The Sasuke Retsuden anime has officially been announced! For those not aware, Sasuke Retsuden is one of the Naruto manga’s spin-offs, and it will be brought to life in anime form as a part of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations series. This is massive news for fans of the popular franchise. During Jump Festa 2023, The Sasuke Retsuden anime was confirmed and will debut in January 2023.
In October 2019, Sasuke Retsuden was released as a short novel. However, due to the overwhelming approval from Sasuke fanboys and girls, it was transformed into a manga in 2022. Five chapters have been released for free since then, and it has become known as Naruto: Sasuke’s Story – The Uchiha and the Heavenly Stardust. Once completed, the anime will be integrated into Boruto as part of the new story, eliminating filler and adding more depth to the series.
What is Sasuke Retsuden About?
Sasuke Retsuden takes place after the 4th Great Ninja War and before Boruto’s story begins. Naruto is infected by a fatal disease that prevents him from using his chakra. When they realize that the Shadow Kage is behind the assassination attempt on their friend, Sasuke and Sakura set out on a mission to search for the villain and find a cure for Naruto. The hidden leaf couple venture out far from the land of fire, embarking on a journey that will test their relationship and strengthen their bond.
One of the best aspects of the manga adaptation of Sasuke Retsuden is that it explores Sasuke and Sakura’s relationship in more detail, filling in the blanks that left Boruto’s audience puzzled by the Leaf Ninja’s love connection at the start of Next Generations. The original novel was authored by Jun Esaka with illustrations by Masashi Kishimoto, but Shingo Kimura oversaw its manga adaptation. The series is already one of the most popular titles in Manga Plus and Shueisha channels. If the anime adaptation resembles its source material, we may see one of the most significant anime events of the Boruto series and of 2023.
Is Sasuke Retsuden Canon?
Some say the material can be viewed as cannon even though Kishimoto only did the artwork and did not write it himself. However, Kishimoto approved the material. Therefore, You can consider it canon.
Others say that because he did not write the story, it cannot be considered a part of the original NARUTO canon. Many a debate has come from the topic of whether or not Sasuke Retsuden is canon, but what does the novel’s author have to say about the subject? In a tweet from Jun Esaka in 2019, she said, “It’s sure that the original comic is one and only truth. Since NARUTO is the masterpiece, lots of spin-off works are made. My story is just one of them and you have lots of options. I hope you enjoy the great NARUTO world in your comfortable way.”
Though the Retsuden story is not written by Kishimoto, fans still have much to look forward to regarding the anime adaptation. Naruto is one of those series that has yet to fail its audience, and I doubt they’ll start with a Sasuke Story arc. If you’re truly a die-hard Naruto fan, Sasuke Retsuden’s anime debut is genuinely something to look forward to in 2023.