In the latest chapter of the Naruto manga (chapter 322), it has been announced officially that the Naruto fillers will finally be ending in Spring 2007 (YES!!!) which means the anime will return back to the manga storyline maybe in February when Spring actually starts in Japan, or in April which is usually when animes start their new season.
The Naruto anime has also been renamed as Naruto: Hurricane Chronicles. This reminds me of how Dragonball was renamed Dragonball Z at a turning point – imagine if Naruto was now called Naruto Z! But the reason for the new title is because of some new revelation about Naruto which I won’t spoil here for those who are anime-watchers only. Those who read the manga will probably be able to figure it out easily.
To go along with this announcement, they have been busy with releasing stuff that’s related to Part 2. There is also a 4th Naruto movie to be released and it will be set in the Part 2 timeline. There’s also a new PS2 game based on Part 2 characters, and also a new card game with revised rules and Part 2 characters, etc.
Interestingly, the starter packs for that card game will be released on the 15th February which is also the day Naruto normally airs…hmmm is it just coincidence? Lastly, anime merchandise shops in Japan have now started to sell Part 2 related Naruto merchandise – t-shirts, key-chains, clear files, posters, etc.
And now for the pictures! Click for big high-res pictures.