Japanese animation studio Studio Pierrot has released a new PV on its YouTube channel celebrating the 20th anniversary of the anime adaptation of the hit anime-manga franchise, Naruto. The anime’s first episode was released on October 3, 2002, and the new PV trailer – titled Road of Naruto, reanimates several scenes from across the over 500-episode series, with music from its various openings as well.
Road of Naruto PV and Naruto’s 20th Anniversary
The first episode of the Naruto anime first release 20 years ago today on October 3, 2002, and Studio Pierrot released a new PV to celebrate. Studio Pierrot was also responsible for the production of several other anime over the years, including the adaption of Yu Yu Hakusho by mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi, Black Clover, Hikaru No Go, and many more.
In addition to the PV, the series also launched its own official website featuring various artwork and trivia celebrating the series and its legacy, with series creator Masashi Kishimoto drawing his own commemorative illustration featuring comments from fans praising the series.
Some of the music included in the PV are from various openings featured in the anime, including:
- 2nd Opening Theme Song: “Haruka Kanata” by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
- 4th Opening Theme Song: “GO!!!” by FLOW
- 5th Opening Theme Song: “Seishun Kyosokyoku” by Sambomaster
- Naruto Shippuden
- 3rd Opening Theme Song: “Blue Bird” by Ikimonogakari
- 6th Opening Theme Song: “Sign” by FLOW
- 16th Opening Theme Song: “Silhouette” by KANA-BOON
Naruto is a shonen manga written by Masashi Kishimoto that was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump for 15 years, from September 1999 to November 2014. It ran for a total of 72 volumes and revolved around the story revolves of a young ninja named Naruto Uzumaki, who dreamed of one day becoming the Hokage, leader of his village, to earn its respect and admiration. The TV anime by Studio Pierrot from October 2002 to February 2007 the first season, and continued as Naruto Shippuden up until March 2017.
The sequel to the series, Boruto, is currently airing as of April 2017, and it follows the adventures of adult Naruto and his son, Boruto Uzumaki, against new threats to the world.