Naruto: In what order to watch the anime with its OVAs and movies?

Naruto” is one of the most successful anime of all time, and it is therefore not surprising that, despite criticism, “boruto“has made a name for itself over the years. At this point there are many of us who have consumed this franchise as if there were no tomorrow, but as always there may be newcomers, today I am going to leave you the ultimate guide on how to soak up all the anime and movies properly.

Don’t mess with the Naruto anime: this is the order you have to follow

Let it be clear that most (or all) of the content of the “Naruto” movies is NOT canon. However, that does not mean that what happens cannot be situate in a chronological logic of the franchise, and that is precisely what I bring you today.


Obviously you have to start with the obvious: the episodic anime of “Naruto”. Here one will have hundreds of episodes in which one will not have to eat as much stuffing as in the later “Naruto Shippuden”. On the other hand, I have to say that before jumping directly into this, I recommend that you take a look at the sections of the movies that I will show later, since as I have mentioned it is possible to place them between X and X episodes of the anime as such. Seeing it that way will leave you with a much richer story in terms of adventures.

Naruto: Find the Crimson Four-leaf Clover!

The first OVA ever made for “Naruto”, and one that can be set VERY early in the anime. Specifically, whoever wants to can watch this original story between episodes 19 and 20 of the episodic anime. Basically, a story is told by which Naruto will help Konohamaru find a four-leaf clover that supposedly grants its owner any wish..

  • Duration: 17 minutes.
  • Where to see: In Spain this OVA is not licensed.
The first official OVA that the Naruto anime had

Naruto: The Lost Story – Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village

The second Naruto OVA, which came about half a year after the first, but can still be placed in the same chronological segment: between episodes 19 and 20 of the weekly anime. This is a little story of how team 7 suddenly finds itself between a rock and a hard place before an assault of deserting ninjasAnd no, they don’t have Kakashi’s help.

  • Duration: 40 minutes.
  • Where to see: In Spain this OVA is not licensed.
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Second OVA of the Naruto anime, located at the beginning of the story

Naruto the Movie 1: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow

And we come to what is the first official movie in the history of “Naruto”, one that takes us to the land of Snow. Team 7 must escort an actress named Yukie whose purposes are not clear at first. It is recommended to watch this movie after watching episode 101 of the anime.

  • Duration: 1 hour and 22 minutes.
  • Where to see: This film is not available in Spain.
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First official movie released of the most famous ninja of all

Naruto Narutimate Hero 3: Tsuini Gekitotsu! jounin vs. Genin!! Musabetsu Dairansen Taikai Kaisai!!

This special OVA introduces a unique tournament in which ninjas of all categories can face each other, which motivates the lower class to demonstrate their power before the upper class. Precisely, we will see a Naruto obsessed with standing up to Kakashi. While the story is inconsistent in that it features characters who, according to the lore at the time, were dead, it is assumed to take place somewhere between episodes 81 and 135 of the anime.

  • Duration: 26 minutes.
  • Where to see: Another OVA not available in Spain.
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An OVA that the lore of the franchise failed a bit

Naruto Movie 2: The Illusory Ruins Deep Under the Earth

We arrive at the second “Naruto” movie and things get curious with some enemies that are basically a kind of knights armed to the teeth. As a curiosity, Shikamaru has a fairly central role in the film. On the other hand, I have seen it recommended to watch it between episodes 135 and 160 of the anime.

  • Duration: 1 hour and 37 minutes.
  • Where to see: The film is not legally available in Spain.
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I don’t understand what happened here, but did they bring in gentlemen?

Naruto the Movie 3: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

In this Naruto movie we go to the land of the Moon in what comes to be a protection mission that includes the protagonist of the franchise himself, but also Sakura, Kakashi and Rock Lee, apparently replacing Sasuke with the latter. As for where to place this feature film within the chronology, there seems to be no doubt: the film must be seen after episode 196 of the anime.

  • Duration: 1 hour and 34 minutes.
  • Where to see: The film is not licensed in Spain.
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Movie in which to find the great Rock Lee… how cool he was at the beginning

Naruto: The Cross Roads

This OVA is quite curious, starting with the part that was animated in the CGI they used to develop the video game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm. But the curious thing does not end here, and it is that despite the fact that it could be seen as early as after episode 19 of the anime, events that take place between episodes 144 and 197 are also introduced. Rare, rare thing.

  • Duration: 27 minutes.
  • Where to see: The OVA is not licensed in Spain.
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An OVA made with the CGI of the Naruto games

naruto shippuden

The ‘second part’ in the story of “Naruto”, the one in which shows us the ninja of Kohona already in a stage much more than an adult adolescent. Here we will end up seeing many of the biggest battles they have in the entire franchise, deaths and countless stories from the past that collide in a present full of revenge.

