Find Out The Best Order To Watch Naruto

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Last update: 27/11/2021

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 of his village.

Many consider it one of the best & most popular shounen anime fans love.

The power of friendship, love, and kindness along with a likable cast of characters and 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! It also has some of the most memorable, inspirational, and deep quotes.

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Despite many fillers, Naruto anime remains one of the most popular shounen. You should also consider reading Naruto manga if you haven’t read it already.

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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 easiest way how to watch Naruto is to start with Naruto (2002–2007), continue with Naruto Shippuden (2007–2017), and after that start watching Boruto (2017–now).

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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 for a complete guide including all Naruto movies.

Please note that each movie with a hyperlink is heading to Amazon where you can directly purchase the movie if you would like to.

Important note: It does not really matter that much when you watch the movies. They can be watched any time you deem right because they are non-canon (except for The Last movie). They are generally unrelated to the main story. The below order is based on the release date and as well chronological order but some of them are truly hard to fit; I had come up with this order after many hours of research.

TLDR Naruto Chronological Watch Guide (without spoilers)

ANIME TITLEAIRDATE
Naruto till episode 101/1062002–2007
Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow2004
Naruto episodes 102/107–160 2002–2007
Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel2005
Naruto episodes 161–1962002–2007
Naruto The Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom2006
Finish Naruto (197–220)2002–2007
Naruto Shippuden until episode 322007–2017
Naruto Shippuden: The Movie2007
Naruto Shippuden episodes 33–712007–2017
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds2008
Naruto Shippuden episodes 72–1212007–2017
Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Inheritors of the Will of Fire2009
Naruto Shippuden episodes 122–152/1542007–2017
Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower2010
Naruto Shippuden episodes 153/155–1962007–2017
Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Blood Prison2011
Naruto Shippuden episodes 197–2512007–2017
Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Road to Ninja2012
Naruto Shippuden episodes 252–4932007–2017
Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Last (Canon movie)2014
Finish Naruto Shippuden 2007–2017
Boruto: Naruto The Movie – The Day Naruto Became Hokage2016
Boruto: Naruto The Movie2015
Boruto (TV series)2017–now

Skipping filler in Naruto

  • Total episodes: 220
  • Filler episodes: 89 (40%)
  • Skip 026, 097, 101-106, 137-140, 143-219
  • Saved time: ~32 hours (~1,3 days)
  • Required time to watch it without fillers: ~48 hours (~2 days)

Skipping filler in Naruto Shippuden

  • Total episodes: 500
  • Filler episodes: 210 (42%)
  • Skip 057-070, 091-112, 144-151, 170-171, 176-196, 223-242, 257-260, 271, 279-281, 284-295, 303-320, 327, 349-361, 376-377, 388-390, 394-395
  • Saved time: ~75 hours (~3 days)
  • Required time to watch it without fillers: ~106 hours (~4,4 days)

*Please don’t check the explanation below if you are not prepared for potential spoilers! 


1. Naruto (2002-2007) 

  • Naruto contains 220 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 because of 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 32, then complete the first movie below.

6. Naruto Shippuden: The Movie

  • Sai and Yamato don’t appear in the movie, Sai ends up joining the crew in episode 33.

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)

  • after episode ~121 because 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, after a major character’s death but before ‘someone’ launched a disastrous attack on the village.

10. Blood Prison (movie)

  • no accurate timing but we do know that Naruto has already mastered Sage mode in this movie, so after episode ~196.

11. Road to Ninja (movie)

  • it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact timeline because it doesn’t fit perfectly,
  • we do know that Naruto must have already met his mother, so it should be watched 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

  • this short and heartwarming OVA takes place after episode 500 of Naruto Shippuden and it’s exactly as it sounds—it portrays hilarious events that took place on the day Naruto became Hokage.
  • this OVA was included on the limited edition DVD and Blu-ray releases of Boruto: Naruto the Movie.
  • it was also a good strategy to promote the new anime—Boruto.

14. Boruto: Naruto The Movie

  • optional since this happens during Chuunin exams of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations,
  • if you really want to watch Boruto after you finish Naruto Shippuden, you may consider watching first episodes 1 through 49 in Boruto and then come back to Boruto: Naruto The Movie if you want; however, this movie aired 2 YEARS before the Boruto series so I think it’s completely fine to watch it before,
  • also, this movie is covered in the Boruto series with slight changes so you can completely skip it if you plan to watch Boruto series.

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 (and that’s probably the best thing about this anime).

Mia

Hi, I'm Mia, the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. An avid anime fan, gamer, and esports enthusiast dedicated to helping you find anime content exactly to your liking.

8 thoughts on “Find Out The Best Order To Watch Naruto

  • May 21, 2021 at 8:01 pm
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    Blood Prison has gotta come after shipud. ep 156 / because in Blood Prison he has mastered Sage mode, which isnt introduced until episode 154 (mastered at 156) Just heads up! I actually havent gotten past this movie but the Sage Mode confused me until I looked into it!

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    • June 22, 2021 at 9:29 pm
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      i agree blood prison absolutely should be listed later than it is. i haven’t gotten past 154 but there are lots of things in blood prison that we haven’t seen yet in the show.

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      • January 7, 2022 at 8:18 am
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        I’m on ep. 197 and watched blood prison..and now I’m all confused because 8 tails helped Naruto which in ep. 107 he was still hidden. Did you guys watch the episodes??

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        • January 7, 2022 at 10:11 am
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          The problem with this movie is that it has a lot of inconsistencies/ timeline errors, so it doesn’t fit anywhere specifically.

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  • June 23, 2021 at 6:25 pm
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    I will NOT suggest seeing “The Last (movie)” after ep 500. On ep 500 they are getting married and then we are seeing a movie where they are not even dating or shared their feelings for each other.

    I will advise to see the movie after ep 493 so we understand what bring them to get married in the first place.

    P.S.: I found this website because I just finish ep 500 and was wondering what was the right thing to see after.

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  • July 16, 2021 at 5:41 am
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    Hey, I just wanted to ask about when to watch bonds because you said to watch after episode 111 but they haven’t returned home yet and bonds takes place in the village. Just wanted to ask what exact episode to watch bonds after

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