The series follows a boy who contains the spirit of the dangerous nine-tailed fox as he becomes a ninja, goes to war and tries to win his friends back. The end of the long-running and popular story was foreshadowed back in 2012 when creator Masashi Kishimoto said that the manga was rising towards its climax.
Naruto had been serialised in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine since 1999. The 71th compiled book volume comes out in Japan in Novemember while the 67th is due out in North America, via Viz, this week.
The Naruto anime remains popular, with multiple films and game adaptations. It remains to be seen whether the end of the Naruto manga also means the end of the Naruto Shippuden anime.
News of the comic book’s end came via Shonen Jump’s website.
Image by Naruto Uchiha666 on Deviant Art.