Viz Media to release 'Naruto' spinoff in print

Viz Media will publish Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto spinoff Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring as a single volume early next spring.

Set shortly after the conclusion of the original manga, the miniseries centers on Sasuke's daughter Sarada, and serves as a prelude to Boruto: Naruto the Movie. The story was serialized earlier this year simultaneously in Japan and in North America -- although the latter only in digital form.

Here's the official description: "Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. Then he channeled that energy into learning amazing ninja techniques and saving the world! Now Naruto has achieved his dream of becoming the greatest ninja in the village, and his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But new troubles are bubbling up in the shinobi world ..."

Viz announced the volume's release over the weekend at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, along with a number of other acquisitions, including Shuriken and Pleats, the new series by Vampire Knight creator Matsuri Hino; Behind the Scenes, by Ouran High School Host Club creator Bisco Hatori; and School Judgment: Gakkyu Hotel, by Nobuaki Enoki and Takeshi Obata.

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