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

Naruto Watch Order

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!

Naruto chronological watch order (at a glance)

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:

  1. Watch Naruto episodes 1 – 5
  2. Watch Find the Four-Leaf Red Clover! (OVA episode)
  3. Watch Naruto episodes 6 – 19.
  4. Watch Naruto: The Cross Roads (OVA episode)
  5. Watch Naruto episodes 20 – 101
  6. Watch Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village! (OVA episode)
  7. Watch Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
  8. Watch Naruto episodes 102 – 160
  9. Watch Naruto the Movie: The Legend of the Stone of Gelel
  10. Watch Naruto episodes 161 – 196
  11. Watch Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
  12. Watch Naruto episodes 197 – 220
  13. Watch Naruto: Shippuden episodes 1 – 32
  14. Watch Naruto: Shippuden the Movie
  15. Watch Naruto: Shippuden episodes 32 – 71
  16. Watch Naruto: Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
  17. Watch Naruto: Shippuden episodes 72 – 126
  18. Watch Naruto: Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
  19. Watch Naruto: Shippuden episodes 127 – 143
  20. Watch Naruto: Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower
  21. Watch Naruto: Shippuden episodes 144 – 196
  22. Watch Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison
  23. Watch Naruto: Shippuden episodes 197 – 219
  24. Watch Chunin Exam on Fire! Naruto vs. Konohamaru! (OVA episode)
  25. Watch Naruto: Shippuden episodes 220 – 251
  26. Watch Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
  27. Watch Naruto: Shippuden episodes 252 – 483
  28. (Read Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky; technically not an anime arc, but it’s worth a read)
  29. Watch Naruto: Shippuden episodes 489 – 493
  30. Watch The Last: Naruto the Movie
  31. (Read Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze; technically not an anime arc, but it’s worth a read)
  32. Watch Naruto: Shippuden episodes 494 – 500
  33. (Read Gaara Hiden: A Sandstorm Mirage; technically not an anime arc, but it’s worth a read)
  34. (Read Akatsuki Hiden: Evil Flowers in Full Bloom; technically not an anime arc, but it’s worth a read)
  35. Watch Naruto: Shippuden episodes 484 – 488
  36. Watch The Day Naruto Became Hokage (OVA episode)
  37. Watch Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (just follow the regular release order for now)

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.

How to watch the Naruto franchise? (detailly explained)

Naruto series watch order by release date

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:

Naruto (2002-2007)

Arc #Arc TitleEpisodesSeason
1“Prologue — Land of Waves Arc”1-191
2“Chūnin Exams”20-671 / 2
3“Konoha Crush”68-802
4“Search for Tsunade”81-1002
N/A“Gotta See! Gotta Know! Kakashi-Sensei’s True Face!”1013
6“Land of Tea Escort Mission”102-1063
7“Sasuke Recovery Mission”107-1353
8“Land of Rice Fields Investigation Mission”136-1413
9“Mizuki Tracking Mission”142-1474
10“Bikōchū Search Mission”148-1514
11“Kurosuki Family Removal Mission”152-1574
N/A“Follow My Lead! The Great Survival Challenge”1584
12“Gosunkugi Capture Mission”159-1604
N/A“The Appearance of Strange Visitors”1614
13“Cursed Warrior Extermination Mission”162-1674
N/A“Mix It, Stretch It, Boil It Up! Burn, Copper Pot, Burn!”1684
14“Kaima Capture Mission”169-1734
N/A“Impossible! Celebrity Ninja Art – Money Style Jutsu!”1744
15“Buried Gold Excavation Mission”175-1764
N/A“Please, Mr. Postman!”1774
16“Star Guard Mission”178-1834
N/A“Kiba’s Long Day!”1845
N/A“A Legend from the Hidden Leaf: The Onbaa!”1855
N/A“Laughing Shino”1865
17“Peddlers Escort Mission”187-1915
N/A“Ino Screams! Chubby Paradise!”1925
N/A“Viva Dojo Challenge! Youth Is All About Passion!”1935
N/A“The Mysterious Curse of the Haunted Castle”1945
18“Third Great Beast”195-1965
19“Konoha Plans Recapture Mission”197-2015
N/A“The Top 5 Ninja Battles”2025
20“Yakumo Kurama Rescue Mission”203-2075
N/A“The Weight of the Prized Artifact!”2085
21“Gantetsu Escort Mission”209-2125
22“Menma Memory Search Mission”213-2155
23“Sunagakure Support Mission”216-2205

Naruto: Shippuden (2007-2017)

