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 story line 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 has only one season encompassing 155 episodes, only 20% of it being filler. Throughout the series, we get to meet several old and new characters, each contributing to the series in their own way.
It has an established world and the general fan familiarity with it is a huge advantage since our characters get more time to develop their abilities over the explanation of how the world works. After emerging from the massive ocean of content that Naruto gave us, get ready to set sail in a new sea, full of waves that lead to new.
1. Anime Vs. Manga
When it comes to Boruto, manga and anime are a bit more complicated. On the surface, it seems like 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 the 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.
2. Why does it have fillers?
Fillers in anime can be quite 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, most of the time, the filler arcs have little to no significance when compared with the main plot.
3. Watch Order
Having only one season, Boruto does not have a timeline that juggles between episodes. The movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, only sets a premise for the new series and the events covered in it take place later on in the series
I. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (2017)
- Canon: 1-15, 19-32, 35-39, 42-47, 52-59, 60, 62-66, 71-92, 98-103, 112, 120-137, 141-151
- Mixed Canon/ Filler: 18, 24, 51, 61, 93-95, 106-111
- Filler: 16-17, 33-34, 40-41, 48-50, 67-70, 96-97, 104-105, 113-119, 138-140, 152-155
II. Anime Arcs
There are 17 arcs in the anime
- Academy Entrance Arc (episode 1-16)
- Sarada Uchiha Arc (episodes 17-24)
- School Trip Arc (episodes 25-32)
- Graduation Exams Arc (episodes 34-37)
- Genin Mission Arc (40-42)
- Byakuya Gang Arc (episodes 43-47)
- Chūnin Exams Arc (episodes 51-66)
- Chōchō Arc (episodes 67-69)
- Mitsuki’s Disappearance Arc (episodes 71- 92)
- Parent and Child Day Arc (episodes 93-95)
- Jūgo arc (episodes 98-103)
- Steam Ninja Scrolls Arc (episodes 106-111)
- Konohamaru’s Love Arc (episodes 116-119)
- One-Tail Escort Arc (episodes 120-126)
- Time Slip Arc (episodes 128-136)
- Mujina Bandits Arc (episodes 141-151)
- Kara Actuation Arc (episodes 152-155)
III. Other Media
- Boruto: The Naruto Movie (2015)
- Episodes 1-51 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (2017)
- Boruto: The Naruto Movie (2015)
- Episodes 52-155 Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (2017)
4. 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.
5. 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 through, the anime only gets better.
Unlike the tons of fillers in Naruto, Boruto has a substantially low filler percentage. It is recommended to skip fillers as they give little to no contribution to the main storyline. However, if you are a fan of Boruto, then by all means, go ahead and watch them.
The events in the movie also take place in the series; it’s optional as well and can be skipped.
7. About Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is written and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto and supervised by Masashi Kishimoto himself. 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.