Naruto: Sasuke Retsuden is set to receive an anime adaptation following the success of the manga. Instead of a standalone anime, the spin-off will be incorporated into the ongoing Boruto anime. Although the news has not been officially announced, several reputable sources have confirmed it.
According to the sources, the published chapters are off Sasuke Retsuden The manga will be adapted into two Boruto episodes: episode 282, Sasuke Retsuden: Infiltrationand episode 283, Sasuke Retsuden: Star Lines.
Sasuke Retsuden anime adaptation and episode release date announced
According to the leaks, episode 282 will air on January 8, 2024, and episode 283 will air on January 15, 2024. As usual, the episodes will air on TV Tokyo at 5:30 PM JST, before being simulcast at the following times. international time on their respective days:
- Pacific Time – 12:30 p.m
- Central Time – 2:30 AM
- Eastern Time – 3:30 AM
- British Summer Time – 08:30
- Central European Summer Time – 9:30 AM
- Indian Standard Time – 2:00 PM
- Philippine Time – 4:30 p.m
- Australian Central Daylight Time – 6:00 p.m
The simulcast will be available on Netflix, Hulu and VRV for international viewers.
Current status of the manga
Sasuke Retsuden: The Uchiha Descendant and the Heavenly Stardust is a spinoff novel of Masashi Ishimoto’s Naruto series, written by Jun Esaka and illustrated by Kishimoto himself. The light novel was later turned into a manga adaptation illustrated by Shingo Kimura under Kishimoto’s supervision, stylized as Naruto: Sasuke’s Story – The Uchiha and the Celestial Starburst by VIZ. The manga maintains a bi-weekly serialization on Shueisha’s online magazine, Shonen Jump +, and is available on Mangaplus, VIZ, and the Shonen Jump app.
So far, the manga has published 4 chapters, of which a fifth chapter will be published on Sunday 18 December at 12 JST. The story features Sasuke infiltrating a prison to obtain an antidote for Naruto, who has been poisoned. This spinoff focuses on Sasuke and partly on Sakura, and is universally praised for its layered portrayal of their relationship.
Needless to say, the light novel isn’t long enough to merit its own adaptation. Given that the story takes place during Boruto timeline, it seems sensible to adapt the novel to the ongoing anime. Boruto is notorious for its overwhelming number of filler episodes. But considering that Kishimoto approves and supervised Sasuke Retsuden series, these episodes can be considered semi-canon.
Naruto fans have long wanted an exploration of the romance between Sakura and Sasuke. Not only did they feel like the main series mistreated Sakura as a character, but it was also clear that it never gave the dynamic between her and Sasuke a proper chance to blossom positively. As a result, readers always felt their relationship was one-sided and unhealthy, to the point that some consider it toxic.
Sasuke Retsuden does a fantastic job of expanding Ishimoto’s foundation for this romance and bringing Sasuke’s feelings for his wife to light. It establishes the dynamic of mutual respect and trust that the two have and gives validity to their decision to spend their lives together and start a family. Hopefully the anime adaptation will provide the same clarity for viewers that the manga did for the wider reader base.