Earlier this year, word spread out that one of the big three manga/anime series is coming to an end. Some speculations rose from such a statement and people guessed which of the three–Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece–would be the first whose story would conclude.
As it happens, it would be Naruto whose curtain would finally draw to a close.
There is already a set date for the ending to that famous (and at times frustratingly long, redundant, maybe even boring (because of the extended monologues and too many fight scenes crammed in a single chapter that forced the story, itself, to stall) manga series by Masashi Kishimoto-sensei. That date is: on the 10th of November 2014. Yes, roughly a month from now Naruto’s final chapter will be released.
Some would say that it was sooner than they had expected. Personally, I think it’s about time. This series, as well as Bleach, is just dragging so much that it has gotten annoying to the point that I would just allow some chapters to accumulate before I read them in one go. Of course, that’s just my opinion. How you guys feel about the upcoming conclusion might be different from how I personally feel about it.
These concluding chapters will, no doubt, emphasize on Naruto and Sasuke whose battle is now underway. Still, what do you guys think will happen? What are your predictions for the final five chapters of the series? How will Kishimoto-sensei resolve the story that had taken forever to get this far? Would you–and other readers of the series–want Naruto’s story to not end with an open-ended final chapter? Would readers be open to reading another Naruto-verse manga–perhaps one that features the next generation of ninjas? Or do you feel the same way as I do that Naruto should just end with a fitting conclusion and not be another franchise that is milked dry (*cough*Dragonball*cough*)?
Below is a link to the final chapters of Naruto, starting with the final battle between Naruto and Sasuke.
Chapter 694 – Naruto and Sasuke, Pt. 1
Chapter 695 – Naruto and Sasuke, Pt. 2
Chapter 696 – Naruto and Sasuke, Pt. 3
Chapter 697 – Naruto and Sasuke, Pt. 4
Chapter 698 – Naruto and Sasuke, Pt. 5
Chapter 699 – The Seal of Reconciliation
Chapter 700 – Uzumaki Naruto!!