Naruto is one of the most well-known anime series in the whole world; it’s so popular that people recommend almost everyone recommends it as a starting point for new anime watchers. It’s popular and one of the best anime shows out there without a doubt, but it’s also quite long which is why I have created this Naruto watch order guide to help you get a better understanding of the series!
The entire series of Naruto ran for a total of an astounding 720 episodes, and then there were movies, specials and OVAs as well for die-hard fans.
Thanks to the insane number of episodes, the series was able to focus on multiple characters and their development throughout the events of the series and not just the main character; plus it allowed the show to explore various storylines in great detail and not skip on important plot points.
But due to the large number of episodes, it also had a ton of filler episodes that virtually added no value to the main storyline!
That’s one of the reasons why I decided to create this guide and tell you exactly how to watch Naruto episodes and movies in order. It’s one of the longest and highest-grossing shonen anime series out there, and if you’ve got the time and commitment to watch the show, it’s absolutely worth it.
And I can guarantee that once you sit through a couple of earlier story arcs in the series, you will be hooked and you’ll want to know what happens next!
How to Watch Naruto Series In Order?
The entire show is divided into two parts containing multiple story arcs. The first part is simply titled Naruto and it consists of 220 episodes, while the second part is titled Naruto Shippuden and it has 500 episodes in total.
And then there’s the Boruto series as well, but that’s not really important right now.
So, how can you watch the entire series in order? Let’s have a look!
1. Release Order
- Naruto (2002-07)
- Naruto: Shippuden (2007-17)
- Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (2017)
2. Naruto Movies In Order
- 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)
3. Naruto Specials
- 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: Shippuden – Sunny Side Battle (2013)
- Boruto: Naruto the Movie – The Day Naruto Became the Hokage (2016)
- Boruto: Jump Festa 2016 Special (2016)
- 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)
These are all the episodes, movies, specials, OVAs and spin-offs that make up the entire Naruto-verse. If you want to watch them as is, you can go ahead. I personally recommend you to watch the main storyline, which is Naruto followed by Naruto Shippuden, and then you can take your time watching the movies or specials because they don’t really contribute anything major to the main story.
However, if you want to go the hard way and want to watch the Naruto series in chronological order, then I’ve got you covered there as well. Check out the below section and you’ll be able to go through the series according to the chronology of events taking place.
How to Watch Naruto in Chronological Order?
It’s true that the amount of episodes that you’ll have to watch is insane, but it’s pretty straightforward with no confusing story arcs. Once you start watching the show, you’ll be hooked because the author introduces various plot points that will intrigue you and you’ll want to watch more in order to find out what happens next, and ultimately you’ll want to know how to story ends.
So, if you are one of those people who want to watch every title – movies, specials and spin-offs included – in a particular franchise, then here’s the guide for you to watch Naruto in order as well.
- Episodes 1-5
- Find the Four-Leaf Red Clover! (OVA)
- Episodes 6-19
- Naruto: The Cross Roads (OVA)
- Episodes 20-101
- Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village! (OVA)
- Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (Movie)
- Episodes 102-160
- Naruto the Movie: The Legend of the Stone of Gelel (Movie)
- Episodes 161-196
- Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (Movie)
- Episodes 197-220
Naruto Shippuden (2007-2017)
- Episodes 1-32
- Naruto Shippuden the Movie (Movie)
- Episodes 32-71
- Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds (Movie)
- Episodes 72-126
- Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire (Movie)
- Episodes 127-143
- Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower (Movie)
- Episodes 144-196
- Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison (Movie)
- Episodes 197-219
- Chunin Exam on Fire! Naruto vs. Konohamaru! (OVA)
- Episode 220-251
- Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (Movie)
- Sunny Side Battle (OVA)
- Ninja Escapades (OVA)
- Episodes 252-493
- The Last: Naruto the Movie (Movie)
- Episodes 494-500
- The Day Naruto Became Hokage (OVA)
- Boruto: Naruto the Movie (Movie)
Should You Watch Naruto OVAs and Specials?
There are several OVAs and Specials released while the show was on air, but these OVAs simply have side stories. They don’t feature anything from the main storyline, but at times their events do have a certain impact on the main story so it’s a good idea to watch them.
However, if you aren’t interested in watching any OVAs or Specials, then that’s okay too because you won’t miss anything in the main story.
The only OVA I would recommend you to watch is The Day Naruto Became the Hokage (2016) because this is the moment we all have been waiting for. As much as I hate what happened to Naruto on the most important day of his life in this OVA, and I hate the author for doing that, I do recommend you to watch and form your own opinions on it!
Naruto Filler Episodes – Should You Watch Them?
One of the biggest issues of a long-running anime show is that it’s littered with filler episodes. These episodes feature a story that has nothing to do with the main story, and they often are released while crucial events are taking place in the anime.
This happens when the events in anime catch up to the events in manga, so the anime starts releasing filler episodes to allow the manga to go ahead in the story.
So, if you were watching the show while it was airing, you had no choice by to watch the filler episodes, but that’s not the case right now. Naruto series has concluded and you can completely ignore the filler episodes and binge-watch the canon episodes without breaking the flow of the main storyline!
As part of the Naruto watch order guide, I have listed all the filler episodes in both the parts that you can skip without remorse:
Naruto (2002) – Episodes 26, 97, 99, 101-106, 136-219
Naruto Shippuden (2007) – Episodes 57-71, 90-112, 144-151, 170-171, 176-196, 223-242, 257-260, 271, 279-281, 284-295, 303-320, 347-361, 376-377, 389-390, 394-413, 416, 422-423, 427-450, 464-469, 480-483
Once you are done with all the 720 episodes and all the Naruto movies, you will feel either satisfied with the epic journey and the awesome adventure that you just witnessed or you will crave for more action in the world of shinobis!
If it’s the latter and you want to watch more of Naruto and Sasuke, then you can start watching Boruto: Naruto Next Generations which focuses on the next generation of ninjas, i.e. the children of the cast of Naruto series.
Of course, you won’t be seeing a ton of Naruto in this particular show, but he does make several appearances in major events.
I personally prefer reading the Boruto manga over watching the anime because the story in the manga is pretty straightforward. It’s not as good as Naruto manga was, obviously, but it’s still better than what’s shown in the anime. I actually dropped the anime after watching several of the earlier episodes.
You can give the Boruto anime a try and see if it’s something that you enjoy.
In conclusion, I hope you liked this article on how to watch Naruto series in order, and if you did, make sure to share it with your friends as well so that they too know how exactly to watch this long-running anime series in the best way possible!