Naruto, a simple anime to follow, brings with it a fantastic and engaging plot. Famous for its undeniably motivating lessons, action sequences, and iconic Naruto run, it is safe to say that Naruto has indeed paved the way for modern shōnen anime.
Having an astounding total of 720 episodes, Naruto explores various story arcs and dives deep into some of the finest character developments, backgrounds, and histories.
It is one of the highest-grossing and longest-running anime in history. However, if you are ready to plunge into the massive sea of content, you are undeniably in for a heck of a ride.
There are two parts to Naruto. The first one is simply Naruto, with 220 episodes, while part 2 is Naruto Shippuuden, with 500 episodes. The series is also rich with ten movies, several OVAs, and specials.
To help you navigate through this vast universe of Naruto, we are here with the perfect watch order guide.
1. Recommended Naruto Watch Order/Chronological Order
The best way to watch Naruto is by watching it in the chronological order below. It includes when to pick up a movie while watching the series. As for the OVAs, specials, and the spinoff series, you can watch them anytime because it won’t affect the overall experience.
- Naruto (Episodes 1-105)
- Naruto Movie 1: Clash in the Land of Snow
- Naruto (Episodes 106-160)
- Naruto Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
- Naruto (Episodes 161-196)
- Naruto Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
- Naruto (Episodes 197-220)
- Naruto: Shippuden (Episodes 1-53)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 1: Naruto Shippuden the Movie
- Naruto: Shippuden (Episodes 54-70)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 2: Bonds
- Naruto: Shippuden (Episodes 71-121)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 3: The Will of Fire
- Naruto: Shippuden (Episodes 122-169)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 4: The Lost Tower
- Naruto: Shippuden (Episodes 170-221)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 5: Blood Prison
- Naruto: Shippuden (Episodes 222-271)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 6: Road to Ninja
- Naruto: Shippuden (Episodes 272-500)
- The Last: Naruto the Movie
- Boruto: Naruto the Movie
- Boruto: Naruto the Movie – The Day Naruto Became the Hokage
- NARUTO Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals
2. Naruto Release Order
I. Anime Seasons
- Naruto (2002-07)
- Naruto: Shippuden (2007-17)
- Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (2017)
- Naruto Movie 1: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004)
- Naruto Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005)
- Naruto Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (2006)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 1 (2007)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 2: Bonds (2008)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 3: The Will of Fire (2009)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 4: The Lost Tower (2010)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 5: Blood Prison (2011)
- Naruto Shippuden Movie 6: Road to Ninja (2012)
- The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014)
- Boruto: Naruto the Movie (2015)
- Naruto: Find the Crimson Four-leaf Clover! (2003)
- Naruto: The Lost Story – Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village (2003)
- Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival (2004)
- Naruto: The Cross Roads (2009)
- Naruto: Shippuuden – Sunny Side Battle (2013)
- Boruto: Naruto the Movie – The Day Naruto Became the Hokage (2016)
- Boruto: Jump Festa 2016 Special (2016)
- Four New Naruto Episodes (September 2023)
- Naruto Narutimate Hero 3: Tsuini Gekitotsu! Jounin vs. Genin!! Musabetsu Dairansen Taikai Kaisai!! (2005)
- Naruto x UT (2011)
- NARUTO Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals (2012)
3. Where to watch Naruto with English subs and dub?
Owing to its huge fanbase and popularity, Naruto is available to watch with English sub and dub on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix, and many other websites. You can find the full streaming list here.
