'Naruto Shippuden' episode 476 rumors, spoilers, news: to serve as series' finale?

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Rumors have it that upcoming episode 476 of “Naruto Shippuden” may serve as the hit anime series’ finale, featuring the exciting battle between Sasuke and Naruto.

TV Tokyo reportedly confirmed that the highly anticipated installment will run for an hour and fans may expect the interesting continuation of the showdown between the two ninjas. This seemingly added to the assumption that the narrative may soon wrap up its run.

Despite the original manga source ending at chapter 700, it is theorized that Studio Pierrot may have opted to conclude the adapted TV show in an extra-lengthy installment. The definitive moment apparently titled “The Final Battle” is said to showcase the former friends being rivals as they battle each other with all the techniques and abilities they learned from previous fights.

However, fans shared on Reddit that they hope the series will still go beyond this month’s episode. Some mused that they believe there are enough fillers to extend the season but others are skeptical and think that if there is any additional installment, it could only go until episode 477.

It can be recalled that episode 475 already covered manga chapters 692 and 693 while episode 476 is expected to feature chapters 694 to 697. With only three chapters remaining, episode 477 may still be possible.

But mixed reports suggest that it could also have episode 479 and even episode 480 in order to have all of creator Masashi Kishimoto’s work on the small screen. If it comes to fruition, the very last one may focus on the story centered on Shikamaru, the Hidden Leaf Village. The tales in the said place takes place sometime after Naruto and Sasuke’s battle.

Although the remaining storyline may be compressed, there are speculations that the episode will be alluring to fans as the studio appears to spice things up a bit. Based on an alleged preview, the feature may be rendered in black and white.

Since there is no official announcement yet from the production team, available information should be taken with a grain of salt. Show followers have to wait a little while for episode 476 as it is slated to air on Sept. 29.