The plot of the second part of the manga and anime series Naruto, titled Naruto: Shippūden (疾風伝; lit. Hurricane Chronicles) in the anime and simply Part II in the manga, was set two and a half years after the present timeline in Part I. The new setting for the series began with volume 28 (chapter 245) of the manga. The anime adaptation of the manga started airing on February 15 2007, premiering with the first two episodes debuting in a one-hour special. Viz was working on a North American DVD series of Naruto Shippūden, which was planned for release on September 29, 2009. The US publication of the manga began in January 2008, in the US issue of Shonen Jump.
The new story revolved mainly around Naruto Uzumaki and Sakura Haruno’s new adventures, and their search for Sasuke Uchiha after he defected from Konoha in order to gain Orochimaru’s power. The plot laters involves new major characters, such as Sai and Yamato. The plot also showed a more active Akatsuki in their quest to obtain all the tailed beasts.
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