The episodes for the twenty-first and final season of the anime series Naruto: Shippuden are based on Part II for Masashi Kishimoto’s manga series. While the first four episodes deal with the childhood of some main characters, the rest of season covers the events of Sasuke’s Story: Sunrise (サスケ真伝 来光篇 Sasuke Shinden Raikō-hen), Naruto: Shikamaru’s Story — A Cloud Drifting in the Silent Dark (NARUTO－ナルト－ シカマル秘伝 闇の黙に浮ぶ雲 Naruto: Shikamaru Hiden — Yami no Shijima ni Ukabu Kumo), and Naruto: Konoha’s Story – A Perfect Day For a Wedding (NARUTO－ナルト－ 木ノ葉秘伝 祝言日和, Konoha Hiden: Shūgenbiyori). The episodes are directed by Hayato Date, and produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo.
The season aired October 20, 2016 to March 23, 2017.
The season contains three musical themes, including one opening and two endings. The first opening theme, “Empty Heart” (カラノココロ Kara no Kokoro) by Anly, is used from episode 480 to 500. The first ending theme, “Departure Song” (旅立ちの唄 Tabidachi no Uta) by Ayumikurikamaki, is used from episode 480 to 488. The second ending theme, “Absolutely” (絶絶 Zetsu Zetsu) by Swimy, is used from episode 489 to 500.