Naruto Shippuden is easily one of the most popular and legendary anime television series ever created. The series spawned a massive fan following that continues to this very day, long after the series concluded.
But why is Naruto Shippuden one of the most renowned anime in the world, and what led to its meteoric rise? If you’re looking to find out a little more about Naruto Shippuden then look no further than this helpful introduction as we take an in-depth look into the world of Naruto Shippuden and everything you need to know about it!
What Is Naruto Shippuden?
Naruto Shippuden is an immensely popular sequel series to the equally popular series Naruto. The series takes place roughly 3 years after the events of the original Naruto anime series. The series follows the exploits of the titular Naruto Uzumaki, who has grand dreams of becoming the Hokage (the leader of his village) and is now a fully-fledged shinobi (ninja).
Can You Watch Naruto Shippuden Without Watching Naruto?
Because of its nature as a sequel to the original Naruto, it is not recommended to watch Naruto Shippuden before you have seen the original Naruto. This is because the shows share the same cast of characters, with the main difference being that 3 years have passed within the world of the story, and thus many of the characters have grown much older.
If you were to attempt to watch Naruto Shippuden without having seen the original Naruto series you will very frequently find yourself lost, as you will not know who certain characters are, as well as how they relate to one another.
How Many Episodes Of Naruto Shippuden Are There?
There are exactly 500 episodes of Naruto Shippuden. These episodes adapt content from chapters of the original Naruto manga source material. The chapters that are adapted range from chapters 245 to 700. This means that Naruto Shippuden is easily the longest-running Naruto anime series, far eclipsing the length of the original Naruto anime series.
When Was Naruto Shippuden Made?
Naruto Shippuden first began its original Japanese broadcast in the year 2007. It then released subsequent episodes up until 2017, when the final episode was released. This was around the same time that the original Naruto series first ended, which broadcast its final episode in February of that year.
Are There Any Naruto Shippuden Movies?
Yes. The Naruto Shippuden anime series received seven theatrically released films as a result of its popularity. Each of them proved immensely successful at the box office. There are more than 11 feature-length films under the Naruto name, with seven of those under the subtitle Shippuden.
Does Naruto Shippuden Have A Sequel?
Yes. Right after the events of Naruto Shippuden, which were also the events of the Naruto manga, the story shifted focus to then focus on Naruto’s son Boruto and the generation of ninjas that he is now a part of. The series is still highly popular to this day and proves that Naruto is a staple series in the anime medium.
The sequel series is called Boruto: Naruto Next Generations and the series is still ongoing to this date, with over 100 episodes already under its belt.
How Many Episodes Of Naruto Are There Altogether?
Counting together all of the episodes of all animated Naruto content including Naruto, Naruto Shippuden, and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, the Naruto television franchise has more than 1,000 episodes. This number continues to grow as new episodes of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations continue to release regularly.
This makes Naruto easily one of the most successful and long-running anime franchises in the history of the medium.
Are There Any Filler Episodes In Naruto Shippuden?
Of course, as with any long-running shonen anime series, there is also a sizable number of filler episodes that are non-canon to the main material. These episodes are produced as a result of the anime running out of content to adapt, such as when it catches up with the main content of the manga. As a result, the animation teams are forced to come up with totally original content to keep the anime series running while the manga produced more content to then be later adapted.
Naruto Shippuden has over 205 filler episodes, which is a very significant number. The series has previously received some level of criticism due to the sheer amount of non-canon material it has produced over the years. Many fans consider the filler content to not be worth watching and one of the weaker aspects of the series.