With the manga already on its supposed final story arc, it seems rather apt for the title of the next Naruto anime film to be “The Last,” which has been slated for a December 6 release, according to the 35th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The Last –Naruto the Movie- will be part of the larger Naruto Shin Jidai Kaimaku Project, which marks the 15th anniversary of the original manga.
Creator Masashi Kishimoto is credited with the original story for the film, as well as the character designs and will be chief story supervisor. The magazine notes for one set of designs, titled “Ramen Ichiraku”: “Naruto’s body is very toned, his hair is cut short, and his expression is one of an adult.”
A 15-second version of the movie’s teaser trailer will air during the Naruto Shippūden television anime’s broadcast on July 31. Then, the full version will start running in theaters on August 1. In addition, a Naruto exhibition will open in Japan next year.