Warning: Naruto Shippuden anime spoilers ahead
It’s the final month of 2016, December! In it, the Naruto Shippuden anime will focus on the last living member of the Uchiha clan, Sasuke. Taking place after Naruto manga chapter 699 and before 700, the story on Sasuke is based on an official Japanese book in Japan titled “Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise”. The book was released in November of 2015 in Japan and will be released in English on March 7, 2017. The book is 224 pages and the arc in Naruto Shippuden lasts 5 episodes. Take a look at the December 2016 schedule below along with preview for the December 15th episode.
- December 01, 2016
Naruto Shippuden Episode 484 – Sasuke’s Story: Sunrise, Part 1: The Exploding Human
- December 08, 2016
Naruto Shippuden Episode 485 – Sasuke’s Story: Sunrise, Part 2: Coliseum
- December 15, 2016
Naruto Shippuden Episode 486 – Sasuke’s Story: Sunrise, Part 3: Fushin
- December 22, 2016
Naruto Shippuden Episode 487 – Sasuke’s Story: Sunrise, Part 4: Kerryugan
- December 29, 2016
- January 05, 2017
Naruto Shippuden Episode 488 – Sasuke’s Story: Sunrise, Part 5: The Last Man
Starting on January 12, the Naruto Shippuden anime will shift focus to a story on Shikamaru after chapter 699 of the manga. It’s based on the official Japanese book titled “Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness”. The book is available in English as well. Through downloadable content, video game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 features a story in Adventure Mode very loosely based on the book (below). The image above is a promotional tie-in to with a theme park in Japan called J-World Tokyo Park.