If you were to ask a person – any person – wheter that person likes anime or not which is the biggest, most iconic anime/manga ever made, chances are they´ll answer with either Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, or One Piece.
While the latter is by far the most popular of the three and is also not likely to end in another 5 years, the official website of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump announced that the 15 year old iconic ninja manga will end in 5 more chapters on the 5oth volume of the magazine, and the 71st volume of the manga itself, concluding with 699 chapters.
Furthermore, mangaka Masashi Kishimoto has expressed his desire of creating another, shorter series after ending Naruto.
Personally, even though I´m not a real big Naruto fan (I have only read 5 volumes and seen about 150 episodes) it´s still a bit sad – and especially weird – for this series to finally end. It also makes me wonder what the ´Big Three´ of the future will look like. Anyway and anyhow, it has been a ride.