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Naruto Watch Order: The Complete Guide (Series & Movies)

The story of Naruto Uzumaki was split into two anime series – Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden – which follow the protagonist during different periods of his life. The two series have a total of 720 episodes, with Naruto having 220 episodes (split into 5 seasons) and Naruto: Shippuden having 500 episodes (split into 21 seasons). Besides the two anime series, there are 11 movies and 12 original video animations (OVAs).

Since this is a fairly large amount of material for someone to go through without any prior knowledge, we have sorted it all for you and made the ultimate Naruto watch order!

Here is a chronological overview of the complete Naruto franchise, including the anime series, the anime feature films, and the OVA films. In this section, we are going to start from episode one of the Naruto anime and then tell you how you should watch all the material. This section is going to include all of the episodes and additional materials, fillers included. Now, let us begin with the Naruto chronological watch order:

As you can see, not every OVA episode is listed here, and we didn’t put the Boruto movie as well, which means that you can watch them at any time since we couldn’t really determine their exact place in the chronology. Sometimes, though, they don’t even have one. Now, let’s take a deeper look at the detailly explained Naruto watch order.

The whole Naruto anime franchise consists of three large segments – Naruto, Naruto: Shippuden, and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. The first two segments follow Naruto Uzumaki’s path, while the latter one follows his son, Boruto.

Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden have since been completed with a total of 720 episodes (220 for Naruto, and 500 for Naruto: Shippuden), while Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is currently ongoing with 242 episodes aired as of April 6, 2022. In this section, we are going to list the narrative arcs for each of the three segments so that you can find your way around the franchise:

In this section, we are going to discuss the anime feature length movies that are part of the Naruto franchise. Although we have already written a complete chronological watch order for Naruto movies, since this is a complete guide to the whole franchise, we have decided to give you a short summary of that article here.

In total, there are 11 movies within the Naruto franchise as of June 2021. Ten of these movies are focused on Naruto (i.e., they are related to either Naruto or Naruto: Shippuden), while the eleventh one is a Boruto-related movie. In this section, we are just going to give you a list of the 10 Naruto movies and a short summary of the Boruto movie, since we have not done that in the above-mentioned earlier article. The movies are listed by their respective release dates:

Along with the main anime series and the eleven movies, the Naruto franchise comprises of 11 special OVA episodes that have been aired from 2002 to 2016. The OVA episodes here are listed by their release date, as we are going to discuss their chronology later in this article. These are the OVA episodes:

We at Fiction Horizon have already done a detailed analysis of the Naruto fillers. You can check out our guide to the Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden fillers, our guide to the Boruto fillers, and also our guide on which Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden fillers are worth the watch.

It would be best to watch the complete Naruto anime in order, including OVA episodes and movies. You can skip filler, but if you like the anime, you will decide to watch them as well.

Naruto has been finished in its 22nd season after being on television for nearly 15 years. Unfortunately, for now, we don’t think Naruto is coming back and there are certainly no official words about its return.

Naruto chronological watch order (at a glance)

How to watch the Naruto franchise? (detailly explained)

Naruto franchise fillers

Do you need to watch Naruto anime in order?

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