|Title||Where to stream with Eng subs?||Where to stream with Eng dub?|
|Naruto (2005)||Crunchyroll, Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Peacock, Funimation, Hoopla, Tubi, PlutoTV, Peacock, The Roku Channel, Vudu||Crunchyroll, Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Peacock, Funimation, Hoopla, Tubi, PlutoTV, Peacock, The Roku Channel, Vudu|
|Naruto Shippuden||Crunchyroll, Pluto TV, Adult Swim||Crunchyroll, Pluto TV, Adult Swim|
|Naruto Movie 1: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow||Netflix||Netflix|
|Naruto Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel||Prime Video||Netflix|
|Naruto Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom||Netflix, Prime Video||Netflix|
|Naruto Shippûden: The Movie||Netflix, Prime Video, Vudu||Netflix, Vudu|
|Naruto Shippuden: The Movie – Bonds||Netflix, Prime Video||Netflix|
|Naruto Shippûden: The Movie 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire||Netflix, Prime Video||Netflix|
|Naruto Shippuden Movie 4: The Lost Tower||Netflix, Prime Video||Netflix|
|Naruto Shippuden Movie 5: Blood Prison||Netflix, Prime Video||Netflix|
|Naruto Shippuden Movie 6: Road to Ninja||Netflix, Prime Video||Netflix|
|The Last: Naruto the Movie||Prime Video, Vudu||Netflix|
4. Can you download and watch Naruto 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|
|Peacock||Premium: $4.99 per month, or $49.99 per year||No|
|Premium Plus: $9.99 per month, or $99.99 per year||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 Naruto is present on Netflix, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, and many other streaming websites’ catalogs, so set your VPN to a suitable location to access the anime from anywhere.
6. How much time will it take to complete Naruto?
It will take you a total of 404 hours and 28 mins, or almost 17 days, to complete the whole of Naruto, including all the series, movies, specials, OVAs, and spinoffs.
Here is the runtime of each installment of Naruto:
- Naruto anime: 84hrs 20 mins (200 episodes of 23 mins each)
- Naruto Shippuuden: 191 hours and 40 minutes (500 episodes of 23 mins each)
- Boruto anime: 90 hours and 50 minutes (237 episodes of 23 mins each)
- Movie: 17hrs 35 mins
- Specials: 2hrs 7 mins
- Ova: 32 mins
- Spinoff: 20hrs 24 mins
7. Frequently Asked Questions
I. Should you watch Naruto OVAs and Special Media?
OVAs and Specials in Naruto are side stories to the main plot. Most of the time, their events do have an effect on the timeline of the series as a whole.
The only important OVAs and Specials in Naruto is Boruto: Naruto the Movie – The Day Naruto Became the Hokage (2016), and you must watch that.
Other than that, feel free to skip all the specials and OVAs. If you really wish to watch them, then you can watch everything after the complete series otherwise, follow the order mentioned below.
- Naruto: Find the Crimson Four-leaf Clover! (After Naruto episode 5)
- Naruto: The Cross Roads (After Naruto episode 20)
- Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival (After Naruto episode 98)
- Naruto: The Lost Story – Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village (After Naruto episode 100)
- Naruto x UT (After Naruto Shippuden episode 60)
- Naruto Narutimate Hero 3: Tsuini Gekitotsu! Jounin vs. Genin!! Musabetsu Dairansen Taikai Kaisai!! (After Naruto episode 164)
- Naruto: Shippuuden – Sunny Side Battle (After Naruto Shippuden episode 380)
- Boruto: Jump Festa 2016 Special (After Naruto Shippuden episode 500)
II. Which Naruto episodes should you skip?
While I want you to watch Naruto without missing any episodes, there’s no denying that the show has a lot of fillers, and many of them show up at the most climactic moments.
So if you wish to get through the main story arcs only, we’ve got a list of all the fillers you need to skip.
III. When to watch the four new Naruto episodes?
While four new episodes for the original Naruto anime have been announced, no details regarding its plot lines have been revealed. The story fits inside the original timeline, but there’s no telling where they can be placed in the watch order unless they have actually been released. So stay tuned since the article will be updated as soon as the new episodes air.
8. About Naruto
Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. Its publication began on September 21, 1999, and continued till November 10, 2014, in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. The manga has collected 72 volumes in tankōbon format.
Naruto Shippuden is Part II of the anime series, which follows an older Naruto as he attempts to save his friend Sasuke while at the same time – addressing the looming threat of the criminal organization – Akatsuki – who are targeting him for their grander scheme.
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