The much-anticipated anime sequel to the globally popular “Naruto” ninja series started its run on TV Tokyo Corp. and its affiliates on April 5.

This time around, the protagonist is Boruto, son of legendary ninja Naruto.

“Boruto: Naruto Next Generations” is based on a manga of the same name written by Ukyo Kodachi and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto. It is based on story ideas from “Naruto” author Masashi Kishimoto, who also supervises the series.

Spanning two volumes, the manga series already has more than 1 million copies in print in Japan.

Noriyuki Abe serves as general director for the anime adaptation, with Hiroyuki Yamashita attached as director and Makoto Uezu as the series’ script supervisor.

It also features a star-studded voice cast, led by Yuko Sanpei as Boruto Uzumaki.

The story is set in the Village Hidden in the Leaves, which has become modernized after peace was restored. Although it still remains home to ninja, an increasing number of regular people now live in the village.

Naruto has become the leader, Seventh Hokage, and his son Boruto enrolls in a ninja academy. Other students look at Boruto with biased eyes for being the son of Seventh Hokage, but the audacious boy can’t care less about his surroundings and makes new friends before going on an adventure.

A key visual released prior to the premiere of the anime revealed Boruto, Sarada, Mitsuki and other characters.

Visit the anime’s official website at (http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/boruto/).

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