Find Out The Best Order To Watch Naruto

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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!

While anime is awesome—despite many fillers—you should also read Naruto manga if you haven’t already. It’s one of the best manga out there, after all!

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 (2015–now).

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)

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 532007 – 2017
Naruto Shippuden: The Movie2007
Naruto Shippuden episodes 54–712007 – 2017
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds2008
Naruto Shippuden episodes 72–1202007 – 2017
Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Inheritors of the Will of Fire2009
Naruto Shippuden episodes 121–152/1542007 – 2017
Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower2010
Naruto Shippuden episodes 153/155–1562007 – 2017
Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Blood Prison2011
Naruto Shippuden episodes 157–2512007 – 2017
Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Road to Ninja2012
Naruto Shippuden episodes 252–4932007 – 2017
Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Last2014
Finish Naruto Shippuden 2007 – 2017
Boruto: Naruto The Movie – The Day Naruto Became Hokage2016
Boruto: Naruto The Movie2015
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)

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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Hi, my name is Mia and I'm the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. I love anime, games, and esports (I am also a bit weird). My passion for anime sparked when I was about 7 (Phantom Thief Jeanne, hello!) and has never stopped.

6 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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  • 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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