Naruto Shippuden is all set to enter another arc with Episode 489 and the focus will be on Shikamaru Nara. His mission after the fourth great Ninja war is in focus and it will be full of twists and turns.

Naruto Shippuden Episode 489 brings to life the arc of Shikamaru Hiden and it is based on the second book in the Naruto Hiden series, reports Naruto Wikia. The Plot takes place two years after the Fourth Great Shinobi War and by that time Shikamaru has attained the status of chief coordinator of the Shinobi Union. The Union is a peacetime organization that is succeeding the Allied Shinobi Forces.

However, Shikamaru is not happy despite being in the top position. He finds his life unremarkable and feels that it would also end up in an unremarkable way. Sad and hurt, he is watching the clouds drifting in the sky when he spots the ink birds of Sai making their way to the Sixth Hokage office. He rushes to the office to find out Sai's letter that says that his entire team has gone missing for days.

It also says that Gengo poses a threat to the Shinobi Union but the lack of clear elements from Sai's handwriting makes Shikamaru doubt the letter. The fact that he did not send the letter personally is also a concern and thus, he and Kakashi become alert.

Nevertheless, Shikamaru has to undertake the secret mission. The mission is like a double-edged sword as in to keep the peace, he will be called upon to use force.

It is very likely that the story will be narrated over the course of multiple episodes. This is because the content featured in the Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness novel is quite huge. If fans remember this has been done previously as well. The Sasuke arc was dealt in a similar manner and it stretched over a few episodes.

As soon as Naruto Shippuden gets done with Shikamaru Hiden arc, it is expected to move forward to the Konoha Hiden story arc next month.