Naruto It is one of the most important anime in history. This is so. But it is also one of the Japanese animation series that most goes through the hills of Úbeda, that is also true as a temple. The story of the hyperactive and clumsy young orphan who is convinced that his destiny is to become the most respected ninja of all time is full of adrenaline and stimulation, but it can also be uphill at times. Maybe you’ve already seen the series and want to give it a second run; or maybe, after seeing the remake of some of the best scenes of the series released for the 20th anniversary of Naruto, your curiosity has been piqued and you feel like daring with anime. In any case, fear not: there is a way to see Naruto skipping the stuffing and we’ll tell you.
In theory, the synopsis of Naruto I would go more or less this way: despite his escapades and his bad reputation in the town, the young orphan Naruto finally manages to graduate from the ninja school and join a team made up of a seasoned master and two other apprentices. Martial Arts. Together with them, from mission to mission, the boy discovers the world, perfects his ninja techniques and also discovers himself, gradually taming the dangerous force that lies within him. Said like this, it seems that things are quite to the point, but nothing is further from the truth.
The 720 episodes that the anime has (220 from the original series, Narutoand 500 from the second part, Naruto: Shippūden) are lost by infinite meanders that slow down the progress of the plot. The padding, a common practice in animes that adapt some of the best sleeves, is used to gain distance from the publication of the original comic. When the rate of broadcast of the series catches up with the manga, you have to take time from wherever while generating more original material to adapt. Most of the time, this results in dozens and dozens of chapters that have little or nothing to do with the main action of a series. And it is not that the filling is bad in itself: in the case of Naruto, many of these episodes serve to get to know the characters better and devote a little more attention to the world they inhabit. However, it is perfectly understandable that some viewers prefer to cut to the chase and cut corners.
Therefore, we are going to detail, season by season, which episodes of Naruto you can skip without any regrets and knowing that you will not have missed anything essential to the plot along the way.
‘Naruto’ season 1 no filler
The first season of Naruto It’s pretty to the point. Although the action does deviate a bit from what happens in the original manga, there are not too many episodes that we can consider expendable. In this first installment of the anime, which includes the Land of Waves arc and the Chunin Exams arc, you can only skip chapter 26, titled Special report! Live from the forest of deathif you want to be sure you haven’t missed anything crucial.
‘Naruto’ season 2 no filler
Good news for some, bad news for others: regarding season 2, there is not a single chapter that you can skip without missing a crucial scene for the plot of Naruto. The season, which concludes the arc of the exams and includes the one of the destruction of Konoha and the one of the search for Tsunade, will make you a little longer, but, in return, you will not have a single filler chapter.
‘Naruto’ season 3 no filler
The good begins. As of this season, padding becomes a constant in Naruto. The story progresses quite a bit and at a good pace, but there is even an entire arc, that of the escort mission in the Country of Tea, that you can skip without any resentment. Specifically, you can go from episodes 97, 99 and 101 to 106.
‘Naruto’ season 4 no filler
In season 4, the thing begins to be flagrant. We would almost finish before telling you which episodes you should see from this installment of Naruto, which is made up almost entirely of filler. But, so as not to confuse, we will keep the same method: in season 4, you can skip episodes 136 to 140 and 143 to 179.
‘Naruto’ season 5 no filler
Here comes the final firework of the filling of Naruto. In this fifth and final season of the first part of the series, the one without the last name Shippuden, there is a single episode that does not count as filler. Yes really. Of the 41 chapters that this farewell installment contains, only the last continues the central plot. Therefore, you can skip all the ones between 180 and 219. From this moment on, we talk about Naruto: Shippūden and the episode counter is reset.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 1 without filler
Here begins the second part of the series, entitled Naruto: Shippūden. It’s a sequel that picks up the main characters of the series a few years after where the original stage left off and, thankfully, focuses on relocating viewers to the world of Naruto and its dynamics, so every episode of this first season is important. Do not skip any, there will be time for that.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 2 without filler
Same with season 2. Like the first installment of Naruto: Shippūden goes to sack and launches its protagonist headlong on a lethal mission, the second takes the time to show Naruto’s reunion with his old acquaintances from the ninja village and the formation of his new team. There is also no filler, you must see them all if you want to be on the parrot.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 3 without filler
The third installment of this continuation of the original series did incur in the much-criticized custom of the first Naruto. Here, only the first three chapters and the last really move the plot forward. Episodes 57 to 70 can be safely ignored.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 4 without filler
The next season of Naruto: Shippūden it is loaded with substance again. It is none other than the installment dedicated to Akatsuki, the secret organization of the iconic black robes with red clouds that has evil plans for the ninja world. You can’t miss an episode of this season.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 5 without filler
