“Shippuden” is kanji, which is a play on Naruto’s signature attack and on the fact that the series chronicles his life directly, translating to Hurricane Chronicles or Tales.
The Naruto franchise is one of the longest and most successful anime mangas in the world since it first premiered in 2002.
To date, fans and new viewers alike are still fascinated by the name of the second instalment, Shippuden, which is a playful term referencing Naruto as the protagonist and the Rasengan.
How many Naruto series spin-offs are there?
If you have watched the first Naruto anime manga series entirely, you will know that the franchise has been popular for two decades.
First it was Naruto, which aired between 2002 and 2007, then it was Naruto: Shippuden, which is currently the longest of the three instalments, airing between 2007 and 2017.
The most recent and ongoing instalment is Boruto: Naruto Next Generation, which has been airing since 2017.
Naruto: Shippuden: What does “shippuden” mean?
Naruto: Shippuden marked the transition from childhood to adolescence as the premise of Shippuden was the coming-of-age story of all the young characters from Naruto.
As such, the addition of “shippuden” highlighted this fact and has the playful nature of the anime manga series. The term is understood to be Japanese.
Specifically, kanji, which means that the word consists of three separate characters which are, shi(tsu)-pu(tsu)-den.
Each character means something different. “Shi” means fast, “pu” means wind, and “den” means legends or chronicles. As a term, the phrase means “hurricane tales” or “hurricane chronicles.”
The name is given to the series as the title character’s signature move is the Rasengan, which is a ball of energy that Naruto creates by spinning karma around in the form of a hurricane to deliver his powerful move.
Shippuden deals with this as Naruto not only learns to perfect his Rasengan throughout the instalment, but he develops the capabilities of the powerful move.
Is Naruto over?
Naruto, the protagonist of the franchise, ended with the introduction of the third generation, Boruto, which is set to premiere its seventy-second chapter next.
When is Boruto returning with new episodes?
Boruto is reportedly set to return with new episodes of its story arc from Sunday, 7 August 2022, under the title of Kawaki: Himawari Ninja Academy.
What is the arc of Kawaki: Himawari Ninja Academy
As the title suggests, the arc will show Kawaki’s journey towards being a shinobi and Naruto’s youngest Himawari, navigate her growing powers and her journey to being a ninja in the context of their growing brother-sister relationship.