Masashi Kishimoto, creator of the popular “Naruto” ninja manga series, will create original tales for a new cartoon titled “Samurai 8: Hachimaru-den.”

The series will start running in the Weekly Shonen Jump comic anthology in spring this year, the publication said Dec. 23 at an event in Chiba at the Makuhari Messe convention center.

It will be illustrated by Akira Okubo, a former assistant to Kishimoto.

A teaser screened at the venue hinted the stories will fall into the sci-fi genre, with ominous images of outer space cutting away to steely samurai using futuristic weapons and what appeared to be robots or perhaps a new form of human.

It also featured a personal message to fans from Kishimoto.

“I’ll be doing a new series. I love Japanese things. I’m thrilled by the culture and decorations,” the artist said.

“And I love science fiction. I’m excited by the gimmicks and settings. So I decided to create a story by mixing two of my favorite things.

“I’m desperate to make it more interesting than ‘Naruto.' Don’t miss it!" he added.

“Naruto,” which started its run in Shonen Jump in 1999, ended in 2014. The 72-volume comic series became wildly popular, boasting more than 150 million copies in print in Japan.

Currently, a sequel in which Kishimoto writes stories for and serves as supervisor, “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations,” is being serialized.