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Naruto Shippuden Goes Disney

New episodes to air on Disney XD Channel

By Chris Beveridge     September 10, 2009


Naruto Shippuden
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VIZ Media has announced that its animated series NARUTO Shippuden has been acquired by Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group for debut on Disney XD (www.DisneyXD.com) television channel beginning in October.

Disney XD is a new basic cable channel and multi-platform brand that showcases a compelling mix of live-action and animated programming for kids age 6-14, hyper-targeting boys and their quest for discovery, accomplishment, sports, adventure and humor. New dubbed episodes of NARUTO Shippuden will premiere on the network.

In the NARUTO manga and animated series, Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja in training, 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 is a medic ninja, Gaara has advanced to Kazekage, and Kakashi… well, he remains the same. But pride isn’t necessarily becoming of a ninja, and Naruto quickly regains his focus when he learns that Sasuke never returned from his search for Orochimaru and that the mysterious Akatsuki organization is still an ever-present danger. The more Naruto finds out about Akatsuki’s sinister plot, the more he realizes that nothing in his world is as it seems. Naruto is finding that he’s older, but will he also prove wiser and stronger?

“Disney XD is a growing destination for our key demographic, boys 6-14, and we're looking forward to bringing the adventures of NARUTO Shippuden to our lineup," says Tracy McAndrew, Director, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group.

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 targeting tweens and teens and has sold more than 92 million copies to-date. The manga series (rated ‘T’ for Teens) and animated counterpart (NARUTO rated ‘T’ for teens, and NARUTO Shippuden rated ‘T+’ for older teens), is one of VIZ Media’s most successful properties and has captivated millions of fans across North America, Europe and South America. NARUTO is a co-production of TV TOKYO, VIZ Media parent company Shueisha Inc., and Pierrot Co., Ltd.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group to bring NARUTO Shippuden to U.S. television audiences this fall,” says Bill Germain, Director of Programming Sales, VIZ Media. “With Disney XD as its new broadcast home base, NARUTO Shippuden is poised to take viewers, both new and old, to unprecedented levels of ninja-excitement!” 

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insaneben 9/10/2009 6:01:32 PM

Goodbye, Cartoon Network (and its move towards crappy reality TV)... hello, increased ratings and exposure!

Granted, it airing on Disney all but guarantees that it'll be edited in some form or another. Besides, there are always legitimate uncensored subbed episode online if you need your fix. Otherwise, I see this as a good thing. Hopefully, this will lead to seeing movies like Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro on Disney Channel or Disney XD (heck, Disney owns the rights to nearly all Studio Ghibli films; seeing them air on one of the Disney channels certainly wouldn't surprise me).

Dazzler 9/11/2009 4:33:37 AM

Good news indeed.  Does that mean it will cont where toon network left off? 

lbnaruto 10/23/2009 4:41:36 PM

I LOVE NARUTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MicahSoft 10/25/2009 6:58:46 AM

NO, NOT GOOD!!! you know if this is going to be targeted for kids 6-14, then there will be no blood, and little to no swearing, it takes the emotion right out of the characters, and I watch shippuden in Japanese, and they swear A LOT, Disney will kiddify it!

Arinne 10/26/2009 2:33:51 PM

I agree on the kiddify point. Anime in general is very censored in the U.S., sometimes so much that the plot itself is modified. A lot of the characters will loose their... well, character.

flight 12/11/2009 5:47:11 PM

Wow Naruto on the disney channel....

Sorry to say but anime is not for the disney audience. Anime is more for teenagers and young adults. The themes that animes have are usually of a mature and or profound nature. Disney will edit and make it into something it is not and it will lose its artistic intent. Sad day for anime .

The only thing that we can hope for is if disney eventually makes a spin off channel or brand that is atleast rated pg-14 or above and they try to preserve as much as possible.

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