Naruto Shippuden Makes Its Debut on Toonami!

VIZ Media has announced the debut of the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime series on Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block beginning in January 2014!

North American fans can catch dubbed and uncut adventures featuring the world’s most popular ninja from the beginning with a new episode airing each week. Check local listings for specific airtimes and channel availability.

More details after the break.

New Year, new resolutions! And for fans current & new of our favorite ninja, that means catching the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN debut Adult Swim’s Toonami block this weekend! The first episode, “Homecoming,” aired at 12:30AM Eastern/Pacific on Sunday January 5th, new episodes will be shown each weekend thereafter!

Naruto wants to be the best ninja in the land, and he’s done well so far… But he knows he must train harder than ever before! NARUTO SHIPPUDEN takes place two and a half years later, when Naruto returns to his village… Everyone’s been promoted up the ninja ranks, except for him! Naruto’s finding that he’s older, but will he prove wiser & stronger?

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Created in 1999 by Masashi Kishimoto, NARUTO quickly became Japan’s most popular ninja manga, and gained an animated counterpart. The NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN brand has captivated millions of fans across the world. In North America:

Fresh new manga chapters are available the same day as Japan through VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP digital anthology each Monday!

Manga volumes are also available digitally through the VIZ Manga digital platform, and in print through favorite retailers everywhere!

DVD sets of the NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime are available, with NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Set 17 debuting January 14th and new sets quarterly!

Episodes are also for DTO and DTR through iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon Instant Video, PS3 and Xbox!

A robust licensing program is in place to support the series, with merchandise available in all categories!

Adult Swim (AdultSwim.com), launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults. Airing nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), Adult Swim is basic cable’s #1 network with persons 18-34 and 18-49, and is seen in 99 million U.S. homes.

Created by Masashi Kishimoto, NARUTO was first introduced in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan in 1999 and quickly became that country’s most popular ninja manga properties. The manga series (rated ‘T’ for Teens, in print and digital editions) and animated counterpart (NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN rated ‘TV-14’) are some of VIZ Media’s most successful titles and have captivated millions of fans across North America, Europe and South America.

In the NARUTO manga and animated series, Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. He’s done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN begins two and a half years later, when Naruto returns to find that everyone has been promoted up the ninja ranks – except him. Sakura’s a medic ninja, Gaara’s advanced to Kazekage, and Kakashi…well he remains the same. But pride isn’t necessarily becoming of a ninja, especially when Naruto realizes that Sasuke never returned from his search for Orochimaru. Plus, the mysterious Akatsuki organization is still an ever-present danger. As Naruto finds out more about the Akatsuki’s goals, he realizes that nothing in his universe is as it seems. Naruto is finding that he’s older, but will he also prove wiser and stronger?

More information on NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN is available at www.Naruto.com.

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