Novels in the Naruto series are officially published short stories either by the author Masashi Kishimoto or a third party, with Kishimoto's supervision.

Naruto Hiden

This is the article on the novels. For the secret techniques, head to Hiden.

Naruto Hiden (NARUTO -ナルト- 秘伝, Literally meaning: Naruto Secret Chronicles) is a light novel series which explores the stories of various characters after the conclusion of the original manga. Though each book is illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, they are written by different authors.[1] It's also a part of the Naruto Project. VIZ Media began releasing English translations of the novels in November of 2015.[2]

The Naruto Hiden series is followed by the Naruto Shinden series, which was publicated in fall of 2015.

Naruto Shinden

Naruto Shinden (NARUTO -ナルト- 真伝, Literally meaning: Naruto True Story) is a light novel series which was released from September to November 2015.[3]

This series consists of two instalments: Itachi Shinden deals with Itachi Uchiha's childhood as a shinobi of the Uchiha clan, his relationship with Shisui Uchiha, the downfall of his clan and how Itachi joined Akatsuki. Sasuke Shinden takes place after Akatsuki Hiden: Evil Flowers in Full Bloom and is about Sasuke's travels to find out more about Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.


According to the official timeline, the novels chronicle:

  1. Itachi Shinden: Book of Bright Light
  2. Itachi Shinden: Book of Dark Night
  3. Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky
  4. Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness‎
  5. Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze
  6. Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding
  7. Gaara Hiden: A Sandstorm Mirage
  8. Akatsuki Hiden: Evil Flowers in Full Bloom
  9. Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise
  10. Konoha Shinden: Steam Ninja Scrolls


Novels timeline

Official novel timeline.

The Weekly Shōnen Jump sets the following order of events:

11th October, 17 years after Naruto Uzumaki's birth[4]
Several months later
Two years later
Several months later
  • Sakura Hiden
  • Konoha Hiden
Several days later
Several months later
  • Gaara turns 20 years old.
  • Gaara Hiden
  • Akatsuki Hiden
Over ten years later

Other Novels

Novels that aren't part of the Naruto Project:

  1. The Tale of the Utterly Gutsy Shinobi: The first novel written by Jiraiya.
  2. Naruto Jinraiden: The Day the Wolf Howled‎
  3. The Tale of the Utterly Purehearted Shinobi: Jiraiya's second novel.
  4. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations novel series

Notes and References

  1. Naruto Hiden novels
  2. VIZ Media announced licensing the 3 Naruto Hiden novels
  3. Naruto Shinden novels
  4. Jin no Sho, page 14
  5. Naruto has yet to receive a prosthetic arm at the time Sasuke leaves Konoha. He receives one sometime between the prologue and chapter 1 of Kakashi Hiden.