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Naruto Anime Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Remastered Scenes & Pop-Up Gallery

Naruto 20th anniversary 

Having released its first anime episode in 2002, Naruto is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. To commemorate the occasion, the anime series dropped a special trailer of its characters’ iconic scenes and news of a pop-up gallery that will be opened in December.

Special trailer with remastered iconic scenes

To kickstart Naruto’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the Naruto official Twitter account released a special trailer on 3rd October. The 10-minute trailer collates some of the anime series’ most iconic scenes, from Naruto and Sasuke’s first fight to Jiraiya’s death. 

naruto 20th anniversary - compilation of a few remastered scenes
Image adapted from: studioぴえろ【公式】

Playing in the background are popular opening songs in past seasons of Naruto, including Blue Bird, GO!!!, and Silhouette.

Catch the trailer here:

Video credit: studioぴえろ【公式】

Fans’ express gratefulness for the trailer 

In response to the trailer, fans commented how grateful they were for the thoughtful gift.

naruto 20th anniversary - twitter user expressing gratefulness
Image adapted from: @san28682255

User @san28682255 voiced, “I’m fully grateful.”

Others with similar sentiments said they would appreciate the 20th anniversary trailer to the fullest by ingraining every detail of it in their minds.

naruto 20th anniversary - twitter user saying they'll replay the trailer multiple times
Image adapted from: @TikRbkfOrggrY9Q

User @TikRbkfOrggrY9Q tweeted, “I’m touched. I’ll replay it countless times!!”

Meanwhile, another group of Naruto fans broke into tears, both visually and textually.

naruto 20th anniversary - twitter user crying
Image adapted from: @taikikaraage and @nniro0999

User @taikikaraage stated, “I cried.”

Naruto pop-up gallery at Akiba Square

Fans can expect a Naruto pop-up gallery at Akiba Square from 10th December to 31st January 2023. The gallery will feature large screen image displays of climatic scenes in Naruto, a special collab with trending filmmakers who have yet to be revealed, and 20th anniversary merch sales. As of now, details about the merch haven’t been released.

naruto 20th anniversary - naruto website picture of anime characters
Image adapted from: NARUTO THE GALLERY実行委員会

Event admission tickets can be purchased via the official Naruto gallery website. From 6th September till 25th October, fans can pay an extra ¥1,500 (~USD10.36) on top of the admission ticket price to get a goods redemption ticket. The bonus ticket is exchangeable for Naruto-themed sports towels and sticker sets, with 2 designs to choose from, during admission to the venue.

naruto 20th anniversary - towels and tickets
Image adapted from: NARUTO THE GALLERY実行委員会

If you’re getting emotional about Naruto hitting its 20th anniversary and wish to binge-watch the anime series, Studio Pierrot has got you covered. The production company will be streaming Naruto every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm JST via the Studio Pierrot YouTube channel.

Address: 2F Akihabara UDX, 4 Chōme-14-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, 101-0021 Tokyo
Admission: ¥2,400 (~USD16.57)/middle school students and older, ¥1,300 (~USD8.98)/elementary school students, free for infants
Opening hours: 10am-8pm, Daily
Contact: 0355-77-5432 | Akihabara UDX website

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Cover image adapted from: NARUTO THE GALLERY実行委員会