Boruto, probably the most controversial anime of all time, has survived for 5 years and gained a huge fandom worldwide.
On the one hand, it is praised for its beautiful animation, fresh storyline, and relatable characters. On the other hand, it faces the backlash of not being as good as Naruto was.
Regardless, Boruto is still considered to be worth a watch, as it relishes a novel tale that sometimes leaves us with a nostalgic aftertaste.
The best thing about Boruto is that it has a single season that has been airing since 2017, and now stands at 280+ episodes. It has a staggering 78% filler, and a movie under its belt.
The biggest worrying factor is obviously the filler content, and figuring out which episodes to skip to have a smooth watch. Not to worry because this watch order has everything you need to know and more.
1. Release Order
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations received a single movie in 2015 that you need to watch other before the anime. The rest of the episodes can be watched according to the below order. You can also find out which episode can be skipped and whether it is canon or not through this list.
|282- current||Manga Canon||Watch|
2. Boruto Story Arcs
Boruto: Naruto Next Generation is currently running on its 23rd story arc. To better understand the series before viewing it without any spoiler, here is the list of the arcs and the episodes that the arcs preside on.
- Academy Entrance Arc (episode 1-18)
- Naruto Gaiden Arc (episode 19-24)
- School Field Trip Arc (episode 25-34)
- Graduation Exam Arc (episode 35-39)
- Genin Mission Arc (episode 40-42)
- Byakuya Gang Arc (episode 43-52)
- Chunin Exam Arc (aka Versus Momoshiki Arc) (episode 53-66)
- Chocho Arc (episode 67-71)
- Mitsuki Disappearance Arc (episode 72-92)
- Parent and Child Day Arc (episode 93-97)
- Juugo Arc (episode 98-105)
- Steam Ninja Scrolls Arc (episode 106-115)
- Konohamaru and Remon Arc (episode 116-119)
- One Tail Escort Mission Arc (episodes 120-127)
- Time Slip Arc (episode 128-140)
- Mujina Bandits Arc (episode 141-156)
- Kara Actuation Arc (episode 157-177)
- Vessel Arc (episode 178-187)
- Kawaki Arc: Kara Clash (episode 188-205)
- Kawaki Arc: Otsutsuki Awakening (episode 206 – 220)
- Chūnin Re-Examination Arc (episode 221 – 227)
- Great Sea Battle of Kirigakure Arc (episode 228 – 260)
- Kawaki & Himawari Academy Arc (episode 261- 273)
- Labyrinth Game Arc (episode274-281)
- Sasuke Retsuden Arc (episode 282-current)
- Code Arc (upcoming)
3. Chronological Order
- Boruto: Naruto Next Generation (2017)
- Episode 1-51
- Boruto: The Naruto Movie (2015)
- Boruto: Naruto Next Generation (2017)
- Episode 52- 286 (ongoing)
4. Where to watch Boruto with English subtitles or dub?
With most anime series or movies originating in Japan, you will have your preference of watching it with subtitles or dubbed in almost all of the online streaming platforms.
The options for Boruto are not limited.
|Title||Where to watch with English subs||Where to watch with English dub|
|Boruto Movie||Prime Video, Vudu||Vudu|
|Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Series||Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu||Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu|
Unfortunately, having a Netflix subscription will not be enough for viewers in the USA and Canada as it is not streaming Boruto.
5. Can You Download and Watch Boruto Offline?
Several websites offer download options with their different packages, and we have the readymade list right here:
|Website||Subscription Packages||Offline Viewing|
|Crunchyroll||Fan – $7.99/month||No|
|Mega Fan – $9.99/month||Yes|
|Ultimate Fan – $14.99/month||Yes|
|Funimation||Premium: $5.99 a month / $59.99 per year||No|
|Premium Plus: $7.99 a month / $79.99 per year||Yes|
|Premium Plus Ultra: $99.99 per year||Yes|
|Netflix||Basic with ads: $6.99/month||No|
|Hulu||Ad-Supported: $7.99/month (or $79.99/year)||Yes|
|No Ads: $14.99/month||Yes|
|Vudu||Only Owned or Rented Movies/ Series||Yes|
A lot of anime are geo-blocked for several countries. If the anime isn’t available on any streaming website in your area, then you can use a VPN to bypass the geo-block.
There are many paid VPN services available, but you also have free options at hand. You can also use free browser extensions VPNs that you will find in the extension store.
If you are accessing streaming websites from your phone, you will find several VPNs from the app store. The important thing is that Boruto is present on Netflix, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, and other streaming websites’ catalogs, so set your VPN to a suitable location to access the anime from anywhere.
7. How much time will it take to watch Boruto completely?
In the case of the Boruto anime series, each episode has a run time of 23 minutes, and so for all the 286 episodes released so far, it is a total run time of 6578 minutes.
Also, the run time of Boruto: The Naruto Movie is 95 minutes. So, if we further add it to the series, it is 6673 minutes, which is 111 hours and 13 minutes, roughly five days of non-stop watching.
8. Why does Boruto have fillers?
Fillers in anime can be pretty annoying as they stop the progress of the main storyline and feel quite a stretch.
In the case of Boruto, the anime needs time to catch up with the events taking place in the manga, as both the anime and manga started pretty much at the same time.
Fillers are also a great way to learn new information about the characters; however, the filler arcs have little to no significance compared with the main plot.
9. Can You Watch Boruto Without Watching Naruto?
Many new anime fans might not feel like watching the 720 episodes of Naruto pre-Boruto and skip straight to the latter.
Yes, you can watch Boruto without watching Naruto because, despite taking place after Naruto, the story is fresh and different from Naruto.
10. When does Boruto actually get good?
Boruto gets good from the Chūnin Exams Arc (episodes 51-66). The only notable arcs before the Chūnin Exams are the Sarada Uchiha Arc (episodes 17-24) and the School Trip Arc (episodes 25-32). After the Chūnin Exams, the anime only gets better.
Despite being the successor of Naruto, I guess people will have a question wrangling in their mind; Is Boruto worth watching it? The answer is YES. It is worth every penny and hype, and I would highly recommend you watch it in chronological order.
There is no doubt that most of those watching Boruto will be Naruto fans; thus, a word of advice, do not watch Boruto thinking it is an extended portion of Naruto because it is nothing like it.
Although it is a continuation of Naruto, Boruto is a world away from Naruto, with fresh storytelling and a relaxing atmosphere compared to Naruto.
Just like with every filler in any anime, we can skip the fillers of Boruto too. The reason is simple: it does not advance the story, and with 78% of it being fillers, it can be an unnecessary stumbling block.
12. About Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is written and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto, and supervised by Masashi Kishimoto. It came into serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in June 2016.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is the series that follows the exploits of Naruto’s son, Boruto, during his academy days and further on.
The series follows the character development of Boruto and the looming evil that challenges the fate of him and his loved ones.