After the epic battle between Naruto and Sasuke, the long-running epic animated series "Naruto Shippuden" seemed to have been on a decline. Granted that the series is coming to an end, the last few episodes tackles the "Boyhood Arc" which follows the stories of beloved characters during their childhood.
The "Boyhood Arc" episodes are flashbacks and looked a bit different than the usual "Naruto Shippuden" episodes. Each episode is split into two and focuses on one character each. The first episode was about Naruto and Hinata, the next one was about Sasuke and Sakura, while the latest is about Gaara and Shikamaru.
"Naruto Shippuden" Episode 482 Recap
The episode opened with Gaara's childhood backstory. He was with his brother-in-law Yashamaru and he was asking a lot of questions like a usual child. The question then shifted to something about his mother which shocked him. In the end, Gaara realized that Yashamaru truly loved him and he suddenly felt safe.
The second part was about the childhood of Shikamaru. He was back in Konoha with Naruto, Sasuke, Ino, and Choji. They acted like a gang and were having fun like regular kids. Later on in the episode, Hinata was bullied and Naruto then came to the rescue. Shikamaru later called Naruto "stupid" for failing to use his skills. The episode concluded the time where Shikamaru, Naruto, and Choji parted ways.
What Happens After the "Boyhood Arc?"
It turns out, Studio Pierrot will not end the beloved series after the "Boyhood Arc." They will still release new episodes which will tackle the aftermath of the Naruto and Sasuke battle. There will be three epilog stories to be released. The first one will be "Naruto: Shikamaru's Story" by Takashi Yano. The second story is, "Naruto - Konoha Hiden: Shugen Biyori" by Shō Hinata. The last one is "Naruto: Sasuke's Story - Sunrise" books by Shin Towasa.