The spinoff novels Itachi Shinden gets an anime adaptation that will premiere in spring of 2016. This could be one of the most anticipated anime to air next year since there’s no doubt that Itachi is the most popular and favorite characters from Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto manga series. Itachi Shinden (The True Legend of Itachi) anime adaptation was announced during the Naruto stage program at the Jump Festa event that took place in Tokyo last Saturday – December 19. Furthermore, a main visual for the Itachi Shinden anime has been revealed by TV Tokyo with the text “In Spring 2016, the Truth arc starts.”
According to TV Tokyo, the full title of the upcoming anime is Naruto Shippūden: Itachi Shinden-hen ~Hikari to Yami~ (Naruto Shippūden: The True Legend of Itachi Volume ~Light and Darkness~).
The spinoff novel is written by Takashi Yano and it was released by Shueisha in two parts: the Itachi Shinden: Kōmyō-hen (The True Legend of Itachi: Glory Volume) novel and the Itachi Shinden: Anya-hen (The True Legend of Itachi: Dark Night Volume) novel. The first of the two novels was shipped on September 4 while the second novel was shipped on October 2.
Itachi Shinden: Kōmyō-hen (The True Legend of Itachi: Glory Volume) Story
Itachi Uchiha, age four. After seeing what occurs on the battlefield up close, he makes a certain decision. He decided that he would change the world. The dream that Itachi aimed for. His dream: A Hokage from the Uchiha clan, and a future where those he loved could live in peace. His time in the ninja academy, his meeting with Shisui, becoming a Genin, Chunin, and finally a member of the Anbu… Itachi ran straight down a path of glory, not knowing that a cruel darkness was spreading…
This is the story of the glory, frustration, and determination of the ninja called a genius.
Itachi Shinden: Anya-hen (The True Legend of Itachi: Dark Night Volume) Story
Along with his sworn friend Shisui, Itachi undertakes an assassination mission to take out spies in order to join the Anbu. In addition, the rivalry between the Uchiha clan and the village becomes even more furious, and it finally causes the death of a friend. Having lost all hope in his clan and village, along with gaining a new eye and making a certain decision, Itachi walks into the night of tragedy. The kind yet cruel truth of the dream and hope he left to his brother… is revealed here.
Aside from Itachi Shinden, Sasuke Shinden is another installments in Naruto Shinden (Naruto: True Legend) novel series. These two are the first to be released, with Sasuke Shinden (The True Legend of Sasuke) shipped in November.