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I was going to put a trailer, but it freaks me out that Naruto Shippuden doesn’t have

Naruto Shippuden: The Movie

A story in which Naruto must protect a priestess so that she can seal a fearsome demon before it is revived and unleash chaos on Earth. This movie can be watched as soon as after watching episode 32 of the Shippuden episodic anime.

  • Duration: 1 hour and 34 minutes.
  • Where to see: It is NOT licensed in Spain.
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I had a hard time finding good images of the movie

Naruto: Shippuden the Movie 2 -Bonds-

A film that mainly revolves around the threat of ninjas from the land of Heaven and that has the presence of a lot of characters from the franchise: Naruto, Sakura, Shikamaru, Kakashi but also Orochimaru and Sasuke. I have also found that it is recommended to watch the movie between episodes 71 and 112 of the anime. Yes, I know it’s a wide margin, but I haven’t been able to find anything exactly concrete.

  • Duration: 1 hour and 32 minutes.
  • Where to see: It cannot be found legally in Spain.
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In this movie, the truth is that a good handful of characters from the franchise appear

Naruto Shippuden Movie 3: The Will of Fire

The main point of the film enters with hiruko’s threatwho is absorbing all kinds of limited ninja techniques to achieve a state of power that allows him to unleash a world wide ninja war. As for when to watch the movie, it seems to take place somewhere between episodes 88 and 129 of the anime.

  • Duration: 1 hour and 35 minutes.
  • Where to see: It can NOT be seen legally in Spain.
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The truth is, Naruto Shippuden had a good handful of movies

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower

A movie that will that Naruto travel nothing more and nothing less than 20 years to the past, and in which he must prevent a conspiracy to destroy a royal family from ending up paying off. This movie takes place somewhere between episodes 143 and 156 of the Shippuden episodic anime (at least the margin is smaller than with the previous movies).

  • Duration: 1 hour and 25 minutes.
  • Where to see: It is not on any platform or physically in Spain.
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A trip in time, no, if the movies really had everything

Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

A movie in which Naruto finds himself accused of a murder he did not commit. and that, as a consequence, he will have to enter a maximum security prison for the good of the villa de la hoja. However, being imprisoned there he will discover that there is a lot hidden in that strange prison. This movie is recommended to watch between episodes 196 and 220 of the anime.

  • Duration: 1 hour and 42 minutes.
  • Where to see: The film is not available in Spain.
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How can you tell they don’t know him, with how good the kid is

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

feature film that it gives the leading role entirely to Naruto and Sakura in what will be a visit to an alternative world created by Madara. In this, the situation of the parents of both characters is completely reversed, and eventually they must fight to return to the real world. It is recommended to watch the movie after you have watched Naruto episode 251.

  • Duration: 1 hour and 49 minutes.
  • Where to see: The feature film does not have an official license in Spain.
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Good daddies are never exchanged for anything

Naruto Movie 7: The Last

A film that is located after the events of the Fourth Ninja War, but that in turn deal with conflicts again regarding the moon and the Otsutsuki lineage. It is recommended to watch this movie after episode 493 of the anime.

  • Duration: 1 hour and 52 minutes.
  • Where to see: The film remains without a license in Spain.
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Here the good Naruto was already a little more with pints of pureta

road of naruto

A special that they launched for the 20th anniversary of the franchise and that is nice to see. It has no history, well, rather: The story of this OVA is a review of the ENTIRE history of the “Naruto” anime, with the peculiarity that some scenes that are somewhat outdated or that did not reach the intended quality are animated from 0. An audiovisual delight as a tribute (obviously it is recommended to see it having seen ALL Naruto).

  • Duration: 9-10 minutes.
  • Where to see: They shared it on YouTube, but I leave it below:

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

And we come to the most controversial area of ​​”Naruto”, which derives precisely from what it is about its official sequel: “Boruto”. When this work started, it only took a few weeks for everyone to jump on it, alluding that its quality was WAY below the original work. However, it has managed to hold its own with the passage of time and today has a LARGE following. Oh, also the anime is still active, and it looks like it has a long way to go:

Boruto: Naruto The Movie

The first and for now only “Boruto” movie, which basically adapts one of the original story arcs. The film mostly deals with the Chuunin exam, so at least it’s recommended not to watch it until you’ve reached that point in the episodic anime (but I’m telling you, it’s nothing new, it’s what happens in the manga as it is).

  • Duration: 1 hour and 35 minutes.
  • Where to see: It is not licensed in Spain.
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The only movie to date under the Boruto line

And this is all about the “Naruto” anime since the franchise started, leaving aside a series of OVAs that don’t even really count as stories. To tell the truth, I am quite convinced that This is an article that will continue to expand over time, because it seems difficult for “Naruto” to stop receiving content at some point..