Novels in the Naruto and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations series are officially published short stories either by the author Masashi Kishimoto or a third party, with Kishimoto's supervision.

Naruto Hiden

Main article: Naruto Hiden Naruto Hiden (NARUTO -ナルト- 秘伝, Literally meaning: Naruto Secret Chronicles) is a light novel series which explores the stories of various characters after the conclusion of the original manga. Though each book is illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, they are written by different authors.[1] It's also a part of the Naruto Project. VIZ Media began releasing English translations of the novels in November of 2015.[2]

Naruto Shinden

Main article: Naruto Shinden (2015) Naruto Shinden (NARUTO -ナルト- 真伝, Literally meaning: Naruto True Story) is a light novel series which was released after Naruto Hiden from September to November 2015.[3]

This series consists of two instalments: Itachi Shinden deals with Itachi Uchiha's childhood as a shinobi of the Uchiha clan, his relationship with Shisui Uchiha, the downfall of his clan and how Itachi joined Akatsuki. Sasuke Shinden takes place after Akatsuki Hiden: Evil Flowers in Full Bloom and is about Sasuke's travels to find out more about Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Parts of the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime have been been adapted into a novel series titled Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Novel (BORUTO -ボルト- -NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS- NOVEL, Boruto: Naruto Nekusuto Jenerēshonzu Noberu). The first novel was released on May 2, 2017 and covers episodes 1 to 6.[4] The second novel was released on July 4, a third novel was released on September 4,[5] and a fourth novel in November 2017. The fifth novel was released on January 4, 2018.

Naruto Shinden (2018)

Main article: Naruto Shinden (2018) Another series of light novels that are also titled Naruto Shinden (NARUTO -ナルト- ナルト新伝, Literally meaning: Naruto: Naruto New Story) was released starting from May to July 2018. While initially part of Naruto Hiden, Konoha Shinden: Steam Ninja Scrolls was moved to this set of light novels.

Other Novels

Light novels that aren't part of a series:


Novel Timeline

According to the official timeline, the novels chronicle:

  1. Itachi Shinden: Book of Bright Light
  2. Itachi Shinden: Book of Dark Night
  3. Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky
  4. Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness‎
  5. The Last: Naruto the Movie
  6. Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze
  7. Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding
  8. Gaara Hiden: A Sandstorm Mirage
  9. Akatsuki Hiden: Evil Flowers in Full Bloom
  10. Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise
  11. Konoha Shinden: Steam Ninja Scrolls
  12. The New Leaves Soaring Through the Blue Sky!
  13. A Call from the Shadows!
  14. Those Who Illuminate the Night of Shinobi!
  15. School Trip Bloodwind Records
  16. The Last Day at the Ninja Academy!
  17. Boruto: Naruto the Movie


Novels timeline

Official novel timeline.

The Weekly Shōnen Jump sets the following order of events:

11th October, 17 years after Naruto Uzumaki's birth[6]
Several months later
Two years later
Several months later
  • Sakura Hiden
  • Konoha Hiden
Several days later
Several months later
  • Gaara turns 20 years old.
  • Gaara Hiden
  • Akatsuki Hiden
Over ten years later

Notes and References

  1. Naruto Hiden novels
  2. VIZ Media announced licensing the 3 Naruto Hiden novels
  3. Naruto Shinden novels
  6. Jin no Sho, page 14
  7. Naruto has yet to receive a prosthetic arm at the time Sasuke leaves Konoha. He receives one sometime between the prologue and chapter 1 of Kakashi Hiden.