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Novels in the Naruto and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations series are officially published short stories. Though each novel tends to be written by different authors, all novels have covers illustrated by the respective manga's illustrator: Masashi Kishimoto for Naruto novels and Mikio Ikemoto for Boruto novels.

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 was released from February to July 2015. The series 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 (2015)

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 from September to November 2015.[3] VIZ Media began releasing English translations of the novels in November of 2016.[4]

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.[5] The second novel was released on July 4, a third novel was released on September 4,[6] and a fourth novel in November 2017. The fifth novel was released on January 4, 2018.

Naruto Shinden (2018)

Main article: Naruto Shinden (2018) Naruto Shinden (NARUTO -ナルト- ナルト新伝, Literally meaning: Naruto: Naruto New Story) is a light novel series which began publication with Konoha Shinden: Steam Ninja Scrolls in 2016, but was not formalised until it was relaunched with three additional novels that were released from May to July 2018, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Shueisha Jump jBooks.[7] Konoha Shinden was originally meant to be part of a series that would help bridge Naruto and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations,[8] but the 2018 relaunch shifted focus 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 which was released from June to October 2019.[9] Unlike previous series of novels, the three Naruto Retsuden novels are all written by Jun Esaka, causing plot details to carryover between novels far more heavily.

Other Novels

Light novels that aren't part of a series:

Chronology

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
Several months later
Several months later
Over ten years later
A few years later
"Present"

Notes and References

  1. 秘伝シリーズ Naruto Hiden book list
  2. VIZ Media announced licensing the 3 Naruto Hiden novels
  3. Naruto Shinden novels
  4. Anime News Network, (2016). Viz Media Licenses Naruto: Itachi's Story, Tokyo Ghoul Novels, Gangsta.
  5. shueisha.co.jp
  6. shueisha.co.jp
  7. Naruto Shinden novel 1
  8. Official Jump J-Books Tweet
  9. Naruto: Kakashi Retsuden novel
  10. 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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