Arc #Arc TitleEpisodesSeason
1“Kazekage Rescue Mission”1-321
2“Tenchi Bridge Reconnaissance Mission”33-532
3“Twelve Guardian Ninja”54-713
4“Akatsuki Suppression Mission”72-884
5“Three-Tails’ Appearance”89-1125
6“Itachi Pursuit Mission”113- 118, 121-1266
N/A“Kakashi Chronicles ~ Boys’ Life on the Battlefield ~ Part 1 and Part 2”119-1206
7“Tale of Jiraiya the Gallant”127-1336
8“Fated Battle Between Brothers”134-1436
9“Six-Tails Unleashed”144-1517
10“Pain’s Assault”152-169, 172-1758
N/A“Big Adventure! The Quest for the Fourth Hokage’s Legacy – Part 1 and Part 2”170-1718
11“Past Arc: The Locus of Konoha”176-1969
12“Five Kage Summit”197-21410
13“Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown”215-222, 243-25610 / 11 / 12
14“Paradise Life on a Boat”223-24211
N/A“Meeting”25712
N/A“Rivals”25812
N/A“Rift”25912
N/A“Parting”26012
15“Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation”261-270, 272-289, 296-310, 312-32112 / 13 / 14 / 15
N/A“Road to Sakura”27112
16“Power”290-29513
N/A“Prologue of Road to Ninja”31114
17“Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax”322-348, 362-37515 / 17
18“Kakashi’s Anbu Arc: The Shinobi That Lives in the Darkness”349-36116
N/A“The Directive to Take the Nine-Tails!”37617
N/A“Naruto vs. Mecha Naruto”37717
19“Birth of the Ten-Tails’ Jinchūriki”378-388, 391-393, 414-421, 424-43118 / 20
N/A“The Adored Elder Sister”38918
N/A“Hanabi’s Decision”39018
20“In Naruto’s Footsteps: The Friends’ Paths”394-41319
N/A“The Ones Who Will Inherit”42220
N/A“Naruto’s Rival”42320
21“Jiraiya Shinobi Handbook: The Tale of Naruto the Hero”432-45020
22“Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes”451, 455, 458-468, 470-47920
23“Itachi Shinden Book: Light and Darkness”452-454, 456-45720
N/A“A Special Mission”46920
24“Childhood”480-48321
25“Sasuke Shinden: Book of Sunrise”484-48821
26“Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness”489-49321
27“Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding”494-50021

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (2017-ongoing)

Arc #Arc TitleEpisodesSeason
1“Academy Entrance Arc”1-151
N/A“Crisis: The Threat of Failing!”161
N/A“Run, Sarada!”171
N/A“A Day in the Life of the Uzumaki Family”181
2“Sarada Uchiha Arc”19-241
3“School Trip Arc”25-321
N/A“The Super Beast Scroll Slump!”331
4“Graduation Exams Arc”34-371
N/A“Formation of the Three-Man Squad?”381
N/A“The Path Lit by the Full Moon” 391
5“Genin Mission Arc”40-421
6“Byakuya Gang Arc”43-471
N/A“The Genin Documentary”481
N/A“Wasabi and Namida”491
N/A“The Chunin Exams: The Recommendation Meeting”501
7“Versus Momoshiki Arc”51-661
8“Chōchō Arc”67-691
N/A“The Other Side of Anxiety”701
9“Mitsuki’s Disappearance Arc”71-921
10“Parent and Child Day Arc”93-951
N/A“Blood, Sweat, and Namida”961
N/A“Shikadai’s Decision”971
11“Jūgo Arc”98-1031
N/A“The Little Roommate”1041
N/A“A Wound on the Heart”1051
12“Steam Ninja Scrolls Arc”106-1111
N/A“The Chunin Selection Conference”1121
N/A“The Qualities of a Captain”1131
N/A“X Cards Proxy War!”1141
N/A“Team 25”1151
13“Konohamaru’s Love Arc”116-1191
14“One-Tail Escort Arc”120-1261
N/A“Make-Out Tactics”1271
15“Time Slip Arc”128-1361
N/A“The Samurai Exchange Student”1371
N/A“Hiashi’s Birthday”1381
N/A“The Terror! Enko Onikuma”1391
N/A“The Mind Transfer Jutsu that Lost to Potato Chips”1401
16“Mujina Bandits Arc”141-1511
N/A“Developing One’s Medical Ninjutsu”1521
N/A“Harmony in Gold”1531
N/A“Himawari’s Ninja Trial Session”1541
N/A“Mitsuki’s Rainy Day”1551
N/A“I Can’t Stay in My Slim Form”1561
17“Kara Actuation Arc”157-1751
N/A“Blockade the A-Un Gate!”1761
N/A“The Iron Wall’s Sensing System”1771
18“Ao Arc”178-1871
19“Kawaki Arc”188-1

Naruto movies watch order by release date

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:

  1. Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004)
  2. Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005)
  3. Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (2006)
  4. Naruto Shippuden the Movie (2007)
  5. Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire (2009)
  6. Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds (2008)
  7. Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower (2010)
  8. Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison (2011)
  9. Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (2012)
  10. The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014)
  11. Boruto: Naruto the Movie (2015)

Naruto OVA by release date

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:

  1. Find the Crimson Four-Leaf Clover! (2002)
  2. Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village! (2003)
  3. Konoha Annual Sports Festival. (2004)
  4. Finally a clash! Jonin VS Genin!! Indiscriminate grand melee tournament meeting!! (2005)
  5. Hurricane! “Konoha Academy” Chronicles (2008)
  6. Naruto: The Cross Roads (2009)
  7. Naruto x UT (2011)
  8. Chūnin Exam on Fire! Naruto vs. Konohamaru! (2011)
  9. Hashirama Senju vs. Madara Uchiha (2012)
  10. Naruto Shippūden: Sunny Side Battle!!! (2014)
  11. The Day Naruto Became Hokage (2016)

Naruto franchise fillers

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.

Do you need to watch Naruto anime in order?

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.

Will there be more Naruto in the future?

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.

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.