This is the article on the 2015 series. For the 2018 series, head to Naruto Shinden (2018).

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.[1]

Novels and Synopsis

This series consists of two instalments. Itachi Shinden deals with Itachi's childhood as a shinobi of the Uchiha clan, his relationship to Shisui Uchiha and finally 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.

  1. Itachi Shinden consists of two novels: The first, Book of Bright Light (光明篇, Kōmyō-hen) was released on September 4, 2015 and the second novel, Book of Dark Night (暗夜篇, An'ya-hen) was released on October 2, 2015. These novels were adapted into an anime series, Itachi Shinden Book: Light and Darkness in early 2016.[2] These volumes have been licensed by VIZ Media and will be release as Itachi's Story—Daylight and Itachi’s Story—Midnight on November 1, 2016 and December 6, 2016 respectively.[3]
  2. Sasuke Shinden consists of only one novel, the Book of Sunrise (来光篇, Raikō-hen) which was released on November 4, 2015. This novel was adapted into an anime series under the same title in the winter of 2016-2017.


  1. Naruto Shinden novels
  2. Anime News Network, (2015). Itachi Shinden Spinoff Novels Get TV Anime Adaptation in Spring 2016
  3. Anime News Network, (2016). Viz Media Licenses Naruto: Itachi's Story, Tokyo Ghoul Novels, Gangsta.