Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring (or just, Naruto Gaiden) is a Post-Script Season Spinoff Mini-Series sequel to Naruto, written and drawn by series creator Masashi Kishimoto. The series received an animated adaptation as part of the Boruto anime. Kishimoto developed the manga to further explore Sarada’s relationship with her parents as well as Sasuke and Sakura’s long-distance marriage. He had difficulty writing Sarada because he was inexperienced in the portrayal of female characters. The series takes place a few years after the Distant Finale to the main series and is set sometime before the events of Boruto: Naruto the Movie. It focuses on Sarada Uchiha, the daughter of Sasuke, who finds herself asking questions about her family. What’s her father like? Why did he leave when she was a baby? Why has he never been around while she was growing up? And also…is Sakura really her mother, or is it Sasuke’s former teammate Karin?