Boruto is the successor to one of the most loved shows, Naruto. Ever since it started airing in 2017, Boruto received polar opposite reviews from viewers 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.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generation is currently running its first season with 260+ episodes released and a staggering 78% filler. Boruto also has a movie under its belt that was released in 2015 before the series started airing.
With no jumbling timelines and a world of shinobi that has already been established, viewers are less likely to become entangled in the intricacies of crazy character developments.
It has an established world, and the general fan familiarity with it is a massive advantage since our characters get more time to develop their abilities over explaining how the world works.
After emerging from the immense ocean of content that Naruto gave us, get ready to set sail in a new sea, full of waves that lead to new.
1. Release Order
The viewer does not need to be concerned about the quantity of content in this series because it is currently in its first season and has only one movie associated with it. For now, Boruto is easy to surf through.
- Boruto: The Naruto Movie (2015)
II. TV Series
Boruto: Naruto Next Generation (2017)
- Anime Canon episodes: 1-15, 24-38, 42-48, 51-52, 70-92, 98-105, 115, 120-126, 128-137, 141-147, 157-180, 190-191, 209-211, 221-255, 259-269
- Manga Canon episodes: 19-23, 39, 53-66, 148-151, 181-189, 192-208, 212-220
- Filler episodes: 16-17, 40-41, 49-50, 67-69, 96-97, 112-114, 116-119, 138-140, 152-156, 256-258
- Mixed Canon/Filler episodes: 18, 93-95, 106-111, 127
III. Boruto Story Arcs
Boruto: Naruto Next Generation is currently running on its 23rd story arc. The next arc will begin from episode 261. 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 (261- 269) (ongoing)
2. Chronological Order
- Boruto: Naruto Next Generation (2017)
- Episode 1-51
- Boruto: The Naruto Movie (2015)
- Boruto: Naruto Next Generation (2017)
- Episode 52- 269 (ongoing)
3. Where to Watch Boruto with Subtitles or Dubbed?
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.
- Crunchyroll – English subtitles
- Hulu – English dubbed
- Funimation – English Subbed and Dubbed
Unfortunately, having a Netflix subscription will not be enough for viewers in the USA and Canada as it is not streaming Boruto.
4. Can You Download and Watch Boruto Offline?
Yes, watching Boruto can be done offline.
Boruto anime is streaming in Crunchyroll, and people can watch it offline only if they have a Mega Fan subscription ($9.99 per month) or an Ultimate Fan subscription ($14.99 per month).
Funimation also has the offline option. People can download the videos on iOS and Android devices if they have a Premium Plus subscription ($7.99 per month) and use Premium Plus Ultra ($99.99 per year).
Hulu also provides their subscribers with the option for downloading their favorite show and watching it offline, only if you are subscribed to Hulu (No Ads) ($12.99 pm) or Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV ($70.99 pm).
5. How much Time to Complete Boruto as of Now?
Anime episodes typically have a run time of 23 to 25 minutes.
In the case of the Boruto anime series, each episode has a run time of 23 minutes, and so for all the 269 episodes released so far, it is a total run time of 6187 minutes.
Also, the run time of Boruto: The Naruto Movie is 95 minutes. So, if we further add it with the series, it is 6282 minutes, which is 104 hours and 42 minutes, roughly five days of non-stop watching.
6. Anime Vs. Manga
When it comes to Boruto, manga and anime are a bit more complicated. On the surface, there is one manga and one anime, and the manga is one arc ahead of the anime. But it is more than just that.
The story of Boruto starts with Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, an independent book published in the Weekly Shonen Jump in 2015. Boruto: Naruto the Movie was also released around the same time.
Boruto was added to the final chapter of the original Naruto manga in October 2015. Then again in the OVA, The Day Naruto Became Hokage, which was released in July 2016.
Finally, a brand-new series called Boruto: Naruto Next Generations started in 2016 as a manga, and a year later, the anime was released.
The events of the independent book Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring and Boruto: Naruto the Movie are the same. The events in the last chapter of Naruto are also the same as the OVA.
The only differing events occur in the manga and anime of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations since the manga is one arc ahead and the anime has fillers. These, i.e., events, do not take place in the manga.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
11. 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.