‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’ Filler List: What to Skip? (2023 Update)
In 2016, mangaka Ukyō Kodachi started writing Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, a sequel manga to Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto, one of the most popular manga series ever written. Kodachi left the manga after 13 volumes, with Kishimoto himself taking over the writing duties of Boruto. Boruto follows the adventures of the titular character, Naruto’s son, years after the conclusion of Kishimoto’s Naruto storyline. While controversial for many fans, Boruto has been gaining popularity and was adapted into an ongoing anime series back in 2017.
In today’s article, we will analyze the content of the Boruto anime series, giving you a complete list of canon, mixed, and filler episodes. You’ll find out which episodes are manga (or anime) canon, which are mixed episodes, and which are fillers. Boruto has its fair share of actual filler episodes, which will be specifically addressed in the article, but luckily for us, that is nothing to worry about. Now, let us begin!
Editor’s Note: This filler list is regularly updated to bring you the most current number of fillers.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations filler list
This section will contain a full list of Boruto aired and planned episodes. When compared to the original Naruto series, that is still a relatively low filler percentage; also, Boruto doesn’t, as of yet, have any major (or minor, for that matter) filler arcs like Naruto did, as the filler episodes are either completely individual or appear in small groups. Here is a list of Boruto fillers.
- Episode 16, Crisis: The Threat of Failing!, July 19, 2017
- Episode 17, Run, Sarada!, July 26, 2017
- Episode 18, A Day in the Life of the Uzumaki Family, August 2, 2017 (Mixed Canon / Filler)
- Episode 24, Boruto and Sarada, September 13, 2017, (Mixed Canon / Filler)
- Episode 33, The Super Beast Scroll Slump!, November 15, 2017
- Episode 40, Team 7: The First Mission, January 10, 2018
- Episode 41, Strength in Unity, January 17, 2018
- Episode 48, The Genin Documentary, March 7, 2018
- Episode 49, Wasabi and Namida, March 14, 2018
- Episode 50, The Chunin Exams: The Recommendation Meeting, March 21, 2018
- Episode 51, Boruto’s Birthday, March 28, 2018 (Mixed Canon / Filler)
- Episode 67, Super Cho-Cho Butterfly Mode!, August 2, 2018
- Episode 68, Super Cho-Cho Kiss Mode!, August 9, 2018
- Episode 69, Super Cho-Cho Love Upheaval!, August 16, 2018
- Episode 93, Parent and Child Day, February 10, 2019 (Mixed Canon / Filler)
- Episode 94, A Heaping Helping! The Eating Contest!, February 17, 2019, (Mixed Canon / Filler)
- Episode 95, Tactics for Getting Along With Your Daughter, February 24, 2019 (Mixed Canon / Filler)
- Episode 96, Blood, Sweat, and Namida, March 3, 2019
- Episode 97, Shikadai’s Decision, March 10, 2019
- Episode 104, The Little Roommate, April 28, 2019
- Episode 105, A Wound on the Heart, May 5, 2019
- Episode 106, The Steam Ninja Scrolls: The S-Rank Mission!, May 12, 2019, (Mixed Canon / Filler)
- Episode 107, The Steam Ninja Scrolls: The Dog and Cat War!, May 19, 2019, (Mixed Canon / Filler)
- Episode 108, The Steam Ninja Scrolls: The Haunted Inn!, May 26, 2019, (Mixed Canon / Filler)
- Episode 109, The Steam Ninja Scrolls: Potato Chips and the Giant Boulder!, June 2, 2019, (Mixed Canon / Filler)
- Episode 110, The Steam Ninja Scrolls: The Resurrection Hot Springs!, June 9, 2019, (Mixed Canon / Filler)
- Episode 111, The Steam Ninja Scrolls: Mirai’s King!, June 16, 2019, (Mixed Canon / Filler)
- Episode 113, The Qualities of a Captain, June 30, 2019
- Episode 114, X Cards Proxy War!, July 7, 2019
- Episode 115, Team 25, July 14, 2019
- Episode 116, Konohamaru and Remon, July 21, 2019
- Episode 117, Remon’s Secret, July 28, 2019
- Episode 118, Something That Steals Memories, August 4, 2019
- Episode 119, Konohamaru’s Ninja Way, August 11, 2019
- Episode 139, The Terror! Enko Onikuma, January 12, 2020
- Episode 140, The Mind Transfer Jutsu that Lost to Potato Chips, January 19, 2020
- Episode 152, Developing One’s Medical Ninjutsu, April 12, 2020
- Episode 153, Harmony in Gold, April 19, 2020
- Episode 154, Himawari’s Ninja Trial Session, April 26, 2020
- Episode 155, Mitsuki’s Rainy Day, July 5, 2020
- Episode 156, I Can’t Stay in My Slim Form, July 12, 2020
- Episode 231, The Rusty Sword, January 1, 2022
- Episode 232, Captain Denki’s First Mission, January 16, 2022
- Episode 256, The Ultimate Recipe, July 3, 2022
- Episode 257, Konohamaru Becomes the Hokage?!, July 10, 2022
- Episode 258, The Uzumaki Family’s Hot Springs Vacation, July 17, 2022
Can you skip the Boruto fillers?
If you analyzed our list carefully, you would have noticed that Boruto has a total of 46 filler episodes, including Mixed Canon filler episodes, which is a relatively big number but not as big when you compare it to the total number of episodes; these 46 episodes take up a low 16% of the total episode count. So, can you skip them?
The fact is that Boruto doesn’t have any major filler arcs (yet). Most of these episodes are individual or smaller groups, and they do not influence the plot, so they are all skippable in that aspect. Still, Boruto has the “issue” of being a show that has its own anime canon, and the majority of the show’s episodes are part of that separate narrative canon. There are manga canon episodes, but they’re not as numerous as expected.
What does this mean for the filler episodes? Well, this structure of the anime means that, although you can skip them, we do not advise you to skip the Boruto filler episodes, as they form part of the anime’s unique narrative structure. This is why we think they are not worth skipping, but if you’re worried about – eventually – missing out on something by skipping them – that won’t happen. They are perfectly skippable, but we suggest you give them a go.
Are Boruto fillers worth watching?
Boruto fillers are worth watching. This manga gives you more information on the characters’ backgrounds, and some characters get more development; you also get to see adaptations of the one-shots.
Why does Boruto have so much filler?
The Boruto anime and manga started simultaneously, so anime had to make their own stories while waiting for the books to finish their part. That is why Boruto has so many fillers.