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 titled Naruto Shinden (NARUTO -ナルト- ナルト新伝, Literally meaning: Naruto: Naruto New Story) began publication in August 2016 with Konoha Shinden. Unlike the 2015 series, which uses a version of Shinden meaning "True Stories," this series uses a version meaning "New Stories." Originally planned to be a series that would connect Naruto to Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, the remaining three entries would not be published until 2018, and would instead take place after the Versus Momoshiki Arc and focus on stories connecting the two generations of parents and children.

Naruto Retsuden

Main article: Naruto Retsuden Naruto Retsuden (NARUTO -ナルト- 烈伝, Literally meaning: Naruto Intense Story) is a light novel series following the 2018 Shinden series, scheduled to begin publication in June, 2019.[6]

The first in the series will focus on Kakashi Hatake as he travels to a distant country nestled in a barren valley while investigating the legendary Sage of Six Paths. There he finds himself caught in a conflict between the late king's heirs: the young prince Nara and his elder sister who usurped the throne.

Other Novels

Light novels that aren't part of a series:


Retsuden Timeline

The timeline as of publication of the Naruto Retusden novels.

Novel Timeline

The timeline as of publication of the Boruto novels.

Novels timeline

The timeline as of publication of 2015's Naruto Shinden novels.

According to the official timeline, the novels' chronology is:

Ten years ago

Several months later
Two years later
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Several months later
Over ten years later
A few years later

Notes and References

  1. Naruto Hiden novels
  2. VIZ Media announced licensing the 3 Naruto Hiden novels
  3. Naruto Shinden novels
  6. Naruto: Kakashi Retsuden novel
  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.
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