Starting on December 1, 2016, the next chapter of Naruto Shippuden begins! The anime will shift focus to life after manga chapter 699 and cover what’s in the official Naruto book series later this year. It will start off with Naruto: Sasuke’s Story: Sunrise (titled Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise in Japan).
For those unfamiliar, this is a book that was release in Japan back in 2015 (and will be released in the US on March 7, 2017) that covers Sasuke’s journey after the war and his battle with Naruto. As mentioned in the animne/manga, Sasuke sets off on a journey in order to atone for the sins he committed and later to pursue the mystery of Kaguya Ōtsutsuki. In the book, Sasuke narrates how he once desired revenge against his brother, Itachi Uchiha, for murdering their clan and then against the Hidden Leaf Village until he was stopped by his best friend, Naruto. In addition to seeking retribution for his sins, Sasuke seeks out to establish a new path so he can decide how he should protect the things most important to him.
It’s unclear how many episodes will cover Sasuke’s story. The book has 224 pages.
Earlier this year, Naruto Shippuden covered two books featuring the story of Itachi, Itachi’s Story – Light and Darkness. The books were a combined 544 pages and the anime covered them in 8 episodes, so if that is any indication, then Sasuke’s story might be 4 episodes. Of course that’s just speculation on our part, we’ll have to wait and see as December draws near.
Naruto Shippuden episode 484 will be titled Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise – The Detonating Man. This episode will air December 1. Naruto Shippuden episode 485, titled Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise – Colosseum, will air on December 8.
Naruto Shippuden 483, titled Jiraiya and Kakashi, will air on November 10. There will be no Naruto Shippuden episodes on November 17 and 24.
Thanks Karlo Bahnik and Marshall Law!