It is a bit the usual trend of this second part of the anime of Naruto: an absolutely essential season for the story followed by another that is almost entirely expendable. Season 5 is one of the latter: from it, you can skip episodes 91 and 93 to 111.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 6 without filler
That said: after skipping almost all of season five, it’s time to see each and every one of the episodes of season six. It is not for less, because it is the installment dedicated to Itachi Uchiha, the evil brother of one of Naruto’s first teammates. Don’t miss a single chapter.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 7 without filler
It is one of the shortest and also one of the most expendable. It only includes one bow, the one from the release of the Six Tails, and you can safely pass it. Skip it entirely.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 8 without filler
The eighth season of Naruto: Shippūden is another crucial one. In it, the assault of Pain, one of Naruto’s most powerful enemies, on his village, the Leaf Village, is told. He has a lot of crumb, although you can easily skip episodes 170 and 171.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 9 without filler
It begins to prepare the way for the end. This season is mainly made up of an arc dedicated to the past of the village and its inhabitants and, although it has some important episodes, you can skip almost all of them. Specifically, you can skip to 177 and then ignore episodes 182 to 196.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 10 without filler
Launch ramp towards the end of the series. Although it seems like a joke (we still have 12 seasons ahead of us), the tenth installment is the last of Naruto: Shippūden which is not dominated by the Fourth Ninja World War, which is the definitive and mammoth final arc of the series. So, in a way, we’re close to closure. You must see it in its entirety.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 11 without filler
This season serves as a bridge between the previous one and the great arc of the Fourth Ninja World War, so it’s worth watching the episodes corresponding to the previous arc that sneak in at the beginning of this installment. The rest, you can pass. Specifically, skip chapters 223 to 242.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 12 without filler
The beginning of the ninja war is drawing near, so pay close attention to the bulk of the season, which paves the way for the conflict, and skip the last arc, which corresponds to episodes 257, 258, 259 and 260.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 13 without filler
The Fourth Ninja World War finally begins. From here, the series grabs this theme and does not let go until almost ten seasons later. If you still want to continue on your way, you must see a good part of the season. Specifically, you can only skip episodes 271, 279 to 281, and 284 to 295. Everything else is important.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 14 without filler
The second part of the first half of the arc of the Fourth Ninja World War (yes, already, it is what it is) is resolved in just a handful of episodes of this fourteenth season. Beyond that, you can go through all the chapters between 303 and 320 without too much shame.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 15 without filler
This season kicks off the climax of the ninja war conflict. Although it may not seem like it, we are getting closer to the end. It’s so important that you can only skip one episode, 347, which is filler. You need to see everything else to follow the thread.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 16 without filler
The sixteenth season is a stop along the way of the history of Naruto: Shippūden. It is entirely dedicated to Kakashi, Naruto’s first teacher after graduating from ninja school, and, although he is one of the most beloved characters, the truth is that you can skip it completely if you want to stick to the central plot and nothing else.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 17 without filler
Here the Fourth Ninja World War is put to an end, while the series engages with what will be the last great plot of the entire franchise, that of the Ten-Tails Jinchuriki. Therefore, you can only skip a few chapters: episodes 376, 377, 389 and 390 are expendable.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 18 without filler
With this season it happens as with 16: each and every one of the episodes is part of a parallel plot that freezes the progress of the main action. It’s not bad if you want to take advantage of until the last second with these characters (who you will have to say goodbye to sooner than later), but you can skip it if you want to get to the point.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 19 without filler
Except for four chapters, this season is very important for the main plot. So, if you want to continue towards the finish line without getting too far off track, you can unceremoniously skip episodes 413, 416, 422 and 423.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 20 without filler
Except for the introduction of what will be the last great villain of all Naruto, this season is mostly made up of filler. You can skip all the episodes between 430 and 449, and return only in 450 to jump to the next installment.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 21 without filler
Penultimate season! Despite being so close to the end, Naruto: Shippūden it is still allowed to squeeze the filling strategy a little more. Thus, you can tiptoe perfectly through this beginning of the end by watching only the first chapter and the last and leaving episodes 452 to 457 on the way.
‘Naruto: Shippuden’, season 22 without filler
It seemed like it would never end, but now it is. This is the last season of Naruto. The story of the young ninja concludes in this installment; or, rather, in its first half. It’s a bit sad to say, but the undeniable truth is that the anime pulls filler until the last moment. You can skip episodes 464 to 468, tearfully watch the actual conclusion of the series and then ignore the chapters that come after, from 480 to 500, the last one of all. When you get here, you’ll be done Naruto. Congratulations.