It was announced on the 16th of November that Ukyo Kodachi, writer for Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, is no longer going to be writing for the series following the release of the 52nd chapter of the series. Now taking the writer’s chair is the original Naruto mangaka, Masashi Kishimoto.
Kishimoto had written for Naruto for 15 years with the first serialization being published in 1999 to Weekly Shōnen Jump and the final chapter released in 2014 however he continued to write spin-off chapters and novelizations as well as being a consultant on the anime adaptation of the Naruto/Naruto Shippuden for TV Tokyo. His final writing credit for the Naruto IP was for the animated movie Boruto: Naruto the Movie, an indirect adaptation of the first 3 volumes of the Boruto manga.
Boruto, which began serialization in May of 2016 to Weekly Shōnen Jump before the movie to the magazine’s sister title VJump in July of 2019, is the continuation of the Naruto story and follows a new cast of character along with returning characters decades after the end of the ending of the original series.
The manga follows Uzumaki Boruto, son of Uzumaki Naruto (the previous series primary protagonist), alongside his friends Uchiha Sarada and Mitsuki; as well as the series being a continuation of the arcs of preexisting characters such as Naruto and Uchiha Sasuke.
Kishimoto originally stated that he had no intention of writing for this manga due to feeling “burnt out with the series” and handed the reins over to Ukyo Kodachi to continue the story he began 21 years ago. Kishimoto began work on his next series, Samurai 8, which has now been dropped by Weekly Shonen Jump following poor sales and a lukewarm critical reception.
Now, Kishimoto has announced he will be taking over as the writer of Boruto. The series thus far has been a divisive topic with the anime adaptation receiving a mixed response due to its overreliance on filler and poor animation quality and as well as the manga being moved to a monthly release schedule with chapters being released at a much slower rate.
Can the series creator’s return be what the series needs to fulfill the legacy of the original legendary manga?