'Naruto Shippuden' 493 spoilers: Shikamaru to battle Gengo; Naruto and Hinata's wedding to be featured in upcoming arc

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As Naruto Shippuden 493 airs today on Tokyo TV, spoilers, rumors, and speculations still abound online from fans and avid followers of the hit anime series.

Images of the upcoming episodes have been circulating lately online, showing some familiar faces. A post from Twitter user "ElSeptimHokage," showed several characters, namely, Sakura, Konohamaru, Orochimaru, Kakashi, Rock Lee, and Shizune.

Meanwhile, some speculate that Shikamaru will finally face-off with Gengo. The impending battle picks up from episode 492, when Shikamaru, as well as buddies Soku and Ro, had a rough time dealing with the villain. Gengo, meanwhile, had ample help from a certain flower that boosted his mind control abilities, which he used against Shikamaru and his comrades.

Crunchyroll posted a preview of the upcoming episode, showing Gengo telling Shikamaru that they have already infiltrated all of the Hidden villages throughout the region and that he has already deployed the "Enlightened Ones" to the different countries with Shinobi Alliance.

Fans of Naruto and Hinata, on the other hand, can look forward to the marriage of the two in one of the anime's biggest and most anticipated story arcs to date. Speculated to take place on episode 494, the wedding will be based on the novel "Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding," and it will be tied-in to an event to be held at the J-World amusement park, which will reportedly showcase the full wedding setup, according to a report from Travelers Today.

With Naruto Shippuden close to reaching its 10th anniversary since its first airing in February of 2007, the hit anime series is coming to an end in a few months, according to a report from MobiPicker. A brand new spin-off, however, is reportedly replacing the Shippuden series in April, and it will feature a new cast of ninjas and a storyline that will be an amazing, according to Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto.

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