Oh, Naruto. You are truly a staple in the shounen genre and introduced a whole generation of fans to anime. But damn if you ain’t long and complicated about it. With many episodes, many OVAs, many movies, and now a whole new generation to tangle with, Naruto is a complicated show to tackle. However, if you want to get into Naruto, and want to do it the right way, we have your back.
Bare Bones Watch Order For Naruto
The most basic watch order that you need to follow is:
Naruto > Naruto: Shippuden > Naruto: The Last > Boruto
You can even skip Naruto: The Last, but it just bridges the gap into Boruto. Yet, if you have watched the entire series, then you don’t necessarily need it.
Movies and OVAs
The good news about Naruto is that the movies and OVAs of the series are not immediately connected to the overall plot of Naruto. They are just fine bonuses. However, what you do want to keep in mind is that you want to watch a certain amount of episodes into the series before watching the movies or OVAs so you aren’t spoiled by events or new Jutsu developments. These episode minimums include:
Episode 12 – Find the Four-Leaf Crimson Clover
Episode 62 – Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village
Episode 97 – Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Episode 97 – Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival
Episode 145 – Legend of the Stone of Gelel
Episode 165 – Finally a Clash! Jonin VS Genin! Indiscriminatory Championships Battle Royal!
Episode 195 – Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
Episode 2 – Naruto Shippuden the Movie
Episode 45 – Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
Episode 120 – Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Inheritors of the Will of Fire
Episode 140 – Naruto: The Cross Roads
Episodes 171 – Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower
Episode 171 – Naruto, the Genie, and the Three Wishes, Believe It
Episode 192 – Naruto x UT
Episode 222 – Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison
Episode 222 – Chunin Exam on Fire! Naruto v. Konohamaru!
Episode 251 – Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations: Hashirama Senju VS Madara Uchiha
Episode 271 – Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja
End of Series – Naruto the Last
End of Series – Boruto: Naruto the Movie
How to Skip the Filler in Naruto
If you are looking to skip the filler episodes for Naruto, here are the pure filler episodes that you can skip.
026, 097, 101-106, 137-140, 143-219
057-070, 091-112, 144-151, 170-171, 176-196, 223-242, 257-260, 271, 279-281, 284-295, 303-320, 327, 349-361, 376-377, 388-390, 394-395
16-17, 33-34, 40-41, 48-50, 67-70, 96-97, 104-105, 113-119, 138-140, 152-155