VIZ Media has announced that the newest installment of Naruto Shippuden (Episode 349), will be available on the Hulu Plus Video-on-Demand subscription service, with new episodes simulcast each Thursday. This episode launches a brand new story arc focusing on a previously untold Kakashi backstory during his years as a member of the ANBU Black Ops.
Charlene Ingram, VIZ’s Senior Marketing Manager for Animation says, “Kakashi’s hidden past has long been shrouded in mystery and fans will finally get to see the devastating effects the Third Shinobi World War had on him. This episode begins a very important story arc in the continuing Naruto Shippuden anime saga and we’re very excited to bring the latest installment to North America on the same day as its Japanese counterpart. We look forward to everyone tuning in for this special anime simulcast!”
North American users of the free streaming VIZAnime.com platform and the free, ad-supported Hulu service will be able to catch the new Naruto Shippuden segments a week after their initial run on Hulu Plus. Hulu Plus subscribers can also access Naruto Shippuden content anytime with the Hulu Plus App on internet-connected TVs, smartphones, game consoles, set top boxes and additional devices, in HD (when available).
All new subtitled episodes of Naruto Shippuden will also be available day after they premiere on Hulu Plus for Download-To-Own purchase thru Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Xbox LIVE, and PlayStation Network (Episode 349 is now available for purchase).