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Last update: 16/7/2021
Naruto is a Japanese manga series by Masashi Kishimoto.
A 220-episode anime TV series adaptation by Pierrot and Aniplex aired from 2002 to 2007. A 500-episode sequel to the original series premiered in 2007 and ended in 2017.
Naruto is set in the world of ninjas and follows the story of Uzumaki Naruto, a young aspiring ninja, who is determined to become a Hokage (basically a leader) of his village to get acknowledged and accepted by others.
It’s one of the best & most popular shounen anime we all love.
The power of friendship, sense of justice, love, and kindness along with powerful character development is just pleasant to watch. Add some superpowers, epic fighting scenes, and a good storyline and you have a perfect shounen anime!
On top of that Naruto is probably the most known anime ever — in other words, even people (mainly young) who don’t watch anime usually know what Naruto is.
So let’s get to the point.
How to watch Naruto & Naruto Shippuden and why it’s this way
The tricky part is that there are many Naruto movies and if you love the series you want them to make sense, so you don’t want to watch them randomly.
This guide was made primarily for people who are looking into a complete guide including all Naruto movies.
Important note: It does not really matter when you watch the movies. They can be watched any time you deem right (except for The Last movie). They are generally unrelated to the main story.
TLDR Naruto Chronological Watch Guide (without spoilers)
|Naruto till episode 101/106||2002 – 2007|
|Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow||2004|
|Naruto episodes 102/107–160||2002 – 2007|
|Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel||2005|
|Naruto episodes 161–196||2002 – 2007|
|Naruto The Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom||2006|
|Finish Naruto (197–220)||2002 – 2007|
|Naruto Shippuden until episode 53||2007 – 2017|
|Naruto Shippuden: The Movie||2007|
|Naruto Shippuden episodes 54–71||2007 – 2017|
|Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds||2008|
|Naruto Shippuden episodes 72–120||2007 – 2017|
|Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Inheritors of the Will of Fire||2009|
|Naruto Shippuden episodes 121–152/154||2007 – 2017|
|Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower||2010|
|Naruto Shippuden episodes 153/155–156||2007 – 2017|
|Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Blood Prison||2011|
|Naruto Shippuden episodes 157–251||2007 – 2017|
|Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Road to Ninja||2012|
|Naruto Shippuden episodes 252–493||2007 – 2017|
|Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Last||2014|
|Finish Naruto Shippuden||2007 – 2017|
|Boruto: Naruto The Movie – The Day Naruto Became Hokage||2016|
|Boruto: Naruto The Movie||2015|
|Boruto (TV series)||2015 – now|
*Please don’t check the explanation below if you are not prepared for potential spoilers!
1. Naruto (2002-2007)
- contains 200 episodes,
- this is the first anime adaptation of the manga and you should watch it till episode 101 or 106 or somewhere between and then pick up on the first movie.
2. Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (movie)
- to clarify why—Sakura’s hair is short in the movie and she had previously cut it during the chuunin exams.
3. Legend of the Stone of Gelel (movie)
- this takes place after episode 160 of Naruto.
4. Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (movie)
- this is set after episode 196 due to Sasuke’s missing presence.
5. Naruto Shippuden (2007-2017)
- this is the second anime adaptation of the manga and it’s a continuation of Naruto’s story,
- contains 500 episodes,
- watch it until episode 53, then complete the first movie below.
6. Naruto Shippuden: The Movie
- the story is in the timeline when Naruto, Sakura, Sai, and Yamato return to the village.
7. Bonds (movie)
- this is chronologically related to ~70 ep,
- episodes 70, 71, 72, and even 73 have opening scenes related to the Bonds movie.
8. Inheritors of the Will of Fire (movie)
- this movie makes references to the series and takes place approximately after Kakashi Gaiden episodes.
9. The Lost Tower (movie)
- somewhere after 152-154 episode, before Pain attacked Konoha and after Jiraya-sensei died.
10. Blood Prison (movie)
- as some discussants pinpointed, this movie should be watched after ep. 156 because that’s when Naruto mastered Sage mode & in this movie the Sage mode is already mastered.
11. Road to Ninja (movie)
- the events take place after episode 251.
12. The Last (movie)
- this movie takes place before the final arc (494-500).
13. Boruto: Naruto The Movie – The Day Naruto Became Hokage
- after episode 500 of Naruto Shippuden, you will be blessed to see what actually happened afterward,
- this movie was also a good strategy to promote the new anime—Boruto.
14. Boruto: Naruto The Movie
- this happens during Chuunin exams of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
15. Boruto (2017 – currently airing)
- I really don’t want to discourage you but even if you are a hardcore fan of Naruto this anime will probably not meet your expectations,
- you can still see a grown-up Naruto so that’s probably the best thing about this anime.
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