New Rock Lee Anime Coming Soon! As an anime fan, you may be aware that the popular anime series Bleach will be ending soon (March 27th to be exact). TV Tokyo have announced that the show to take Bleach's old time slot will be none other than a new Naruto spin-off series based on Rock Lee. Yes, you heard that right, a Rock Lee anime! The anime will be called "Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden" or "Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth Full Power Ninja" in English. The new anime will premiere on TV Tokyo in Japan on April 3rd, 2012. It is based off the spin-off manga by Kenji Taira, who is one of Masashi Kishimoto's assistants for the Naruto manga. It was originally published in the Super Strong Jump magazine. As of this date, there have been a total of 10 chapters published.
The main character of the show is Rock Lee, a member of the ninja squad "Team Guy". Rock Lee loves to prank his friends and have fun, but he was never any good at Ninjutsu like the other ninja in his class. However, this never stopped him from becoming a ninja and he focused on training in the unique style of Taijustu. Rock Lee has a no-quit attitude and will do everything it takes to achieve his ninja goals.
The anime isn't really supposed to be taken serious like Naruto Shippuden, and focuses on a more comical view of the ninja world. The art style is also different from the original show, with the head of the anime characters being much larger than their bodies. Episodes that have aired so far: Episode 1: “Rock Lee is a Ninja who can't use Ninjutsu” "Rock Lee's Rival is Naruto"