto's shonen franchise is currently focused on the latest arc of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, the anime's success showcases how far it has come since it premiered 20 years ago.

The original anime based on Kishimoto's popular manga series debuted in Japan in October 2002, so if you're one of the millions of fans who's been enjoying the series, you may want to check out what Kishimoto illustrated lately.

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Recently, Masashi Kishimoto shared a never-before-seen art to celebrate 20 years of the Naruto anime series. As Twitter user @dailyhokage shared below, Kishimoto's new illustration features Naruto himself in various forms that remind us of the ninja hero's Shadow Clone Jutsu.

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Recently, VIZ Media also shared a new poster to celebrate Naruto anime's 20th anniversary, and it features iconic moments from the pre-Shippuden era.

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Even though it's been 20 years since the Naruto anime debuted in Japan, it's still one of the biggest shonen series to ever come out of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga series is still ongoing, with the next chapter expected to release later this month.

If you're wondering what the latest arc of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is about, the manga series is currently focused on the intense conflict between the shinobi of the Hidden Leaf Village and the villainous Code, who recently had his limiters rescinded, thanks to Amado. The tension is complicated by Amado's initiative to take Eida and Daemon to Konoha in order to connect Eida to her crush, Kawaki.

Related: Is Amado a Villain in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations?

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Chapter 74 is expected to release on Oct. 20.