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Boruto: Masashi Kishimoto to Return as Writer of the Manga Series

Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of the famous manga/anime series Naruto, is set to take over the writing for the sequel Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

Kishimoto will take over from Ukyou Kodachi, the current writer of Boruto, on November 21.

The official handle of Naruto and Boruto confirmed the news and wrote, “About the Boruto manga: Starting with Chapter 52 of Boruto, which is set to be published in the December issue of V Jump (on sale November 21), the production team will change as planned from the start. We would like to thank Kodachi-sensei for all his hard work on writing the story thus far. From now on, we will continue to produce the series based on drafts written by Masashi Kishimoto-sensei.”


Following the success of Naruto, the makers went ahead to create the manga (comics) sequel, Boruto in 2016. Immediately after the end of Naruto, Shueisha Inc, the publishing company of the manga series, approached Kishimoto to write Boruto. However, the writer declined the proposal and instead asked that his assistant Mikio Ikemoto produce the series.

The manga was eventually written by Kodachi along with the illustrations by Ikemoto. However, the sequel was not well received among fans of the original series, due to its lack of character development and poor pacing.

Kodachi responded to Kishimoto taking over as the writer of Boruto and tweeted that he was “returning the baton to him”.

“Looking back, I have so many happy memories! I’ve helped with the script of the Boruto movie and was tasked to write 13 volumes of the comics. I’m also extremely grateful that the anime has received international acclaim,” he added.

Kishimoto had been working on a new series, Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, and only recently completed it. This could be one of the reasons for his return to Boruto.

The news that Kishimoto is returning for Boruto has got mixed reactions from fans. Many fans from the West are thrilled that the creator of the original series is returning.

Some are worried about the character development of the female characters, especially that of Sarada, one of the female leads of Boruto. Kishimoto is known for concentrating on the main characters at the expense of the female characters.